2016 Twitter Trends

Twitter has become one of the most popular social media platforms that modern society has to offer, with daily tweets being sent out from hundreds of millions of registered accounts all over the world. As big as Twitter is, there is always room to grow, and the company plans to continue its journey in the right direction. As the app matures, users find new ways to interact with each other and the brands that they care about. Here are a few of 2016’s Twitter trends.

Moments

Have you heard of FOMO? It’s the fear of missing out, and it happens to everyone at some point. Twitter seeks to make 2016 the year you stay in the loop by introducing Moments. The Moments feature takes all of the important action going on and compiles it under one tab, ready for you to behold. Twitter users are now staying up to date on everything from world news to sports highlights using this handy new tool.

Pro tip: A blue dot in the corner of a Moment means that a developing story has been updated.

Periscope

Allowing users to share images and videos is not new for Twitter; streaming videos live, on the other hand, is a more recent development. Thanks to Twitter’s new Periscope app, users can show the world whatever they want, whenever they want. Though it is just catching on, Periscope has enjoyed a popular first few months in action. Twitter offers the means for next-level marketing strategies with this app, so bigger brands will likely jump on board.

Pro tip: Always promote your live Periscope stream using your Twitter account to maximize visibility.

Outreach

Many aspects of society have moved online, and customer service has had no choice but to follow. As it has in past years, Twitter continues to serve as a hub that connects consumers with their favorite brands. Customer service will become more interactive, personal, and efficient through platforms like Twitter, changing the department forever.

Pro tip: An active and responsive Twitter account is a good sign for customers; it shows that your business is active, engaged, and willing to listen to what they have to say.

The team at Student Experts has a wealth of experience in creating useful and engaging tweets that people want to share with their friends, family, and colleagues. Twitter can be a valuable tool for your business, but not everyone is savvy in the social media department—that’s where we come in. If you want to kick start your Twitter presence, feel free to contact us and see how we can help.

How to Unlock Siri’s Sense of Humor

For years, the world has befriended Siri, the useful voice-activated assistant built into every iPhone since the 4S. With a chipper and friendly personality, Siri can provide complete hands-free accessibility for your iPhone, but she can also be a bit snarky when you ask her the right questions. If you have yet to discover Siri’s unique brand of humor, try out these strategies for getting a quick laugh from your phone.

Ask Siri to Tell You a Joke
You might start simple and discover Siri’s arsenal of what can only be described as “dad jokes” by asking her to tell you a joke. With this single command, Siri will come up with lots of fresh responses, since she is smart enough to mix up her answers when asked the same question again and again.

Ask Some Personal Questions
If you ask Siri about her television and film preferences, you’ll find that she, perhaps somewhat predictably, has an affinity for Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. When you get past the small talk and ask some more personal questions about her name and family, Siri is sure to provide some amusing responses. For example, if you ask why her name is Siri, she will say, “Siri has many subtle, metaphorical, and frankly contradictory meanings. None of which I am at liberty to discuss. Sorry about that.” This is all just part of her slightly spooky and seemingly sentient personality.

Pose an Existential Inquiry
Siri won’t back down from big questions, so don’t hesitate to make deep philosophical inquiries like “Do you believe in God?”, “What is the meaning of life?”, or “Do you ever wish you were human?” If you aren’t ready for these world-shattering inquiries, simply ask Siri to tell you a story, and she will not fail to spin you an amusing yarn.

USB Connector Types: Detangling Confusion

Do you know which USB cable to grab when it’s time to print a document, upload a photo, or transfer files between your devices? Let our handy guide help you get organized.

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Hide Your Dirty Laundry With Our Secure Wifi Cheatsheet

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We’ve talked about wireless security before, but thanks to a little Firefox extension called Firesheep, the dangers of using public wifi are finally getting the attention they deserve.   The technology in Firesheep isn’t anything new — in fact, black hat hackers have had the ability to do this sort of thing for years.  But thanks to Firesheep’s convenient packaging, which makes it dead-simple for pretty much anyone on the same unsecure wireless network as you to sidejack your Facebook session or worse, awareness for this threat is reaching a crescendo, and prompting big name web sites to finally adopt full SSL encryption.  Check out this list to see which common sites are vulnerable to Firesheep attacks (as of 11/1/10).

If you’re not a network security geek, you might be wondering how to know if you’re vulnerable — and what to do about it.  Here’s the lay of the land. [Read more...]