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Five Photo Editing Apps To Download For Flawless Selfies

July 31st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

How the heck are her Instagram selfies flawless – all the dang time?

 

I know I can’t be the only person that has pondered the wonder that is “flawless selfies” that while scrolling through an Instagram timeline.  By now, we all know that Instagram, Facebook & Twitter is nothing more than our own curated form of reality. Which is probably why you find Madeface, Bitstrips and photos of your friends online that look nothing like your friends online. One of the biggest trends in app development are apps that bring the power of airbrushing & photoshop to your fingers tips. Wondering what top photo editing apps the latest filtered-photos are courtesy of?  Check out which top photo editing apps are changing the faces of online photos everywhere below:
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1.  Perfect365Perfect365, a free photo editing app that lets people instantly smooth skin, excise zits, highlight eyes and even resize noses before sending their image out on the Internet. (Available for iPhone / Android / Windows)

 

2. ModiFace Photo EditorModiFace Photo Editor features a cosmetics/makeup simulation, as well as skin and facial enhancement effects. Other great features include blemish removal, color contacts, facial/body slimming, and even warping. To finalize your photo, you can add a filter, frame, and text, and instantly share your polished result with your friends and family!  (Available for iPhone)

 

3.  Pixtr – Pixtr is the get pix fixed quick app. Get professionally edited photos at the touch of a button. No editing skills required. No more pictures gone to waste. In no time at all.  (Available for iPhone / Android / Windows)

 

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The Visage Lab app removed under-eye wrinkles, brightened skin & provided an au natural glow IN ONE CLICK!

 

4. Visage LabThe Visage Lab photo editing app applies the touch of a plastic surgeon in an instant.  Remove pimples and wrinkles, outline the eyes and whiten the teeth in seconds, with all operations made automatically! (Available for iPhone / Android (coming soon))

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5.  FaceTune - Facetune provides easy, powerful tools previously reserved for the pros, to make every photo look perfect.  (Available for iPhone / Android / Windows)

 

 

 

With all of these photo enhancing apps who would dare post a photo using #nofilter ever again?

 

Do you have any of these apps in your smartphone arsenal? Which of these apps would you download and use most?

 

 

Social Media Wedding Etiquette – the #DOS and #DONTS

May 19th, 2014 by Tech Staff

WEDDING SEASON IS HERE!  Everyone has seen the viral video of a couple’s first dance as husband and wife or the amazingly choreographed entries of wedding parties.  But for brides who do not want their weddings to play out like a reality TV show, how much is too much?

 

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Social Media Wedding Etiquette – the #DOS and #DONTS
Brides are becoming more insistent on controlling the messaging of their nuptials by setting guidelines of how public the wedding will be on the internet.  Regardless of their stance on posting or not posting, 44% of brides believe digital rules are important in setting the tone for their guests.  Only 14% of brides are taking cues from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who are rumored to be completely banning cell phones from their wedding - and asking that there be absolutely NO social media posting.

 

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Other notable social media requests brides make:

  • Don’t Spoil the Surprise: 62% believe the bridesmaids should not post any photos of the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.
  • Wait Your Turn: 58% believe the bride and groom should be the first to post a photo from the wedding.
  • Viral Video Stars: 32% are saying “I don’t” to any video content on YouTube, which means no chance of a viral video!
  • #BestWeddingEver: 26% want you to use their specially-created hashtag should you post anything about the wedding. Actress Kaley Cuoco not only Instagrammed during her wedding and in the days after, she even used her own hashtag #thesweetings. Cuoco’s first wedding photo posted on Instagram under the hashtag received more than 48,000 “likes” from her fans.
  • Sharing is Caring: Only 22% think the bride and groom should be the only ones to post photos from the wedding. Once again Kaley Cuoco and her husband shared their happiness online allowing their guests to post photos throughout their New Year’s Eve wedding, and Mad Men actor Ben Feldman posted a photo of him and his bride right after the ceremony.

 

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Status Update:  “Married”
And of course, as soon as you are married you have to think about changing your name on your driver’s license, passport, and credit cards… but what about Facebook or Instagram?  A majority (56%) of brides will update their profile with their new name within a day of the wedding, and 10% will actually do it as the wedding is happening!
Have you attended a wedding this season? Are you a social media over sharer? Share your wedding social media “rules of engagement” below.

