4 Social Media Sites You Need To Know (For The Less Tech-Savvy)
By Kelly O. on Did You Know?
Ah, the world of social media; love it or hate it, it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, all the different social media platforms continue to evolve in attempts to set themselves apart from the rest. For example, Instagram was originally created solely for iOS users but has since grown in popularity and is now available to Android/Windows phone users in addition to being accessible from a desktop. For those less tech-savvy, here is everything you need to know behind the most widely used social media platforms:
Snapchat is used as a less formal version of texting. This app allows users to send pictures to friends for only one to ten seconds at a time, then the picture disappears. Within Snapchat, users can message one another, send pictures, and create stories for friends to view. The latest app update, Snapchat Maps, allows users to track their friends’ every move if enabled through the app’s settings. If your friend is driving, SnapMap will show their profile icon in a moving car emoji. If your friend is at Dunkin’ Donuts, the icon will be holding a coffee cup. And the list can go on and on. Big Brother much?
Facebook, now 13 years old is used by all generations. You can find your Aunt Mary who lives across the nation uploading pictures of her cats and your ex boyfriend from high school updating his status about his political opinions all on one news feed. This platform can be used to share thoughts through statuses, pictures through photo albums, and groups can be created to connect people with common interests. Facebook “Live” is the site’s latest update, allowing for users to live-stream videos of what they are doing while they are doing it. Facebook has managed to remain relevant in the world of social media for over a decade because of it’s constant updates of the layout and features within the site.
Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012. Instagram is used primarily to post photos of literally anything; it’s more popularly used for selfies, food dishes, family “#TBT” photos (throwback thursday) and more! Like Facebook, Insta or “IG” has had to modify itself to keep up with the changing needs of its users. Messaging is available within the app and the new feature of being able to privately share photos through direct message is one way the app has evolved. In addition to this, Instagram has created the option for users to share stories, similar to Snapchat. However, unlike Snapchat, the story can be a picture, video, or Boomerang and each of these include the option of its own unique filter and choice of Instagram’s own emojis.
Twitter allows users to write and publish to the internet almost anything as long as it is in 140 characters or less. Tweets can be funny or serious, include pictures/gifs, and hashtags which help boost the visibility of the tweet. Followers can be tagged in your own tweet or on the feed of another tweet allowing for sharing to be quick and simple. Twitter is one of the simplest ways to see what news is trending all around the world by simply clicking on the trending hashtags or explorer page within the app. Users can join global conversations with strangers all through one site. While a private account is optional, the beauty (or evilness) of Twitter is the fact that anyone and everyone can connect with one another without the need of mutual friends.
Each of these sites have something unique to offer giving users a different experience with each different app. If you didn’t know, now you do! Go on and get connected!
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