Google is dipping their toes into teen social media with a new app called Who’s Down. The app serves as a way to broadcast one’s availability and interest so as to bring together equally free and similarly inclined people. The app is currently invite-only, and the sign-up form for Who’s Down asks only for your email address and school, meaning the app is specifically targeting a younger demographic.
Google seems tentative to re-enter the social media scene after their previous experience with Google+. Although the Facebook alternative has attracted a number of hardcore fans who were more than ready to leave their Likes behind in favor of +1’s, the social media platform has failed to garner the same level of mass-market appeal enjoyed by its rival and has arguably become more of a niche platform (though one many of us love). Of course, Who’s Down likely isn’t seen by Google as a replacement for Google+, just a way target a different audience.
Who’s Down looks to be a new angle on the increasingly valuable instant messaging environment, an area of interest where Google has been consistently trailing behind services like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, and WhatsApp. Although Google Hangouts is a very effective messaging platform, it hasn’t really ever snared the massive younger messaging audience that it’s low-key name seems to target.
Who’s Down is currently available in the Google Play Store. You need an invitation to use it, but if you don’t have one, you can request one from the app upon signing up.
With a plethora of social networks that are cropping up everyday, and those that have already found the graveyard, it’s a tough field to get into nowadays. In order to make a name for yourself, you need to do something that is different than the norm, or make sharing your social status easier than what’s already available. With Tribeway, this is somewhat of a different take on social networks. From the “Trails”, to built-in messaging, Tribeway is one of those alternative options out there.
Tribeway is a social media platform that offers a different experience for sharing your favorite moments, and chatting with your friends. In order to get started, you’ll need to head over to the Play Store and download it for free. Once you’ve opened it up, you’ll need to sign up with either a Facebook or Google+ account. A little redundant, but necessary nonetheless.
After your account is set up, you’ll more than likely want to test the waters to see if any of your other friends have signed up with Tribeway. To do this, hit the Friends tab, and ‘Add Friends’. Chances are, you’re the lone wolf here, but there are some recommendations for folks you can follow. If you want to invite some of your friends to try out Tribeway with you, there is an option to invite as many people as you’d like, and it will invite them through Facebook or Google+, depending upon what you used to sign up with.
Once you’ve got your account set up, and your friends invited, you’ll want to head over to the main screen. From here, you’ll see a few tabs, a few other buttons as well. What you are presented with, is called “Trails” and is essentially your news feed. Here is where folks you follow can post groups of images and videos, and you can react to those with a thumbs-up, comment, or you can “Boost the post, which will make the post appear on your trails for all of your friends.
In the bottom right hand corner of the screen, you’ll find a Floating Action Button(FAB), which takes you into your friends panel. From here you can select friends to share your trails with, as well picking which images you would like to have posted. Posting a trail is actually a bit tedious.
In order to post a trail, you’ll need to hit that FAB, and once you select the images, you’ll need to create choose a cover image. Now, in order to even post the trail, you’ll need to sign in with your Google account, so that you can attach your Google Drive account. We aren’t exactly sure why this is the case, however, it’s just another step that needs to be taken for posting simple images.
There are a lot of steps that need to be taken just to post a simple Trail, so it’s a little off-putting, but once you get used to the process, it’s just a matter of tapping a few times. Not as fast as Instagram or Facebook, but hey, it’s another way to share your favorite images with folks on the interwebs.
Tribeway also includes the ability to chat and/or call your contacts. It’s like having Facebook Messenger built into the Facebook app again. Simply tap a contact, and open up the conversation. There’s no cost associated with the messaging service, so this is another alternative to something like Telegram or WhatsApp.
What We Like
- Easy to navigate interface
- Trails are laid out in an attractive fashion
- Messaging is built-in and doesn’t require any extra downloads
And Not So Much
- Too many taps to share a single image
- Not many people using Tribeway
- Doesn’t do anything that isn’t already available elsewhere
Overall, Tribeway is just another social network, and although it’s not as intuitive as others, Tribeway may be something worth considering. If you’re tired of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+, and want to give something else a shot, Tribeway is deserving of a look or two. However, remember that you can’t sign up without a Google+ or Facebook account, and chances are, none of your friends are on there. So you’ll need to invite them before anything else.
If you’re interested in Tribeway, drop us a line and let us know. We love connecting with our readers, so let us know if you’re using it, and we’ll definitely do some connecting.
