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.

Twitter Will Turn Off Ads for Certain People – See Who They Are

WIRE TELEGRAM — Twitter has made a move that could appeal to some and annoy others.

The social network turned off ads for certain VIP users, Re/code reports, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the move. In some cases, VIP users see ads here and there, but in most cases, they see nothing.

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According to Re/code’s sources, the feature has been live for a couple months. There does not appear to be any hard and fast rules regarding who get the ad-free Twitter, but number of followers and reach appears to be the main factors.

The idea, according to the report, is to keep celebrities and other active users heavily engaged in Twitter as the company tries to keep pace with rival social networks, like Facebook and Instagram, which have a faster growth trajectory. Indeed, Twitter’s growth issues have proven to be among the biggest problems facing investors over the last couple of years.

Still, the idea to not show ads could also be just as troublesome to investors. Ads, after all, are central to how Twitter generates revenue.

That said, Re/code says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey firmly believes it will keep celebrities engaged with the service, thereby helping the company attract more users. Losing ad revenue on a few users, in other words, is worth it if more users can be added over time.