Category Archives: Instagram

Instagram is testing a new way for celebrities and influencers to identify their sponsored posts

 Instagram is creating a standardized format that should make it clearer to everyone when a post has been paid for by an advertiser. These aren’t for ads that businesses buy directly from Instagram, but rather for influencer marketing, where brands pay celebrities and other users with a significant online following to promote their products. It’s an area that every big tech and… Read More

Instagram’s archive feature goes live, letting you hide photos indefinitely

 Last month we noted that Instagram was testing a new feature called “archive”, which lets users hide any of their posts from anyone else – either permanently or indefinitely. Today this will roll out to everyone on Instagram, meaning you can start hiding photos today. You can archive any photo or video on your profile by tapping the “…” three-dots button in… Read More

Amber Rose’s ‘fire ass feminist post’ too hot for Instagram

Amber Rose wants to #bringbackthebush. 

So naturally, the activist and star posted a very NSFW photo of her pubic hair to Instagram on Friday night. 

Wearing her signature shades, a black coat, black bikini top, and no bottoms, Rose reclined against a set of stairs and let the world glimpse her bush. 

😂 I'm so done with ya'll Lol #baldheadscallywag #bringbackthebush 😉🤗😍 https://t.co/OnFryRUpph

— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) June 10, 2017

But it wasn't long before the graphic image disappeared from Rose's Instagram account. She says the social media company deleted the post.  Read more...

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‘Finstas’ can be boring or funny or sexy — but they’re always real

Don't believe everything you read about "finstas," the secret Instagram accounts currently puzzling the internet. Rumours swirl about teenagers sharing pics of sex and drugs on their finstas, but in reality, teens are using these accounts to show their real, authentic selves. And, they're actually pretty damn dorky. 

A finsta is a second—or fake—Instagram account used by teens and young people to share photos they'd rather not post on their main accounts. These private accounts often have a considerably smaller and select following. For many young people, these public-facing Instagram accounts are often highly curated and can contain heavily filtered and Photoshopped images. So, what exactly are people sharing on these private, and highly mysterious, accounts? Read more...

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How to be cool on Instagram and Snapchat, according to teens

Sure, you might think your Instagram of your smashed avocado toast and soy latte is totally hip. But in the world of teens, you're basically a massive loser. Sorry. 

Being cool is an art form and few of us know how to truly master it. But teens today seem to inherently know what is and isn't cool, especially when it comes to posting on Instagram and Snapchat. Teens abide by some pretty strict rules when it comes to social media, lest they be deemed uncool, or — heaven forfend — a loser.

Here's the definitive rulebook on how to be cool, according to teenagers. Prepare yourself for some extreme blushing because, yes, you've definitely done all these things.  Read more...

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Instagram celebrates Pride Month with a very rainbowy sticker set

 There is no such thing as too many rainbows. For LGBTQ Pride Month, Instagram is rolling out a special set of pride-flavored features, including a sticker set (Instagram has stickers now, you’ve probably noticed) and a rainbow brush. The sticker set includes a swoopy-banged person holding a rainbow aloft, a cute trans flag/heart situation and a rainbow megaphone for when you need to… Read More

A ‘deep like’ is the worst thing that can happen when you’re lurking on Instagram

I was 92 weeks deep in a stranger's Instagram account when something truly terrible happened — my finger accidentally double-tapped the screen, resulting in the dreaded "deep like." Cue: panic, profound regret, and infinite embarrassment.

A deep like is the moment you accidentally "like" a really old photo when lurking on someone's Instagram profile. Many of us are guilty of deep liking, and others live in fear of the dreaded moment our finger slips and hits the heart button by mistake. 

I'd been seeing a guy for a few months when things began to turn sour. I wasn't sure if I was being ghosted or if he was seeing someone else. Naturally, I conducted an investigation. And a highly dangerous one at that.  Read more...

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