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The 4 Most Exciting Social Platforms in 2016

The 4 Most Exciting Social Platforms in 2016

Social websites and platforms have taken over society, but as the market gets more saturated we see them coming up with more and more cool innovations as they try to stand out from the crowd. Here are the four newest, upcoming social platforms and websites around at the moment:

1. Snapchat

Snapchat has been around for ages but it has only recently become the trendiest social network/app around thanks to some new features and a FOMO (fear of missing out effect) which has seen it become the fastest growing social application.

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If you did not already know, Snapchat allows you to take pictures and then send them to your friends with a set time limit on them, after which they are gone forever. Photos can be edited, modified, and added and the app is extremely easy to use.

New features include the addition of “stories” which allows selected photos or videos to be stored for 24 hours and viewed unlimited times before they expire. The addition of voice, chat, and video messaging and also a plethora of popular channels to follow from big brands and websites (Buzzfeed, ESPN, etc) has made Snapchat into the trendiest app on the market.

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2. The Talent Bank

The Talent bank is a community for creative people allowing the submission of creative work and provides a place for you to add stuff in a wide range of categories. You can submit your art, short films, poetry, drawings, and photography, and users of the site can rate your work and give feedback. The neat thing about this site is that each category has its own “chart” which arranges the entries by their rating so you can see what has the most votes for the month, year, and all time. Also, you can upload videos that give extra feedback about the entry you have uploaded so you can describe what inspired you or the creative process behind it.

The platform is completely free to use and they also push the site out to magazines, publishers, record companies, etc. so you may just get discovered on there and turn a part-time hobby into a career.

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3. Miitomo

Previously known for their high quality gaming output, Nintendo has recently dipped its proverbial toe into the app market.

Miitomo lets you communicate with others using your “Mii” as an avatar. This can be created on your Wii-U or 3DS and you can spend hours customizing it to your preference. Choosing its voice allows you to interact with your “character”. It will ask you questions and it will react based on what you say to it.This is actually currently the biggest smartphone app in Japan. Whether it will have the same success in the West remains to be seen.

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4. Blab

Blab is the hot new name in video chat. Imagine an experience similar to Periscope but instead of one person, there are a group of people. Up to four people video chat at the same time with a possible audience of thousands that can comment on what you are talking about or even become a part of the discussion in place of one of the four people with the video chat initiator deciding whether to accept or deny the person to enter the chat. Chats can also be recorded for later viewing.

As chats are taking place comments are shown next to them with viewers able to post questions and “reactions” which, in the case of a debate for example, allow viewers to lend support to one of the speakers. This obviously has had huge potential for a wide range of debates.

I hope you enjoy reading this article about social platforms. Happy Reading!

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How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

If you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home or how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further.

Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time:

1. Create a Good Morning Routine

One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast.

CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks.[1]

You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain[2] (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.

If you aren’t sure how to make morning routine work for you, this guide will help you:

The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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2. Prioritize

Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency.

Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. Here’s an example of it:[3]

    If you get the most pressing and important items done first, you will be able to be more productive while keeping stress levels down.

    Lifehack’s CEO, Leon, also has great advice on how to prioritize. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

    How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

    One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.

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    Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop.

    Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones.

    Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like [email protected] and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.

    And here’s some great apps to help you focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

    4. Take Breaks

    Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive.

    To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session.

    After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect.

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    I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.

    5. Manage Your Time Effectively

    A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time.

    How do you know when exactly you have free time?

    By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time.

    With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track.

    Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.

    A bonus tip, even your real free time can be used productively, find out how:

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    20 Productive Ways to Use Your Free Time

    6. Celebrate and Reflect

    No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator.

    Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.

    Try these 10 questions for daily self reflection.

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