Nine reasons screenshots are awesome

  1. By taking a screenshot, you can “export” from any app on any device.
  2. You can “import” screenshots back into any app that imports photos (most apps).
  3. For these reasons, screenshots act like a universal file type on mobile. As @artypapers says:

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  1. Screenshots let you circumvent restrictions like file format incompatibilities, service non-interoperability, character limits, etc

Much higher engagement when text is inline
Much higher engagement when text is inline

  1. You can easily edit screenshots using simple tools that are bundled with most desktop and mobile operating systems:

You can’t do this with embeds
You can’t do this with embeds

  1. It’s easy to annotate screenshots:

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  1. On mobile, the photo roll where screenshots are kept is similar to a file system. You can delete photos, edit them, back them up to the cloud, etc.

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  1. You can combine otherwise incompatible formats in a single screenshot

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The Awl calls these “shitpics” [](

  1. Screenshots persist even when the thing screenshotted disappears:

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And more:


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