Shots started out as a social media sharing tool for the selfie-obsessed. The Justin Bieber-backed venture was a hit with teens who already had a love affair with their front-facing cameras (and Justin Bieber).
Shots has moved beyond the headshot more recently, and now become the go-to social network for comedians and those who love gut-busting LOLs.
Sound like you? Here’s how to get an account and start using Shots.
Shots is available at no charge on Android and iOS. Smartwatch owners can also access and view content through the Apple Watch. Download the app through one of the links above, click open the app, and you’re ready to roll.
Creating an account
There are a few ways to get a new Shots account. You can:
- Register with your mobile phone number and verify your identity by text
- Register with your phone and confirm your account via an automated call
- Register with your email address
Once you’ve confirmed your mobile number or registered with your email address, you’re in. Now on to the fun stuff.
Getting started with Shots
The first screen to greet you when you launch the Shots app is filled with a series of videos featuring puppets that can run you through a few quick tutorials. If you want the Cliffs Notes version of Shots, click on the first video at the top of your screen and it will auto-play, giving you the quick ins and outs of Shots. These videos are short and helpful, and can teach you how to copy/paste links, add photos and videos, find friends, and update your profile.
Your profile on Shots looks like this.
You can add a picture to personalize your profile from this page, see who’s added you as a friend, who you’ve befriended, and also set your notification preferences.
Adding friends to Shots
To add friends, tap the Add Friend button in the middle of the Shots homescreen and begin typing in the search field. Shots will first search your known contacts and then run through all regular Shots users whose profiles are public. Once you’ve added friends, you can chat them individually, and share links, pictures and videos.
You can also connect with total strangers via Shots through a setting called Radar. If you enable this option, your phone’s location is displayed to other users nearby, which means you’re then able to add and chat with people in your immediate area. You never need to enable the Radar function; it’s completely optional.
The Shots app can also be connected to your email address, phone number, Instragram or Twitter account and pull friends from those accounts, too.
A few cool things you can do with Shots
What was once panned as a selfie-only app now has a few unique and impressive features. Among the things you can do with Shots:
- Connect with friends and family
- Chat privately with your contacts
- Share URLs with people in your contact list
- Share selfies and videos with people you know
- Watch hilarious videos posted by others
- Create camcorder-style videos that look like they came out of the 80s and 90s with the free Shots extension app called Camcorder
- Connect with professional comedians
The funny stuff
Shots is now billed as The Comedy App. This is partly because content shared is often of the humorous variety (tap the Funny button at the upper-right of your homescreen to see what I mean), but also because some of today’s hottest comedians are opting to share their material on Shots. A few people you may want to follow:
- Brittany Furlan
- Chris D’Elia
- Dane Cook
- Destorm Power
- King Bach
- Larry Wilmore
- Lele Pons
- Marlon Wayans
- Nash Grier
Shots is simple to set up and a free way to get a few belly laughs each day.