New Twitter Feature: How To MUTE Users On Twitter

May 13th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Many social media pundits have asked for a long time,  WHY CAN’T I JUST MUTE USERS WHEN I WANT?  Fortunately, Twitter responds and POOF!  You can now mute users on Twitter and it’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you’d like to hear from less. Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline. The muted user will not know that you’ve muted them, and of course you can unmute at any time.

Discover how to mute users on Twitter below:

 

To mute a Twitter user on iOS:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. Tap a Tweet from the user you’d like to mute.
  2. Tap the ••• icon.
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

To mute a Twitter user on Twitter for Android:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. Tap the ? icon.
  2. Tap Mute @username and confirm.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

 

 

To mute a Twitter user on the web:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. From a Tweet, click More at the bottom of the Tweet.
  2. Click Mute.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Go to the profile page of the person you wish to mute.
  2. Click the gear icon  on their profile page. This brings up a drop-down actions menu.
  3. Select Mute from the options listed.

Once you’ve muted a user on the web, you will see a confirmation banner. If you made a mistake, you can click Undo to unmute a user right away.

 

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Live Wedding Social Media Concierge Offered At W Hotels

March 26th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Flowers, check.  Band, check.  Ring, check.  But what about the official wedding tweeter?

For a mere $3,000, New York’s W Hotel is offering social media wedding concierges that promise to do away with “shameless wedding selfies.”

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The new service, described in pitch email, describes its services: “From live tweets and #hashtags to Vine videos and Instagram filters, W’s Social Media Wedding Concierge will document that “I Dos” and encourage guests to utilize a dedicated wedding hashtag for every one of their posts.”

The concierge will be responsible for documenting the planning process (think cake tasting and dress shopping),  posting information a “wedding blog” leading up to the big day, and even creating inspirational Pinterest boards. Of course, they will blast out updates of 140 characters or less throughout the entire event.

A spokesman for the hotel group says “Social media posts are no new thing, especially during weddings, but W Hotels in New York has a unique concept under their sleeve for this new trend, just in time for wedding season. “

For those who want to keep all the people you didn’t invite to the wedding updated on all the fun they’re not having, the package will be available now until the end of the year.  Lookout hustlers, you too can become a certified “live tweeter”, offering services for weddings, baby showers, bar mitzvahs and more :/

 

Would I hire a social media concierge?  I would definitely hire one, but they’d have to settle for free dinner and maybe a chance to perform with the wedding band!

What about you?  Would you hire a live tweeter?

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No More Social SPOILER ALERTS With Spoiler Shield App

March 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you hate spoiler surprises from your favorite shows on Facebook and Twitter, then the Spoiler Shield App is your new answer against those bothersome social media spoilers.  For all you “House of Cards” “Walking Dead” or “Scandal” fans – you now have an app that’ll instantly block out spoilers in your social media feed instantly.

If you hate spoilers like I hate spoilers, then this app is for you.  As one of those hardcore show fans that hates to see a show spoiler creep into my social media streams especially on Twitter (and the ones on Facebook are thee worst – I can’t deal with folks that update Facebook with every spoiler moment of my favorite show.) – this just might be the most used app on my smartphone at the moment…

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If you’re a sports fan,  March Madness is finally here and you’ll definitely want to discover  how the Spoiler Shield App could work for you.

 

 


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Spoiler Shield allows you to access both Facebook and Twitter from a single app. Now you have the power to block any posts you don’t want to see – that includes TV and sports spoilers and now celebrities.  You’re in full control of your Facebook and Twitter feeds, so if for some reason you decide you really want to see that shielded post about Justin Beiber, you can easily double-tap to reveal it.

 

While celebrity shields may be the latest addition to Spoiler Shield, they’re not the only way to control your feeds. Spoiler Shield allows you to block spoilers from over 50 different TV shows, as well as major sporting events. So this spring and summer you can do the same for the NCAA basketball and MLB.

This free app is available for Android and iOS today.

Would you use an app to block your favorite show spoilers ahead of time?  What shows would you use the Spoiler Shield app for?

 

Who Runs Social Media More? Men VS Women [Infographic]

March 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

You may think that just like with many other areas of online tech men are also paving the way for the use of smartphones and tablets for social media activities, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually women who are the most influential power that will shape how Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter will adapt to future generations of mobile devices.

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The infographic shows that women not only use social media more often than men, but they use these sites in more ways.  More women also use the top social media sites and they dominate the visual-type social websites, which are the fastest growing social networks today.

