By Elizabeth Winpigler
From the puppy face to Face Swap, Snapchat's new lenses are one of the most popular features on the app with a range of lenses and filters to choose from. From everyday people, to celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande, and many more Snapchat users all across the globe are experimenting with the new lenses on Snapchat.
Using the filters, you can transform the way you look and add special effects to your snaps. These special effects track the location of your head and respond to facial movements like the opening of your mouth or raising of your eyebrows. The lenses are replaced with new ones daily, but are available to purchase to keep your favorite.
Here in Red Lion Area Senior High School, students are all about Snapchat.
“I never use my actual camera, it’s always Snapchat,” said junior Ashton Shoup. “Face Swap is my favorite.”
“You gotta get the good lighting, tilt the head, camera facing toward you. It might take a few times to get it right,” added Shoup.
“If I could change anything I would change up the filters, I feel like we have the same ones all the time,” said Paige Gartland.
To jazz up your snaps first open Snapchat and then use the front-facing camera on your device to put yourself in the frame. It works best when your head is mostly straight to the camera and in direct light. Tap and hold your face for a second and a menu option will appear at the bottom of the screen. Tap again and quick white lines should appear lined up with your face, then you’re ready to explore a variety of bizarre lenses.
By Allie Burd
Pinterest, launched in March of 2010, has become popular in the lives of many Red Lion students.
Many turn to pinterest for guidance to their everyday lives.
Pinterest is a website and application that offers the sharing of DIY (Do It Yourself) Fashion, Food, and many more categories onto ones “boards”. These boards are created and decorated by the “pinner” virtually and serve as categories for the different things pinned.
Other categories on Pinterest include gifts, videos, men’s fashion, education, tattoos, outdoors, and quotes. Pinterest is also used by over 70 million people all over the world.
Red Lion student, senior Emily Hylind said, “I go onto Pinterest for hairstyles, beauty tips, and fashion ideas. Pinterest is where I learned to do things like my makeup, and I learned how to wear certain outfits. I also go for work out plans, and recently I’ve been learning how to decorate my future dorm room.”
Another Red Lion student has only begun to use it more recently in the past couple of months. senior Stone McCreary “I was introduced to Pinterest by Mr. Christian Castle. I pin clothing ideas, quotes, superheros, I mean basically everything. I even found most of the stuff for my Christmas list on Pinterest.”
And it looks like not only the senior class has been involved in the Pinterest phenomenon.
Jayda Francisco, grade 10 said, “I look at Pinterest for all the DIY, even though I never attempt to do it. I just love looking at everything on there.”
By Nicolas Stoneham
Sometimes it can be difficult to handle certain situations when using social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. When talking face to face with a person, it is a lot easier to express emotions and understand the motives of the person. However, talking to people indirectly online is not so simple.
Maybe someone unfamiliar comments on a stranger’s picture. Maybe someone from school posts a status that people may find offensive or annoying. In the real world, it is the “norm” to always respond immediately to someone when they speak to you, but in the social networking world it is more acceptable to not always reply or comment back which raises the question if it is okay to not always give a response.
“If someone I don’t know comments on a picture or something on Facebook, I usually just ignore it. I might ‘like’ the comment to be polite but nothing further than that,” senior Cassandra Carter said. With Facebook gaining popularity and more users over the years, it is very common to be stuck in a situation where a random person comments on a status or photo and you just don’t know how or if you should respond.
Senior Sebrina Joynes says those situations can easily be avoided by being more cautious of who to add and accept as friends. “I think every friend on Facebook should be at least an acquaintance, that way you won’t have to worry about people you don’t know commenting on all your stuff,” Joynes said.
Sarah Harrington, a senior, said she “only accepts people who have more than 50 mutual friends with me in common, that way I know it’s pretty safe.”
Another ongoing issue is arguments regarding the statuses or tweets people write. Often, statuses are very opinionated and can easily offend or annoy users who hold different opinions and happen to see these statuses displayed on their News Feed. “People need to think before they post statuses. A lot of times they say things they are going to regret and cause huge arguments. Facebook isn’t the place for arguments and debates.” said senior Cassandra Carter.
“Facebook is a social networking site for you to go on about anything and everything you wish. You practice freedom of speech by doing so. However! It’s one thing if you post a status. It’s another if you go onto someone else’s wall, and verbally attack them for something they posted. It’s a respect thing. So yeah, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t disrespect someone solely based on the fact your opinion is different than there’s,” Red Lion alumnus Jessica Rineer said.
While there are many issues involving social networking, they can easily be avoided by being careful who to add and accept and keeping any negative comments repressed. Everything depends on how users handle the situations.
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