Tuesday, 9 August 2016

5 Irish Snapchat Users You Should Be Following

It comes as no surprise that Snapchat has fast become one of the leading platforms in the way we converse, share and utilise social media. Whether you are a domestic user, sharing images with friends or family, a business owner trying to "spread the word" of your latest product or advertising campaign or even a content creator, like myself - Snapchat has become an unavoidable tool that we have been encouraged to jump on the band wagon for.

In the wake of Instagram's latest update; an attempt to merge both platforms together, it has left many people confused as to whether or not to remain Snappin' their chicken sambos, sharing their wise words of wisdom or both. I thought now would be a good of a time as any to remind everyone what makes Snapchat an attractive platform. 

I have put together a list of a handful of fellow Irish Snapchat users who have taken the time to tell me what makes Snapchat great to them and how they use it.

EOIN CORBETT - (saoleoin)

Eoin is a filmmaker, originally from Tipperary, but he is now based in Dublin, working for media-based giant, Storyful. I first came across his Youtube channel a few years ago and in recent months re-discovered it again. He has been commended on numerous occasions for his work down through the years. A couple of months ago I talked about his latest short film, Blood Poppies over on my own Snapchat.

Eoin really tries to bring a variety to his content; whether it is trying to overcome the daily struggles that is adult life, documenting his adventures to Lidl, a first venture out to Coppers or IKEA - there really is something for everyone. All jokes aside, I do look forward to watching his story because you do not quite know what you are going to be handed with. On the flip side he can often bring up some more hard-hitting topics and deliver his message in a very clear, concise and easy-to-understand way. He thinks about what he says and he negotiates the ten second limitation particularly well. You may also see some behind-the-scenes of his filming and editing set-up.

Eoin says: "Snapchat has quite quickly become one of my favourite mediums for sharing video. The best thing about it, for me, is the whole premise of Snapchat; how instant it is. I can record a video and share it with my followers in less than 10 seconds. Creating a stream of videos and posting them is a really interesting way of telling a story. 

The medium is virtually limitless, besides the 10 second limit, of course, but I actually think the 10 second limit is central to the attraction of the platform to me. I have to stay within 10 seconds so I find myself thinking about how I phrase things and work my sentence structure, which overall adds to how well I tell the story."

CLIONA CONNOLLY -  (connolly_clio)

Cliona is a former journalist, originally from Monaghan who now works in PR as a press officer for the EPP Group in the European Parliament in Brussels. After following each other both on Twitter and Snapchat around the time of #Brexit, I quickly found out about all the reasons everyone should be following her!

Cliona explains EU policies, codes of conduct and news in an extremely easy-to-understand manner. Her stories are very informative and easy-to-follow. Some people might not be interested in the current affairs of the EU - but I do think, considering with the amount of change that is likely to take place in the coming years, it is vital to keep up-to-date. I always look forward to seeing and hearing what Cliona shares with us. For example, on the day of writing this post, she talked about the terms and conditions for EU shoppers, where she particularly focused on online shopping. 

She also shares snippets of Belgian life to keep a variety on the go.

Cliona says: "I think Snapchat is the perfect platform for journalists as it offers that behind-the-scenes insight and allows the user to broadcast to the world effectively. There is a lovely community on Snapchat and it is very enjoyable to use. 

I am a former journalist but now work in PR. I started snapchatting some stories a few months ago about the EU and clarifying misconceptions and received such positive feedback from followers all over the world, not just in Europe, that I decided to invest more time and energy into it. I usually provide factual information about the EU and the latest news topics, sometimes further afield too, and sometimes I offer my own opinion or insight as someone who works as a press officer for the political grouping the EPP Group in the European Parliament. However, I am clear about fact and opinion so my followers know they can rely on the information I provide. 

Sometimes I address big subjects, and other days lighter topics with a bit of life in Brussels, Belgium thrown in for good measure (lots of chocolate shopping!). I am really enjoying using Snapchat and have met some wonderful people via Snapchat."

