French Girls App Review

Enjoy taking selfies? Or doodling in your free time? Then you may enjoy the French Girls app, a free app created in 2014.

Named after the famous line in the movie Titanic, French Girls promotes a community of artists of all levels. Users have two main options. They can take a selfie and wait for another person to draw it. They can also choose to draw someone by picking from a number of selfies.

The drawings range in quality, from the humorous interpretations (see below) to premium drawings, where top-rated artists draw users for $9.99.

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If users don’t want to spend the $10, they can also opt for the selfie boost, a 99 cent feature where people can put their selfie at the top of the line. However, users may find that the premium drawings are well worth the money. Premium drawings (see below) are typically the highest ranked on the app and show the time and effort that the artist put in.

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I spent the $9.99 and got back an excellent drawing of me incorporated into Back to the Future. Most professional artists would have charged well over $9.99. The premium drawings are really a great deal and a way to financially support the app.

While the app makes for a fun and creative pastime, beware of mean-spirited users on it. Some people will draw selfies of others giving them exaggerated, unattractive features or even write on them mocking text. The best thing is to ignore those users, since they are the minority. Like any online community, there are a few cruel users. To really enjoy French Girls, pay no attention to them.

Another tip for users would to be patient while waiting for a drawing. People post selfies every minute, meaning artists have a wide selection to pick from. In order to get a selfie drawn, give it time. Also consider posting multiple selfies for others to pick. The best part of the app is the surprise. Users never know when a sketch could become a masterpiece.

January 2015 Social Media Recap

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Image via webtitan.com

Social media becomes a municipal trend via Portland Press Herald

Where is Social Media Heading in 2015? via Tech Cocktail

Social media to be banned for state employees in S.C. while working via Charlotte Observer

How to Properly Use Social Media to Fit Your Business Strategy via Forbes

Five Facts About Social Media Usage Today via Huffington Post

Obama’s Social Media Team Tries To Widen Audience For State of the Union Address via New York Times

Social media: ‘no direct association with stress’ via Medical Today

Facebook needs a ‘Sympathy’ button via Mashable

#JeSuisCharlie and the Day After via Social Media Today

December 2014 Social Media Roundup

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Image via projectsocialize.com

High schoolers wise up about social media when applying to colleges via CBS News

Tennessee town bans negative comments on social media via The Tennessean

15 Social Media Companies to Watch in 2015 via Forbes

NBC Universal Offers Social Media Guarantees to Advertisers via Ad Age

4 Free Must-Use Analytics Tools for Social Media Marketers via Entrepreneur

Why You Are Wasting Your Time on Social Media and How to Fix It via Huffington Post

Sydney siege: Social media could hamper police operations via ABC Online

Meet Branden Hampton: The Largest Independent Social Media Publisher in the World via PR Newswire

Sourcing Feedback from Social Media via Washington Post blog

 

November 2014 Social Media Roundup

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3 Reasons Why Relying on Social-Media Marketing is a Losing Strategy via Entrepreneur

Facebook finally put its privacy policy in plain English via Mashable

In Social-Media Era, When is Free Speech Illegal? via Washington Post

Top 25 Restaurants on Social Media via Forbes

Social Media Deepens Partisan Divides. But Not Always. via New York Times

How to achieve fundraising success on social media via The Guardian

Social media posts from the streets of Ferguson via Atlanta Journal Constitution

Russian radio station forced to impose social media rules via The Telegraph

Why and How to Shop Locally on Small Business Saturday via The Huffington Post

Space, the Final Frontier (for Social Media): Talk to Astronauts with This New App via Vogue

Autumn on Pinterest

I’m a sucker for October. It’s my favorite month of the year. It’s the time of ghouls, ghosts and pumpkin patches. The rest of the Internet community gives October a lot of love too. Fall seems to be the prime time to celebrate a season.

Sometimes the best place to turn to is Pinterest, where users post creative recipes, decor ideas and Halloween costumes. Since this has been a crazy month for me, I’ve decided to curate some Pinterest content. Below you’ll see a few of my top fall-themed pins. Hopefully they’ll inspire you as they did me. Have cool pins of your own? Share them in the comments below!

Easy Halloween Treats

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Gourd Votive Holders

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15 DIY Halloween Garlands

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6 Inexpensive Ways To Transition Home Decor

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Painted Wood Slice Pumpkins

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October 2014 Social Media Roundup

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Logo for Ello, the anti-Facebook, pictured above.

It’s time once again for the social media roundup. This month I’m particularly interested in Ello, the anti-Facebook social media competitor. I’m still on the waiting list for Ello since it’s invite only. Once I’m on, I plan to write a review for the blog.  Below are some of the other articles I’ve found intriguing as of late. By sharing, I’m not endorsing the ideas behind some articles. It’s important to roundup what’s being said about social media and PR. Any questions or thoughts on the stories? Share them in the comments!

Ello- and goodbye to the new Facebook? via The Guardian

18 Twitter Short Stories That Prove Tweets Can Be Literary Too via Mashable

Is Reddit’s Decision to Kill Off Remote Workers a Good Idea? via Social Media Today

Five social media skills millenials don’t have via Sydney Morning Herald

Nasty posts on social media are new riot triggers via The Times of India

11 predictions on the future of social media via CNBC 25

S. Korea Rumor Crackdown Jolts Social Media Users via ABC News

Sharing Responsibly: Grief, Loss and Social Media via Psych Central

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter make push as shopping destinations via The Economic Times

Social media and the Hong Kong protests via The New Yorker

September 2014 Social Media Roundup

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It’s only a few days into September. There’s still plenty of recent social media news to share. Browse the articles below to see the hottest topics in social media. Key topics include the ISIS social media manager, Joan River’s death and Twitter’s filtered feeds.

Twitter May Be Moving Closer To Filtered Feeds — But Don’t Freak Out Yet via Mashable

Elgin cop on leave over posting about Ferguson via Chicago Tribune

11 Successful Entrepreneurs You Should Be Following On Twitter via Social Media Today

How Brands Are Winning With Vine Videos via Social Media Examiner

The American Suspected of Running ISIS’s Social Media is a Northeastern Grad via New York Magazine

Engage, Educate, Excite, Evangelize: 4 Keys To Social Media via Forbes

Arrest made after school’s social media threat via KSDK

Joan Rivers: A social media maven via HLN TV

Social media should be an essential part of new social workers’ toolkits via The Guardian

State Department Winning at Social Media via Media Post