As a part of its efforts to reduce the negative impact of its platform, Instagram is restricting posts about diet products and cosmetic surgery. From now on, posts like this will be hidden from users under 18 years of age, or even deleted from the platform completely. What’s more, the same rules will also be applied to Instagram’s parent company Facebook.
Some people are born with more money than sense. Other people know this and create apps, websites and apparently Instagram accounts which take advantage of this fact. Way back in 2008, an app appeared for iOS called I Am Rich which allowed people to pay $999 through the App Store and all it did was come up with a message declaring that you were rich.
These days, though, it’s easier to just exploit somebody else’s platform. In this case, Instagram. For a minimum payment of $1,000, the account golden_pricetag is offering to post your images to their account to show just how rich you are. And they post how much you’ve paid on their website, too. Just so you can brag to all your friends.
Perhaps you’ve seen a post going around Instagram lately, claiming that the platform will soon be able to use your posts in court cases against you. Perhaps you’ve even shared it, too. Well, Instagram has responded to the viral post and explained that it’s nothing but a hoax.
Having a huge number of followers on social media gives you a chance to send a message and let your voice be heard. Therefore, Dutch influencer Rianne Meijer has started a personal project to remind her 408k followers that “perfect life” they see on Instagram isn’t reality. Along with her perfectly staged photos, she also posts hilarious outtakes which prove that Insta-life isn’t at all what it seems.
Researches have shown that social media can have a negative impact on mental health, especially in teenagers. Over the recent weeks, Instagram influencers and famous models like Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber are sending their own message against social media. Their approach is pretty unusual, but effective: they share photos with a phone case in the frame, with a warning reading “Social media seriously harms your mental health.”
Many of those of us on Instagram are always trying to beat the dreaded algorithm. Introduced in 2016, it did away with the chronological feed and a lot of accounts seemed to suffer as a consequence – and I don’t mean the crazy huge spam “influencer” accounts, I mean regular accounts. Small businesses, like photographers, retouchers and other creatives.
A recent tip spotted on Twitter by Creative Bloq, though, suggests that there might be a simple way to get ahead. Whether it actually works or not, I don’t know, I haven’t tried it, but without any of us having any actual insight into what Instagram’s algorithm really favours, it’s worth a go.
I guess we all know that most of the stuff on Instagram is fake: likes and followers, travels, faces and bodies, even pancakes! So it’s probably not a surprise that a young woman recently posted a fake hiking photo which was taken in her own backyard. But what makes it funny is that she got busted for it by her own sister.
Instagram has banned one of its major ad partners for scraping large amounts of user data. Francisco-based startup Hyp3r reportedly scraped public data such as users’ locations, profile information, photos, and even stories (which are supposed to vanish after 24 hours). The exact volume of scraped data isn’t known, but reports say that it could cover hundreds of millions of users.
“How do I grow my Instagram?”
…a question I get probably too much. I’m going to be upfront here – I’m writing this article for my own selfish benefit.
It’s a piece that, rather than spend the time repetitively composing a response (and oh boy, it’d be up to many hours by now), I can just link to for tomorrow when the next person asks me how they can grow their Instagram.
And look, I’m not going to judge you, or scold you, or tell you that perhaps you’re pursuing things for the wrong reasons, or that numbers don’t matter, none of that stuff.
As many of you know, Facebook is the company behind Instagram and WhatsApp. But the social media giant is about to make that even clearer. Soon, Facebook will be rebranding its platforms so that it adds its name to them. Therefore, we’ll soon have “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook.”