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The big news in the tech world recently is that Snapchat has more active daily users than Twitter now. If you ignored Snapchat previously for its notoriety as a sexting app Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android] Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android] So you want to text someone a private flirty or goofy photo or video of yourself, but you know that images and videos can be shared and circulated on the Internet very quickly. Well it... Read More , it’s time to rethink that image and get on board.

Snapchat has matured a lot in the past couple of years, adding incredible new features The 15 Newest Snapchat Features You Need To Know About The 15 Newest Snapchat Features You Need To Know About Few apps update quite as frequently or as dramatically as Snapchat. The app's most recent update featured a major overhaul that offers brand new features, new filters, a new font and tons of confusion. Read More like the face swap filter, making custom geofilters, special lenses, and more. If all of this sounds like a different language, don’t worry, this article will help you understand it all.

So what do you do if you want to join one of the fastest growing social networks Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join While Facebook holds the lion's share of the social market, new services like Kik, Snapchat and WhatsApp threaten to break Facebook's stranglehold on the social Internet. Read More ? You’ll obviously need to download and join Snapchat on your phone, but after that, here are the sites and apps you need to really make the most of it.

The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat in 2016 (Web): Learn the Basics of Snapchat

Whether this is the first time you’re using Snapchat, whether you used it previously and now are getting back to it, or whether you’re a seasoned user, you’d do well to read this. Responster, a business growth and analytics firm, created the ultimate guide for using Snapchat in 2016.

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Remember all that jargon you read above? Start with the glossary, and then go step by step through the guide to understand everything you need to know. From creating new posts and customizing them to surprising features few Snapchatters know about 12 Surprising Things All Snapchat Users Should Know 12 Surprising Things All Snapchat Users Should Know Honestly, from cryptic smiley faces to the elusive replay feature my enjoyment of Snapchat is always tempered by the sneaking suspicion that I'm missing out on something. Read More , this is the best way to get started and learn the ins and outs of the app.

Once that’s done, you should be ready to move on to the other apps below to maximize your experience. But as a starting point, Responster’s guide is the way to go.

r/SnapchatGeofilters (Web): Everything You Need to Know About Geofilters

One of the first filters you are likely to play around with are the location-based Geofilters. Geofilters convey the “where” of your Snapchat in a fun way, such as adding your country’s geofilter when you want to say something silly about it, or adding your university’s geofilter when it’s in the news.

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The good news is that you can create and submit original geofilters. The bad news is that the process can be confusing, and discovering new geofilters is a nightmare. But hey, you can use Reddit productively How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. Reddit’s just a huge timesink? Wrong. It’s an endless supply of relevant information, if you know where to look. Here’s how to use Reddit more productively. Read More to find all the info you need about geofilters over at r/SnapchatGeofilters.

You’ll get guidelines, you can talk to others who have been through the process, and you will discover several geofilters that you wouldn’t find otherwise. The world map of geofilters is also a handy tool. And yeah, you can even request someone to make a custom geofilter for you. Neat, eh?

Ghostcodes (Android, iOS): Discover the Right People to Connect With

For all of Snapchat’s success, it has one big problem: discovering new people to follow. While Snapchat’s Discover was a step in the right direction Snapchat's Discover: Why It's a Social News Revolution Snapchat's Discover: Why It's a Social News Revolution Snapchat is more than just sending pictures and videos to your friends. Snapchat has grown into a powerful tool, bringing the world of news, events and trends to millions of users in a snap. Read More , it didn’t solve the issue. Right now, you can only add people who are either in your address book, whose username you know, or whose Snapchat code you are aware of. So for example, Kate Hudson is on Snapchat, but if you add the username “KateHudson”, you won’t get the famous actress. For her account, you need to add “khudsnaps”.

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It’s even more confusing when the Snapchatter isn’t famous. So how do you find people to add? Ghostcodes solves that problem. The free smartphone app asks you to create a profile of your interests, and then tries to find people who have similar interests. In the categories, tap Celebrities to find the people you admire. Artists, music, family, travel, and other categories will help you discover the people you should be following on Snapchat.

Ghostcodes is the app you need to really get started with Snapchat and expand your network beyond your circle of friends.

Download: Ghostcodes for Android (Free) | iOS (Free)

Peek (iOS): Hand-picked Snapchat Artists to Follow

Where Ghostcodes is about matching you up with the right people to follow, Peek focuses on one thing: Snapchat Artists. Yes, celebrities are some of them, but that’s not the focus here. Snapchat has become a content platform, with people creating posts specifically for that platform and making money off it Snapchat Hacking: How Strippers Make Money & What Musicians Need to Know Snapchat Hacking: How Strippers Make Money & What Musicians Need to Know It's rumoured to be a rival to TV. With astronomical viewing figures, original content, and good reason for advertisers to come on board, Snapchat is going places. But are you coming with it? Read More .

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Peek is where you find these Snapchat Artists, from musicians to comedians. It’s an excellent app for a few reasons. First, you can follow artists from Peek itself, so your actual Snapchat stream is uncluttered. Second, you can check out a user’s history of Snaps. And third, you’ll be able to watch full Snapchat Stories Snapchat Introduces Stories To Narrate The Last 24 Hours Of Your Life In Pictures Snapchat Introduces Stories To Narrate The Last 24 Hours Of Your Life In Pictures SnapChat's designed to send self-destructing photos or videos. But now it wants to change that with the launch of SnapChat Stories, allowing the images to stay for 24 hours. Read More for an interesting look into their lives.

Download: Peek for iOS (Free)

Free Apps to Save Snapchat Stories

At its core, Snapchat is about self-destructing posts, so you can’t save what you post. However, a few apps have tried to change that.

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On Android, Casper is the best working solution at the moment. Unfortunately, you can’t get it from the Play Store since Snapchat doesn’t allow third-party apps that let you download snaps. So you’ll have to manually install the APK file How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android Sideloading a file onto your Android device is easy, and we can show you how to do it. Read More on your Android device. Just follow the app’s instructions and you should be rocking in no time. Open a snap, press the Download button, and it’ll be saved on your Android’s memory. Simple.

Download: Casper for Android (Free)

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On iPhones, saving a Snap is more difficult than anything. The only working solution we found is Ellie, made by the same guys who developed Peek. The downside is that Ellie only saves your own snaps, not anyone else’s. And it has a few bugs, so go through the FAQ thoroughly. But hey, it’s better than nothing, right?

Download: Ellie for iOS (Free)

Are You On Snapchat?

So we’ve got plenty of apps to discover Snapchat users here, but let’s make it easier for MakeUseOf readers to find each other on Snapchat. If you want to be discovered, share your code and username in the comments below, so we can all add each other!

Do you have any other Snapchat sites or tools to recommend?

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