October 15, 2019

The 6 Most Memorable Social Media Challenges of All Time

Challenges are part of the social media culture. From a tagging challenge to song-lyrics messenger prank challenge, everyone’s willing to dive in with the crowd. It’s usually for fun, but mostly, it’s for clout (likes and follows).

Curious about the challenges I’m talking about? Check these top 6 social media challenges that took the internet by storm.

The 6 Most Memorable Social Media Challenges of All Time

Ice Bucket Challenge

This monumental challenge happened about 5 years ago (July 2014). The mechanics on this is pretty simple. If you’re tagged on the challenge, you either donate for the ALS Association or dump a bucket of ice water over your head. The point of the whole ice bucket thing is to give promote awareness for the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (thus ALS).

This is one of the most memorable challenges and also provided people with ALS fair help for their situation, as this gag garnered about 220 Million dollars.

Planking (Lying Down Game)

At some point in 2008-2011, you’ve seen this pose: Someone lying down on a random pavement. (See Featured Image)

Known as lying down game, extreme lying down, and facedown, Planking has become an internet fad that became widely popular globally.

Despite its trending success, planking became controversial as it fades into the limelight. This is due to people planking on ridiculous and at times dangerous places.

The Harlem Shake

Started by the YouTuber FilthyFrank, this internet meme quickly rose to popularity by 2013, the time where the said the video-sharing app is at its peak, content-wise. It then became a popular challenge for internet users.

The Harlem Shake involves tons of dancing, and nope we’re not talking about the regular, in-sync dancing. We’re talking about random wiggly, seizure-like movements.

Chubby Bunny Challenge

This challenge has started way earlier. It’s not a super popular fad but it’s also the type of challenge that will still be in trend in the next few years. It only involves marshmallows and an incredibly wide mouth.

What’s the challenge all about? Well, you have to fill in as much as marshmallows in your mouth, while saying chubby bunny. The one who has the most marshmallows wins.

Mannequin Challenge

This challenge became popular in November 2016, different people across the globe dive in this harmless challenge. How does this challenge work? It involves a group of people and a cameraman. The gist is that the group of people has to freeze like a mannequin for a few seconds. The more difficult the poses are, the better.

Tide Pod Challenge

tide pods social media challenge
Tide Pods

This weird (and dangerous) challenge became viral in December 2017. It involves people eating Tide Pods, a laundry product by Tide. At first glance, it looks like a delicious candy, thus people joked around about eating it. Unfortunately, some content creators took the chance to capitalize on this meme and started chewing on these things.

It went viral as more content creators started goofing around with tide pods. But most social media platforms took most of the videos down since there are reports of people getting poisoned because of tide pods.

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5 Red Flags to Check when Chatting a New Online Friend on Messenger

Meeting new people is one of the main reasons why social media and messenger platforms are made. With a simple click or tap, you’ll get to know someone as near as your town or as far as another country. It enables connections across oceans, therefore bringing us limitless possibilities when making friends.

But along the convenient access to new connections, one must be careful with dealing with internet friends, after all, as long as you haven’t got the chance to meet them personally, they are still strangers.

With this, here are the 5 red flags you should look out when starting to a chat someone on messenger.

5 Red Flags When Chatting an Online Friend on Messenger

Here is the quick rundown of the 5 red flags. For further discussion, scroll down for more.

  1. Limited Information on the Internet
  2. Asking Personal Questions
  3. Sending Unfamiliar Links
  4. Asking for Money or Gifts
  5. Your Instincts Feel Something is Off

#1: Limited Information on the Internet

It’s usual to the anonymous persona on the internet. People do this a lot on social media forums to protect their identities. Now, if you’ve met someone on a forum and don’t have that much information, you don’t have to refrain from having a friendship with them. But if you’ve been messaging for a long time now on messenger apps and the person is still not down on sharing his information, then you might wanna reconsider chatting to this ‘friend’.

Also, if the person has provided a profile, check its validity. Also, check if the person has general profiles available on the internet.

#2: Asking Personal Questions

It’s okay to ask questions, but if this person is asking questions about things that may jeopardize your privacy (address, work location, family), try to stay out of trouble. Don’t blindly answer his/her questions as you might get scammed or a subject to catfishing (people creating fake accounts with attractive people in it to lure people for money).

