By Braeden Mincher, Social Media Manager
It seems like there are hundreds of new social networks that advertisements are pushing you to go and check out. Perhaps you have tried out a few up and coming social networks, and it just was not for you. Of course there is always Facebook and Twitter, but naturally, people like to switch it up. So, how do you weed out all of these social networks to find which is worth your time? H
Here are five social networks that you may want to check out.
1. Snapchat. You may have heard of, or probably have witnessed people using this app. Popular for sending unattractive, silly pictures with a small, witty caption, Snapchat is a fun social tool that is great for keeping in contact with friends. The best part about this app is that whatever you send out, it’ll only last for no longer than 10 seconds then it’s gone forever. You can even send up to 10 seconds of video footage on the app and draw on the picture or video you’re sending. There are also options to change the filter on the picture and enlarge the text, for dramatic effect, of course.
2. Instagram. This is another popular and rising social media superstar. Popular for sharing pictures to your friends that are following you, Instagram has fun features as well as various filters you can add to your picture to make it look more fun. Friends can also “like” and comment on a picture, just as one would like and comment on a picture or post on Facebook.
3. We Heart It. This one you may not have heard about. Similar to Pinterest, users of this social network can post canvases and collections rather than pinning boards. You can also “heart” something and tag other users in a photo. This app is like the younger and artsier version of Pinterest, so if you’re that type of person it’s definitely something to check out!
4. Medium. Created by Evan Williams and Biz Stone (formally of Twitter) in 2012, this social network was designed for microblogging. If you are the type of person who is interested in publishing your ideas and stories, you may want to check out Medium. Users of Medium can recommend their favorite stories to others on the network, and users can also compile their favorite stories.
5. Vine. This social network allows users to share up to a six second long videos with others. Other users can choose to “like”, comment, and “revine” (similar to sharing) these vines. However, Vine has drawn recent popularity for its own Vine celebrities. These celebrities are not your normal television or music stars; Vine celebrities became popular through the social network by creating hilarious vines that people were sharing and liking, thus making the people popular. The most popular person on Vine is 16-year-old Nash Grier, with 9 million followers. Nash became famous through Vine and has had other opportunities because of his popularity.
These five rising social networks are something that you should at least check out if you are getting bored with the same old, same old on Twitter and Facebook. Whether you want to have a good laugh watching vines, share a picture to your friends, or be creative with your stories and ideas, one of these rising social networks may be your new favorite thing.
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