I know that Snapchat is all the rage right now and that everyone from celebrities to small children are having a ton of fun playing with all the filters, but I just cannot make myself jump on the Snapchat bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, I really thought about it. I mean I absolutely love social media and really enjoy using it as a platform to interact with others, but in the end I just decided against Snapchat. Here is why I don’t Snapchat.
Why I Don’t Snapchat:
– Time is an Issue –
We are all so busy that we need to carefully prioritize what we let into our lives, what we let take away that precious time. Don’t get me wrong I know that Snapchat can be a valuable tool for not only connecting with your audience members and building a following, but also for working with brands and businesses, but when I weighed the amount of time I would have to spend on Snapchat daily to do it well versus what I would get out of it in return it just didn’t seem worth it to me. If you have the time then go for it, but if you are crunched for time already then think carefully before adding in new social media platforms that will suck that precious time away.
– I Don’t Want to Grow a New Platform –
I don’t want to sound lazy, but the truth is I don’t want to put the time and effort into growing a new platform. Getting a new social media platform off the ground can be a lot of work. People don’t just instantly flock to you, unless you’re some celebrity. Instead you have to constantly publicize your new account, ask people to follow you, and dig through the masses to find great people you can follow. All in all, it is a lot of work to get a social media platform up and running well and the truth is I just wasn’t feeling the desire to go through that all for Snapchat.
– I Am Already too Attached to My Phone –
I feel like as a blogger and social media influencer my phone is connected to my hand pretty much anytime I am not at my 9-5 (okay 7-3 job) or out marathon training (and even then it makes appearances for photo opportunities). I find that I am constantly popping on to check Instagram, see what Tweets I missed, what is happening on Facebook, or to take some pictures. I keep trying to limit the amount that I am on my phone, but I feel like I constantly fail at this goal so heavens knows I need another reason, like Snapchat, to be on my phone like I need another hole in the head.
What Do I Do Instead of Snapchat?:
Recently Instagram released their Stories feature as a Snapchat competitor. It has some similarities in the fact that like Snapchats stories are only viewable for 24 hours and then they disappear permanently. However, it also has some differences. Instagram stories don’t have all the crazy filters that Snapchat does, but they are built into a previously existing social media platform instead of a separate platform. Because I am an active Instagram user, the introduction of IG Stories solidified my decision to stay away from Snapchat as I decided to just focus on that instead. Be sure to check out my article on Why You Need to Use Instagram Stories for more information.
Let Me Know –
Do you use snapchat? IG Stories? Both? Neither?
Fill me in on why?