Snapchat, the popular photo and messaging app made in 2011, allows the user to send messages, photos, and videos for a brief amount of time before self-destructing once the recipient opens it. In addition, these photos/videos can be drawn on and be added to a "story", which is a collection of snaps broadcasted to either the world or your friends.
Most of the time, the stories end up looking like this:
If you're anything like me, I don't use Snapchat in the way it's supposed to be, and what I mean by that is that I opt not to take endless photos or videos of everything. Occasionally, I will add some content to my story to let people know that I'm alive and that my dogs are adorable. Maybe I'll send a message or photo to an individual, but for the most part, I don't. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not what you call a "dedicated" Snapchat user, that is until I can implement this form of social media with my future business. Despite this, I still use Snapchat because of the glorious Discovery section.
For those who aren't sure what this is, this is basically a combination of all-things news, mind-boggling videos, beauty tips, fashion advice, stunning travel photos, and good humor, just to name a few. The Discovery section is separated into major brands you may recognize instantly with names like as Daily News, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, ESPN, and National Geographic alongside others like Refinery 29, Sweet, and Fusion.
Just a heads up, but these categories may change every once in a while. You might be surprised if one day *insert name here* disappear, but don't worry, it'll usually come back. It's happened to me and National Geographic; it was a tragic day, but once it came back, everything was fine.
Here are four of the most relevant and important things that you can find in Snapchat's Discovery section!
1. Newsworthy news
I don't watch the news on the television anymore, nor do most of the people I know. Most of the time, the internet is where I learn about the #blacklivesmatter movement or how the El Nino flooded parts of San Diego, CA. With Snapchat, Daily News contains news about entertainment and politics, alongside videos of puppies learning to swim for the first time. Alternatively, Vox, ESPN, and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) provide more specific news.
2. Beauty advice anyone?
Back in the day, Cosmo magazine was the it mag for girls, and it's no surprise that it still is today. In their Discovery section not only do you get to read on the latest fashion trends, but they also include exercises (sometimes), relatable comics and drawings, quotes, and personal essays. Cosmo tends to change it's theme every once in a while, so you might end up seeing shirtless men during December or when it had a special regarding the Syrian refugees.
Other favorites are Refinery 29 and Sweet. The former caters more towards fashion and beauty products while the latter explores the more artsy side (think of art in museums, music sessions, and interior design).
3. Your daily source of the LOL's
With each category refreshing it's content every 24 hours, I can assure you that you'll always find something funny in the Buzzfeed and Comedy Central sections. Every once in a while, Daily News and Cosmo have their share of humor with amusing pictures and videos. The best part is that you have something new to look forward each day.
4. Learning new things
If you asked me what all of these sections have in common, it's that they each teach you something. With Tastemade, you can discover new ways to make mac-n-cheese or learn how to make a dish from another country. National Geographic contains fun facts and informative articles on the environment. Vox, on the other hand, is completely unpredictable in this regard, but in a good way. Let's say that you learned about gun control today, but yesterday it was all about the circus. Vox is great if you want something new for a change.
Although Snapchat is a great way to connect with your classmates, friends, family, and co-workers, the Discovery section is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered, and that is why the app is worth getting.