Thumbs Up Thursdays

Thumbs Up Thursday: Take Your Child To Work Day!

We’re not sure about you, but some of our favorite memories growing up come from that magical time every April when mom or dad would announce that it’s Take Your Kids To Work Day. We’d put on a freshly laundered outfit, brush our hair, and daydream over a bowl of cereal about all the exciting events of the day to come. (Plus, no school!) Now that we’re just kids on the inside and and every day involves going to work, the glamour has worn off a little. Nevertheless, it’s always still a thrill to see our workplaces through a child’s eyes.

Last week, we asked you guys to share photos of your sons and daughters at work with you. We loved scrolling through such a varied assortment of adorable shots. Sit back and ogle over our five favorite submissions!


Megan B’s little ones are super lucky. While visiting their dad at work, they get to enjoy all the comforts of a hospital — endless ginger ale, comfy pillows, and hanging out in the private lounge reserved for doctors — without any of the scary stuff!

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HOW TO: Add Some Oomph with Boomerang

Social media has made huge strides in allowing users to create compelling and creative original content. You can make and share collages, add filters and stickers to your photos, and even make mini videos. With so many different apps available, it can be tough to find the time to master them all. Fear not though, Tappers, we’ll be breaking our favorite editing apps down to the basics for you here on Tutorial Tuesdays.

This week, we’re talking about the Boomerang app from Instagram.

The Boomerang app takes a burst of photos, then speeds them up and plays them forward and backward to create a looping video. 

Imagine being able to:

  • Watch your kids do (and un-do) a backflip?
  • Smear, unsmear, and re-smear a tempting dab of peanut butter onto a slice of toast?
  • Pour, un-pour (and re-pour, because #caffeinefix) a steaming cup of coffee?
  • Show off your dog’s new tricks?

Click play, to see what we mean:


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Thumbs Up Thursday: Warm Weather Picnics

If there’s one thing we love as much as the shift to warmer weather, it’s food. (Okay, and dogs. But dogs also love food, so the vote was pretty unanimous.) Since the temperatures have been so perfect lately, we were pretty sure we’d find a few Tappers who couldn’t wait to invite Mother Nature to join them for lunch, and we were so right. 

Grab a snack and check out the 5 photos that got our Thumbs Up this week.

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Grace D. must have been hungry, to only leave that delicious-looking apple behind. Or maybe she knew we’d stop by her picnic party to say hi and snag a sandwich. Either way, she gets major points for the bird’s eye view of her checkered blanket.

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HOW TO: Create Collages with Instagram

Brands love seeing before-and-after pictures, showing how their products work their magic for you, their consumers, in everyday life. Unfortunately, creating a before-and-after collage isn’t always as simple as it sounds. To help with the process, we set out to find an easy solution for creating before-and-after photos — or any combination of pictures — in seconds.

The answer? Layout from Instagram.

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This app, created by the same folks who brought us photo sharing social network Instagram, lets you easily combine multiple photos into one while adding your own personal touch. They call it a fun, simple way to flex your creativity — we call it the perfect assist for awesome before-and-after photos. Let’s dive in!


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Thumbs Up Thursday: (Appreciating Our) Earth Day

Tappers, did you know that while Mother Earth has been around for billions (!) of years, we’ve only been celebrating Earth Day for 46 of them? Officially, anyway. Marking off a day every year to put our planet at the forefront, to be mindful of its current needs, and what we can do to continue caring for them is essential. Luckily, when it comes to being appreciative of Earth’s ineffable beauty, well that’s something we can do every single day, with something as simple as glancing out the window!

Last week we asked you guys to share some of your favorite scenes in nature with us, and the photos submitted were breathtaking. Not only do some of you have stunning backyards (we’re seriously lacking here in New York City), but nearly every one of you knows how to capture a moment in nature that can really stop one in their tracks. Going through all of your submissions was a ton of fun, almost like going on a virtual hike. Choosing a mere five from so many thoughtful photos? Eh…not so much fun!