ÉANNA WALSH - (eannaaah)

Éanna is the main man that has been pushing the #BareKnucklingBipolar initiative that some of you may have heard about in recent months. The hint is in the name although it carries a very strong message; that we all need to disregard the stigma attached to mental health in Ireland. Éanna has been very vocal and open, not only on his own Snapchat, but in the media in general on television and the airwaves in relaying his own story with his  mental health.

With all of this in mind, he always shows a great attitude on his stories and he is overall good aul' craic as they say! 

Not only this, but health and fitness are also a heavy feature in his content. Éanna has participated in the WimpToWarrior programme with SBG, which is an MMA gym run by John Kavanagh. For anyone that is looking for motivation to stay on track themselves, following Éanna is great in this respect as we see him getting up at all hours of the morning heading out training and we get a sneak peak at his meals. He is currently preparing for a fight that will take place later on in August. Best of luck Éanna!

ROSEMARY MACCABE (rosemarymaccabe)

Rosemary is a freelance journalist and blogger based in Dublin. I am always very engaged while watching Rosemary's stories because she is a straight-talking lady who knows what she is on about! She too, like Éanna, features health, food and fitness regularly. Everything with Rosemary is very "real", she talks about things that should concern us all; be it feminism, normalising the conversation around mental health or how we should be perfecting our attempts at an ooh-tuh-duh (OOTD).

She is an extremely smart and witty lady who can talk sense around almost anything. If this doesn't sound intriguing enough, her equally vivacious dog, Coileán is a common feature also - who manages to steal the hearts of all of us watching.

We see her go about her daily life and we get an insight into the life of a freelance journalist, which is something that has always interested me. 

Rosemary says: "Snapchat is the perfect social media. It's quick and off the cuff, and you can overshadow with relative abandon – knowing that your wittering will be gone within 24 hours. 

I love it because it's fast and it's fun and I think you can interact with people so easily. For me, it's been really rewarding because it's allowed me to connect with so many people. I feel like, in a weird way, I now have this huge network of friends that I didn't have before. You feel like you get to know people so you get a very human sense of connection from it."

CLIONA HILL (clionahill)

Cliona is a fellow Leaving-Cert veteran who blogs about beauty and fashion. I have been reading her blog ever since I began myself just over two years ago. We get a chance to see behind-the-scenes of her blog-work. She often does a "Get Ready With Me" where all of us gals (and garcons) can get a sneak peak into some of her favourite products. I find these great to watch as I myself can feel quite unmotivated and uninspired to come up with new ideas and looks for make-up. 

Cliona works extremely hard on her blog, and we can tell this by simply watching her stories. While her blog and Instagram are very well constructed and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, Cliona is not afraid to show us that she is like everyone else. That is what makes her relate-able and that is one of the main reasons why I enjoy watching her.

Cliona says: "Snapchat is the most intimate form of social media in my opinion. I love that I can share videos with no makeup on & messy hair. I think it's refreshing to step away from carefully constructed Instagram feeds and share my personality in a way that isn't possible on Instagram or Twitter."

FINALLY.. YOURS TRULY (catherinegal)

I have really enjoyed using Snapchat more regularly over the last few months in a vlog/chit-chat style. You can see and hear me ramble about mundane everyday things like forever not being able to reach food from the cupboards or telling a random story that made me laugh. On the other hand it gives me an opportunity to talk about things that I truly care about; equality, the portrayal of young people in Ireland and accessibility and attitudes towards people with disabilities of varying degrees. While I love writing and the act of hitting "PUBLISH" for a new blog post, there are things that I can express better and more easily by vocally discussing it as opposed to the written word. On a personal and honest level, after years of being unsure and not entirely content with the way things were going in my own life; it has given me confidence because there is a certain amount of liberation to be drawn from airing your own views and beliefs. Whether people agree, disagree, enjoy or dislike what I do, they cannot take away my voice.

Do you enjoy Snapchat? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.