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Are you a frequent Snapchatter? If you’re behind on the times and you don’t know what Snapchat is, it’s an app that allows you to send your friends pictures that basically self-destruct after a few seconds. I personally don’t use it, but I have witnessed many people Snapchatting in public and it’s really just embarrassing to watch. I once saw a girl on the Metro-North train during my daily commute Snapchat a pic of her cleavage. On the train. In public. (It was really appropriate.) I also sat next to a girl on the train the other day who proceeded to Snapchat funny faces to her friends. (I am subjected to a lot of weird people on the train. Sadly, the awkward Snapchatting is not the worst of it.)

Every time I see people using Snapchat, I try really hard to understand the point of the app, but knowing what I learned a few weeks back about it (your pics don’t actually get deleted, in case you didn’t know) I just can’t. I just don’t understand it. Maybe I’m just old (welcome to the world of being a graduate…)

So why all this discussion about Snapchatting? What’s the deal?

Well, a website recently went up called “Snapchat Leaked” (www.snapchatleaked.com) as well as a Twitter page (@snapchatleak) and a Facebook page sharing everyone’s recovered – and even risque – pics all over the Internet. Seriously. Do a Google search for “Snapchat Leaked” and the results that pop up are scary. Luckily, the Facebook page has already been taken down due to what the social networking site calls “abusive behavior” and a violation of its terms of service. However, the Twitter page is still alive and well, and while we can’t access the website (it requires some sort of survey to be filled out in order to enter and ain’t nobody got time for that) we’re sure it’s running just fine as well.

Everything from naked pictures to weird faces to really, really awkward messages accompanying otherwise innocent pictures has surfaced and it’s concerning. Some of the pics are hilarious, but others are just disturbing and embarrassing. So, unless you’re either A) okay with your silly faces being plastered all over the Internet,  B) want your naked pics to come up in Google Images, or C) just altogether don’t care, you should probably refrain from using Snapchat. Just a thought.

But if you want to use it in a way that is not entirely inappropriate, you can check out this awesome article from College Mag: Snapchat Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts

Please just stop sending sketchy Snapchats, alright?


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