 

 

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You’ll see that while men may be more interested the latest mobile gadgets – it’s women who use them for online interaction with their friends and loved ones, or checking the latest gossip. The difference for tablets is especially huge. You can find more details and the numbers behind the infographic here.

Top Social Media Moments From Last Night’s OSCARS

March 3rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Lupita, Lupita, Lupita!  The 86th annual Academy Awards was a big night for the rising star!  Ellen ordered a lot of pizza and then set a Twitter record with her celebrity-packed selfie. For every award that Gravity didn’t win, 12 Years a Slave did.  Here are my favorite social media moments from the 86th annual Academy Awards.

 

 

1.  Lupita Nyong’o – Most GOOGLED dress of last night, illustrations & inspiration sweep the net.

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Lupita Nyong’o wins Oscar for supporting actress

 

 

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Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscar red carpet in a custom Prada light blue silk georgette gown with a deep V-neck and low cut sides.

 

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2.  Ellen’s Samsung Selfie most shared tweet of all time (surpassing President Obama’s “Four More Years” tweet)

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3.  Samsung backstage debacle.  Ellen exposed for using iPhone for backstage photos during OSCARS.

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4.  Lupita Nyong’o dances with Pharrell Williams during his performance of “Happy” at the Oscars

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 5.  Jared Leto takes social media sharing viral – going where no reporter has gone before… backstage…

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Reporters aren’t allowed to take photos backstage at the Academy Awards, if you didn’t know. Because, you know, it’s the Oscars, and the Academy doesn’t care for reporter selfies. But, Jared Leto doesn’t care. He encouraged reporters to take photos and he himself took his fair share of selfies, photobombs and more during the show.  Plus Jared Leto was the first winner of the evening to mention Venezuela in his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.  Kudos to Jared!

 

What were your favorite moments from last night’s Oscars?  Was Leo robbed for best actor?  Should Matthew McConaughey become a motivational speaker?  Did you cry during Lupita’s acceptance speech?  Share your favorite moments below…

 

 

Six Spring Cleaning Tips To Protect Your Social Life Online

February 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

The sun is shining and it appears that the Polar Vortex has said goodbye for good.  Could Spring is on the horizon?  Making Identity Protection a Spring cleaning priority shouldn’t just be a thought by Spring, you should start working on rejuvenating your social and online life now.  We’ve compiled some of the easiest steps that you can begin working on starting with six Spring cleaning tips from the experts at Experian’s ProtectMyID to protect your social life online today.

 

Protect Your Social Life OnlineStreamline your social networking. In this age of social media, it’s not uncommon for people to have hundreds of online “friends” on any given social site. Keep in mind that on many social media sites, accepting a connection request gives that individual access to all the information in your profile. Keep profile information minimal and general, and never accept a friend request from someone you don’t actually know.

Shed, shred, shred. Spring Cleaning creates a good opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need, including old documents. But don’t just throw them away; shred sensitive personal documents you don’t need to keep.

As Seasons Change, So Should Passwords. Passwords are an important part of your identity in the digital age. How well you protect them directly affects your ability to protect your identity. We recommend changing passwords with the change of every season. Strong passwords have at least eight characters, including numerals, upper and lowercase letters, and special characters. They should never be obvious – like part of your name or your mother’s maiden name – and you should have a different password for every account.

Clean out your wallet. What you don´t carry in your wallet or purse is just as important as what you do carry. For preemptive protection, only carry what you need on a daily basis. If you have multiple credit cards, only carry the one you use most often. Don´t write PINs or passwords on the back of your credit or debit cards or on pieces of paper you keep in your wallet. Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet – keep it filed in a secure place at home along with other sensitive documents like passports and birth certificates. Further, if any of your identification cards from a school, library or gym use your SSN as your member number, ask the organization for a randomly selected number and a new card. Be sure to shred the old one.

Protect your phone. Your phone allows access to important information and accounts. Be sure to activate a few safety features on your phone. For starters, set your phone to lock automatically after just a few minutes of inactivity. You’ll also want to establish a password or PIN that’s needed to unlock the device. Then enable remote finding and wiping software that will help you track your phone if it’s missing and, in the worst case scenario, wipe all of the data from it if it looks like it’s gone for good.

 

Get serious about security software. Most computers purchased today come with some security software on them, but often people allow product trial periods to expire – leaving their computers unprotected. Make sure you have up-to-date virus protection, anti-malware and anti-spyware software on your computer. Check to make sure your computer’s software is current and set it to update and run automatically every day.