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In today’s world of technology, we are able to communicate faster than ever. A simple #hashtag, like, or comment can help keep us informed of all that is happening around us. Unfortunately, it can also mean we may miss something important we want to know. With the Trends Today app, you can now keep up with all the top stories in one spot.
Trends Today is an app that opens you up to a world of #hashtags. It allows you to see top trending stories on five of the most popular social sites: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, and Vine, all in one location. Other social sites are planned to be added with future app updates.
You can also receive notifications of new trends, though I didn’t seem to have that happen too often. You can turn off notifications in the Settings menu if you prefer not to receive them. This is also the only settings option you will find. It would be nice to have different theme options and the ability to select what social sites you want to see in the app.
Each site will have its own tab. I found this made it very easy to navigate between the different social sites. For Twitter and Facebook, lists are generated by trending topics. Once a topic has been selected, you will see the different tweets and posts on that topic, from which you can click on to read, comment, or share. You can also view posts by most recent or most popular. The Reddit tab will be organized by trending posts, instead of by topic,and Instagram and Vine will show thumbnails of the trending photos and videos.
Other features include a built-in web browser, so there is no jumping out of the app to view a post, and the ability to see what is popular worldwide, or by selecting a specific country. The current list of countries is USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and India.
When you first open the app, you will be asked to select which country you want to view posts from. You can change this, later, by clicking the menu button, at the top left of the screen, and selecting whichever location you prefer.
From the same menu, you can choose to create a profile as well. This is not required, nor is it clear as to what it’s for. Skipping the registration will not hinder your viewing experience, so I would just skip it.
When you select a post, you will be taken to the social media’s mobile site. To like, share, or comment, you will have to sign into your respective accounts. However, with Vine and Instagram, these will not open in the browser, instead, you’ll be taken to your default browser, or the app. You can view the pictures and videos, but there is no sign in option, so you cannot like or share within the Trends Today app. Hopefully, the developer will change this in future updates.
What we liked
- One app to view trending posts from multiple social sites
- Easy navigation
- Built-in browser
What could be better
- Needs more social sites, like Google+
- Sign in options for Instagram and Vine
- Options to select which sites you want to be displayed
For any of you who have multiple social media accounts, Trends Today is a great way to keep you up-to-date with the trends of each one. So, browse, comment, and #hashtag away with Trends Today.
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For a long time, my roommate has been threatening to create a Yelp page for me, just so that he can give me a low rating on my cooking ability. Now he won’t have to do that, because a group of insane people have actually gotten together and made a Yelp for human beings, it’s an Android app called “Peeple.”
According to the Washington Post, this startup company has already raised $7.6 million in venture capital. Peeple, which lets anyone with a phone or Facebook account assign star ratings to other people whether they are signed up for the app or not, is still in its beta stage. So far the notion has received a largely negative response from social media.
If you are friends with someone on Facebook or know their cell phone number, you will be able to give that person a rating out of five stars in three different categories: personal, professional, and romantic. The creators of Peeple are marketing it as “a positivity app for positive people,” but many have expressed concerns regarding the already-rampant problem of online shaming. Some have even gone so far as to call it “an app for bullying.”
Co-founder Julia Cordray believes that Peeple’s “integrity features” will help nip such problems in the bud. These “integrity features” include a 21-and-up age limit, the fact that the reviews you post are publicly tied to your Facebook account, and that your Facebook account must be at least six months old. You must also affirm that you know the person, and if they aren’t in the database, you must provide Peeple with their phone number before posting a review. Any negative reviews you receive will have a 48-hour pending time during which you can dispute them.
If this doesn’t sound like a can of worms to you, I don’t know what would. The team, who call themselves “bold innovators” on their website, believe the app will be a way for underappreciated people to get the positive feedback they deserve. They’ve posted a kind of manifesto called “An Ode to Courage” on their front page in which they proclaim that they won’t apologize for the “big waves” they are making because “we love you enough to give you this gift.”
“You never tell people how great you really are,” they say in a documentary covering the app’s development, “but maybe the network that loves you would.” Just my two cents here, but maybe one of the traits of a great person is that they don’t need everyone to think they’re great.
In a totally unforeseeable twist of irony, Peeple temporarily set their Twitter account to Private during the peak hours of negative backlash not long after announcing the app. We only hope that they have learned something of how unforgiving the internet can be, and apply that to Peeple before official launch.
