The Verge: Instagram is testing new ‘Favorites’ to bring order to your chaotic feed

The Verge: Instagram is testing new ‘Favorites’ to bring order to your chaotic feed. “You’re on Instagram looking for your best friend’s daily dog update, but you have to scroll endlessly through a sea of posts you care little about, and probably forget what you’re looking for in the first place. After a few extra annoyed scrolls, you close the app in frustration. It seems Instagram is well aware of your plight, because it is quietly testing out a solution for your messy feed called ‘Favorites.’” Maybe they could test a solution called “turning down the volume on the recommendation algorithm and letting people decide what they want to see.”

BBC: The models that turned Instagram into their DIY catwalk

BBC: The models that turned Instagram into their DIY catwalk. “For the first time since Covid, this week New York Fashion Week will take place largely in-person, marking a tentative return to the runway and normal business for the fashion industry. Here four leading models talk about their experiences over the past 18 months, and why social media, and especially Instagram, has become more important than ever.”

Sora News 24: 74-year-old Japanese politician starts Instagram account for open dialog about COVID-19

Sora News 24: 74-year-old Japanese politician starts Instagram account for open dialog about COVID-19. “Shigeru Omi is the current head of the Japan Community Health Care Organization, which is the government department that manages the social health care system. Prior to that he also served as a director for the WHO and tackled past pandemics such as polio and SARS. Omi has also been heavily involved in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan since February, 2020. However, despite advances in vaccines and treatments, infection rates have been soaring to their highest levels ever. Fearing that the causes for this are becoming more social than medical, the 74-year-old virologist is taking the fight against COVID-19 to an arena way outside his comfort zone: the Internet.”

CNET: Instagram users must disclose their birthday to the company going forward

CNET: Instagram users must disclose their birthday to the company going forward. “If you haven’t already informed it of your birthday, Instagram will start to ask you for that information when you open the app. You’ll receive a handful of reminder notifications, according to Instagram, but if you haven’t provided your birthday by a certain point, you won’t be able to use the app.”

Vogue: Any New Yorker Can Get the Paparazzi Treatment, Thanks to This Instagram Page

Vogue: Any New Yorker Can Get the Paparazzi Treatment, Thanks to This Instagram Page. “We’ve all seen those ‘candid’ paparazzi shots of celebrities. They know they’re going to be photographed, so they come armed with a strategic (and eye-catching) ensemble, which is often executed by a professional stylist. But the next time you’re wandering around Manhattan and hear the sound of a camera shutter going off, watch out for photographer Johnny Cirillo—because he could be taking your picture, not a celebrity’s.”

Bustle: Instagram Guides Are Way More Useful Than You Probably Think

Bustle: Instagram Guides Are Way More Useful Than You Probably Think . “While you’re probably not as familiar with Guides as you are with Stories or IGTV, the feature can be incredibly useful: Even if you’re not an influencer or content creator, Guides can be a creative way to blog about your summer, shop products, or discover new trends. Instagram originally introduced Guides to exclusive creators in May 2020, but opened up the feature to all users in November of last year.”

New Republic: The Uncomfortable Rise of the Instagram Novel

New Republic: The Uncomfortable Rise of the Instagram Novel. “Behind every digital avatar, after all, is not only posture and hyperbole but an infinite number of taps, swipes, pinches, and strokes. As the research firm Dscout reported in 2017, the top 10 percent of users touch their phones 5,427 times a day. If we account for the average adult’s recommended seven hours of sleep, that’s equivalent to over five touches per waking minute. It takes a lot of real upkeep to be fake.”

Country Living: Beloved “Cheap Old Houses” Instagram Account is Now an HGTV Show

Country Living: Beloved “Cheap Old Houses” Instagram Account is Now an HGTV Show. “With the real estate market hotter than ever, it may be hard for prospective buyers to imagine finding a house with good bones, history, and character—all for under $150,000. But these affordable, diamond-in-the-rough residences are just the sort featured on @CheapOldHouses, an Instagram account and subscription newsletter created by husband-and-wife Elizabeth and Ethan Finkelstein.”

New York Times: Text Memes Are Taking Over Instagram

New York Times: Text Memes Are Taking Over Instagram. “Known in internet slang as shitposting, this style of posting involves people publishing low-quality images, videos or comments online. On Instagram, this means barraging people’s feeds with seemingly indiscriminate content, often accompanied by humorous or confessional commentary. A growing ecosystem of Instagram accounts has embraced this text-heavy posting style, which has exploded in popularity among Gen Z users during the pandemic.”