Tag: social media

TikTok: Internet sensation, an information station or a privacy invasion?

Miranda Prescott, Correspondent

Throughout the history of the Internet, many websites have aimed to perfect the idea of a social construct on the World Wide Web. While many have been successful in this method, such as Facebook and Instagram, others have wielded popularity but ultimately fade away, such as MySpace. However, as of recently, no social media app or website can compare to the widespread popularity of a slightly new app on the market known as TikTok.

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OPINION: WLJS 91.9 FM has drastically improved, program director says

Grant Davis, Special to the Chanticleer

My name is Grant Davis and I am the current program director for WLJS 91.9 FM, the official campus radio station of Jacksonville State University. Since taking over in May 2019, the radio station has undergone several changes both with our equipment and staff.

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How to use social media in moderation

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Breanna Hill, News Editor

How many times do you think you open your social media apps on an average day? Can you even count or recall how many times you find yourself scrolling through Instagram mindlessly or sending a funny selfie through Snapchat? Yeah, I can’t tell you how many times I open those apps on a daily basis either. Social media has been on the rise for years now. Since the advancement of modern technology has come about we’ve had access to an endless amount of apps at our fingertips. We’re able to send funny filter selfies to our friends no matter where they are in the world, we’re able to post ‘gram worthy images whenever we take a notion to, and we’re able to share individualistic material 24/7. Social media is a wonderful thing, but there is such thing as moderation.

Think about it. What do you do when you have a spare minute throughout the day? Most people tend to pull out their smart phones to check for notifications. The problem is we don’t just do this when we’re not busy, we do it when we should be doing other things like homework or paying attention to company. Social media tends to distract us from our priorities.

Moderation is key. A challenge that seems to be catching on throughout the world is going without social media for a period of time, whether it be only for a few hours or a few days, or even longer. Without social media being a distraction all of the time think about all of the things that would improve and of all that things that you could direct your attention on that might be a bit more beneficial. On your next outing with your friends or your family try just enjoying their company; don’t worry about taking hundreds of pictures just to get that one that’s just so. Not everything has to be captured. Think of it as a form of detox!

Let’s try experiencing life a bit more and worry less about who views it.

Beet: good enough to rival current social media?

In today’s world almost everything is published somewhere on the internet. Whether that be on Facebook, Instagram or even Snapchat it seems like more and more apps are coming out every day to rival these social network powerhouses.

One of these is Beet, “a social video platform that lets you easily capture, share, and remember the moments that make up your life,” as the developers claim. This app is on the iTunes store for a free download. An android compatible version of the app is set to release in April of 2015.

Beet was founded by Jonathan Miller and Sean Thielen in 2014 and is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Beet takes six second video clips and then compiles them into one larger video. This larger video can then be imported to something like the popular app Vine but instead of many little videos on your profile it is just one long video, much like a story on Snapchat.

Overall the app is solidly built and everything that I have tried to do has worked and worked well. One technical problem that I can point out is the way that you skip through videos can get a little buggy. This has caused some unwanted pauses, but other than that the app runs very smooth.

The user interface is very responsive and well put together; it flows like a combination of Snapchat and Instagram rolled into one. It also looks fantastic in my opinion. It is simple and not overcrowded with ads or useless “filler.”

Beet is very well built and the developers have put a lot of time into making sure everything works. The problem that I see with this app is not how it looks or if it is buggy or not. It is how you can convince people to use something different.

Most humans have Snapchats and Instagrams that do video just like this app does. The only difference that I can see is that instead of making them individual videos, it stitches them all together into one video.

What about this app makes it so much better to use? Why would I log onto this instead of just looking on my Snapchat story, which does the same thing as this app only you cannot comment or share the videos publicly?

This app is a great idea, it is kind of like the Walmart of video sharing applications; it has everything in one place, that way you don’t have to run around to all your other apps to get the same information. The interface is easy to learn and a pleasure to use. The only problem I can see with this is that people will not want to switch over from what they are already using.

Chris Morgan
Staff Writer

Ride the Yak: Yik Yak becomes hit craze on campuses across the nation

The anonymous social media app known as Yik Yak has been sweeping college campuses across the nation since last summer. To date, students on over 1,600 campuses use Yik Yak to share opinions, vent frustrations and elicit the occasional helping hand.

Furman University students Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll created Yik Yak in November of 2013.

“They thought, ‘Why doesn’t everyone have this power to reach out their community and say what’s on their mind?’” said Ben Popkin in an exclusive interview with The Chanticleer last week. Popkin is the lead community manager for Yik Yak, and his department manages aspects such as customer support, press releases and overview and monitoring of the Yaks.

“[They wanted] a way to give everyone an equal playing field and an equal voice,” said Popkin.

For students with the app, an “equal playing field” is not necessarily the first thought that comes to mind. While there are gems to be found (What student doesn’t appreciate Patrick Star’s voice in their head when they read, “We should take Stone Center and push it somewhere else,”) they are often hidden underneath scores of Yaks looking for one night stands or raging parties.

And, of course, not everyone is fond of Yik Yak. Many people, especially those who work for or have children in high schools, see the app as just another medium for cyberbullying. In fact, several high schools from Connecticut to California petitioned Yik Yak to ban the app in middle schools and high schools during the app’s early days.

Yik Yak’s response was geofencing, a software feature that blocks the app from being accessed within 1.5 miles of a high school.

“We recognize that with any social media there’s a likelihood for misuse by certain small groups, [but] we see it mostly used the way we intended it to,” Popkin said. “Occasionally, like all social media apps, we don’t have 100% perfect use on college campuses. They’re mostly mature. The good stuff gets upvoted and the bad stuff gets downvoted, so usually the bad things get rid of themselves.”

In regards to the threats of violence that have shut down high school and colleges campuses alike, Popkin said, “It is anonymous social media site, but being anonymous doesn’t give people the right to make threats. It’s like any other social media site. If threats are made and the police get involved, we have to comply.”

And then there’s a more recent controversy. Yik Yak has been accused of systematically downvoting all Yaks containing a competing app’s name, such as Fade and Sneak, even if it is completely out of context. For example, if someone were to Yak, “Who wants a sneak peek of the Southerners’ 2015 show?”, an algorithm would detect the word “sneak” and automatically downvote the Yak once every minute until it disappeared.

“Yik Yak¹s security and anti-spam measures are meant to improve the user experience and aligns with Yik Yak¹s goal of creating beneficial social communities,” Popkin said. “The company recognizes the importance of constantly improving the technology to ensure users are having the best possible experience on the app.”

Yik Yak recently contacted The Chanticleer about JSU’s Yik Yak feed, stating that it has become one of the most active campuses in the region.

“JSU is a good community,” Popkin said. “It’s a good, close college campus. You guys kind of came together and bonded over that [snow day]. You guys really use the app in the way it’s meant to.”

So, there’s something for you to yak about, Gamecocks!

Katie Cline
Staff Writer