#3: Sending Unfamiliar Links

You might think your internet friend is sending a meme, but it could be a virus instead. Avoid having computer troubles and ask the person about the link first. If the link is not that important, you can simply ignore it.

#4: Asking for Money or Gifts

If you haven’t met your internet friend yet, refrain from giving away gifts or money. You might think that your online friend is having monetary problems, but little did you know you are being scammed.

#5: Your Instincts Feel Something is Off

Even though your internet friend is nice, if you feel something is off about him/her, maybe there’s something that’s going on that you just have no clue of. Sometimes, it’s better to trust your instincts. If this person feels like trouble, simply stay away.

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5 Signs that you’re Getting Catfished | Social Media Dating Tips

Social media dating has become the norm. Before, if someone finds out that you’re trying to look for love online, you’ll get embarrassed and teased upon. But now, everyone’s encouraging each other to try out different social media dating platforms–to start their dating journey by swiping right.

This is because of its convenience. With social media dating apps, you can do the bare minimum and still get a date by the next week. It also defies distance, as you can meet love from another province, state or country. Imagine if there are no smartphones nor internet around, how will you be able to meet the love of your life now?

But along with the convenience and other perks social media dating has given to us, there are risks that come with it. One of them is chatting to a catfish.

What is a Catfish?

A catfish is a slang word used for a person who uses a different identity online. Catfishes usually do this to lure someone into a romantic relationship. They will push their victims into sending them money, intimate photos, or gifts.

Related: 50 Slang Words to Use When Messaging a Millennial

Catfishes are everywhere. Every social network has these kinds of people, simply lurking and searching for their next victim. It’s been so prevalent that there’s an MTV show just for that.

5 Signs that you’re Chatting with a Catfish

It’s possible that the one you’re chatting right– yes the beautiful blonde girl with emerald eyes– could be a catfish. So if you’re doubting or simply curious, here are the signs to use when spotting a catfish.

#1: They Can’t Video Call You

Yes, shy people exist and some are not comfortable with video calling through messenger. But if they refuse to do a video call, even if you’ve been asking for several times already, then there’s already a chance that person is a catfish.

#2: They Refuse to Meet in Person

If the person you’re chatting to is in another province, state, or country, then it’s reasonable for him/her to reject your meetup invite. But if the person is within your city and refuses to see it just because he/she is a catfish or someone that’s not supposed to go on a date (e.g. married).

#3: Can’t Send Voice Recordings nor Answer a Voice Call

In line with the first sign, let’s say that the person is simply shy. If that’s the case, you can ask the person for a voice call instead. Now if the person still refuses to talk to you, then you’re most likely talking to a different person, and probably from the opposite sex.

#4: Asking for Gifts or Money

Don’t ever give gifts or money to someone you haven’t met in real life yet. Yes, you’re in a “long-distance relationship” with this person but how can you be so sure that the person you’re talking to is real?

#5: Something is Off

If your instinct is telling you that something off about the person you’re chatting to, then maybe it’s better to actually assess the person you’re chatting to. Is he/she has the signs above? What makes you think something is off? If he/she has most of the signs above, then it’s best to let go.

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19 Trending Slang Words on Messenger and What They Mean in 2019

With the rise of social media and messenger apps, it’s natural that new slang words will be formed. Gone were the days of abbreviations, as we’re now more on vague words that need further context.

So before you get all confused when seeing the word “snatched” on your messenger, here are 19 trending slang words on that are being used on messenger apps. We’re also going to give you a proper definition and example so that you’ll know when’s the right time to use these slang words.

19 Trending Slang Words on Messenger Apps

Salty

Jealous about something. Ex: I honestly don’t care if you’ve told mom about my relationship…It doesn’t change the fact that you’re salty.

Extra

Being over-the-top, whether on something you’re doing, or something that you’re wearing. Ex. “Is she wearing that low-neck dress here in the reunion? That’s so extra.”

Bae

Term of endearment that means “Before anything else”. Ex. He endured a 3-hour bus ride just to see me. He’s such a bae.

Yaas

A millennial take on “yes”, showing excitement. Ex. Yaaas I’m finally gonna see Trixie Mattel next week!

