We Heart It

LQ: 7.8

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Brain grade: 7.2
Fun score: 8.4

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

We Heart It is a photo and meme sharing app similar in aesthetic and functionality to Pinterest and Tumblr. Users can browse through a series of user curated GIFs and images or search for more specific images by hashtag or by name. Users are encouraged to find other users who share similar interests, which can be accomplished easily with a single search. Certain profiles are likely to be more interesting than others, and users are encouraged to “follow” profiles they enjoy and “heart” images that are meaningful. Like any social network, it’s important for users to create a profile that reflects and aspect of their personality. Add a short bio, link to Facebook and Twitter, and share your love for creativity with other We Heart It users. Sharing photos is a communal experience, one that can help foster friendships as well as allow users to further explore specific subjects. In terms of content, We Heart It is not quite as vast as Pinterest, but as more users continue to sign up, the library will only continue to grow. Because of its existence as a social media platform, and the questionable nature of certain photographs, We Heart It is recommended for children 12 and older.


THIS APP IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Self-Awareness

By nature, social media platforms encourage users to be expressive. Building profiles, adding biographical information, and sharing choice pictures, reveal certain personality traits and characteristics specific to each individual users. In a way, users are "putting themselves out there" when they share an image. Whether it's a photograph from a personal collection, a image of a favorite band, or an inspiration quote, users should be sure that everything they post means something to them. In addition to expressive posts, We Heart It also provides users with a means to gauge the overall effectiveness of their posts. Users who track the number of "hearts" each photo receives, are able to see what images work best in the social media sphere. Does the photo of Justin Beiber receive more hearts than the picture of Edgar Allen Poe? Depending on the nature of the "hearts, what does this tell users about the cultural climate? Is their finger of the pulse?

Organization

If users wants their pictures to be found it's important that they are organized properly. This is where hashtagging becomes increasingly important. It's the only real way to create a set of searchable images. While all pictures are arranged chronologically, it can be difficult for frequent We Heart It users to find specific photos later on. Therefore, users must think of hastags like a labelled folder. Hashtags can help push some posts to viral status, but for the purpose of organization, users should be more inclined to develop a small "bank" of hashtag words and phrases. For example, hashtag images with broad umbrella terms. Instead of writing "John and I," tag the photo with the umbrella word first "friends," and then become more specific with the name of the friend. Now users will be able to have photos of all their friends in the same collection of hashtags. And if they would like to only find photos of "John" they will be able to do that as well.

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