The Atlantic: Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem. “When Brandon Farbstein first joined Instagram in 2014, he was 14 and optimistic. Farbstein was born with a rare form of dwarfism, and he wanted to use the photo-sharing site to educate people about his condition—to, as he told me, ‘show people a glimpse into my life and inspire people.’ Soon enough, though, the hateful messages started coming: death threats, expletive-laden comments about his appearance, worse. “
The Guardian: What next for photography in the age of Instagram?. “In our image-propelled social media era, some photographers fear for the future of the art, while others are galvanised by it. As technology increasingly shapes how we see and share the world, how is photography changing in response?” Very thoughtful.
Quartz: Ballet shows what’s wrong with Instagram. “Instagram creates an illusion of flawlessness, eliciting not only awe, but also envy and a sense of inadequacy in those who consume it, especially in those most vulnerable. It also has the effect of flattening out certain experiences, encouraging superficial engagement. It’s a platform built on quick glances, and on attracting attention…. At the same time, it’s a medium that provides exposure to many voices who wouldn’t have had it otherwise, and it actually helps people connect and discover. Ballet is the perfect case study for how these two Instagram forces play out.”
Forbes: What Brands Can Learn From The New York Public Library’s Instagram Stories. “With the rise of social media in the past decade, attention spans have decreased and the addiction to technology has taken away from consuming off-line content. By embracing social channels like Instagram, the New York Public Library found a way to inspire this new generation of readers through creating digital content that expands their knowledge-base of the classics.”
MakeUseOf: How to Find the Best Instagram Hashtags for More Likes & Followers. “The humble hashtag is an integral part of Instagram. Using hashtags is how your photos show up in the ‘Discover’ tab, it’s how other people can find pictures, and it leads to more likes. But you probably need some help using the right hashtags.”
CNET: Instagram is using AI to weed out bullying in photos, comments. “Instagram is taking action against bullying on its platform. On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned photo sharing network rolled out a machine-learning tool that detects bullying in photos and captions. If the AI tool deems a photo unkind or unwelcome, it will send the snap sent to Instagram’s community operations team for further review, according to a blog post.”
Ubergizmo: Instagram Now Supports Two-Factor Authentication Apps. “Two-factor authentication is a pretty popular method of protecting one’s account these days. For those unfamiliar with how it works, usually once your username and password has been entered, a one-time generated code will be sent to your phone to verify who you say you are, thus preventing accounts from being compromised based purely on password alone.”