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Social Media Relationships: Flirting with Snapchat

Facebook, I have a confession to make. I’ve been cheating on you.

Since you changed your algorithms and reduced the traffic on my page to a slim trickle, I have been looking elsewhere.

Yes, I tried Google+ but that was leading nowhere. He was too hard to work out and seemed a little fussy. It was complicated. My Twitter feed was next, and our relationship was solid for a couple of years—in fact we still see each other sometimes – but time zones are difficult. The only time we could chat about travel using the weekly #ttot hash-tag became a problem when I moved to India – I was either sleeping or working when he wanted to talk. We drifted apart.

Happier times...
Happier times…

Next up was my Instagram account who seemed promising: for a while we were going steady, but not all of my pictures are National Geographic worthy and it’s hard to find that interesting angle every single day, especially when you have a full-time teaching job like I do. I was taken in by the colour and all those pretty filters, but it didn’t last. He was too high maintenance: I put in a lot of effort, but never saw any results. I might go back every now and then, but we’ll never be serious.

Where are all the followers?!
Where are all the followers?!

I’ve had a date or two with Pinterest. We spend a wonderful few hours together every now and then, but for some reason I forget to go back. I have a tendency to go back only when I’m bored. I don’t know why, I guess we just don’t click.

But, Snapchat? Well, Snapchat turned my eye this week thanks to articles such as this one by Drew Binsky: Why You Need To Get On Snapchat Right Now

I’ve heard that Snapchat is a bit of a player, but I guess that’s what makes him interesting. With Snapchat I can keep up with my favourite bloggers in person and in real time – they are raw and unedited: sometimes even with no make-up on!! Seeing them makes me feel more human. I can actually see that they get crappy weather too when visiting beautiful places: something that their posts, Instagram pics and Twitter feeds don’t always show.

And as for me, Snapchat presents a new challenge—video. It is no secret that I hate being in front of the camera; just look at my blog and you’ll notice an absence of pictures of me. You won’t get an endless stream of selfies on my FB page. But with Snapchat I get the impression that it’s okay to not look perfect. Snapchat accepts me the way that I am, and if I look a little rough around the edges? Well, it’s all gone away within 24 hours.

Okay, we have only just met and it’s all very exciting right now. I remember those days well with my RunawayBrit Facebook page, and maybe this romance, too, will be short-lived. But for now, I’m going to embrace the moment and give Snapchat my best shot.

Who’s with me?

Follow my brand-new Snapchat adventure at RunawayBrit.


How is your social media relationship? Let me know in the comments below, and please share if you liked this post (I’d like it to get back to FB!!).

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  1. says:

    I actually found this from your Snapchat! I’ve really been enjoying the no-fuss aspect of it, such a nice departure from Instagram and FB! And twitter is just dying a slow death it seems :/ Look forward to seeing more snaps from you!

    1. Thank you! It’s early days yet, but I am loving Snapchat so far – and I usually hate being in pictures! I am loving your stories from Wales, by the way!

  2. says:

    I’ll have to add you on Snapchat. I used to only really use for it friends and humor, but it’s been fun using it for people to follow along on my travels. Add me back. JonesATW. : )

    1. I will add you. I’m loving the stories on there!

  3. says:

    I used to love Instagram when I first got it, but it’s kind of become a chore now. I have to really decide if a picture is “instagram worthy” and then I get a bit discouraged if I don’t get enough likes. I know it’s silly, but it’s hard not to get caught up in it all.

    I’ve just joined Snapchat (followed you under unfiltered!) and I love that I don’t have to think about it that much. Looking forward to your snaps 🙂

    1. says:

      Oops, it’s *e_unfiltered

  4. says:

    haha hilarious! Motivates me to look into Snapchat. I shall follow you 🙂

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