Every Snapchat User’s Worst Nightmare

Introducing Snapchat, and its friendly ghost icon.

Introducing Snapchat, and its friendly ghost icon. Via Forbes (article linked)

Snapchat, for those who have never heard of it before, is an app which boasts that it can share images directly between users for up to 10 seconds. Initially, it was stated that after these 10 seconds or less, pictures were “obliterated”, or shredded pixel from pixel to never be seen again.

Sounds harmless enough right?

The app, whose interface is clean, simple, and bright and inviting, has taken on a darker purpose among some. Some users use the app to send goofy faces to their friends, record short clips from concerts, or snap vanishing images of the mundane. Others however, use the app’s promise of “shredded evidence” to send more explicit content.

Yes, just like ‘sexting’. Exactly as bad as it sounds.

While the app does have safeguards against users that attempt to take screenshots of pictures, it would appear that the veil of safety had been lifted as a new generation of “hack” apps have emerged to lower the privacy of these “snaps”. In the ‘early days’ of the app, an alert would go off when iOS users cleverly tried to screenshot images, notifying the sender that their picture was no longer ‘transient’ and was permanently saved. However apps like SnapCapture,  SnapSave, and various others now enable users to capture pictures without alerting the image or video.

Brace yourselves, snapleaks are a thing now.

The result? That silly picture of you and your friend doodling cat ears on each other might surprise (but not horrify) you when its posted to Facebook. Or in worse cases, that ‘sexy’ picture meant for your then-boyfriend might be your now ex-boyfriends next submissions to snapchat pics on reddit. YIKES.

No matter what you snap, make sure you’re ok with the rest of the internet seeing it too, because chances are, they will.
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Twitter for Beginners: Step 4

Right about now you should start feeling like a Twitter rockstar: you can tweet, retweet, favorite, follow….heck you can do just about everything. So where do you go from here? It’s time to start putting these skills to use: let’s get you some followers!

Getting followers on Twitter may seem pretty easy: write a good tweet and people will interact with it. Right? Wrong. On Twitter, much of how we view accounts is a combination of tweet quality, level of influence, and relevancy to our ideals and interests. For example, Barbara Corcoran may have a ton of influence, but if you aren’t really into investing and business…you are less likely to ‘follow’ her. So how do you get more followers? Let’s find out:

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Merry Christmas: The Greatest Gift

As some of you know, the holidays are a time of merriment and family values….sort of. For some, merriment is time spent around a tree with close family and friends and the new year is spent in front of a TV watching the ball drop in New York, or celebrating with sparklers amongst close friends. However, for young professionals, this is sometimes also followed by office parties, crazy new years parties, and this year particularly, Mayan end-of-the-world parties (and ‘we survived’ parties afterwards).

If you’re like me, you like the holidays as much as the next person, but don’t always want to see some of its unintended drunken side effects: that’s right, I’m talking about drunk pictures. Unlike potential employers, I’m not really interested in seeing pictures of people I knew in high school or college’s ‘happy drunkidays’ albums pop up on Facebook. Seeking a way to remove these unsavory holiday horrors, I found a fun fix that has multiple applications.

Unbabymemain

Unbaby.me  is a chrome plug-in designed to eradicate images of babies from your Facebook feed by replacing them with pictures of cats, sports cars, or whatever you happen to like. A while back, I discovered that this application could be manipulated to screen out any unwanted images whether it be people’s cats, tattoos, drinking pictures, political views, or what have you. You can swap out these things for literally ANYTHING you like. That’s pretty cool. Here’s how it works:

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First, input keywords you don’t want to see. The preset will be set to baby terms like ‘child’, ‘baby’, and ‘birth’ but you can swap these out for things like ‘kegstand’, ‘drinking’, ‘yolo’, ‘alcohol’, ‘party’ or ‘wasted’.

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Next, input the substitute topic of your liking. For me, I really like Koalas, so I opted to have koala pictures used. The result will look something like this:

BEFORE

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AFTER

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BOOM! Just like magic you can remove images of your daughter’s unsavory boyfriend, your friends getting wasted, and even (if it’s not your thing) all your friend’s random snapshots of their food.

Merry Christmas and you’re welcome!

Your Social Media New Year’s Resolutions

So I’ve heard a lot of interesting feedback from people about articles I’ve written concerning Twitter and Facebook, and people I’ve spoken to about social media. Before I get started, its important to note that I have been working with social media since college and that I view it as an essential tool for small businesses. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I know just enough to have formed a strong opinion about it. If you think social media is a waste of your time, you can stop reading and go listen to your Walkman.

