How to use ‘Snapchat’ for Beginners (VIDEO)

Snapchat is one of the most popular social apps today, but how? What exactly is so special about it, and why has it been quickly sweeping up mobile users faster than anything else?

To make a long story kind of short, Snapchat is an app that truly changed how people interact with friends compared to other popular social networks like Facebook Instagram and Twitter. Not everyone gets it — particularly older adults — but Snapchat sure is all the rage among the youngest smartphone users, including teens and young adults.

Welcome to “How to Use Snapchat”. This is going to be your day one crash course and everything you need to know for your first few days with this application. Don’t be intimidated and let me know of any questions you may have! Have a great day and keep snapping!


How To Choose The Fastest Hosting For Your Blog and Website

When it comes to choosing a website hosting company, you may feel slightly overwhelmed at the plethora of choices available. It seems that there are as many fake positive reviews these days as there are authentic reviews, so it’s difficult to know if you can trust the buzz about a particular host.

At the same time, choosing the right website host is vital to running a successful website. Small Business Computing finds that some of the most common complaints against web hosting companies include bad customer service, site downtime and hidden fees.

Nonetheless, choosing the wrong host may bring about much, much worse problems, such as:

1. Loss In Revenue – When your website goes down that means time that people cannot visit your site to purchase your products. You’ll lose revenue, or worse, customers to a competitor’s website.

2. Slow Website Loading Speeds – The quality of your web hosting impacts the speed of your website, which in turn, affects every metric you care about: bounce rate, search rankings, and conversion rate. Research indicates that an increase of 1 second in page load time can cause a 7% drop in website conversion rate.

3. Site Security – Even the most secure website is not safe from hackers and malware attack. However, a good web hosting company will have safeguards in place to prevent these attacks, or react quickly to right any security issues, while a poor hosting company may mean that your site is down for weeks. A non-responsive host will not help fix the problem at all and you might have to rebuild your site from scratch on a new server to get rid of the issues.

Choosing The Right Web Host

Even armed with the knowledge of what happens when you choose the wrong host, you may still feel overwhelmed and uncertain on how to choose the best host for your needs. Fortunately, there are 15 simple questions you can ask that will help you make an informed decision.

1. What are my hosting needs?

Figuring out your hosting needs is essential to decide the type of hosting plan required. What type of website is being built; will it be mainly text-based or will it utilize other forms of media? If your site will use a lot of bandwidth, a shared hosting plan may not be right for you. Instead, you may want to looking into dedicated hosting solution. On the other hand, if security is a concern and you won’t be using a lot of bandwidth, then a VPS may be a better choice for your site.

Do you need Windows technologies for your website, such as ASP, Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL? Perhaps you need Unix-based hosting to utilize technology like WordPress, PHP, Perl and MySQL. Beginners will want a simple shared hosting account on a Unix-based server. This is the easiest to use and will fit your needs as a beginner. However, ensure that the host has the option to upgrade.

Who is the Weirdest Person You’ve Ever Met?


his happened very long ago, early in my career,

I didn’t know him very well, but I disliked him from the start.  And for years I never could figure out why.

We were on the faculty of a large public school, but we worked in different departments and in different buildings.  I saw him often enough in the office or at the weekly faculty meeting, but we rarely spoke because there just wasn’t much for us to talk about.  He was considered handsome– that’s what the office ladies said– but I never thought so.

I can remember saying to my hall neighbor not long after he joined the faculty that he was creepy to me.  She agreed.  But he was in great with the administration, I was a new teacher, and I decided to keep it to myself.

My last year there he suddenly (and very obviously) dyed his hair and started wearing clothes that really were too trendy and youngish for a 40 year old man.  I wasn’t the only one who noticed that.  He took a school group to a competition, and when they did well he got a lot of attention for it. I still found him creepy.

Fast forward to the next academic year.  I had transferred to a different school in the same district that was closer to my home.  I opened my newspaper one morning to discover some news that somehow didn’t shock me much.  The very same individual had been arrested for sexual misconduct with a student.  He confessed, was convicted and went from faculty all-star to guest of the government in a couple of months.

I think this man had been involved in that for years.  You don’t just suddenly become a man who preys on children.

If You’re Not Watching ‘The Shaytards’ on Youtube, You Are Missing Out

In the world of YouTube fame, the Butler family is a big deal.

With more than 3.5 million subscribers and almost 2 billion video views on their channel, “The Shaytards,” the Butlers have made millions of dollars by simply living their everyday lives and pressing record.

“Like to me that’s the ultimate answer to, ‘Why do people watch your videos?’ It’s because inside I think people want a happy family,” Shay Carl Butler, 35, told us, “I think that’s a longing for a lot of people. I think people watch to get hope that they can have that.”

Eight years ago, Butler said he was living on food stamps. But when he posted a video of himself prancing around in his wife Colette Butler’s unitard, everything changed.

“So when we started YouTube and we got this small audience and all of a sudden our first Google AdSense check was for $300. I was like, ‘That’s groceries. That’s a big thing of groceries,'” Shay said. “I was like, ‘If I can make $300, what if I can make $1,000?’ That would pay our house payment, a lot of groceries.”



“As we realized that we could actually make a living doing this, it changed everything for us. We know what it’s like to not be able to pay your bills,” Colette, 33, told “Nightline.”

The Butlers have taken family vlogging to a whole new level, becoming millionaires and turning themselves into a full-fledged brand. They’ve got endorsement deals with household names like Band-Aid and Target and have even started their own clothing line, Trixin.

Butler is also one of the founders of the online media company “Maker Studios,” which was bought last year for approximately $500 million by ABC’s parent company, Disney.

Their five children, nicknamed “Sontard,” “Princesstard,” “Babytard,” “Rocktard,” and “Brotard” have all grown up on YouTube. Eight-year-old Emmi said she’s never known life without cameras rolling.

“I don’t want to feel like I forced them into this stardom, and they’re like, ‘Wait a minute, dad,'” Shay said. “But hey, if your dad is a farmer, you have to get up at 6 a.m. and milk the cows. If you’re my kid, you have to be cute on camera.”

Even with all their fame and countless clicks, the Butlers said they have no Hollywood aspirations.

“You see it all the time in Hollywood that child stars grow up to be a mess, and I really just want to not have that happen to our kids,” Colette said.

“We say what kind of content we make because we want to represent ourselves for who we are because that’s what the appeal of this is. … This is the real reality TV. This is really our life,” Shay said.