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It continues to be an exciting time to be on Retrica! Discover has been positively bursting with selfies, videos and gifs from across the world. As we continue to grow, the questions have been rolling in, mainly about the #Featured user feed. Some of the most frequent questions we have received are: “How do I grow my Retrica profile?” and “How do I get featured?”
While there is no sure way to hit the #Featured feed, here are some tips to take your Retrica profile to the next level and give you the best chance of making the Featured list.
#1 Be active!
Give yourself the best chance to succeed! That means creating and posting a lot of content.
These days, it’s common to scroll or tap through hundreds and hundreds of photos, videos, and other pieces of media a day. So, don’t be afraid to take and upload a morning bus commute photo, ice latte gif, lunchtime selfie, and 20 second dinner video review.
When people look at your profile, they’re much more likely to tap follow if they are met with pages of interesting content and not just three or four images posted randomly over the last few months.
#2 Develop your Theme
When building your profile on Discover, think about what it’ll look like to people visiting for the first time. One thing to try is to experiment with the same 3-4 filters for a week. Eventually, your profile will develop a distinct image and really stand out from the crowd.
For example, if you really love coffee, try to make a coffee post once a day along with your regular posts. You’ll start to attract like minded Retricans, and soon you’ll have a bustling community of coffee loving friends to share content with!
Now that social media has become the collective term for ‘the internet’ it’s time to be…well…social!
If you didn’t know already, it’s possible to see who is sending you the most likes by tapping the ‘likes’ on your profile. If you notice someone new moving up the charts, why not send some love back their way? Liking other people’s content, making a sign or using on screen text to directly address a friend is a great way to build your network on Retrica.
#4 Use Retrica’s Tools
There are so many tools at your disposal on Retrica and we love to see you use them! There are now hundreds of sticker and stamp options for you to add a finishing touch to your latest post.
If you’re feeling a little more creative, the doodle option lets you show off your artistic skills and create your own artwork over any selfie you take with Retrica.
#5 GIF is In!
Boost your profile with some GIFs! They are easy to make but the result is super cool. Check out Sam and Steve, two of our developers, having some stuff with the GIF function.
GIFs will make your profile more dynamic, try them out!
Retrica Discover has brought people together from all over the world and with it, an insight into hundreds of millions of lives. We hope that with these tips, your Retrica profile will be an even more interesting insight into what makes you unique.
See you soon, featured-users-to-be!
– Team Retrica
Hi there! 안녕하세요! I’m Ron and I’m a UI and UX designer at Retrica!
My main role at Retrica is to look at how you use the app and make sure that using Retrica simple, intuitive, and most importantly, fun!
At Retrica a “normal” day doesn’t really happen too often. As a fast growing startup, working at Retrica requires everyone to wear multiple hats and be ready to jump on new tasks as they come up. Over the course of the day, I am assigned to a variety of ‘core’ tasks but things are usually pretty flexible.
To give you a better idea of how everything comes together, here’s a breakdown of my day during our latest Retrica New Version launch.
Morning Commute: 8:30 am
Commuting in Seoul is incredibly convenient. During rush hour, trains reliably arrive every 2 to 5 minutes. My commute in the morning is long and clocks in at just over an hour, but I’m usually lucky enough to get a seat and catch up on sleep on the commute into the office.
Our office is located at Samsung station a three-minute walk from exit 4
Fun Fact #1: Our office is often mistaken by pedestrians as a café. In order to deter any unexpected visitors we have a sign in front of the door that reads “We Are Not a Café!”
After making my coffee I make my way up the stairs to the second floor where my desk and the rest of the team are located.
Team Meeting: 11:40 am
Every morning we have a big team meeting where everyone comes together to share what they’re working on and what’s coming up.
Some employees aren’t native Korean speakers which leads to some funny translation and communication slip-ups!
Work: 10 am – 12 pm
The biggest agenda for today is the launch of our New Retrica version. My main goal is to make some last minute changes, stamp out any bugs and have the design ready to launch by the end of the day. Lots to do!
Time flies when you’re focused! I quickly scan the room and check with the other designers and we head off for lunch.
Lunch: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Around our office, there are plenty of great restaurants in the area. Everything from Indian curry to Hamburgers and of course, traditional Korean options. The best thing about lunch at Retrica? It’s free!Retrica covers all lunch expenses up to ₩15,000 ($14) If you find yourself at the office late, they’re also happy to chip in to make sure you’re well fed before going home.
Fun Fact #2: If you’re feeling sleepy in the morning or just after a little too much lunch, don’t worry! Retrica also provide unlimited free coffee and snacks!
Work: 2 pm – 7 pm
As our submission deadline approaches, you can feel the intensity building. Before a new product launch, I’m usually busy making final adjustments so I don’t have time to be nervous. After final checks with the development team, we are ready to go!