 

New Year’s Resolution: Become A Social Media Champion

December 31st, 2013 by Nicole

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The smartphone is the hub of our digital lifestyle. We can perform all kinds of things on them from updating our social media accounts, paying bills, listen to music, watch video, and instantly buy products in seconds. Need more? Here are 3 things for pics, selfies, and etiquette that will make you an awesome (and courteous) social media champion for the new year!

 

How to Take Better Instagram Food Photos

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This goes beyond eating pretty looking food. Whatever you are about to enjoy you can make it look great with the perfect angle of your smartphone. The best way to get the best look is to position your smartphone at a 90 degree angle or right above your food (try not to drop the phone in your food!) and turn the flash off.

Here are some other great tips from @sonyayu, a popular food photographer on Instagram:
How to take a shot like @sonyayu:

· Order colorful food and wait for the entire meal to be served before shooting.
· Stand up on your (stable) chair to capture the grub from above.
· Get the light right! Always sit by the window, avoid overhead spotlights, and never, ever use a flash – it’s food porn murder.
· Not all foods are equally photogenic, but that’s not the only factor in a tantalizing food photo. The dining surface, drinks and silverware can add allure and a distinct atmosphere to even the plainest, ugliest foods.

 

 

Make Sure Your Selfie Is Magazine Ready

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Don’t be shy. You can do this too. Kim Kardashian has mastered the selfie and so can you. Here are some great prepping ideas to make that selfie pop from frashionpost.com:
Pump up the volume – your hair that is.

“Oftentimes, because images are flat, what works in real life requires a little tweaking for the camera. “Your hair needs more volume both up top and around the sides, as photos tend to shrink it.” Highlighting the texture in your mane.

Do as the models do.

“Hold your phone high above your head and away from you at a 45 degree angle so that you look slim and trim in your selfie.”

Let there be light.

Want your selfie to seriously shine? Then step outside! “Early morning or late afternoon is the ideal time for lighting,” reveals seasoned Instagrammer and Social Media Account Manager at /excelamktg, Dara Minchew. Also, don’t reverse the camera on your phone so that you can see yourself, she warns. “It lowers the quality of your photo.” (ß—- I did that)

Get your angles right.

First things first, experiment in front of the mirror to determine which angles are most pleasing for your face, advises photog to the stars Matthew Rolston. “The majority of people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera, as opposed to straight on,” he adds. “If your nose curves to the left, favor the left side of your face, otherwise, the curve of your nose may be greatly exaggerated. If emotional engagement is what you’re seeking, the best eye line is directly to the lens.”

 

Social Media Etiquette – My Two Cents

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This topic is about cell phones during meal time. Hey, if you want to talk and text during your own personally time enjoying a meal by yourself, great. However, when you are lunching or having dinner with someone, be in the moment with them. Listen. Learn. Show some manners and put the phone down (not on the table) for the next 45 minutes and enjoy their company. Whoever and whatever is texting, calling, or notifying you can surely wait. And FYI – Don’t walk and text at the same time.  (…or you’ll wind up wet like the fountain lady….)

 

 

If you put any of these social media practices into your daily regime, you’ll become a social media champion in no time!  What are your social media resolutions for the new year?  Share them below…

Direct Messages On Instagram? Here’s Instagram Direct!

December 12th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Instagram is bringing the power of direct connections allowing users to share pictures and videos directly to friends and not all followers with a new feature called Instagram Direct.

 

 

Announced earlier today during a press event, Instagram proclaimed over today’s festivities by sending physical Instagram images printed on canvas to members of the press.  The company clarified that only those who you follow can send direct pictures and videos. If you don’t follow them, you will receive a pending request to view the content.

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“Communication is really core,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “It’s not about photography necessarily. We aren’t built into cameras. We are built into phones, and phones are communication devices.”  The update is available for iOS download and Android starting today. The Windows Phone version is in beta.

Now that Instagram has given users a little privacy to “protect the thirst” – it’s going to be a whole new playing field and #ManCrushMondays and #WomanCrushWednesdays will never be the same again? (LOL)  At the moment, you can only send direct photos or videos but with the continued evolution of the app, I’m sure messaging (or creative captioning) will get thrown into the mix somehow.  It’s a brave new world when it comes to social media and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

 

First there were photos, then videos, then ads and now direct messaging – what do you think about the latest Instagram upgrade? Do you plan on sending Instagram Direct messages anytime soon?  

 

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