Instagram has been around FOREVER, and it just seems to gain popularity all the time. Even with “competitors” like Vine and SnapChat, people still opt to go to Instagram to post their favorite pictures, even if it’s of their dinner every day.
Back in 2013, Instagram introduced a way for users to share images and comments with either just one person or a small group of users. Instagram Direct has been a way to not have to deal with the slew of different users that you already follow, instead you can focus on sending that embarrassing vacation photo with just your close-nit friends.
Now, Instagram has added the ability to Direct Message another user from Instagram Direct. The move makes sense in light of the fact that Instagram is still growing, and has really been turning into a hybrid of both Twitter and Facebook, while maintaining a smaller profile.
Today’s updates also bring a brand new way to start conversations around what you see on Instagram. When you find something inspiring or funny, your first instinct is often to share it with friends who you know will appreciate it. Today, people do this by @-mentioning friends in comments, so much so that nearly 40% of comments include an @-mention. This update has made it easier to share content that you love.
It seems that Instagram is trying to kill the “@” action that everyone performs just about every other social media platform uses. It will be interesting to see whether this catches on, and if this will influence any changes to other social media platforms.
Let us know what you think about these changes in the comments below, and whether you actually use Instagram Direct, or if you just Instagram to look at those dinner pictures from two days ago.
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Instagram Direct is the social media site’s way of directly sharing content with friends and family, and it’s been a success for the site since it launched a few years back. Today, Direct is getting some new features to make it even better, including threaded messaging and a way to share photos and videos on your feed straight to specific people.
The threaded messaging feature makes Instagram Direct work pretty similarly to text messaging and group messaging. The threads will follow conversations depending on which people are in the conversation, and you can name groups and quickly share things through a dedicated camera button and emoji sticker button.
Instagram is also pushing the sharing aspect of the site, adding a share button directly to posts next to the comment and like button. This will let you send content to direct messages and groups, and is designed to skip the step of mentioning someone in an Instagram comment.
Privacy hasn’t changed with these new features, so anything you share directly will only be seen by whoever you specify, and the photos and videos will only be visible to people that could already see the content normally, so you won’t be able to circumvent private accounts this way.
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And you thought those duckface selfies on Instagram and awkward videos on YouTube were mindless! Well, you were not far from right. A study conducted by Ask.fm in collaboration with YouGov revealed that around 80 percent teenagers post pictures and status on social media without giving it a second thought.
Most of the respondents appeared to have a relaxed attitude towards social media, with a large number of them saying that they won’t regret posting anything on the public platforms.
The study also found that more and more teenagers are getting comfortable about their parents monitoring their online activity. Among British, American and Irish teenager respondents, the US ones appeared to to be least secretive, with only one out of 10 feeling the need to hide their social media activity. British teens fared on a par with their United States counterparts, with only 11% feeling the need to hide their online activity, while 27% Irish youngsters wanted more online privacy.
The poll was conducted among 2905 respondents including individuals aged between 13 to 19 and their parents. The study also found that US and Irish parents were more careful than their British counterparts when it came to monitoring their children’s online activity. Almost 5 out of 10 (45%) Brits do not monitor their teen’s online activity, in comparison to 20% Irish and 26% US parents. It emerged that parents were more worried about their children wasting time online (instead of doing home work) rather than cyberbullying, as only 13% parents admitted that they have been informed about it.
Full Press Release
Multi-Country Ask.fm Study Reveals Evolving Teen and Parent Attitudes and Usage When it Comes to Social Networks
DUBLIN, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — According to a study released today, Irish teens are unconcerned about the impact of their online activities, and are happy for their parents to see what they do on social networks. The study, conducted by leading international market research agency, YouGov on behalf of Ask.fm, the world’s largest Q&A social network, investigated how teenagers use social networks, what their parents are concerned about and attitudes towards anonymity and bullying.
Seventy-seven per cent of Irish teenagers feel they rarely or never say things they will later regret, and almost half (46%) of the 206 teenagers in Ireland questioned stated they don’t believe anyone their age takes what’s posted online “seriously,” further highlighting how comfortable they are online. Encouragingly, teens do appear to take bullying very seriously with 71% claiming they would step in if they observed this behavior. However, they also expect social networks to take action against bullying behavior, and prefer to report bullying they see on such sites in an anonymous fashion, if given the choice.
