Snapchat vs Facebook Live

Previously, I discussed Facebook live coming up with options to be similar to Snapchat. I mentioned that I didn’t care for Facebook live, but loved snapchat. That raised some questions so I figured I would elaborate today!

First, I don’t believe the two are very similar. Snapchat is like a photo text app, and Facebook Live is streaming live video, that can be longer than 10 seconds. With Snapchat you can choose the specific friends you send it to, while Live goes to everyone you are friends with, and I believe that depending on your privacy settings, others can view it as well.

Overall, I enjoy Facebook, but let’s face it, many of us are “friends” with tons of people we may not even wave to in public. We are nosey people who befriend some on social media just to see what they are up to.

This is a reason I prefer Snapchat. I am mainly friends with only people I talk to on a regular basis, or those whom I wish to speak to more often. You are able to send pictures without clogging the storage on your phone, and lets face it- they have filters so it’s okay if you aren’t looking your best. I am able to send snapshots of the boys being cute to my friends and family quickly and easily. It’s just addictive, fun, and I don’t see updates from anyone I don’t want to.

Now Facebook live seems to be used only by someone I am not really friends with, doing something that isn’t worth of a live update. It notifies me when this happens, and often they go live 2-4 times a night. I have heard you can turn these off, but I haven’t figured it out yet. I think that facebook live could be great if you have important news to share, and maybe as time goes on it will be utilized more properly. However, until then Snapchat will continue to have my heart, and I will always wish I looked as good in real life as I do in that butterfly filter!

I do wonder, which do you prefer?

Plug in to Blow Up

This week I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to attach my twitter to my blog. Even with the help of google, I couldn’t seem to do what it instructed. Eventually I pressed enough buttons on my twitter page that I figured it out.

Coincidentally, while scrolling through websites on my Feedly app, I found a really helpful article about how to improve your blog with social media plugins!

This article teaches you about blog2social, where you can schedule blog posts to be shared on your social media, another to add Pinterest plugins and one that makes your blog tweets less. I think this article is extremely helpful for someone who is looking to get their blog viewed by more people. There are ways to add social media icons to your posts and so on. For someone who utilizes social media as often as I do, but doesn’t know how to connect anything, I find this article to be extremely resourceful.

As we have discussed previously, social media can be helpful for spreading news stories and can be fundamental in gaining more followers. With articles like these and other tutorials, anyone will be able to reach more followers, couple that with content people want to read and you can be a success!


Zuckerberg to Fight Fake Facebook News

As we have discussed, social media can be a great source of information. You can keep up with your old friends, long distance family members, and even find out about top stories. But with this plethora of information, you are bound to read something that is ultimately false. Be it a “copy & paste to keep Facebook free” or even news articles. Mark Zuckerberg is now vowing to help put an end to the fake news stories.

Zuckerberg says Facebook will be working to build systems to detect false news stories, and make it easier for people to report them. This will also include ways to disclose articles that are incorrect.

I think this is a great idea, plenty of people will believe anything they read on the internet, and there are also a lot of people who share information without fact checking. Obviously, it would be impossible to get rid of all incorrect information, but it’s a smart idea to work on ridding of some of it, and with that hopefully more people on social media can be educated on how not everything you read on the internet is true.



Trump and Social Media

Everyone knows that social media is a great way to get news, opinions, updates out there. But according to this article, Donald Trump believes that social media is how he won the election.

I definitely feel as if this could be true, but I like to believe that people aren’t that swayed by social media. I have seen a lot of people I am connected with on social media share opinions like they never have before, so that does lead me to believe that he is correct in his assumptions.

Because of Facebook and Twitter, the candidates in the presidential election were able to share much more than candidates could 16 years ago. And whereas that is beneficial, it can also be harmful.

This all leads me to another point, social media is awesome. It’s a great way to connect with old friends and family far away, but I really wish people didn’t get so political on their pages. This week I have seen a lot of ugliness, from both sides of the election and along with possibly helping Trump win, I think this anger can go down a dark path.

I hope that in the weeks coming, the anger and the excitement will settle down, and social media can be a calmer place. This article stated that although Trump finds social media to be beneficial, that he intends to cool it in the future, and hopefully everyone else gets the memo.


Facebook Mobile Bringing in the Bank

Many of us are constantly hooked to our phones. I know I am super guilty of this, to the extent that my laptop is mainly used for schoolwork, because my phone is just that much easier to use. This article discusses how over half of Facebook users are strictly “mobile only.” Which actually seems lower than I might have expected.

This is particularly interesting to me because I think the numbers will continue to grow as our society uses phones more often. Apps like this are so handy because our phones are always with us, and apps simplify our lives.

I think most newspaper companies could really use this information to their advantage. Creating an app is something most anyone (with the proper knowledge), can do. Having an app for your company makes the readers better able to access your information. I think that an app could potentially bring in new audiences, since most of the younger generation doesn’t subscribe to print copies of newspapers. I am curious as to how many newspapers have apps, and the size of their fan base.