The 10 Things You're Doing Wrong on Snapchat

1. Don't over-snap

We've all seen the person who goes to a show and snaps 87 videos of the band on stage. We get it, you went to a concert.

2. Don't DM your friends snaps that appear in your story

Speaking of stories, if you follow someone on Snapchat, chances are you're going to view their story. One of the cruelest things you can do to a person is to direct-snap duplicate content from your story to their inbox.

3. Tailor your direct snap to the person you're sending it to

When you do send direct snaps, think about the person you're sending it to. Avoid blasting out the same pic to all of your friends.

4. Beware of open-boxing

Another thing that can make people feel awkward is "open-boxing." That's when you open someone's direct snap, but don't reply — not even with a "lol." This is extremely rude. It sends a message that you're intentionally blowing off your friend.

5. If you do get open-boxed, take the hint

If someone continually opens your snaps and ignores them, it's time to stop direct-snapping them.

6. Keep your network small

Snapchat isn't like Instagram or Twitter. There are no public follower counts and it's not a race to see how many connections you can amass. Keep your network small and limit it to people you really talk to.

7. Streak wisely

Snapchat streaking means sending consecutive snaps back and forth directly with someone for as long as you can. Snapchat rewards streaks with certain emojis based on the amount of time you've been streaking.

8. Selfies are OK — in moderation

While selfies have become known as Snapchat's signature content, try to mix it up and post photos of things other than your face occasionally. People like to see what you're doing or where you are and an endless stream of someone's face can get dull.    

9. Avoid landscape mode

While it may feel awkward at first, the default viewing experience on Snapchat is in vertical view.

10. Don't worry too much — you'll learn!

Ultimately, there are no hard rules on Snapchat. While these tips may serve as guidance, the most important thing is to be yourself!

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