Social media QR Code
Learn how to create a QR code for Social media
There was a time when social networking services were only focused on providing digital means of interaction to their user bases. This means that people could only engage with each other or access unique content solely via their desktops or smartphones.
But all of a sudden, QR codes came along. And with them, a whole new way to communicate was born. Enter Social media QR codes.
Why use Social media QR codes?
This type of QR code basically allows you to list all your social media profiles, as well as your website or blog. By scanning the QR code, your target audience will be able to follow you, like you, view your stories, and more. It all depends on the social media profiles that you have.
QR codes and social media
Facebook was one of the pioneers. They introduced the ability to upload a QR code image as a profile picture. This allows people to have their friends and family scan the QR code to go to a website, a vCard, a video, etc.
Then Facebook made its event creation feature more robust. They gave users the ability to create a QR code of their event to share it in the real world.
Finally, at F8 2016, a new Facebook Messenger feature was unveiled: Messenger codes. These codes resemble the design of QR codes, albeit more streamlined; the patterns are organized in a circle, and the user’s profile picture sits right in the center.
Anyone who has a Facebook profile can access Messenger codes from the Messenger app itself. They allow other users to scan the codes and start a conversation via chat.
Messenger codes’ primary use is for chatbots. Many businesses have opted to use them to connect with their clients and provide customer service in no time.
In 2014, Snapchat bought the now inactive QR code generator Scan.me to have their technology become the basis of their new codes: Snapcodes.
Much like Facebook’s Messenger codes, Snapcodes offer the opportunity to follow and be followed by merely scanning the Messenger code with the app’s reader. They can also be downloaded and customized, making them more personal and appealing.
Speaking of “following”, I hear a bird chirping…
Last but not least, Twitter introduced a new way for users to follow and be followed via their own Twitter QR codes.
More examples of social networks using QR-based technology are the Canadian messaging app Kik, and WeChat, a messaging app that thrives in China and Japan.
It is interesting to point out what Kik’s CEO Ted Livingston had to say regarding social networks and QR codes.
“(He) envisions a world where codes are everywhere, and we use them to place orders, buy things, and save information on them.”
And he was right. But this would not have been possible without…
Millennials and QR codes
Also known as Generation Y, millennials are one of if not the most important demographics out there that have pushed QR codes forward.
This has to do with their innate curiosity regarding the use of new and innovative technology. Social networks are keen on listening to their users’ feedback to have the latest in store for them. Thus, the introduction of QR codes to their respective platforms was the natural next step.
How to create a QR code for Social media
uQR.me’s QR code generator offers this type of QR code content. By registering and creating this QR code, you will be able to insert the URLs of your social media profiles, website, and/or blog. They will then be displayed as a list upon scanning the QR code. Each link has an icon for easy identification. Since they are dynamic QR codes, you can always update, change, rearrange, or remove social media profiles as you see fit.
Create a Social media QR code with uQR.me
- Click Create project,
- click Create QR,
- name the QR code,
- select “Social links” from the dropdown menu,
- add one or more social media profiles and insert their corresponding URLs, and
- click Save and apply changes.
How to scan a QR code
Now that you know how to generate a QR code, it is time to learn how to scan one. All it takes is a smartphone, and a means to turn into a decoder. There are reader apps for free that you can download that will definitely do the trick. But you will be going out of your way to do so if your smartphone has a scanning feature already installed. Search for it within your browser’s settings and enable it. Once that’s done, open the browser and tap the appropriate button that will turn your camera into a scanner. Place it over the QR, and you’ll have access to the QR code’s content instantly.