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My Old Complaint

A major complaint I’ve had about Twitter is that although you can have your blog automatically load to your Twitter stream automatically, Flickr has been a different story. I’m no photog like Teresa, but I have begun taking tons of pics at social outings and love putting them on Twitter. There’s finally an answer and it’s called SnapTweet which automatically posts your latest Flickr shots!

How Do I Get My SnapTweet On?

On the landing page, you’ll see the latest pics in the public SnapTweet stream and to the right are super simple instructions.

  • 1. Enter your Twitter username and password.
  • 2. Enter your Flickr URL (for example, mine is
  • 3. Follow SnapTweet on Twitter.
  • 4. You can tweet your latest photo by sending a direct message to SnapTweet on Twitter with your message.

You can automate your Flickr stream by matching your tagging and have all your questions answered on the SnapTweet “Say What?” help page. This is a deliciously exciting new addition to my Twitter repertoire!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Jeannette Neerpat

    August 3, 2008 at 1:37 am

    I just did this as well. I love my flickr account, and now its so easy to send to twitter with this!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Susie Blackmon

    August 3, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Hi Lani, thanks for this post. I’ve been signed up but haven’t taken the time to figure out how to use it. Really appreciate you holding my hand!

  3. Jamie Geiger

    August 3, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Just joined, very cool- now I need to investigate further

  4. teresa boardman

    August 3, 2008 at 5:03 am

    I love snap tweet and was going to write a post about it. You scooped me. I am a major flickr and twitter addict. 🙂

  5. Chad Huck

    August 3, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Not only is it pretty easy, they also have customer support over twitter, which is another plus for using SnapTweet. They helped me figure out a problem in no time.

    Chad Huck

  6. Chuck G

    August 3, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Hey Lani,

    Thanks for the tip. What’s the difference between this and TwitPic? Which is better?


  7. Teresa Boardman

    August 3, 2008 at 7:59 am

    chuck – twitpic uploads directly to twitter via email or directly from the twit pic web site. Snap tweet picks up tagged flickr photos and sends a link to twitter. . . I know I am not Lani but I am a snaptweet user.

  8. Chuck G

    August 3, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Thanks Teresa. I *think* I have this straight…. see if I have this correct. 🙂

    — If you only use TwitPic for your picture management, it posts directly to Twitter with no problem and you don’t really need SnapTweet. (I’m doing this now, and TwitPic has a nice badge that you can put on your blog to show your pictures, including captions.)
    — SnapTweet gives you a the mechanism to post directly to Twitter from Flickr. So, if you want to take advantage of Flickr’s photo editing capability and tagging, this would be the big difference correct?

    The coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. Thanks for bearing with me on this!


  9. Matt Thomson

    August 3, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I posted my ignorance on T’s last post, so I’ll do it here, too. Can anyone point me to a direct, useful function of Twitter? I logged on, got set up, and am still at the “Now what?” stage 2 months later. How does Twitter benefit me or my business? What am I not using or getting?

  10. Ginger Wilcox

    August 3, 2008 at 9:37 am

    very cool tool, especially with my new flickr addiction.

  11. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Well I’m no Teresa but I *did* sleep at a Holiday Inn last night! (Thanks Benn for reminding me of this easy-to-use-funny-line)

    Matt, if you haven’t read our series on Twitter (from set up to use), scroll to near the bottom and see the Side Blog on the right, check out the links under “Social Media and Real Estate” and let us know if that helps you.

    As for us, a good portion of our “referral network” so to speak is now on Twitter where we play hard and make great connections because we let our hair down and make sincere connections with other locals.

  12. Chuck G

    August 3, 2008 at 3:07 pm


    NikNik from wrote a good concise post on the various usages for Twitter

    My take on it is that different people will use it different ways. Teresa outlined some great sites to help you link to locals…I use it to post photos, and as yet another avenue to get my blogs out in the world.

    I think the “What are you Doing?” moniker is catchy, but it sells short the true potential of what this platform could really become. It’s much more valuable than just telling everyone when you’re going to take a shower….I know, TMI.

    AG has been a great forum to discuss new ways to use Twitter, so stay tuned in.


  13. Glenn fm Naples

    August 4, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Trying this new little tool – took pictures of the Naples Zoo on Saturday. Thanks for resource Lani.

  14. first time home buyers loan

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 am

    thanks for nice update Lani

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*New* TikTok Insights launch: Content creators finally get audience analytics

(SOCIAL MEDIA) The popular short-form app, TikTok, finally launches the anticipated Insights feature, where content creators can view target audience data.



Two girls filming on TikTok.

Marketers searching for the zeitgeist which means TikTok scrollers pause to watch their content and then click through to buy a product have a new tool to help make that happen.

  • TikTok Insights offers marketers bite-size bits of user demographic information that will help build content that leads to sales.
  • With TikTok Insights you can learn more about your audience’s behavior, their interests, and their general sentiment toward brands.
  • TikTok Insights is free to use. Marketers can find TikTok user demographics by using filters to determine what they’re looking for.

The demographic info can be age-focused, focused on specific types of marketing, or even as specific as holiday or event marketing.

This is a step in the direction marketers have been asking for as they create content for the TikTok platform; however, creators looking for detailed analytics like they get from meta need to wait. Insights doesn’t offer that for now.

Like TikTok says in its own analytic information,

“While analytics are helpful in understanding the performance of your videos, you don’t need to create future videos based primarily around them. It’s best to consider the bigger picture, lean lightly on analytics, and use them as a source for insight rather than strategy.”

Marketers trying to key into reaching TikTok’s billion users worldwide are left, right now, searching for the magic that leads to consumers making the jump from the platform to using their purchasing power.

