How to Use Snapchat Filters

Hey there, it’s Jasmine, ready to talk more about my favorite social media platform…Snapchat!

Snapchat has recently unlocked a whole new way to take pictures. With the recent release of new facial recognition technology users are able to add funny filters to their faces…just wait..it gets better.

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With these new filters users can alter the appearance of their face into different things, some are very flattering, others are like fun house mirrors, and some are just down right scary!

 

Using these filters is super simple:

– Press and hold your finger on your face
– Wait for the facial recognition to register your face
– Swipe left or right until you find the filter you want to use
– Have fun sending silly pictures to your friends!

Some filters even change their appearance if you open your mouth or raise your eyebrows (say what)!

Along with these fun effects, businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to promote themselves! The movie industry and restaurants in particular.

IMG_6388A few weeks ago Walgreens had a sponsored filter to promote their Red Nose Day event.

Whenever the new X-Men movie came out, users were able to transform their faces into the different characters. The recent release of Finding Dory prompted a special filter that made it seem like users were underwater with the lovable Blue Tang.

Even though the branded filters offer the most excitement, I don’t think any filter can compete with the “face swap” feature.

IMG_6620Face swapping is really as simple as it sounds, when two people get in the camera and activate this filter, their faces switch! I have spent hours upon hours switching facIMG_6624es with different people in my family and my friends…the laughs are endless.

Have you tried Snapchat filters? Which one is your favorite?

Friday Favorites 4.22.16

Another Friday is here and I have Prince music on repeat.  I’m so sad by his passing…he was my TTG SMM (1)Elvis, his music filled at least 30 plus years of my life.  I had his posters in my room, I bought all his albums and I loved him. Not only is it immensely sad but we lost such a musical talent…there will never be another new Prince song and that hurts me the most.

So, here’s what I found this week but I hope you just listen to Prince music all day and dance with joy.

Gen X’s Parenting Problem…I literally could have written this about my life.

Want to be creative? Exercise.

The history behind some of our favorite brands.

 

Friday Fab Four

image001Guess what? It’s Friday and I know you have been patiently waiting for these four articles to rock your world! Well…here you go.

1. 10 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed--Jeff Haden (Is it really necessary? so good)

2. Experts Offer Ways to Refresh Olive Garden–Bruce Horovitz (Interesting…don’t mess with the breadsticks!)

3. What Does it Take to Be Your Own Boss in 2015–Project Eve (I got a 3!)

4. What I Learned Hiring Millennials–Chris Pesek (It’s not just millennials who want these things!)

Thought Leaders

Are you ever just completely amazed by all the information ‘out there’ in the world? You can google any problem or issue and voilá someone is an expert, someone has been through your exact problem and solved it.   If you need ideas or suggestions for better meetings, employee reviews, marketing, job descriptions, strategic plans, it is literally all out there on the world wide web. This makes me very happy.  I read 10-15 articles or blog posts every day…I cannot soak up enough knowledge.  Which is why I post my Fab Four articles each Friday…I want you to read great stuff each week as well.

Here are five thought leaders that I like and read weekly and I think you will like as well, so I provided a few details about each one so you can check them out.

1. Michael Hyatt: Forbes ranked him one of the top 10 online marketing experts to follow in 2014.  His weekly e-mails are wonderful and informative.  Besides marketing, he also talks a lot about leadership and personal development.

Twitter: @michaelhyatt 229k followers

2. Scott Berkun: I finished reading his book The Year Without Pants and it was wonderful.  Scott is a thoughtful writer and provides great insight to career planning and leadership. And he’s one of my favorites not only for his great material but he also commented on my blog once! (so cool!)

Twitter: @berkun 22k followers

3. Alexandra Franzen: Need a kick in the butt? She will deliver! Inspiring, motivational and intentional.  I love everything she writes. She has a passion for teaching the art of writing but she also talks a lot about communication.  Just a delight.

Twitter: @alex_franzen 13k followers

4. Kevan Lee, The Buffer Blog: By far, one of the best blogs out there in my opinion on all things social media and marketing.  Kevan really does his homework and provides great content everyday.

Twitter: @kevanlee 7k followers

5. Jacqueline Wolven: I’m proud to say I know Jackie personally.  Her posts are inspiring and many times she will say those things that most people are afraid to say, which I love about her.  She provides marketing, branding and social media expertise but she also writes about simple lifestyles and doing good work.

Twitter: @jackiewolven 3.8k followers


So, you might ask, how do I keep up with all these folks and all the articles? Here’s how I do it.

1. Pocket: I obviously have a full time job and I am a wife and mom so I can’t read every great article in the moment, so I save them to Pocket for reading later.

2. Buffer: When I find a great article, I want to share them with the world, so I tweet them.  Again, I am busy and can’t tweet on the go so I buffer content and Buffer schedules all of my tweets. I know you thought I was on Twitter 24/7 but I’m not.

3. Feedly: I love to blog but even more I love to follow and read great blogs so I use feedly to follow all my favorite bloggers and read their posts when I have a free moment throughout the day.  Plus from Feedly I can Pocket or Buffer my favorite posts.

4. Daily: Created by Buffer, this app curates some of the best content ‘daily’ and you can choose to send the content to Buffer right from the app.  Genius!

There you have it, now go out and read, tweet and save great content!