Monthly Archives: June 2014

About Snapchat

Snapchat is a messaging app available on Andriod and iOS devices that is based on sending photos to a set list of recipients. These photo’s are called “Snaps” and can be customized with text and a paint tool so you can draw over it.
Users set a time limit on the snaps, from 1-10 seconds, which gives the recipient that amount of time to view the snap before it is unavailable to view again. The only way to see the image again is to use Replay which can only be used once a day or you screenshot the image however with the limited time and the fact you have to hold your finger on the image to keep the snap up this can be difficult. Also the sender will be notified when their snap has been screenshot and who has done it, so you have to be careful not to break someones trust with it.

Each user has a score and “best friends”. Both of these features are based around how many snaps you send and how many you snaps you receive.
Your score is the total number of sent and received snaps and to see it you go to your feed page and tap “snapchat” at the top of the screen and the two numbers will appear as “0000|0000” (sent|received).

Your best friends are the users you snap back and forth with the most often and your list is updated weekly. You can see who your best friends are when you’re deciding who send a snap to, they are located at the top so you can access them the easiest. Another way to view your best friends is to go on the My Friends screen and tap your name at the top, you can view your friend’s best friends you just tap their name like you did yours.

Recently, the developers at Snapchat Inc. have added on two new features called Chat and Here.
Chat is where you swipe against one of your friends names on the Feed screen and you can use it as a normal messenger service. You can also send snaps through the chat feature by using the yellow camera icon on the Chat screen.
Here is a video messenger service on the app that is accessed through Chat. When you are online at the same time as your friend the yellow camera icon on Chat will turn blue and all you have to do is hold that down and you’re connected to Here.
Although these are both nice additions to the app, not many users enjoy using them as it takes away from the original premise of Snapchat.

Statistics show that approx. 400 million Snaps are received everyday and 88% of Snaps are sent to only one person. 70% of users are female and the core audience are 13-20 year olds. 25% of UK Smartphone users have Snapchat. The app has an estimated 5 million users that active daily.

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(Statistics found at: Metro and DMR)

About WordPress

WordPress is a free-to-use, open source, web-based software, written in PHP, that anyone can make an independent blog or website with. It can be accessed on multiple platforms nowadays such as computers, mobile phones and tablets.
Since being born in 2003 to just be a simple blogging site, it has developed into a full content management system  which means that it can be used to maintain full-size, rich business websites. It has also become the most popular engine for bloggers. A variety of famous sites use WordPress for example, Mashable. In my opinion the reason WordPress is so well-liked is because the developers have made it so easy-to-use.

You only have to access this one site to create, edit and manage as many sites you want. And also allows you to add other users to your site so that you can collaborate with others to make a bigger environment. So not only can you make your blog/website as wide as you want, you can also make it look how you want by using the large amount of customisable themes that most are free, some though have to be paid for, however everything is up to you and what direction you want to go in for your site.

To make it even more inviting you have a collection of options to make your posts with.
Firstly there is the default Text format which you can write an unlimited amount of rambles with and on top of that you can add in media such as videos, photos and polls.
Then there is also options to make posts based solely around photos (Image), videos (Video) and link (Link) which are all pretty basic.
In addition to those formats there is Quote which highlights your text to make it stand out more. And also Aside which can be used for smaller posts to make notes of quick thoughts. Then finally you have Audio posts on which you can share your favourite songs or podcasts and Chat which comes out in the style of transcript so you can show off conversations you’ve had with friends.

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Once you’ve made your posts you will supposedly want to organise them so they’re more easily found by your audience. This is where categories and tags come in.
Categories can be used to make separate pages so that different subjects aren’t all smushed together. For example if you have made a post about your latest favourite outfit you could make a “Fashion” category then your next post that is updating your life can be put under “Personal” and so on. So those reading your blog that want to find a specific post don’t have to scroll through you archive for ages.
Tags are for when those searching for a specific subject can find your post on that subject more easily. Though they sound similar to Categories, the difference is that you can have multiple tags (however there is a limit on the number of tags you can use to prevent spam) that cover each and every part your post is about, and so are more specific, therefore using some tags means that your blog will appear in more Topic Listings.

Thanks to its number of different features and platforms WordPress will most likely be one of the most widely-used blogging sites for a long time.

What is the Difference Between the Internet and the World Wide Web

The Internet is a network of sub-networks that can be accessed by anyone and everyone around the world. Sub-networks could include school networks, office networks, defense networks etc.
The World Wide Web is one of the software services provided by the Internet and depends on the Internet to work. It is connects a huge variety different of web pages through hyperlinks and URLs. Other software’s provided by the Internet included e-mail and instant messaging.