For marketers that means keeping things creative and collaborative, two key factors in TikTok’s success. And that success is huge. Users spend an average of 52 minutes on the platform when they log in and a staggering 90% of users say they log on every day.

TikTok Insights will help marketers find ways to connect, but the content TikTok is looking for is authentic.

And while entrepreneurs can bid for advertising like other social media platforms, they need to remember when planning that spend, that most TikTok marketing success stories are more accidental than planned. Have fun with that knowledge. Instead of pressure to create the perfect plan, TikTok Insights allows marketers to keep it creative and to find a way to tie it into what they enjoy about the platform.

Like all other social media marketing, focus on creating content that stops the consumer from their continual scroll. Make it a challenge and keep it real.

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Grindr got busted for selling users’ data locations to advertisers

(SOCIAL MEDIA) User data has been a hot topic in the tech world. It’s often shared haphazardly or not protected, and the app Grindr, follows suit.



Grindr on phone in man's hands

If you’re like me, you probably get spam calls a lot. Information is no longer private in this day and age; companies will buy and sell whatever information they can get their hands on for a quick buck. Which is annoying, but not necessarily outright dangerous, right?


Grindr has admitted to selling their user’s data, however, they are specifically selling the location of their users without regard for liability concerns. Grindr, a gay hook-up app, is an app where a marginalized community is revealing their location to find a person to connect to. Sure, Grindr claims they have been doing this less and less since 2020, but the issue still remains: they have been selling the location of people who are in a marginalized community – a community that has faced a huge amount of oppression in the past and is still facing it to this day.

Who in their right mind thought this was okay? Grindr initially did so to create “real-time ad exchanges” for their users, to find places super close to their location. Which makes sense, sort of. The root of the issue is that the LGBTQAI+ community is a community at risk. How does Grindr know if all of their users are out? Do they know exactly who they’re selling this information to? How do they know that those who bought the information are going to use it properly?

They don’t have any way of knowing this and they put all of their users at risk by selling their location data. And the data is still commercially available! Historical data could still be obtained and the information was able to be purchased in 2017. Even if somebody stopped using Grindr in, say, 2019, the fact they used Grindr is still out there. And yeah, the data that’s been released has anonymized, Grindr claims, but it’s really easy to reverse that and pin a specific person to a specific location and time.

This is such a huge violation of privacy and it puts people in real, actual danger. It would be so easy for bigots to get that information and use it for something other than ads. It would be so easy for people to out others who aren’t ready to come out. It’s ridiculous and, yeah, Grindr claims they’re doing it less, but the knowledge of what they have done is still out there. There’s still that question of “what if they do it again” and, with how the world is right now, it’s really messed up and problematic.

If somebody is attacked because of the data that Grindr sold, is Grindr complicit in that hate crime, legally or otherwise?

So, moral of the story?

Yeah, selling data can get you a quick buck, but don’t do it.

You have no idea who you’re putting at risk by selling that data and, if people find out you’ve done it, chances are your customers (and employees) will lose trust in you and could potentially leave you to find something else. Don’t risk it!

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BeReal: Youngsters are flocking in droves to this Instagram competitor app

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As Instagram loses steam due to its standards of “perfection posting,” users are drawn to a similar app with a different approach, BeReal.



social media - bereal app

BeReal is one of several “Real” apps exploding in growth with young users who crave real connections with people they know in real life.

According to, BeReal ranks 4th by downloads in the US, the UK, and France for Q1 2022 to date, behind only Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

BeReal flies in the face of what social media has become. Instead of curated looks that focus on the beautiful parts of life, BeReal users showcase what they’re doing at the moment and share those real photos with their friends. Their real friends.

It’s real. And real is different for a generation of social media users who have been raised on influencers and filters.

As the app says when you go to its page:

Be Real.

Your Friends

for Real.

Every day at a different time, BeReal users are notified simultaneously to capture and share a Photo in 2 Minutes.

A new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life.

BeReal app

The app has seen monthly users increase by more than 315% according to Apptopia, which tracks and analyzes app performance.

“Push notifications are sent around the world simultaneously at different times each day,” the company said in a statement. “It’s a secret on how the time is chosen every day, it’s not random.”

The app allows no edits and no filters. They want users to show a “slice of their lives.”

Today’s social media users have seen their lives online inundated with ultra-curated social media. The pandemic led to more time spent online than ever. Social media became a way to escape. Reality was ugly. Social media was funny, pretty, and exciting.

And fake.

Enter BeReal where users are asked to share two moments of real life on a surprise schedule. New apps are fun often because they’re new. However, the huge growth in the use of BeReal by college-aged users points to something more than the new factor.

For the past several years, experts have warned that social media was dangerous to our mental health. The dopamine hits of likes and shares are based on photos and videos filled with second and third takes, lens changes, lighting improvements, and filters. Constant comparisons are the norm. And even though we know the world we present on our social pages isn’t exactly an honest portrayal of life, we can’t help but experience FOMO when we see our friends and followers and those we follow having the times of their lives, buying their new it thing, trying the new perfect product, playing in their Pinterest-worthy decorated spaces we wish we could have.

None of what we see is actually real on our apps. We delete our media that isn’t what we want to portray and try again from a different angle and shoot second and third and forth takes that make us look just a little better.

We spend hours flipping through videos on our For You walls and Instagram stories picked by algorithms that know us better than we know ourselves.

BeReal is the opposite of that. It’s simple, fast, and real. It’s community and fun, but it’s a moment instead of turning into the time-sink of our usual social media that, while fun, is also meant to ultimately sell stuff, including all our data.

It will be interesting to watch BeReal and see if it continues down its promised path and whether the growth continues. People are looking for something. Maybe reality is that answer.

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