The study, Digital Families 2015: Evolving Attitudes Around Social Media and App Use, was conducted between May 29 and June 3, 2015 and had 2,905 respondents (206 Irish respondents), which included 13-18-year-olds and their parents. Results from the US and UK versions of the study can be found here.
Irish teen respondents are happy for parents to see their social media activity, underscoring the fact many teens use social networks as an everyday method for connecting with friends, as opposed to anything malicious:
- Only 3 in 10 (27%) teens feel the need to “hide” their social media activity from parents. Although, Irish teenagers are more secretive than their US and UK counterparts (10% and 11% respectively);
- 55 per cent stated “it doesn’t matter” to them if parents follow their social media accounts.
An Extension of Their Physical World
“The Ask.fm report demonstrates the degree to which social networks have become an extension of a teenager’s physical world. Teenagers don’t always think through the consequences of their actions and it is no different online; although, as we’ve seen, the ramifications of poor online choices can have particularly ill effects on relationships and future opportunities. There is still much education to be done, and this involves everyone: the networks themselves, parents, teachers and the Government,” said Annie Mullins OBE, Director of EU Safety Operations, Ask.fm.
The research shows the extent to which teenagers in Ireland are concerned with how they are perceived by peers while engaging with these services.
- 37 per cent of Irish teenagers check to see if anyone has commented, favourited or liked their post within a few minutes of posting it;
- 25 per cent enable push notifications so they don’t have to check back in the app for updates;
- Almost half (45%) always or sometimes feel disappointed if they don’t get a response quickly after they have posted;
- Irish and British teens are most fearful of being laughed at for talking about a crush/boyfriend/girlfriend, problems at home, family, and friends online (54% and 49%, respectively); however, American teens are less concerned about it (32%).
Attitudes Toward Anonymity: Sharing What They Really Feel
When it comes to anonymity online, it is not just reporting tools that teenagers want:
- 46 per cent of Irish teens say being anonymous online allows them to share new ideas without the worry of being made fun of;
- 36 per cent say they can share their real feelings this way.
Despite the perception by some that anonymity online can lead to or enable bullying, interestingly, 41% of teenagers across all countries who have been bullied online say they are more likely to talk about difficult topics online if they were anonymous. Of all Irish teenagers (whether they stated they were bullied or not) only 5% would talk about difficult topics on their public profile, compared to 50% if they were anonymous.
The study found teens post anonymous questions online for several reasons, including:
- The ability to engage in discussions on topics they don’t feel comfortable talking about publicly;
- Avoiding looking “dumb” asking a question;
- Wanting to learn what someone really thinks of them;
- Showing a different side of their personality.
When it comes to their teenager’s anonymity online, Irish parents’ top concerns are that teenagers may give personal information away without knowing who they’re giving it to, and adult predators can more easily target their child (both 65%).
Anonymity with Responsibility
“When offered in a responsible way, the option for anonymity online can be a powerful tool for teenagers. They want to discuss difficult topics, whether it be about first relationships, issues with their studies or problems at home, without the fear of being judged. However, we have to help users of this feature act responsibly with the right tools, moderation strategies, guidance and appropriate consequences for misuse. No one is ever 100% anonymous online. Teenagers need to know this, and be clear on the consequences of their actions,” concluded Mullins.
Irish Parents More Cautious of Social Media Use
Even though parents have come to accept the fact their teenaged children’s use of social media has become a part of everyday life, Irish parents are more cautious than their US and UK counterparts:
- In the UK, almost half (45%) do not monitor their teen’s online activity, compared to only 20% in Ireland and 26% in the US;
- When examining how they monitor, over a third (38%) know their teenaged child’s password(s) and log into their account(s).
Yet Parents Don’t Use the Networks Their Teenagers do
While most parents say they are aware of most of the sites their teenagers spend time on (96%), it is clear that with the volume of networks and apps available, they aren’t able to keep up, and certainly not able to spend time on all of them to best understand how they work. For example, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram are three of the top five social networks Irish teenagers use, yet a third of Irish parents have never used them before (32%, 30% and 34% respectively).
“Given that social media is a part of everyday life, it is more important than ever that conversations about how to behave responsibly are also woven into everyday discussion. Understandably, staying on top of every social network is a daunting task for parents, which is why all stakeholders – teenagers, parents, teachers and the platforms – must work together to ensure younger users have the guidance and tools they need to create the safest and positive experience possible,” commented Mullins.
