Ah, Snapchat. One of the many social media platforms to have taken the world by storm. It has the real-time photo sharing fun of Instagram and the sweet brevity of a tweet. Add in the filters, which range from artistic to silly to holiday themed, and it's easy to see why it has become so popular.

One of the more fascinating aspects of Snapchat are its geofilters - location based graphics - and Wichita is beginning to bustle with them. The latest addition, a Wichita Old Town geofilter, was created by local hobbyist graphic designer Moses Garcia.

Garcia mentions that while it is free for designers to send potential filter concepts to Snapchat, the designs also have to be completely original. This is why we have yet to see a Wichita flag geofilter, despite the flags resurgence in popularity in recent years.

Another local who designed a Wichita geofilter featuring the infamous Keeper of the Plains is Gabby Dobbs, a 16-year old junior at Wichita Collegiate School. Her thought process for creating the filter was that Wichita is a significant enough city to celebrate its population and history - which is a mindset that has been becoming more and more favored amongst locals. There has been a revival of Wichita pride, and even Snapchat has gotten the hint of this.

As for Wichita State University? Officials say that they will be looking into the possibility of adding custom filters for the alma mater of many this Autumn.

See source for more, and for a list of available geofilters around the city. Why not make a game of it, à la Snapchat scavenger hunt?

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Jarae Myers on 07 July 2016
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