In a world so filled with technology, it's extremely hard to find the next new thing and especially hard to create it. But a new social media app is attempting to rise to that challenge: We Heart It.
This new app is similar to the more popularly known Pinterest or Wanelo with a new twist. We Heart It is a bunch of different pictures users can post that they see all laid out in front of them, so they can easily look at a bunch of fun new images.
With every new app there are always different opinions about it and a bunch of pros and cons. Everyone is different and likes different things so no two lists will be alike, but the basics are pretty much the same.
Take a look at my list of pros and cons and then figure out your opinion on We Heart It for yourself. Let's check it out!
What we 'heart'
We Heart It is so much fun! You can get completely lost in this app with all the great pictures that can keep you entertained whenever you need. Whether you're in between classes, lying in bed at night, or you just don't have anything else to do, this app is perfect.
One of the biggest problems with social media today is how easy it is for cyberbullying to occur. When people make negative comments, it tears the user down, however, with We Heart It there is no comment option. What a great idea for social media creators; with this new spin, there is no way to put others down, because all that they can do is "heart" things!
When you "heart" a picture, it is just like liking a picture. But with this app, when you "heart" a photo there is the option of also putting that picture onto your account into different categories that will show up on your profile. Once you have a picture on your profile, other users can start following you and see whatever you have posted.
Following and gaining followers is simple. In the left side column under the "Connect" category there are options for finding your friends or inviting those who haven't heard about this new thing yet. This makes it so easy to look at what your friends are enjoying and to find new things that you might like from them. And of course, everyone loves gaining new followers!
Unlike all other social media apps out there today, there is no "hashtagging" with this app. Instead, you can "tag" pictures that you like with words to describe them. Apart from what it is called, it is, however, practically the same thing as hashtagging -- and everyone loves that! It's easy to find pictures that interest you with this new option because then you can search a certain tag and hundreds of other pictures will come up. Rather than scrolling through a bunch of pictures with no interest to you, you can just look at your absolute favorite things whether they're flowers, clothes or baseball players. Whatever you want, it's right there.
One of my favorite things about We Heart It is how easy it is to upload your own pictures onto your profile. With apps similar to this one, I am always confused as to how to do this, and so I never do it, which isn't as fun. With We Heart It, you just go to the left column and find the option to browse your photos on your phone, or to even upload pictures straight from the Internet. When you are able to add your own pictures, it really makes you feel like a contributor to this app because you are really becoming part of it.
However, despite all the good things about this app, naturally there are a few cons.
Technology was already taking over many teens' lives before this app came along and We Heart It could just add to this. Smartphones are so common in today's society that teens have no idea what to do without them. I always have my smartphone with me, even when I'm not using it. But with the popularity of what this new app could become, would I myself, along with many others, be using my phone more and more? A new app could just be a new way to go deeper and deeper into the technology craze.
Although We Heart It is a step against cyberbullying, people can always abuse it and make it into a bad thing. Someone couldn't post rude or offensive comments but they could post that type of pictures. It's unfortunate that this could still occur despite what We Heart It is trying to do, but that is the world that we are now living in. Not censoring the type of pictures that could be posted could potentially be damaging to the "no cyberbullying" goal of We Heart It.
We Heart It has many new takes on this type of social network app that others don't have. But all in all, is it too similar to things like Pinterest or Wanelo? What's the point of becoming addicted to a new app that's just the same as others most teens already have? Yes, We Heart It is original in many ways but is that enough to set it apart from all the other apps already out there?
Even with how new this app is, We Heart It already has a huge following. With 20 million users and about a million more added every month, I am guessing this app is about to become really popular for teenagers. So take a look and have fun with We Heart It -- and find out, do you "heart" it too?
Melissa Johns is a junior at Bonneville High School. Email her at email@example.com.