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An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

Old Instagram Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More

18 photos that show great depth and distance


For last week's Mashable Photo Challenge, we asked you to capture photos of things that are far off in the distance.

Our guest host was Conor MacNeill, a London-based travel photographer known as "thefella" on Instagram.

"Since joining Instagram, I've learned that I can use my iPhone like a proper camera and you needn't be limited by equipment," he said. "I've also found out that it's the most social of the social networks I'm on; I've made a huge number of good friends through it."

MacNeill, originally from Northern Ireland, shoots a wide range of styles — from beautiful landscapes to astrophotography to monochrome and beyond. One consistent theme in his feed, however, is his use of leading lines and photos of subjects standing far away. Read more...

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Brands <3 Emoji


Domino's is taking mobile ordering to the next level. Starting Wednesday, users can place an order simply by tweeting the chain a pizza slice emoji. The pizza chain — which calls for users to register their payment information, Twitter handle and regular order on its website — is the latest brand to jump on the emoji bandwagon as the characters increase in popularity.

According to Instagram research from last week, within a month of iOS launching the emoji keyboard, 10% of the captions and comments on the platform contained at least one character. Not four years later, that number has swollen to nearly 40%, with many emoji having become widely-accepted substitutes for popular Internet slang like "LOL" and "bae." Read more...

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You do not want to date these social media sites


While you might use social media to date, have you considered what it might be like to date social media itself?

YouTuber Emma Blackery filmed a sketch where she imagined going on first dates with various personifications of social media sites. As one might expect, Facebook is a little obsessed with who you know, Snapchat has the shortest attention span ever, and Instagram just wants to stare at food

Google Plus is just very, very, very depressed.

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Meet the Instagrammer who’s on a mission to change the world


American Greetings

The ThankList is presented by American Greetings. We've all heard of a bucketlist, but what about a ThankList? It's a list of people you want to thank for shaping you as a person. And a step toward a world that's just a little bit nicer. Who’s on your ThankList?

If the Internet had neighborhoods, Facebook, Twitter and their peers would inhabit the ritzy areas where, beneath perfectly manicured grass and picturesque white picket fences, self-obsession and hostility can erupt without warning. Are your hedges uneven? Are your shoes the wrong brand? Your entire life is under scrutiny and little good comes from it Read more...

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Grandma tries to blow out birthday candles, blows out her dentures instead


Centenarians can get away with pretty much anything

For 102-year-old Nonnie, this includes spitting your dentures out while attempting to blow out birthday candles. Photojournalist Lynsey Addario captured the absurd moment during a celebration for her grandmother's birthday in Connecticut.

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Look far into the distance for our photo challenge


For this week's Mashable Photo Challenge, focus your eyes on things that are far into the distance

Look for leading lines on lengthy roads, or for settings that seem to have an everlasting depth. Try placing your subjects at the opposite side of the room before taking their portrait. And browse landscapes and cityscapes for photo opportunities that might show far beyond what's right in front of your eyes.

Conor MacNeill, a London-based travel photographer, will be our guest host.

"My photography started as a by-product of my love of traveling, and Instagram was just a further extension of that," he said. MacNeill, originally from Northern Ireland, started actively using Instagram while in China because it was the only social network he was able to access. Known as "thefella" on Instagram, he now has close to 200,000 dedicated followers. Read more...

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Top 10 Instagram emoji at the Met Gala — including a bee for Bey


The Met Gala's biggest celebs proved that social media cannot be stopped, no matter what Anna Wintour decrees

Many attendees broke the social media and selfie ban on Monday

In fact, almost half of all Met Gala Instagrams featured emoji in the captions. Instagram, which now allows you to use emoji as actual hashtags, collected the top emoji used during the event

Is that bee and crown a reference to Queen Bey herself? We're sure the fire emoji was used for Sarah Jessica Parker's arresting headpiece, at least

Check out the 10 most popular emoji hashtags used during the Met Gala: Read more...

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