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Hey, I’m Rory, I’m currently studying for my masters in Advertising and Marketing at the University of Hull, where I also studied for my undergraduate degree in 20th Century History. In my spare time, I enjoy finding new places to eat and drink around the city as well as visiting historical places of interest when I’m not working as a Team Leader at my Student Union.

Could this spell the end for Snapchat?

We seem obsessed with knowing what our friends are doing all day, every day.  Most of us didn’t go a few hours without checking Snapchat. Procrastination central.

 

But now Snapchat’s future seems a little uncertain. A recent update gave the user interface a redesign and Snappers weren’t exactly supportive.

All quite reasonable points… 

Then this happened.

 

@KylieJenner

Within days, Snapchat’s shares dropped in value by 61%, wiping off an eye-watering $1.3bn in market value.

Okay so they have a lot of angry users, they’re going to change it back right?

 

Wrong.

Snapchat said they’ll make changes to make the app more user-friendly, but they won’t change it back.

CEO Evan Spiegel responded with ‘It’ll take time for people to adjust’.

Okay, not looking good. But why should they care? Snapchat has millions of daily users.

 

Well who remembers this fella?

RECAP: YikYak was a social media platform which was super popular amongst students a couple of years ago. Users could post a ‘yak’ and local users would either👍🏻 or 👎🏻 it, ultimately producing a stream of funny yaks.

When YikYak introduced an update where users lost their anonymity, there was a huge level of resistance. The company refused to revert the changes and the app ultimately became a barron wasteland.

 

Could Snapchat’s failure to listen to their user’s needs result in their demise? Personally, I’ve noticed many of my friends preferring Instagram Stories.

Do you still use Snapchat? Let me know what you think of the update in the comments below!

 

Tried and Tasted: Top 3 bars in Hull for…you know… ‘de-stressing’

 

Students will always discover new depths of creativity in order to afford that extra drink. *TOP TIP* sleep in until noon and you won’t have to buy breakfast – that’s one cocktail to get you that #FridayFeeling. Anything is possible if you have a can-do attitude (and you know when happy hour is).

1.

Level

Newland Avenue’s finest – in the heart of the student population. Even with a great selection of wine and craft beers on the cards, it’s still the mouthwatering cocktails which steal the show, especially with HappyHour 12pm-6pm.

Check out Level’s Instagram for more creative cocktails.

 

The menu features all the classics from the Tom Collins to the Margarita, in addition to placing their own twists on the simple mojito, which can be ordered in spiced rum, gin or coconut rum varieties.

2.

Butler Whites

Tucked away slightly from Hull’s city centre, Butler Whites sits on the corner of Humber Street at the marina.

Great place to take the parents (but hopefully they’ll pay!)

 

Part of Hull’s £156m facelift, Humber Street has been transformed into a vibrant area which anyone could spend the best part of a day exploring.

@butlerwhites Check out the menu here

3.

 Sanctuary

The SU is the perfect place to fill those gaps between lectures (as is the library, but who are we kidding). With a wallet-friendly selection of drinks on offer, Sanctuary is the ideal bar for any student.

@huuphotos

 

Missed a bar out? Let me know in the comments where your favourite bar is!

Student Vs The City of Culture – A crash course

2017 was one of the best years Hull has seen in a long time. The regeneration of the city centre attracted visitors in their millions, boosting the value of the tourism sector by £40m.

Flashback to last summer, exams were over and I had 1 week left with my housemates. It dawned on us that, we’d barely seen what Hull had to offer. Being final year students, free time was a rarity (we slept…lots). So we planned our crash course in culture. 1 week to fully experience our city.

Here are a few of the things we did.

The Deep

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Whoever said aquariums were for kids clearly hasn’t been to The Deep. The interactive rooms showcase the weird and the wonderful.

Ferens Art Gallery

You don’t need a degree in art to appreciate the exhibitions at the Ferens Gallery (including the 2017 Turner Prize!)

The Maritime Museum

Weeping Window – Paul Cummins

Being a history graduate, I got the chance to geek out – it’s safe to say I was entertained for hours.

Humber bridge

The Humber Bridge is the icon of Hull, yet we’d never visited! A walk along the shores of the Humber was an absolute must.

The best part?

The whole tour cost us £11.20 plus £1.50 for a 99 by the bridge (unlike the good old days when 99s were actually 99p)

It’s crazy how much Hull has to offer, and the majority of which is free!

So what are you waiting for?

Tell me your favourite Hull attraction in the comments!