If you think that young people are an isolated crowd on popular social media platforms like Snapchat, we need to have a talk. We can start our talk with Jennifer Lopez, who regularly Snaps pics and video from her own experience, under her own Snapchat name.
Don’t believe me? Keep on reading. There’s an entire buffet of celebrity life that you can follow on the popular messaging app.
Here’s the thing: everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, these days. Maybe it’s not an absolute statistic, but it’s widespread enough that we can safely make the generalization, and most people who don’t have a smartphone will be getting one within the next year. The only thing that stands to be a wider trend in this stormy sea of the digital era is social media; do you know anyone who isn’t on Facebook that isn’t also computer illiterate? I’m guessing no since it’s one of the most popular ways not only to stay in touch with people you know but to meet new people through overlapping interests.
Snapchat has hundreds of millions of users. We can pretty safely make the comparison to other major social media platforms, especially as we examine younger and younger demographics. Now, let’s think about pop celebrities for a moment. Which demographic usually includes the widest swath of their fanbase?
We’re probably arriving at the same conclusion, here.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that big-name celebrities are making their presence known on social media platforms where young people congregate, and whether you fit into that demographic or not, you can follow their activities and take advantage of this trend!
Let’s not kid ourselves about one other thing: we’re a celebrity-obsessed culture. This isn’t inherently something to be ashamed of, as long as it doesn’t become harmful to our health. Like most good things, they’re perfectly harmless as long as they’re indulged in moderation. We’re not talking about celebrity addiction. That’s a whole different bag of tricks, where average people become so caught up in celebrities’ lives that they neglect caring for themselves.
We’re talking about following celebrities on Snapchat, which can be an honest and efficient way to keep up with their latest work and shenanigans! I like to call it “smile fuel,” and it can result in the same enjoyment that you get from following your most prolific Snapchatter friends.
Finding Celebrities on Snapchat
“Where do we get started?” you may be wondering. It may seem like a slightly ironic answer, but you’re actually going to have a lot more success finding celebrity Snapchat contacts outside of the Snapchat app itself.
Thankfully, this still doesn’t mean you’re going to have a lot of work ahead of you. Celebrities don’t come to Snapchat to hide their presence, and neither does any other Snapchatter. They come to this social media platform to be outgoing, eccentric, and fun! Because of this, they’re going to make themselves pretty easy to find, since having a whole host of young followers on the popular app can only benefit their celebrity status and faithful following.
We’re going to begin where a lot of inquiries should begin: in your search engine! You can even do it from your mobile device’s web browser since we won’t be spending an abundance of time searching through here. Your search query is going to get a result almost immediately when you type in something targeted like, “Jennifer Lopez on Snapchat.”
Go ahead. Give it a try. I’ll wait.
If your search was as lucky as mine, one of the very first results that will pop up is a Twitter post from last year, made by the powerful artist herself! Follow the search results to the actual Twitter app and you’ll be presented with an exceptionally handy image, as well as an announcement that J. Lo would be kicking together a presence on Snapchat.
That’s one step down, and conveniently, the image linked in that Twitter post is going to take you right to the next step in our process!
Adding Celebrities in Snapchat
Snapchat gives users quite a few different ways to add to each other’s contact lists, but one of the most intuitive, fun, and personalized is the Snapcode feature. When you make a Snapchat profile, the app automatically assigns a Snapcode to your personal username. This Snapcode won’t change, though you’ll have plenty of ways that you can personalize it. If you’ve read our “for dummies” guide to Snapchat, you’ll recall that I stressed particular emphasis on choosing your unique username, since your entire profile would be tied to it.
Here’s where that advice comes into play.
As you’ve probably seen from your time spent in the Snapchat app, your Snapcode is featured front and center in the middle of your main Snapchat menu. Apart from adding contacts through those already listed on your mobile device, the Snapcode is the most popular way to share your presence with other people.
We’re going to use it to add Jennifer Lopez!
Adding Jennifer Lopez
This is the last step, and thankfully the easiest (not that all of them haven’t been remarkably simple, right?) If you have her Snapcode up on your mobile device, give it a tap to follow it over to the Snapchat app. If you’re on a computer, that’s not a problem either. Go into your main Snapchat menu and tap on “Add Friends,” followed by, “Add by Snapcode.”
This will open up your mobile device’s camera and allow you to scan the Snapcode in J. Lo’s Twitter account. (While you’re at it, why not follow her on Twitter, too?)
That accomplished, you’ll be finished! However, if you’re for some reason unable to scan the Snapchat code–sometimes, cameras just don’t work–then you can instead add celebrities and other users to your Snapchat contacts by username. That’s the handy thing about linking your Snapcode, too–it’ll give other people that handy graphic, but it will also display your unique username.
If you want to add Jennifer Lopez, simply search for “jlobts,” and you’ll be directed right to her Snapchat feed.
Following Celebrity Snapchatters
Once you’re following a celebrity Snapchatter, you’re going to have access to content from their lives that won’t be available anywhere else (apart from those journalism resources incessantly follow celebrities’ lives.) The same can be said for Jennifer Lopez, who does the same thing that every Snapchatter does–promotes herself and moments from her life using the media-rich environment offered by the app.
Here are some of the benefits available when you follow celebrities on Snapchat:
- First chance at new announcements! Any celebrities are artists, and take to social media when they’re ready to announce new work.
- Powerful ideas! Sure, you can follow celebrities to sniff out drama, if you want. I prefer to gain surprising insight from my favorite personalities.
- Entertainment! Musicians and actors are in the business of art and entertainment. If you want a little more of each in your life, celebrity Snapchatters can be a way to get it!
Follow Other Celebrities
As more and more people flock to the Snapchat platform, the number of celebrities that choose to take up a presence there increase as well. By now, this means that there’s a good chance of your favorite personalities and artists already being there in varying degrees, and the only way that you’re going to know for sure is to look!
Don’t believe me? Here’s a diverse offering of celebrities that you can find on Snapchat right now:
- Chris Pratt @ChrisPrattSnap
- Gemma Styles @gemmaastyles
- Meghan Trainor @mtrainor22
- Selena Gomez @selenagomez
- Miley Cyrus @mileycyrus
- Ariana Grande @moonlightbae
- Arnold Schwarzenegger @arnoldschnitzel
I could go on and on, listing the names of hundreds of popular celebrities. Musicians, artists, actors, and famous personalities from nearly every sphere of our culture have a presence on Snapchat, and most of them are quite easy to find! Pop into your search engine and give it a try; you just might be surprised at the number of people you find, that you want to follow on a regular basis.
Of course, the perks alone make it worth your while. Musicians will sometimes preview new songs and music videos using Snapchat, and actors will often use the social media platform to announce new roles or give some brief, behind-the-scenes access that you can’t get anywhere else. They’re in the business of giving you a compelling reason to follow them, so hop to it!
While the above guide is styled towards finding Jennifer Lopez on Snapchat, you can follow these steps to find nearly anybody that keeps an active presence on the popular chat app. As more and more users flock to the fun avenues of expression and communication that Snapchat offers, we should only expect this trend of big-name users joining up to blossom and grow. Give yourself a chance to check out Jennifer Lopez’s videos and pics that she shares with her Snapchat followers, and in the meanwhile, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!