Hello Giggles: Instagram wants everyone to see your live conversations with your bestie with this new feature. “Just when you think Instagram has become the best version of itself, the app went and created a new feature you’re about to be obsessed with. With Instagram’s latest update, you can ‘go live’ with another person — as in, someone else, somewhere else, who has their phone on them too. You and your bestie have always said your conversations were funny and/or insightful enough to make you famous, right? Well, Instagram just gave you the platform to test it — literally.”
Gizmodo: Instagram Stories Now Lets You Post Old Photos Without a Workaround. “I have an evening routine where I lay in my bed, tapping from Instagram story to Instagram story, mindlessly consuming what feels like a mundane montage of all of my friends’ days. That’s because, up until today, users were limited to posting photos and videos from within the last 24 hours. But now, Instagram has updated the feature to let you go wild from your camera roll. No more limitations, no more tediously bypassing the rules by screenshotting an image or editing its metadata. Time is meaningless, baby.”
Medium: Instagram, Meme Seeding, and the Truth about Facebook Manipulation, Pt. 1. “My following analysis shows that Facebook’s sibling property, Instagram — a service larger than Twitter and Snapchat combined — should be seen as a major influence, targeting and engagement hub for the spread of political propaganda. How do I know? Because I amassed a huge trove of content, analytics numbers, and did the analysis to prove it.” In this article the author references the “IRA” without defining it. I’m pretty sure that in this context he means the Internet Research Agency of Russia. There’s an extensive article in the New York Times that can give you some background on it.
Mashable: Instagram thinks you might want to follow hashtags just like you do people . YES PLEASE. “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could follow a hashtag on Instagram? It would, wouldn’t it? We’re glad you think so, because the Facebook-owned app is reportedly testing a new feature that’ll let you do just that.”
TechCrunch: Amazon expands its Influencer Program to include Twitter and Instagram, in addition to YouTube. “Amazon is expanding its Influencer Program beyond YouTube to also include Twitter and Instagram, the company announced on Thursday. First launched into beta earlier this spring, the program initially targeted YouTube stars by offering them a way to make money from the products they promoted in their videos through an affiliate-like relationship with Amazon.”
Auto Insurance Center: Revved Up About #Roadrage: Analyzing Over 100,000 Instagram Posts That Mention #Roadrage. “Regardless of how even-keeled you might be under normal circumstances, it’s human nature for a little bit of road rage to bubble up to the surface in these moments of irritation. But what’s the limit, and when does it go too far? We looked at over 100,000 Instagram posts since 2011 tagged with #RoadRage to better understand that times of year when other people and circumstances are most likely to get under our skin as drivers, along with the cities and states with the worst people in which to share the road. Continue reading to see what we learned.”
The News Lens: The New Instagram Feed Spotlighting Mass Extinctions. “Everyone knows the Dodo is extinct. But how many of us know that we are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction event? To raise awareness about this under-reported story, Brit photographer-filmmaker Sean Gallagher founded Everyday Extinction, a specialized Instagram feed on Oct 1.”