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With the emergence of apps and technologies such as Google Photos, Messenger, Uber Eats, Telegram, Siri and many others, activities like these have become trivial and are part of everyday life for ordinary users. Below is a list of the TechTudo with ten applications and tools that didn't exist at the beginning of 2010 or that worked very differently.

Instagram didn't exist ten years ago: app appeared in October 2010 Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudoInstagram didn't exist ten years ago: app appeared in October 2010 Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo

Instagram didn't exist ten years ago: app appeared in October 2010 Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo

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A social network focused on posting photos and videos, Instagram was launched in October 2010. The platform, which was exclusive for iPhone until 2012, quickly became the most popular network for sharing images, with the right to filters and creative editing.

Until then, those who enjoyed sharing their routine on the Internet through images had other options. Orkut, the favorite social network of Brazilians at the time, offered a resource of photo albums in which the user could organize the files and interact with his friends, tagging each other and leaving comments on the posts.

Services like Uber and 99 did not exist for ten years Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudoServices like Uber and 99 did not exist for ten years Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo

Services like Uber and 99 did not exist for ten years Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo

The idea of ??calling a taxi or private car using a cell phone, following the route in real time and making payments in a digital way seemed far from reality in early 2010. At that time, the most sophisticated way to facilitate transportation with the help of of the Internet was to use Google Maps. As of 2008, public transport routes in Brazilian cities started to appear in the tool.

However, not all cell phones have GPS at that time. One option was to create the route on the computer and print it out, or memorize the map before leaving home. The most common way to get a car was to call a taxi on the street or call a point.

Fast editing and sharing tools like TikTok didn't exist either. Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudoFast editing and sharing tools like TikTok didn't exist either. Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo

Fast editing and sharing tools like TikTok didn't exist either. Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo

Editing videos in early 2010 was not so simple. The task used to be done with a professional program, such as Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas, or with slightly simpler software, such as Windows Movie Maker, the first editing tool in many people's lives. With the edited video, the file could be posted on YouTube.

There were no social networks focused on short videos and with neat editing functions. TikTok is an example of this, with a wide variety of features, sounds and filters for editing videos of up to 15 seconds on any subject.

What and how Tinder works

What and how Tinder works

The search for relationships through the Internet is not new. Ten years ago, however, there was no Tinder and other platforms that seek to combine users with a match, using geolocation or specific personality traits. Those looking for a new passion on the web needed to turn to social networking sites, many of which were paid, and which promised to match people with similar tastes and goals.

Learn to completely delete conversations on Telegram Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudoLearn to completely delete conversations on Telegram Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudo

Learn to completely delete conversations on Telegram Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudo

One of the biggest revolutions of recent years is the ease of communication that apps like Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram have come to offer. It is possible to chat with contacts via the Internet without spending on SMS messages.

Until ten years ago, reality was quite different. Messaging services through the Internet existed, but were restricted to computers: MSN and Skype are good examples that marked the time. On cell phones, even those who already have a smartphone, needed to use SMS to communicate with contacts.

Snapchat brought the idea of ??posts with "due date" Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudoSnapchat brought the idea of ??posts with "due date" Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo

Snapchat brought the idea of ??posts with "due date" Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo

A concept that hadn't existed for ten years was the idea of ??a "due date" post: something you publish and lasts a day, disappearing completely. The new interaction model emerged with Snapchat and became so popular that other networks, such as Instagram and Facebook, adopted the model known as Stories.

Services like iFood and Uber Eats make life easier for users Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudoServices like iFood and Uber Eats make life easier for users Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

Services like iFood and Uber Eats make life easier for users Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

Ten years ago, not all restaurants had websites, and the number of establishments offering digital services for ordering food was even smaller. At the time, ordering something to eat was almost always mandatory by phone call to the delivery service.

Today, apps like iFood and Uber Eats simplify the use of food delivery services. The platform aggregates several different restaurants and, using the location, indicates the closest ones. There is also a ranking of food quality, information on prices and the possibility to pay for everything through the app.

8. Google Photos and your photos in the cloud

Google Photos makes it easy to backup and organize images Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudoGoogle Photos makes it easy to backup and organize images Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

Google Photos makes it easy to backup and organize images Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

Google Photos allows the user to automatically upload their photos to the cloud, which organizes albums and promises to keep files safe, accessible from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection and the user's photo history is available for consultation on any device.

The idea of ??storing data in the cloud was still in its infancy ten years ago, and was beginning to become popular with tools like Dropbox. At that time, whoever had a camera on their cell phone needed to be content with the device's internal storage, and having access to images necessarily depended on having copies of the files on the device.

VSCO Cam allows you to edit photos simply and quickly Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudoVSCO Cam allows you to edit photos simply and quickly Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo

VSCO Cam allows you to edit photos simply and quickly Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo

Services like VSCO Cam make the task of editing photos more accessible. Apps of this type are friendlier and impose less barriers for those who want to change or treat an image, but do not have very advanced knowledge in professional tools.

Ten years ago, anyone who wanted to touch a photo needed to use powerful software, such as Adobe Photoshop. With a wide variety of resources, the photo editor requires a greater mastery of the tools and ends up depending on a very specific knowledge for beginners.

10. Siri and Google Assistant

Siri and Google Assistant seemed to be a scientist ten years ago Photo: Rubens Achilles / TechTudoSiri and Google Assistant seemed to be a scientist ten years ago Photo: Rubens Achilles / TechTudo

Siri and Google Assistant seemed to be a scientist ten years ago Photo: Rubens Achilles / TechTudo

Voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, Cortana and Bixby allow the user to carry out commands through speech to perform routine procedures. This includes sending a message, starting a music list or making an appointment in the phonebook, all without having to use your hands.

Voice commands on devices and computers seemed scientific ten years ago, something restricted for example to Tony Stark in Iron Man. In the 2008 film, the character interacts with assistant Jarvis through his voice. In 2011, Apple introduced Siri as a differentiator for the iPhone 4S. From then on, the concept became popular and evolved with the emergence of options from other manufacturers.

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