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The Scoop on Snapkits Part 2- YOLO

The Scoop on Snapkits Part 2- YOLO

Previously we learned about Snapchat, an app designed for users to share pictures and messages that are only available for a short period before they become inaccessible to their recipients. More specifically, we dove into the world of Snapchat accessories otherwise recognized as Snapkits. The anonymous question and answer platform, coined YOLO (You only live once), can be accessed within a download and three clicks, allowing users enter a new kind of network where identity is fluid.

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The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

Since it first topped the charts back in 2011, Snapchat has been the gateway app for teens entering the world of social media. In this two-part series we'll be diving into this multimedia messaging app’s accessories. Snapchat is designed for users to share pictures and messages that are only available for a short period before they become inaccessible to their recipients. As it’s users have evolved over time, so has Snapchat. The creation of Bitmoji, otherwise known as your personal emoji, has paved the way for several app accessories. These use Snapchat as a foundation for extensions such as dating and anonymous question and answer platforms notoriously recognized as Snap kits.

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The star of lockdown: TikTok

The star of lockdown: TikTok

During this time of social isolation, our need to fill our days with activity has led to increased reliance on our electronic devices. People are longing to stay in contact with the outside world to maintain a sense of normality and belonging in this unexpected time of social isolation. Not surprisingly, with users aiming to “go viral”,  TikTok is the latest social media app soaring to the top of the charts. 

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The real challenge online is keeping people safe

The real challenge online is keeping people safe

The concept of “do not try this at home” has discovered a new meaning thanks to viral challenges that have taken the internet by storm.  A category of entertainment in which one action goes viral and millions of people recreate it with the sole purpose of obtaining views. 

Since the start of social media, numerous challenges have taken the web by storm, all resulting in unique sets of consequences.  Currently, the skull-breaker challenge and the penny challenge are circulating TikTok encouraging dangerous behaviors.

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Social Media for Good

Social Media for Good

We hear a lot about the scary side of social media – from cyberbullying to screen addiction – but the online world is far from all-negative. There are many ways to use and contribute to social media in order to make the world and your life a little bit brighter!

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