Instagram’s algorithm is ruining my life with your Father’s Day posts

As a rule, social networks are terrible at understanding their human users — no matter the ooey-gooey platitudes about bringing us “closer together” their executives piece together.  Never has this been more clear than over the past few days, when Instagram’s algorithm continually shoved well-meaning but emotionally ruinous “happy Father’s Day!” garbage down my throat. […]

Say goodbye to finstas and hello to Instagram ‘favorites’

‘Favorites’ could change the way you use Instagram.Image: Sofia Iartseva/Shutterstock By Suzanne Ciechalski2017-06-23 22:52:50 UTC You may finally be able to ditch your Finstagram for  good. Instagram is testing out “favorites,” a whole new way of sharing photos with certain groups of people.  Basically, the feature allows users to have control over who sees specific […]

Instagram is still clobbering Snapchat, and it’s worse than we thought

Image: lili sams/mashable By Karissa Bell2017-06-20 16:00:00 UTC Instagram Stories is still eating Snapchat alive, and we have fresh data to prove it.  Instagram’s Stories now have 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, according to the company. At the same time, engagement with Snapchat Stories declined 50 percent in June […]

Want to become a social media celeb? There’s a college degree for that

Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai says it knows […]

I can’t be basic on Instagram anymore and it’s all because of Stories

Our Instagram Stories are awash with snapshots of our everyday lives. But, now that there’s a hidden trove reserved for our most private — and dare-I-say basic — snaps. Instagram’s already-very-high bar for posts has crept to a scary new height.  Recently, somewhere between posting photos of chilled glasses of rosé and intricate latte art […]

Boomer Phelps’ Instagram is the best thing about social media these days

If social media usage ever becomes an Olympic sport — which is truly not that unthinkable at the rate we’re moving — there will be but one participant worthy of a gold medal: Boomer Phelps. The one-year-old son of Olympic legend Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole, first captured the hearts of America while cheering on […]

Hide Instagram selfies, Father’s Day photos, and other digital updates

The app world got some new updates this week.Image: lili sams/mashable By Molly Sequin2017-06-17 09:51:54 -0400 It’s possible that you couldn’t keep up with the latest and greatest app updates this week considering all the internet buzz around Jeff Session’s testimony. If that’s the case, take a chill pill. We’ve kept up for you. Each […]

GoPro CEO opens up about Snapchat Spectacles and rampant copying

When Snapchat Spectacles launched last year, the reaction from people who bought and used it was: Oh shit, GoPro is so dead. And I’m not gonna lie, I kinda felt the same, even though I really like GoPro’s action cameras, and have owned too many to remember over the years. That GoPro is screwed and […]

Amber Rose’s ‘fire ass feminist post’ too hot for Instagram

Amber Rose wanted to use a provocative Instagram post to make a point about pubic hair.Image: Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock By Rebecca Ruiz2017-06-10 18:25:39 UTC Amber Rose wants to #bringbackthebush.  So naturally, the activist and star posted a very NSFW photo of her pubic hair to Instagram on Friday night.  Wearing her signature shades, a black coat, […]

‘Finstas’ can be boring or funny or sexy — but they’re always real

Don’t believe everything you read about “finstas,” the secret Instagram accounts currently puzzling the internet. Rumours swirl about teenagers sharing pics of sex and drugs on their finstas, but in reality, teens are using these accounts to show their real, authentic selves. And, they’re actually pretty damn dorky.  A finsta is a second—or fake—Instagram account […]