Here is my list of social media resolutions you should aim to master in the new year:

  • Stop deleting emails from multiple vendors, and start unsubscribing. If you are getting assaulted by as many as 300 emails a day from ecommerce sites and causes you can’t recall caring about, DONT DELETE. Deleting doesn’t actually make the problematic emails go away, it only spurs a resend prompt to spam you with even MORE emails. 
  • Stop saying you’re too old for Twitter / It’s too hard. It isn’t too hard, and you are not too old. If you view tweeting as a part of your daily schedule like brushing your teeth and washing your face you can effectively manage your channel. Once you get the hang of it, start interacting with trending hashtags and start get access to information much faster than just flipping through a magazine.
  • Stop avoiding Facebook. One huge problem I’m seeing is people somehow thinking that ‘unplugging’ from Facebook will solve all of their problems, than getting upset when they miss special offers, forget birthdays, or ever miss out on great conversations or internet phenomenons. Stop tuning out! If you can’t stand getting updates from XYZ person or company, ‘unlike’ or ‘unfriend’ them! You can customize your experience to be fulfilling and satisfying to you if you want. Sick of seeing people’s political opinions? Install unpolitic.me and have all political banter replaced with pictures of babies, food, or whatever you like looking at.
  • Learn about trends. Seriously, if you are working at a company trying to seem ‘cool’ to us young folk, stop ignoring memes and viral content: we LOVE that stuff. By all means, have your employers do a funny ‘Gangnam Style’ or let your creative team think up a funny but engaging way to catch our attention. Just look at Old Spice: they went from total bore to total badass with just a few ‘Man your man could smell like’ ads.
  • Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. If you feel that a company goofed up, don’t reach for the phone first, try hitting them up on Facebook or Twitter. Companies can handle multiple disgruntled clients on social media than on the phone (a rep can only handle one of you at once). If a company isn’t savvy enough to follow best practice on social media, then try calling them.

Hope these help you in the new year! 

Girls Who Code: A Revisit

So I’ve previously mentioned how essential it is to learn how to code, how it impacts opportunities, etc etc etc…

Essentially I threw around awesome groups like  Girls Who CodeGirl Develop It, and Skillcrush, talked about super awesome companies like Plum Alley andWomen Innovate Mobile

Courtesy of the fab-tacular Mashable

But this may come as a total shock to people reading this, but I only know very very basic HTML… I can embed an image and change the color of text. And that’s about it.

I felt that because of this, I should turn over the hard facts to the professionals. And so without further ado, I present a super professional infographic further explaining why dunderheads like me really should learn code from the fabulous people over at Online College:

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Make Love and Run The World

It should surprise no one that I’ve finally gotten around to this post. When I interned with Jumpthru.net last winter, I heard in passing that a certain someone on Twitter was notorious for ‘blowing shit up’ It wasn’t long before I began following this incredible woman and came across her two incredible startups: Make Love Not Porn and If We Ran The World.

Image courtesy of Mip Blog (they wrote a great article as well)

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So You (Still) Think You Can Blog?

Image courtesy of The Beantown Bloggery.

A while back I gave you some tips on blogging; stay fresh, stay fabulous, etc. Well as it turns out, there are a bunch more tips I can give to help bloggers out that I hadn’t thought of! A huge part of blogging is reaching out to your readership and providing them with valuable information they will actually read and care about. As a reader of blogs, I’ve found a few hiccups among many blogs I’ve begun reading. Allow me to explicate:

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Pining For The Ath

When you graduate from college, you don’t anticipate missing things like school buildings, classwork, and annoying neighbors. Or at least, what you do expect to miss are the people who you used to be able to visit in less than a 5 minute walk. Though I miss my roommates and friends a great deal, I’ve begun oddly growing nostalgic and pining after a building that I once would ceaselessly ridicule:

Image courtesy of Goucher College

Sometimes called “the fishbowl” or to a few the ‘hollow building’, this massive construction of glass, copper, and stone was one of the more bizarre buildings to surface during my time at Goucher. ‘The Ath’ was one of few buildings in my academic career that I was able to see come to fruition as a student: I left after my high school was rebuilt and I fear I will not see the Julia Rogers renovations until I’m marching in the Alumni Weekend parade (scary thought). But what was so lovable about the Ath? What wasn’t I missing? Here is what I came up with:

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Where Are The Women?

Recently, TechCrunch’s David McClure challenged women everywhere to “put your money where your mouth is”, NASDAQ’s Paul Goodwin posited the question, “who are better investors, women or men?”, and Forbes’ Geri Stengel informed us that women were “smart investments” in all senses of the word.

Image courtesy of the Examiner

So where are the women investors we keep hearing about? How are we trying to connect them to female entrepreneurs? Jumpthru has answered that question for us in a recent article announcing the release of their Digital Database of Female Investors:

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Females Getting Fragged

In a recent article published by Macleans.CA ‘On Campus’ paper, women in the gaming industry have noticed a sickening number of sexist remarks while playing video games. In the article, it is mentioned that of some of the comments such as “make me a sandwich” are common recurrences, while “show me your t-ts” and “I’ve got something for you to sit on”  are the most common forms of sexual harassment expressed.

Image courtesy of Meme Generator (btw this is ‘annoying gamer kid’ meme for anyone new to memes)

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