Despite this still being a large percentage, Irish parents fare better than their US and UK counterparts: in both regions, almost half of parents haven’t used the top two networks used by their teenagers.
Concern About Time Spent Online
For parents, the main concern was not about abuse or what their children might see or do while using these services, but rather the amount of time they spend online (61%) that could be spent on other activities such as homework.
Other big concerns are:
- Teenagers might be targeted by adult predators (51%);
- They might see something they shouldn’t (56%);
- They may use websites that aren’t appropriate (56%).
Concern about their teenager being bullied is third to last (49%), although many more parents in Ireland are concerned about this when compared to the US (21%) and the UK (29%).
Bullying: Teens Take a Stand
When it comes to bullying, online or offline, teens are prepared to take action. Whether that is stepping in if they witness someone being bullied (71%), blocking someone from contacting them on a social network (54% have in the past and 23% would if they needed to), or approaching a parent (60%) if they are bullied themselves.
When it comes to taking action, Irish teenagers feel more comfortable reporting bullying online if they are anonymous compared to their counterparts in the UK and the US, especially if they are witnesses as opposed to targets themselves. Along with anonymous reporting, teenagers also expect social networks and apps to take action and hold bullies accountable by closing accounts and blocking them from opening new ones.
Bullying appears to be more commonplace in person than online, as stated by both parents and teenagers:
- 43 per cent of parents have been told by their teenaged child that they have been bullied in the physical world;
- Opposed to only 13% who have been told about cyberbullying.
- The average proportion of teenagers that stated they had been bullied in person was 33%;
- Opposed to 16% who said they had been bullied online.
“We share teens’ view that networks must take abuse on their platform seriously and hold young people who bully accountable for their actions,” said Mullins. “Our goal is to make it increasingly easier for users to block and report abusive behavior, and we’ll continue to seek input from teens on how we can best empower them to call out bad behavior when they see it.”
Please visit Ask.fm’s Safety Center for additional survey findings and more information and tips on how to help teens make safe and healthy choices online.
Ask.fm is the world’s largest Q&A social network where more than 150 million members in more than 150 countries connect and engage by asking each other questions. Ask.fm is operated by Ask.com, the leading brand for online questions and answers and an operating business of IAC.
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Facebook has brought a new button to their mobile app and website that will make it significantly easier to donate to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Previously, the company had donate buttons for certain organizations that would allow you to quickly make a one-time donation with whatever credit card you had on file with Facebook. This button expands that, but makes things a little less intuitive.
The new buttons, clearly labeled “Donate Now,” make it much, much easier for someone to donate to whatever nonprofit organization of their choice, allow all the new buttons really do is link to the organization’s external website. There’s no more clean Facebook integration, so it’s more of a shortcut than anything. Still, it’s probably a good thing for these organizations that they’re getting the extra visibility.
You should start seeing the button on pages soon.
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If you use Facebook often, you might notice some slight changes to the site’s logo over the next few days. The company has (very quietly) announced a redesign of the word “Facebook” on their site, which now uses a slightly more rounded font. Is it a major change? Not at all. But Facebook is almost synonymous with social media at this point, and their previous font has become pretty iconic for the company.
The standard lowercase f you’re used to on the app logo and everywhere else on the web should remain the same, so if you hate change, at least that’ll stay the same.
Any thoughts on the new logo? I’m not a big Facebook user, but I think the new font looks a little more modern and friendly. Combined with the newer tablet interface Facebook is working on, it looks like the company is going to spend 2015 revamping their image.
source: Under Consideration
via: The Verge
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Hootsuite’s Android application has been updated with several new features, mostly focused on image sharing and scheduled content publishing. The update brings the app to version 3.1, marking the first iterative update since it’s massive 3.0 update not too long ago.
Most of the new features are noticeable in the tweaked interface. The UI for composing tweets has been moved around a bit, making the send tweet arrow more prominent while hiding scheduling options behind a drop-down menu. When placing images within a tweet, Hootsuite now also shows a live preview of those images, which it didn’t do before. There are a few other slight changes, including Hootsuite being able to send out images to social media as opposed to just links, and a menu for looking at your scheduled content before it goes live.
You can grab the update from the link below.
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