Shnap! (Free) by Shnap brings social photo sharing on the iPhone to a whole new level. What better way to make you feel like a true photographer then to show your works of art to complete strangers? You know that photo of your pug, dressed in a tutu, that you thought was oh-so-adorable? Well, allow the people who also use Shnap! to tell you how adorable it really … isn’t.
Shnap! is somewhat similar to Instagram, but with added ratings, achievements, and leveling. You can choose to log in with Facebook or without, but either way you will have your own profile. You must rate other photos—“LOL,” “Meh,” “WTF,” “Cool,” and “Wow”—while hoping to earn achievements of your own through positive ratings on your shnaps. The more you earn experience, by rating other’s photos and getting positive ratings on your own, the more image manipulators are available to you. There are a lot of these to obtain, eventually, so keep at it!
As soon as you take or post your first shnap, you’ll instantly start searching your photo library for more photos. Trust me, the first time I opened the app, I was up until 4 a.m., yearning for some sort of peer acknowledgement. I wanted to know that my photography was good or funny, but not the dreaded “Meh.” That hit me where it hurts.
I don’t know what it is about this app, but you will eagerly await recognition of your photos from your fellow shnappers. It’s really a great way to get even more feedback for your works of art. Although sometimes it may be disheartening when the photo of your pet guinea pig is consistently voted on negatively, Shnap! is a truly addictive app. You’ll never want to stop taking shnaps, posting them, and rating others! Give this one a try. You won’t regret it.