Clap Back

When someone tries to insult you but you replied in a sassier and more cleverly way– that’s a clap back. Ex. Oh hun, just wait. My best friend is definitely gonna clap back to her haters…

Stan

A mix of stalker and fan. A die-hard fan or a celebrity, musician, etc. Ex. Stan Loona guys! You won’t regret it for sure.

Dank

Awesome. High-quality. Ex. I have some memes here bro…these memes are pretty dank I swear!

Shook

Millenial take on “shock”. Being overly surprised about something. Ex. So I found that Tara’s cousin is my ex…like I’m shook sis!

Snatched

When you saw something that is undeniably amazing, you tend to get your “wig” snatched just from pure awesomeness. Ex: Every time I see that iconic lip-sync battle, my wig is simply snatched!

Canceled

When a relevant person (mostly celebrities and internet personalities) did something horrible and unforgivable, the internet tends to ‘cancel’ them which means: they won’t support this person, boycott his/her endeavors, and unfollow his/her account. Ex. That woman is selling expired lipsticks! She’s definitely canceled in the beauty community.

Cray

The short version of “Crazy”. Some also use “Cray-cray” for more emphasis. Ex. I know she’s hot, dude…but according to my girlfriend, she’s a bit cray-cray.

Deets

Short for details. Ex. “I’m going to start an art collaboration in Japan. Will post the full deets soon!”

DP

An abbreviation for Display picture. Ex. Have you seen her DP already? It seems like she’s back with her ex again…

Fav

Short for Favorite. Ex. Yes, the royal milk tea is my forever fav in that shop.

FOMO

An abbreviation that means Fear Of Missing Out. Ex. I’m kinda tired and I don’t wanna go to that party, but you know me… I have FOMO.

Meta

Being self-aware. Ex. Funny how that show explained how horrible they are… It’s so weird and meta, sis.

Mood

What people say when they see something relatable. Ex. Have you seen that photo with a girl eating alone at a samgyeopsal? That’s a mood.

Slay

Impressing everyone. Ex. The moment she entered the room, she just slayed!

Squad

What most people call on their group of friends. Ex. The squad’s going to Michelle’s party tonight? Are you going?

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5 Fuss-Free Tips to Improve your Posts on Social Media Platforms

If you’re planning to become an internet personality on social media platforms, you need to create compelling content. It’s no longer enough for content creators to post consistently, each post should be well-thought too.

To help you improve your content on social media platforms, we’ve listed 5 tips that you can use when coming up with a new social media post.

5 Tips to Make Quality Content on Social Media Platforms

#1: Know your Brand

When starting a profile on social media platforms, we tend to get excited and post everything. This will then end with a messy feed which may drive some social network users away.

With this, start with determining the overall tone of your profile. Do you want your social media posts to be light or dark? Funny or professional? Do you want to incorporate memes or infographics? You can also contact friends through messenger or in person. Ask them questions about your brand. Ask your friends if what makes you “you”? They may have interesting insights that you could add to your account.

If you can determine your brand, your feed will be more cohesive and you’ll attract your target.

#2: Determine Your Target Audience

Speaking of ‘target’, assess your audience first before editing or making any post. In that way, you’ll know what type of content you’ll work on for your social media platforms.

Let’s say you’re a financial advisor and wanted to get more audience. You have to know the person that you want to be interested in your content. If your target is young professionals/ Millenials, your posts should resonate with them. You can incorporate modern pop culture references or even use their slangs and such on the caption.

#3: Avoid Stock Photos

In blogging, photos aren’t as focuses as people usually go for the content. But for social media platforms, posting your photos will get you more traction. Viewers always go for authenticity, so take note of that every time you’re posting on photo sharing apps.

#4: Check the Feedback

Sometimes, ideas are right in front of you. It’s just that we don’t have a clue that it’s there. With that in mind, do check the different comments from your previous posts. Sometimes, followers do leave their requests in there. You can also ask your followers by posting a suggestion thread or poll.

#5: Share Content from other Creators Too

If you’re running an SEO blog, do make sure you’re also sharing content from other blogs too. Not all the time the info must come from you as other creator so do share different insights too. This will bring in a good impression to your followers, as well to the other creator too. Who knows? You could even collab in the future.

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