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The Next 9 Apps And Websites To Head To After Facebook

The Next 9 Apps And Websites To Head To After Facebook
June 06
08:54 2015

Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs.

You don’t need to know the ins and outs of all the apps and sites that are “hot” right now and frankly, if you did, they wouldn’t be trendy anymore.

But knowing the basics — what they are, why they’re popular, and what problems can crop up when they’re not used responsibly — can make the a huge difference.

Below, we’ve laid out some of the most popular types of apps and websites for: texting, micro-blogging, self-destructing/secret, and chatting/meeting/dating.

The more you know about each, the better you’ll be able to communicate in trend.

 

Texting App

WhatsApp lets users send text messages, audio messages, videos, and photos to one or many people with no message limits or fees.

What you should know?

It can be pushy. After you sign up, it automatically connects you to all the people in your address book who also are using WhatsApp. It also encourages you to add friends who haven’t signed up yet.

 

Micro Blogging Apps and Sites

Instagram lets users snap, edit, and share photos and 15-second videos, either publicly or with a private network of followers. It unites the most popular features of social media sites: sharing, seeing, and commenting on photos. It also lets you apply fun filters and effects to your photos, making them look high quality and artistic.

What you should know?

Public photos are the default. Photos and videos shared on Instagram are public unless privacy settings are adjusted. Hashtags and location information can make photos even more visible to communities beyond a teen’s followers if his or her account is public.

Private messaging is now an option. Instagram Direct allows users to send “private messages” to up to 15 mutual friends. These pictures don’t show up on their public feeds.

Texting Apps

Snapchat is a messaging app that lets users put a time limit on the pictures and videos they send before they disappear.

What you should know?

It’s a myth that Snapchats go away forever.

Data is data: Whenever an image is sent, it never truly goes away. (For example, the person on the receiving end can take a screenshot of the image before it disappears.)

Snapchats can even be recovered. After a major hack in December 2013 and a settlement with the FTC, Snapchat has clarified its privacy policy, but teens should stay wary.

It can make sexting seem OK. The seemingly risk-free messaging might encourage users to share pictures containing sexy images.

 

Vine

Vine is a social media app that lets users post and watch looping six-second video clips.

This Twitter-owned service has developed a unique community of people who post videos that are often creative, funny, and sometimes thought-provoking.

What you should know?

It’s full of inappropriate videos. In three minutes of random searching, we came across a clip full of full-frontal male nudity, a woman in a fishnet shirt with her breasts exposed, and people blowing marijuana smoke into each other’s mouths.

There are significant privacy concerns. The videos you post, the accounts you follow, and the comments you make on videos all are public by default. But you can adjust your settings to protect your posts; only followers will see them, and you have to approve new followers.

Twitter

Twitter is a microblogging site that allows users to post brief, 140-character messages — called “tweets” — and follow other users’ activities.

What you should know?

Public tweets are the norm. Though you can choose to keep your tweets private.

Updates appear immediately. Even though you can remove tweets, your followers can still read what you wrote until it’s gone.

Tumblr

Tumblr is like a cross between a blog and Twitter: It’s a streaming scrapbook of text, photos, and/or videos and audio clips. Users create and follow short blogs, or “tumblelogs,” that can be seen by anyone online (if made public).

What you should know?

Porn is easy to find. This online hangout is hip and creative but sometimes raunchy. Pornographic images and videos and depictions of violence, self-harm, drug use, and offensive language are easily searchable.

Privacy can be guarded but only through an awkward workaround. The first profile a member creates is public and viewable by anyone on the Internet. Members who desire full privacy have to create a second profile, which they’re able to password-protect.

Posts are often copied and shared. Reblogging on Tumblr is similar to re-tweeting: A post is reblogged from one tumblelog to another.

Whisper

Whisper is a social “confessional” app that allows users to post whatever’s on their minds, paired with an image.

What you should know?

Whispers are often sexual in nature. Some users use the app to try to hook up with people nearby, while others post “confessions” of desire. Lots of eye-catching nearly nude pics accompany these shared secrets.

Content can be dark. People normally don’t confess sunshine and rainbows; common Whisper topics include insecurity, depression, substance abuse, and various lies told to employers.

Although it’s anonymous to start, it may not stay that way. The app encourages users to exchange personal information in the “Meet Up” section.

 

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