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Snapchat to release updated app!

After Snapchat was hacked into and 4.6 million users’ phone numbers and usernames were downloaded Snapchat have said;

We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.

On Friday 27th December 2013 published a blog post highlighting the issue with their ‘Find Friends’ feature. They went on to say in their blog post that;

Theoretically, if someone were able to upload a huge set of phone numbers, like every number in an area code, or every possible number in the U.S., they could create a database of the results and match usernames to phone numbers that way.

The ‘Find Friends’ feature allows you to enter your phone number; so people who have your phone number can find you on Snapchat, and so allowing you to send Snaps to your phone contacts. However, in the new app which Snapchat are set to release they are going to make the ‘Find Friends’ feature even more optional than it is already.

The current app

With the current “Find Friends” feature you have the option to enter your phone number, or not. The ‘Find Friends’ app was originally introduced to help you find contacts in your address book; people you’re already friends with. Therefore, by entering your phone number it allows anybody with your phone number to find you on Snapchat.

The updated app

The current app will, according to Snapchat’s blog post on the 2nd January, allow users to opt out of the ‘Find Friends’ feature on Snapchat, so that hackers can’t obtain your phone number and link your number to your username on Snapchat. However, you will still need to verify your account with your phone number. Snapchat then went on to say

We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.

Do you use Snapchat frequently?

What do you think about the changes which are going to be made?

Don’t use Snapchat? Or don’t use it much? What social media site or apps do you prefer?

Let me know in the comments!

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EmployCallumToday | Instagram Direct Vs Snapchat and Twitter

Guest blog on EmployCallumToday by myself & Chris Lisseman

“When we first heard about Instagram’s upcoming mystery event we were just as confused, yet excited as to, what to expect. We didn’t expect Instagram to come up with a whole new feature.”

Read the full article here:

EmployCallumToday | Instagram Direct Vs Snapchat and Twitter.

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Social Media lessons

This year has been a successful one for social media. Not only have we seen the usage of Twitter and Facebook rise, but we have also seen some (well quite a few) new social media platforms arise.  Starting with Snapchat; which has become a very popular way to send images to friends and just communicate for fun. Not only is Snapchat one of the newest popular social media platforms but we also have the likes of Instagram (including features such as InstaVid & Instagram Direct) and Vine; which is a platform that allows its users to upload video’s which can be a maximum of 6 seconds.

Social media is more visual

Social media, in my opinion, is beginning to get more and more visual. First, we had Facebook and Twitter starting off as text based social media platforms, now they (more so Twitter than Facebook) are encouraging its users to use pictures, making Twitter more visual as they recently released the feature which allows its users to send images via. direct messaging when using a Twitter app on IOS, Android etc. Not only have Twitter added this feature to make their platform more visual but they have also recently changed the way in which images are displayed on both the app and As tweets/links no longer need to be clicked to view an image, as the image is already open and visible on your Twitter feed. This is better because it catches your attention more..also it would seem that people prefer visual tweets over textual tweets; as it’s known that tweets with images are 94 percent more likely to be retweeted

Also, the fact that social media is becoming much more visual could’ve played an important role in Facebook wanting to buy Snapchat, as well as (should) know that Facebook offered Snapchat a hefty sum of $3 billion, resulting in Snapchat declining this. Maybe this was because Snapchat have envisaged that social media is becoming more and more visual, or do the creators of Snapchat think their app is worth, or will be worth, much much more than $3 billion?!

Social media’s for kids?

No, social media is not just for kids. Some people have a misconception that social media is for kids; talking to friends, making new friends, playing games etc etc. However, it’s much more than that. Why? How? Well it’s pretty clear that social media is a very influential platform, and this is why social media can have effects on people; it can effect whether somebody gets a job (or not), it can affect your relationships..

Twitter can help you get a job, so can LinkedIn and many other platforms..but they (if used wrongly) also do the opposite. Use your social networks wisely, keep it (relatively) professional; don’t let an employer see anything you would be embarrassed about (i.e. a drunken picture on your Facebook profile).

A social network dedicated to selfies

What does everybody think to the newest social media website ‘Shots of Me’ invested in by Justin Bieber?

Is it too much like Snapchat? Isn’t Snapchat just a “selfie sharing app”; yes the images disappear, but isn’t that half the fun of it? According to “techcrunch” Shot of Me allows you to “share selfies to the app’s Instagram-style internal social network”. So, is this new social network just a mixture of Snapchat and Instagram? Two already successful social media apps. Much like Instagram ‘Shots of Me’ also allows you to post images to Twitter; however doesn’t this defeat the object of not having comment? As followers will be able to access your image and then tweet you comments about that image..

It is said that Instagram will be added to the apps which you’ll be able to share your ‘Shot of Me’ images on to.

Who’s tried this app out already or is going to try it? Let me know what you think of it!

Brilliant original post by ‘CLisseman’:

A social network dedicated to selfies.