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How I’m using Instagram stories & Snapchat To Share My Journey

August 4th, 2016 by Christen   It came from out of nowhere, when everyone least expected it.  Just when you were getting comfortable and engaged with the short form sharing platform SnapChat, Instagram releases an update that turned the social sharing world upside down.   Instagram stories So what is an Instagram story anyways?  According to the official Instagram announcement, Instagram stories a new feature that lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share multiple photos and videos, they appear together in a slideshow format: your story. According to social media savants, strategists and experts alike Instagram stories are new ways to engage with friends and followers on Instagram.  According to my brilliant blogger bae Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey Instagram Stories vs SnapChat means……"Instagram kinda bodies Snapchat."   Instagram stories   Like many of you, the new update left me dazed, confused and contemplating if I really have to adapt to using either or both social platforms in the future.  After further deliberation, my conclusion is a resounding YES!  I’ve figured out how to effectively use Instagram stories and SnapChat to share my journey and hopefully it’ll inspire you to share and create authentic content in a fun and exciting new way too!  

Instagram Stories – A little less unfiltered.    

Instagram vs snapchat             As much as I love to share my journeys, adventures and moments behind the scenes of building a brand and charging ahead in my career, I often find myself guilty of going days (sometime even weeks) without social shares on Instagram.  The solution:  Snapchat and Instagram stories!  Are you following @DivasandDorks on Instagram? If not, you might want to do that STAT.  As far as Instagram stories are concerned, I’ll be sharing moments behind the blog that’ll give insight into the life of the diva behind  You’ll find plenty of adventures in travel, cars and tech with a sprinkle of delectable dorkiness in between.  

SnapChat – Absolutely Uninhibited.

snapchat   Want to get to know the girl behind the blog?  (This is the part where you frantically search @DivasandDorks on SnapChat and click Add!)  Snapchat is my refuge where I speak to the voices in my head OUT LOUD.  (No there aren’t real voices in my head, but I do think I’m speaking to a group of my imaginary friends, that is, until you guys snap me back and I realize that I’m sharing my boring life with my internet peeps, family and friends! LOL)  On the snap, get ready for a front row seat into the life of Christen.  Lately it’s been a hoot sharing my morning commute karaoke moments, behind the scenes of my tv diva career, family, friends and Sundays at church.   So now you know what to expect from ME, what should I expect to see on your snaps and Instagram stories?  Are you loving the new Instagram update or are you a snapchatter til the bitter end?  Drop your Instagram and snapchat names in the comments and let me know your story below!    

Is Instagram And SnapChat Merging To Create A Super PhotoSharing App?

September 1st, 2015 by Tech Staff Is it us or is Instagram and snapchat starting to look a lot alike these days?  Starting today on Instagram you do a whole lot of sharing like SnapChat and more!     Instagram and Snapchat super app   Starting today on Instagram you can reply with photos in a thread and start a convo with just text. Plus, rather than tag friends in the comments of public feed posts you want them to see, Instagram now has a new Direct share button that lets you send other peoples photos or videos in a private chat.  
  The changes could prime Instagram Direct for the rapid-fire back-and-forth photo messaging popular amongst teens that fueled Snapchat’s ascent. It could also give people a way to talks with friend about interesting public posts without their conversation getting lost in the endless reels of comments spurred by celebs and popular users.
“I definitely think it’s an evolution” an Instagram spokesperson says regarding how Direct threads work. Previously, one person would send a photo or video, and recipients could send hearts or leave comments. But if they wanted to send a reaction photo or another image to further the discussion, they had to start a whole new thread. “Now they’re conversations whereas before they were just a moment” she said.
To power quick-draw convos, Direct now features an in-line camera. A quick tap adds a photo to the chat, while a tap-and-hold shoots a video. The design of the button, complete with a red line creeping around the button as you use up seconds of video, is almost identical to Snapchat’s trigger. Direct messages can also include special hearts and big emoji. You could imagine teens sending a funny photo and then all their friends replying with selfies of them laughing or related emoji.   instagram and snapcht   And if you don’t have an image to share you can now start threads with a text message. You can message anyone. If they follow you, the thread goes right into their inbox, and if they don’t, it stays hidden in a pending cue unless the recipient approves.   Now, the Direct button beside ones for likes and comments will pull up a friend selector showing the people and groups you’ve recently Direct messaged. Tap a few and you can quickly send them the post privately. Similar to Twitter’s recently added feature that lets you DM tweets, allows you to backchannel in secret. That way you can snark about your frenemies or elaborate without your convo being fragmented amongst other comments. People can also share hashtag pages, location pages, and user profiles via Direct. With about 25% of its 300 million-plus user base on its messaging feature, it needs more ways for people to pull content from outside their network into chat threads. Now when you discover something awesome on Instagram, it could entertain your friends too.   via TechCrunch  

New York Fashion Week Goes Social With Rebecca Minkoff Snapchat Sneek Peek

September 5th, 2013 by Christen

Rebecca Minkoff Snapchat

Rebecca Minkoff Snapchat

  With designers in search of new ways to make collections generate fashion week buzz, many of them resort to social media as the "go to" for the masses.  For its Spring/Summer 2012 show, Burberry decided to debut its collection via Twitter, sending the brand's name to Twitter's list of global trending topics at the time. Just last week, it was announced that Carolina Herrera has launched her first social media contest to boost awareness of her bridal line.  It's no longer show attendees that get the first glance at fashion week looks — this season, for Rebecca Minkoff fans at least, that honor falls to the users of Snapchat.  Now with the power of social media, Rebecca Minkoff has solicited the power of the Snapchat app to debut her Spring 2014 collection moments before they appear on the runway.  

Rebecca Minkoff Snapchat

  Snapchat is a two-year old iPhone and Android app that allows users to send messages, photos and videos that automatically self-destruct seconds after they're viewed.  Sharing sneek peeks of the Spring 2014 collection allows fans to experience the star fashions of the shows even before most editors and show-goers can.  The Rebecca Minkoff team believes  that fashion week involves the consumer just as much as it does the designers, editors and buyers.  Uri Minkoff, the CEO of Rebecca Minkoff says, "We believe in a different approach. We believe the consumer is part of [fashion week], and that their inclusion is going to grow. The consumer has a voice and say in [our] brand, they should get special perks even if they can't attend the show." Are you keeping up with the New York Fashion Week excitement from the comfort of your computer screen?  Check out all the runway shows in it's entirety here. Will you be following the Rebecca Minkoff releases on Snapchat?  We'll be sure to post some of the exclusive sneek peeks via Instagram for your New York Fashion Week enjoyment. via



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