Variety: The Life and Death of the Instagram Influencer Who Never Was

Variety: The Life and Death of the Instagram Influencer Who Never Was. “Instagram is full of wannabes, but there was only one Sylvia. Describing herself as a ‘coffee-operated robot living her best life,’ Sylvia was born in May 2020, made her online debut on July 4 at the age of 30, and passed away last week at the grand old age of 80.”

MakeTechEasier: Top 6 Apps You Should Use If You Are an Instagrammer

MakeTechEasier: Top 6 Apps You Should Use If You Are an Instagrammer. “Instagram is not limited to what its official app offers. If you’ve been using only the official app to manage your Instagram account, you’ve missed out on many of the things you can do, as there are a number of third-party apps that help you manage your Instagram account more conveniently.”

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore already had a witness intimidation problem. Now it’s moved to extortion accounts on Instagram.

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore already had a witness intimidation problem. Now it’s moved to extortion accounts on Instagram.. “As a series of high-profile federal indictments called fresh attention to the problem of witness intimidation in Baltimore, a collection of Instagram pages far outside the spotlight has been posting images of police cooperators — in some cases openly extorting them.”

The Register: Facebook sues to shut down alleged Instagram clone maker over scraping and sharing personal info for cash

The Register: Facebook sues to shut down alleged Instagram clone maker over scraping and sharing personal info for cash . “Facebook on Thursday sued Ensar Sahinturk, a software developer based in Istanbul, Turkey, who is alleged to have built a network of sites that scrape data from Instagram to create Insta-clones.”

The Verge: Keyword search is coming to Instagram

The Verge: Keyword search is coming to Instagram. “Instagram users’ ability to search is getting an upgrade. Today, the company announced that English-speaking users in six countries, including the UK, US, Ireland, and Canada, will be able to search the platform using keywords. Before today, they could only search for hashtags or accounts.”

BuzzFeed News: Instagram’s Redesign Is Pushing Its TikTok Clone

BuzzFeed News: Instagram’s Redesign Is Pushing Its TikTok Clone. “Instagram is rolling out a redesign today that puts Reels, its TikTok clone, literally front and center. The new layout puts the Reels icon — a little movie clapper — in the center bottom spot, where the + button to upload a photo used to be. Next to Reels is the shopping icon. Notifications and the upload button have been moved to the top corner.” If the headlines in my Google Alerts are any indication, the redesign is … not loved.

Gadget Hacks: Quickly View Every Link You’ve Ever Opened on Your Instagram Account

Gadget Hacks: Quickly View Every Link You’ve Ever Opened on Your Instagram Account. “Where you tapped the link from doesn’t matter — it could have been from somebody’s bio on their profile, a sponsored post or story, or even a private direct message someone sent you. It will all show up in your history. To find a particular link, you can browse the hidden list of links and open it. And if you’re uncomfortable with Instagram saving a history of all your opened links, you can clear a specific link or the entire log.”

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.”

CBC: Ottawa grandma finds her happy hour on Instagram

CBC: Ottawa grandma finds her happy hour on Instagram. “An Ottawa grandmother has found a way to chase away her pandemic blues, one sip at a time. At 82, Donna Calcutt-Andrew is the star of her new Instagram page Cocktails with Grandma, which highlights her locally sourced cocktail hour drinks.”

Washington Post: In Delaware, a new Instagram-friendly driving trail spotlights local artists and sites

Washington Post: In Delaware, a new Instagram-friendly driving trail spotlights local artists and sites. “Ask me what I did on a recent trip to Delaware and I will tell you that I stand-up paddleboarded on the Mispillion River. Rode in the back of a pickup truck through a stand of sunflowers. Romped through a cascade of azaleas. And, before heading home, stood in a starburst of sunshine while a dolphin frolicked at my feet. Now ask me how I could participate in so many activities during a pandemic and I will share my strategy: I followed the Delaware Discoveries Trail.”

Wired: The Perils of Moderating Depression on Social Media

Wired: The Perils of Moderating Depression on Social Media. “When Instagram users do make their depression publicly visible via hashtags, they code their posts in a way that might seem to counteract a broader potential to make conversations about mental health more visible online. There are lots of potential reasons for this, including an awareness that Instagram moderates content and enduring stigma around depression. In a sense this is a cat-and-mouse game with platform content controls, and it’s an example of the kind of coded practices that help people connect with others online through affinity and relatability. Whatever the specific reasons, our findings force us to rethink how we recognize healthy or productive conversations about mental health.”

Mashable: See every major platform’s misinformation policies in this handy chart

Mashable: See every major platform’s misinformation policies in this handy chart. “From coronavirus to the election, preventing misinformation from spreading on social media is more important than ever. Even if many of the policies leave something to be desired, at least companies are attempting to take action. But just what those companies are doing can be tough to wrap your head around. Luckily, Mozilla has created a new resource that clearly lays out in a chart the misinformation policies of Facebook, Instagram, Google Search, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok.”

CNBC: Instagram will disable a feature that could be used to sow election misinformation

CNBC: Instagram will disable a feature that could be used to sow election misinformation. “Facebook-owned Instagram on Thursday announced it will temporarily remove the ‘Recent’ tab from hashtag pages in an effort to reduce the spread of misinformation in the run-up to the Nov. 3 U.S. election.”

Consumer Reports: Debt Collectors Will Be Able to Contact You on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Consumer Reports: Debt Collectors Will Be Able to Contact You on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. “A new rule finalized today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will let debt collectors contact consumers not just by phone, as presently permitted, but also by email, text message, and even using platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”

Vice: How to Game Spotify and Instagram’s Algorithms to Help Artists

Vice: How to Game Spotify and Instagram’s Algorithms to Help Artists. “Now that in-person live music is no longer a reality, there are few ways to directly support musicians. You can subscribe to artist Patreons and donate through links on Spotify artist pages, but most importantly, you should be buying music and merch, especially through Bandcamp, during their monthly Bandcamp Friday 100 percent commission days. These are necessary and important steps to take to ensure touring artists can weather the pandemic. But there are also ways to give them a boost that don’t require spending any money: Simply follow the artists you like and save their songs on your streaming platform.”