By: Emely De La Cruz
McMahon finally got a geotag in the first week of February. This geotag was made by Tati Chermayeff (‘17).
For those who don’t know what a geotag/geofilter is, are you living under a rock? On snapchat there is what they call a geofilter or geotag. Depending on where you are, there is a different geotag. They’re the cute little designs that are to add to your snapchat when you swipe left.
When it comes time to make a geotag on snapchat their is a process you have to do for submitting it.
Getting a geofilter for a location, such as McMahon, require you to make a geofilter and submitting it to snapchat.There is a couple of rules that you have to follow when it’s time to submit your geofilter to snapchat. Those rules can be found on www.snapchat.com/geofilters. All artwork for the geotag must be original. Snapchat states that you should keep it local for the geotag to be accepted easily.
Tati Chermayeff, creator of McMahon’s geotag, explained the steps to creating a geotag and submitting it to Snapchat, “It was not too complicated. At first, I was just designing different logos, and then I had the idea to create a geotag. I had to download the template off the Snapchat website and follow all their guidelines (transparent background, under 300 KB, etc.)”
Once Tati had met the requirements she submitted it to Snapchat. She had to write a description about McMahon and why this geotag is important to the school. “After all this, I just pressed submit and waited for an email back if it had been accepted or rejected.”
“I mean it's alright. it's kinda too plain.” Said Jackie Lopez (‘18), “ it should at least say McMahon senators or something it just needs a little bit more instead of just an M.”
Jackie is not the only one who believes this. Caroline Jones (‘17) has voiced her concern as well, “I like that we have one, but I wish it was more artistic. It's really plain. It should have like a volleyball or a music note.”
I asked Tati Chermayeff if she thinks that the geotag that she created was “too” simple. “Yes, it is certainly a simple design. I had no intentions of it actually being accepted, yet was very happy when it did. All I can say is that we are lucky we even have one, even if it is simple.” What you don’t know is that Tati has made another geotag for our school. “Yes, I submitted another design last week. It was one of the ones that was voted for on Twitter.
Keily Calderon reached out to me the day after mine had been accepted and asked if I could help her with her ideas. I gladly accepted and created one of the ones she asked. I am still waiting to hear if it will be accepted or rejected. I should be receiving an email any day now.”
Update: We do have a new geotag for McMahon. The new geotag is at the bottom of your snapchat and says “Senators Brien McMahon.” There is also one at the top of the screen “Home of the Senators. Tradition starts here” with a couple of white stars.