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!

 

Instagram Will Become More Like Facebook, With Algorithmic Feed

“To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the change. “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order—all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.”

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Some users of the photo-sharing app are likely to be unhappy with the change, as many Twitter users were when the company began testing more curated feeds. But for parent company Facebook, which engineered the social algorithm that now influences more than a billion people, this move is not unprecedented.

Judging by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom’s comments to the Times, the change likely has less to do with controlling what users see and more to do with the app’s increasing popularity. “On average, people miss about 70 percent of the posts in their Instagram feed,” Systrom told the Times. “What this is about is making sure that the 30 percent you see is the best 30 percent possible.”

Unlike Facebook’s news feed, Instagram will still show every post on your feed, albeit reordered—so you can still get your fill of parody accounts and puppy photos.