CNET: Memes on Instagram, Reddit bring comfort to people struggling with depression

CNET: Memes on Instagram, Reddit bring comfort to people struggling with depression. “Memes tackling existential crises and mental health have become an outlet for people seeking light in even the darkest struggles. Topics like depression, debt and failed relationships are regularly explored on meme pages on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter. The memes help to defuse situations with humor and to reinforce common experiences, bringing people from all walks of life together.”

SF Gate: SF is home to the world’s oldest webcam. After 25 years, it’s being switched off.

SF Gate: SF is home to the world’s oldest webcam. After 25 years, it’s being switched off.. “A year earlier, [Jeff] Schwartz (known as Webdog) and his cohort Dan Wong (Danno) had already begun running the San Francisco FogCam, named for the shrouded view it offered of the San Francisco State University campus where they were taking computer science classes. Now, it’s the oldest continually operating webcam in the world, and has been running for 25 years. But at the end of August, Schwartz and Wong are pulling the plug.”

Mashable: The hidden, magical, inclusive world of Fairytale Instagram

Mashable: The hidden, magical, inclusive world of Fairytale Instagram . “A sprawling and slowly growing niche of different fantastical subcommunities, Fairytale Instagram fully embraces the fact that social media is a platform for illusions. Yet unlike regular Instagram, its content creators, artists, photographers, and performers don’t care about tricking you into thinking it’s real.”

The Atlantic: Instagram Wants Memers to Like It Again

The Atlantic: Instagram Wants Memers to Like It Again. “Today, the company is announcing that it’s looking to hire its first-ever strategic-partnerships manager specifically to focus on meme accounts and what the company calls ‘digital publishers,’ social-based media companies including @TheShadeRoom, @OverheardLA, @CommentsbyCelebs, and @Betches.”

Cops and corgis: New Russian social media bot puts riot police where you least expect them (Meduza)

Meduza: Cops and corgis: New Russian social media bot puts riot police where you least expect them. “FreeOmon is a bot account based in the social network Telegram. Its sole function is to add Russian riot police to preexisting images. Any user who sends the bot an image file immediately receives a new-and-improved, highly secured version in return. “