Nevertheless, we persevered and have compiled a series of favorite shots that really show our Earth in all its sun-soaked glory.

original (5)This photograph, taken by Maegan B., can easily be mistaken for an oil painting, don’t you think? All of its elements make it the ideal landscape —a slight wind moving across the grass, the sky waning from sorbet pinks to an evening blue, and a lonely tractor, finishing up a days work. What a beautiful capture, Maegan!

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HOW TO: Like, Comment, and Reply Your Way into the Crowdtap Community

Huge news, Tappers. Now you can like and comment on photos from other tappers!

Here’s how you’ll benefit:

  • Get notifications when your photos are liked or commented on. Just click on the notification to go back to the photo on the brand page to reply.
  • Motivate other members to keep up the good work. Leave a little praise with a like, then comment to say what worked, or ask How did you do that?
  • Keep the conversation going. Remember, it’s a two-way street. Do you have a question about someone’s technique? Just leave a comment! You’ll get notifications from other members in the community whenever someone likes, comments on or replies to comments on your photos. 

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Thumbs Up Thursday: April Foolin’

We’re two weeks into April, Tappers! Here’s a bit of a fun fact: did you know that in France, the first of April is known as “April Fish”? School children tape a picture of a fish onto a classmates back and shout “April Fish!” when the prank is discovered. Sound familiar?

Last week, we asked you to show us what sorts of crazy things went down on your April Fools Day. While there were no fish spotted in your submissions, there was quite a bit of fishiness. From face swaps, to office pranks, even getting your pets involved in the trickery — all of your photos definitely had us here at Crowdtap giggling.

Take a look at our five winning submissions! You know, it’s never too early to start brainstorming for next year…

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When you’re going to do a prank you know has been done before, you’ve really got to commit. As seen in the photo above, Jennifer A.’s students clearly gave the Post-It nite prank their all, covering every inch (ceiling projector included!) of their classroom with a rainbow of notes. Seriously impressive, guys. Just stay away from our offices…


 

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HOW TO: Be a Social Influencer

Today’s tutorial is the final post in our pro-blogger series! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning from these web mavens as much as we’ve enjoyed featuring their wise words. In this post, bloggers Chelsea and Nate Day of Someday I’ll Learn (www.somedayilllearn.comtell us how being social influencers affects their lives.

 

We hope these parting sentiments, along with all the tutorials you’ve seen on how you can also build to social influencer status, will help you on your journey to becoming a Top Tapper and feeling like a digital native.  

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This here is a picture of my husband and I, speaking together on a panel at a conference. It’s weirdly one of my favorite photos of us together because it shows us in our element, talking about the business we’ve poured our hearts into. We run a popular family lifestyle blog called Someday I’ll Learn, sharing everything from travel tips to recipes with hundreds of thousands of readers and social followers per month. To me, that is the definition of a social influencer: someone who can have an impact on people through a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other platform.

 

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Getting Sporty in the Spring

The sun is out, the air is warming up, and we are itching to get outside and bask in it! Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to actively enjoy this sunny season.

Last week on Crowdtap, we asked Tappers to show us a photo playing or enjoying a springtime sport. The results? Whoa – SO good! We narrowed it down — with much debate — to these 5 photos. They are each lit beautifully and shot to show us the action.

Take a look before you head to the ballfield:

Kacey G
Kacey G. is starting her little one off young with a love of the American Pastime! We loved the sunny light and shadows, the recognizable stadium backdrop, and the look of adorable curiosity on this nugget’s face!


 

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HOW TO: Think Outside the Box With Your Sampling

Whether it’s your first or your fifteenth sampling mission, getting that Crowdtap box in the mail is always an exciting time. Not only do you get to try out an awesome product, you also get a wealth of opportunities to show off your creative side. The photos and feedback we ask in return for your sample are your chance to shine, and to help show this brand how their product fits your life.

But here’s the thing: you open up the box, take the time to give the product a whirl, and start thinking about how to fully capture your experience. You want to submit some cool, original content and make it truly great, because you know that you’re a Top Tapper… but you’re not quite sure where to start.

No problem! Time to breathe a sigh of relief because we have some tips to help you think outside the box and get crafty with your sampling report. Ready? Let’s dive in.

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