The team gathers and we all hit ‘submit’ together. It’s always the result of hard work and teamwork that makes these updates come together.
Commute Home: 8:00 pm
After the update goes live and is being downloaded by hundreds of thousands of Retricans all over the world, it’s time to head home. While the subway is the best option in the morning, I choose to take the bus home from Samseong Station. The reason being is that I like to sneak in an extra hour of sleep on the bus ride home and skip the busy subway!
I hope that this was an interesting insight as to what goes on behind the scenes at Retrica. If you’d like more information or have any specific questions please do not hesitate to leave a comment or contact me here at email@example.com
We hope that you’ve been enjoying Retrica 5.0 and most recently, Hashtag Events. Today, we’re excited to let you experiment with a brand new set of filters! The ‘YOLO Filter Pack’ is available for download now.
Here’s a quick break down of our four new filters:
This one is all about you! The ‘YO.’ filter draws a dynamic grid over your screen and focuses it all on you!
You only love Retrica right? Use this filter and send it to your special someone
Take your selfies ‘Live’ this filter adds a gritty and realistic live camera feel to your pictures and video!
Party all night! We only live once, you know?
We can’t wait to see what creative and exciting ways you use the YOLO filters! Send through your favorites to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature the best.
– Team Retrica
We’re ready to show you a new way to share and connect with Discover. Introducing Hashtag Events.
What is a Hashtag Event?
A Hashtag event is a limited time tile that will appear on the Discover homepage. When you upload, you’ll have the choice to just upload to your profile or participate in the event.
How does it work?
Now, when you take a photo with Retrica, you’ll get the option to add it to the ‘Hashtag events’ feed.
All you’ll need to do is check the box underneath ‘My Selfie’ and you’re done! Your pictures will be shown in the Hashtag Event tile.
..now, go on and participate in today’s event!
Hashtag events are a great way for the Retrica community to come together and for you to show off your take on the event and gain some exposure for your profile!
We’re launching Hashtag events with everyone’s ‘favorite’ time of the year…
#Backtoschool! 👩🎓 👨🎓📚
Snap your best back to school preparation, a new outfit or sad face and add it to the Hashtag Event!
Let’s continue to discover more together.
– Team Retrica
It has almost been a month since we launched Retrica Discover in version 5.0. It’s crazy how time flies!
Since launch, we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of photos and likes from Retricans all over the world. To celebrate our first month, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on our top ten Retricans for the month of August.
There you have it! Congratulations to our top five.
If you’d like to improve your chances of making next month’s list, take a look at our first installment of ‘Retrica Selfie School‘ and make sure you have the basics of a good selfie down. Good luck and see you next month!
– Team Retrica
Taking the perfect selfie can be…daunting. There are so many options when it comes to angles, lighting, filters…the list goes on.
At Retrica, we like to think of ourselves as the ‘Selfie Experts’ and for good reason! Retricans take over 80 million selfies every day!
To help you capture the ‘perfect selfie, we asked Mira and Adele from the design department for their thoughts on what makes a good selfie. With their tips and tricks, you too can tear up the Retrica featured user charts.
Mira: One of the easiest and most important things when it comes to taking a good selfie, or photo in general, is getting the lighting right. First, find your main source of light. If it’s behind you, you could end up with a dark silhouette and a very bright background. If you face directly into the light, you may be left with a very blown out image.
The trick is to find a light source that isn’t too strong and doesn’t dominate your picture. The ‘golden hour’ (just after the sun rises or is about to set) is the perfect time to capture light that won’t overpower your selfies. Also, try to face a natural light from a large window or office lights that aren’t directly overhead.
Angles and Pose!
Adele: Like every other good selfie-taker, I know how to capture my ‘good side’. My first tip is for you to experiment with both sides of your face angled toward the camera. Pay attention to your jawline, too. ‘Popping’ it in or out can drastically change the shape of your face on camera.
The height of the camera can also draw attention to different parts of your face. Just be careful to not go too high or too low and be creative about your angles!
So experiment and have fun! Eventually, you’ll find ‘your pose’ and be able to bust it out at any time and be confident in how you’ll come out.
Use Filters to Your Advantage
Mira: This is a big one that’s easy to miss! Retrica is a great tool that can spice up any selfie in seconds. But, did you know that each filter can be ‘tuned’ when it comes to how much effect it has on a picture?
I think it’s always worth experimenting with the amount a filter is applied to a photo. Especially if the lighting in your picture is already good. A slight overlay from a filter can add a final level of polish to an already strong photo.
So, there you have it! Hopefully, you found something new in our tips for the modern 2017 selfie taker. Did we miss something? Submit your tips and examples to email@example.com with some before/after pics and we’ll be happy to feature you!