It’s no secret that Instagram has been … inspired by Snapchat and some of its popular features. After Stories, Instagram is now experimenting with another well-known Snapchat feature: disappearing messages.
I’ve never heard of a tree more popular than “That Wanaka Tree.” Sadly, such huge popularity has attracted all sorts of people to the fragile willow, not all of them with good intentions. It was discovered yesterday that someone had vandalized the tree and cut several large branches with a saw or a chainsaw.
The things people will do for social media. Italian YouTuber, 24-year-old Francesco Belardi is facing three months in prison after he made his 80K Instagram followers and 390K YouTube subscribers believe he had evaded checkpoints in Lodigiano, Italy, according to Corriere, and entered what they call the “red zone“. An area of quarantined towns in the Lombardy region around Milan.
Going by the name “Social Boom” on YouTube, Belardi made his Instagram followers believe he had eluded checkpoints to shoot “exclusive footage” of what’s going on in the cut-off area of Italy. His Instagram account has since been made private, but the video of his Instagram Stories still exists on YouTube. It’s in Italian, so you may want to turn on subtitles.
This came to us via an anonymous source who said they saw it posted in a group they’re in on Facebook. I think it pretty accurately sums up the way many conversations go in Facebook photography groups. And, well, it’s about lighting, so…
Actress and singer Hilary Duff recently called out on a photographer who was taking photos at her kid’s soccer game. She saw him standing on the touchline and approached him, filming the encounter with her phone. The two had a brief discussion, which Duff posted to her Instagram, publicly calling him out for being “a creep.”
In Guns, Germs, and Steel, author Jared Diamond describes two systems of invention transmission: 1) idea diffusion: imitation of an idea, and 2) blueprint copying: literal copying of an idea. Diamond uses the development of writing systems as the medium to discuss the concepts, noting that written writing systems probably only rose independently in Sumeria (3000 B.C.E.) and in ancient Mesoamerica (600 B.C.E.) with all other writing systems being influenced by the transmissions via trade and war.
I am not an avid user of Twitter, so yesterday, when I discovered that I can add a dark theme to twitter, I was pleasantly surprised. A dark background is a perfect environment for colors, contrast and shadow detail. Images deserve that.
You can enlarge an image when you click on it, and that is a very cool feature. Twitter also adds a frame that reflects the image’s color theme.
Facial recognition is an incredibly useful consumer tool for organizing our burgeoning photo albums. Companies like Google and Apple have slowly integrated machine learning algorithms into their consumer photo products, which allow you to search by keywords without the need for manual tagging, or to simply click on a face to see more photos of that person.
That social media is full of fakery is old news. But what fascinates me is just how easy it is to fake your life on Instagram. YouTuber Natalia Taylor recently decided to test it out herself. She “traveled” to the nearest IKEA store and took some photos, even purposely leaving some IKEA price tags in them. She shared them on Instagram, and she managed to prank her followers to believe that she was on a vacation in Bali. Natalia shares more details in her recent video, and it’s a useful reminder that social media isn’t real.
Seeing all those amazing photos of perfect lives and perfect bodies on Instagram can make us feel jealous. We know that they’re posed and even fake, yet they can still make us feel that we’re not good enough. Because of this, Instagrammer Sara Puhto has built her Instagram account around body positivity and much-needed reality check. She shares side-by-side photos of herself that show just how big the difference is between real life and posing for social media photos.