NiemanLab: How are journalists like Instagram influencers? In some key ways, audiences judge them the same

NiemanLab: How are journalists like Instagram influencers? In some key ways, audiences judge them the same . “Most research on the relationship between journalism and its interlopers has focused on journalists’ own efforts to draw boundaries around their work in order to keep others out and reinforce their distinctive authority. But those efforts are empty without the assent of the audience — someone to reinforce journalists’ exceptionalism and grant them credibility based on that. So how do audiences interpret the boundaries between journalists and those interlopers, and to what extent do they even separate the two?”

The Bejinger: The Expat Influencers Taking Chinese Social Media by Storm

The Bejinger: The Expat Influencers Taking Chinese Social Media by Storm. “While the cult of personality surrounding social media influencers is a worldwide phenomenon, in China, devotion to KOLs – or key opinion leaders – stands in a league of its own. Millions of video content producers share their opinions and slices of life on social media platforms, with more and more expats cashing in on the craze…. To help you navigate this evolving world of internet celebrity, we’ve rounded up a few accounts that are quickly becoming the new face of foreign-China, much to the delight of Chinese netizens.”

TNW: How to build an AI stylist inspired by outfits on Instagram

TNW: How to build an AI stylist inspired by outfits on Instagram. “My AI Stylist was half based on this smart closet from the movie Clueless… and half based on the idea that one way to dress fashionably is to copy fashionable people. Particularly, fashionable people on Instagram. The app pulls in the Instagram feeds of a bunch of fashion ‘influencers’ on Instagram and combines them with pictures of clothing you already own to recommend you outfits.”

MarketWatch: YouTube kid influencers are marketing junk food from McDonald’s, Coke and others to children

MarketWatch: YouTube kid influencers are marketing junk food from McDonald’s, Coke and others to children. “Kid influencers are marketing junk food and sugary drinks to billions of viewers through product placement, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found. Researchers analyzed 418 YouTube videos from the five most-watched kid influencers on the platform in 2019 and found that of the 179 videos that featured food or drinks, about 90% promoted unhealthy branded items like fast food.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri to use social media ‘influencers’ to promote virus safety

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri to use social media ‘influencers’ to promote virus safety. “Coming soon to an Instagram or Twitter feed near you: Social media influencers promoting coronavirus prevention measures on behalf of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. As part of a new effort to spread the message about safety precautions people can take during the pandemic, the governor reviewed a list of prospective influencers last week who would be tasked with reminding people to practice social distancing measures, wash their hands and wear a mask when out in the public.”

Human Rights Watch: Cuba’s Government Targets Social Media Influencers

Human Rights Watch: Cuba’s Government Targets Social Media Influencers. “On October 14, police arrived at the homes of four Cuban YouTubers about to participate in an online forum discussing Cuban politics. Two—Jancel Moreno and Maykel Castillo—were detained, Iliana Hernández and others had their internet cut. One, 21-year-old Ruhama Fernández, had to hide to participate in the discussion by phone.”

E Online: Influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk Dead Of Coronavirus After Telling Followers It Wasn’t Real

E Online: Influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk Dead Of Coronavirus After Telling Followers It Wasn’t Real. “Fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk has passed away at the age of 33 after suffering from complications related to COVID-19. The social media star’s ex-wife, Sofia Stuzhuk, with whom he shared three kids, confirmed his death in a detailed Instagram post on Saturday, Oct. 17.”

Scientific American: Why Social Media Make Us More Polarized, and How to Fix It

Scientific American: Why Social Media Make Us More Polarized, and How to Fix It. “As a scientist who studies networks, I’m used to being surprised by the results of my experiments. Technology has allowed us to access more information and data about people’s social networks, debunking many of our assumptions about human behavior. But even my team at the Network Dynamics Group was surprised: Why did our social media experiment find the opposite of what happens all the time in the real world of social media? The answer lies in something social media has amplified: ‘influencers.'”

Move over, Instagram influencers: The magic of TikTok is authenticity (CNET)

CNET: Move over, Instagram influencers: The magic of TikTok is authenticity. “With people spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a noticeable shift in the kinds of content posted online. These days, you won’t see many photos of sunny Hawaiian vacations or over-the-top parties. Instead, platforms like TikTok have flooded social media feeds with pajama-clad, makeup-free creators trying to stay entertained by posting everything from simple skits to rants to candid moments.”

Bloomberg: Estee Lauder Pays NASA $128,000 for Photo Shoot in Space

Bloomberg: Estee Lauder Pays NASA $128,000 for Photo Shoot in Space . “The U.S. cosmetics giant is spending $128,000 for NASA to fly 10 bottles of its skin serum to the International Space Station. Once there, astronauts will take pictures of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair in the cupola control tower, which has panoramic views of the cosmos. The images will be used on social media, with the company planning to auction one bottle off for charity when the items return to Earth this spring.”

The Verge: How the F-Factor diet became the center of an Instagram influencer feud

The Verge: How the F-Factor diet became the center of an Instagram influencer feud. “Before April 2020, Tanya Zuckerbrot seemed to have it all. A wealthy Instagram influencer, she had a $22 million duplex on Park Avenue, a handsome-ish husband who worked in real estate, and three healthy kids. She is also a registered dietitian and the owner of a weight-loss empire called ‘The F-Factor Diet’ (the ‘F’ stands for fiber). That empire came under fire when another Instagram influencer, Emily Gellis Lande, started posting screenshots from anonymous users who said they’d had bad experiences on the diet.”

Jersey Digs: As Construction Boom Continues, Social Media Influencers are Becoming Preservationists

So, so good, from a source new to me. Jersey Digs: As Construction Boom Continues, Social Media Influencers are Becoming Preservationists. “Most people know Keith Taillon as the Instagrammer that is trying to walk every block of Manhattan. Impressive — but that’s hardly the driving force behind his popular social media page. The Harlem resident is trying to salvage the history of his city before it is lost to the construction boom.”

Engadget: Google’s latest experimental app lets influencers host paid online events

Engadget: Google’s latest experimental app lets influencers host paid online events. “Area 120, Google’s internal startup incubator, wants to give YouTubers and other influencers a platform to host paid online events. Fundo, its new app, allows those individuals to set up internet meet and greets and workshops with their fans. It gives hosts full control over how much it costs to attend an event, allowing them to offer free tickets if they so choose.” When I put this into ResearchBuzz Firehose, I was startled to see that “Fundo” was already a tag. Turned out Variety wrote about this app just over a year ago.

Citizen Digital: Bloggers, social media users with huge following to be ‘monitored by the state’- Ugandan gov’t orders

Citizen Digital: Bloggers, social media users with huge following to be ‘monitored by the state’- Ugandan gov’t orders . “The Ugandan Communication Commission has asked social media users and bloggers with a large following to ‘register for monitoring by the state’. Those who fit the bill are required to have registered with the commission before October 5, 2020.”