People will do lots of crazy, dangerous and senseless stuff only to become Instagram famous. The chase for such fame sent 24-year-old Canadian to jail. Melina Roberge pleaded guilty for smuggling 209 pounds (95 kilos) of cocaine into the Sydney Harbour in 2016. And reportedly, she did it just so she can climb the Instagram ladder and get the followers envy her on the glamorous lifestyle.
Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s privacy & portability issues have been all over the news lately. Naturally, some attention has turned toward Instagram, too. After all, he owns them both, so why not look at both platforms? TechCrunch posted an article a few days ago about Instagram’s portability problem. That problem being that you’re unable to download your data.
While Facebook (sort of) allows you to do this (it’s never worked for me), Instagram doesn’t. In response, TechCrunch report that Instagram has announced that this feature is on the way.
Instagram has been testing lots of new features lately. Still, what most of us would like to see is chronological feed, as it used to be. In a recent blog post, Instagram has announced that this feature will be back, at least in a way. They’re bringing some changes to let you see the feed in chronological order again.
Instagram has been cracking down on various tactics people use to try to get ahead of the others on the platform. They’ve killed off many of the third party services that tip-toed the TOS line. Pods are pretty much a thing of the past. And they’ve implemented “shadowbanning”. A shadowban is essentially a post-specific ban that you don’t know about. Instagram kills your reach without you knowing (except for the fact that nobody engages with your stuff anymore).
An online tool was released last year which showed some promise, although it seems to have been abandoned. Individual URLs still work, but checking whole accounts never seems to have been completed. Now, though, there’s a new Instagram Shadowban Test from Triberr that checks the last 10 images you upload at once.
Instagram can be a valuable tool for improving your skills, but it can have a negative impact on your wellbeing, too. It all depends what you take from it and how you use it. But did you know using Instagram can set you back for a serious amount of money? A young woman named Lissette Calveiro learned it the hard way. She went $10,000 into debt after trying to live a life of an Instagram celebrity.
Instagram keeps adding new features to the app, some of them inspired by Snapchat or Instagram’s parent company, Facebook. A recent report shows that Instagram may soon add another new feature to the app: voice calls and video calls. As TechCrunch writes, a leaked code shows that icons and files for these two features are lying within the app, waiting to be released.
On Tuesday evening, an Instagram post with a threatening message sent a 14-year old boy to jail. The unnamed boy from Lemon Grove, California posted an AR-15-style rifle made of LEGO on his Instagram profile, captioned “Don’t come to school tomorrow.” Reportedly, another student asked him to take the photo down, and he refused. As a consequence, the student was arrested for making a criminal threat.
The mass shooting at a Florida high school last week shook up the USA as well as the rest of the world. A man from Texarkana, Texas apparently tried making a cruel joke out of it, and it sent him straight to jail. 24 years old Ricky Rankin posted a photo of an AR-15 assault rifle to his Instagram page, the same type of rifle used in the Florida high school shooting. The caption “I’m thinking about finally going back to school” had the community concerned, so they notified the police, which took him into custody.
In the era of social networks and being overwhelmed by content, people get bored easily. This means that you need to stand out and create your own style if you want to get noticed. To help you do this, Rachel and Daniel of Mango Street discuss some of the mistakes beginners often make when posting their photos on Instagram. They also share their tips for avoiding clichés and creating the kind of work that will stand out and help you to get noticed.