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"a new aesthetic of digital decay has started to emerge"

But if you look at a Shitpic, you can instantly tell the level of virality by how worn it looks, how legible its text is, how many watermarks adorn it. You can count them much like you would rings on a tree. A pristine-looking meme engenders skepticism—“This can’t be that funny, it hasn’t been imperfectly replicated enough.”
The Awl on the rise of the shitpic.
posted by prize bull octorok on Dec 17, 2014 - 58 comments

Pilots of Instagram:

beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Dec 16, 2014 - 66 comments

Bye Felipe

Bye Felipe. Calling out dudes who turn hostile when rejected or ignored.
posted by Talez on Nov 3, 2014 - 168 comments

Satiregram

Satiregram, you may never post again on social media.
posted by HuronBob on Nov 1, 2014 - 31 comments

An internet of firsts, some of them still online

The Webpage FX blog compiled a list of 13 internet "firsts," from the first email sent (1971) and the first spam, sent out to 400 people (1978), to the first photo posted online (1992) and much later, the first Instagram photo, (2010).
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 28, 2014 - 20 comments

Fantasy Families

FastCo explores the invasive practice of taking someone else's baby's pictures off Instagram and pretending that the baby is yours, or even, you. It's called Fake Adoption or Baby Role-Playing. In response to the FC article, Instagram has declared, "This type of content violates our terms. Once a parent or guardian reports it to us, we work quickly to remove it."
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 24, 2014 - 128 comments

The Click Clique

How Dallas’s Amber Venz transformed a stylish group of young bloggers into a powerful force in the world of fashion—and made them rich along the way.
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 10, 2014 - 48 comments

“typical of Seuss’ late-period”

Check out the New York Public Library’s hilarious archive of librarians’ harsh children’s book reviews [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 9, 2014 - 11 comments

"a whisper of perfection in an otherwise cruel and inhumane world"

Beyoncé's "Rosie the Riveter" Instagram photo is causing internet waves. The Independent has a more substantive, historically concerned article.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 23, 2014 - 287 comments

I draw on mirrors and windows

"[Helene] Meldahl said that in the mornings she used to leave small drawings on the bathroom mirror for her roommate. One day she turned a drawing into a selfie and posted it online. She enjoyed doing it, and people enjoyed looking at it, so creating more seemed like a no-brainer." (via)
posted by juliplease on Jul 10, 2014 - 9 comments

I feel that picture you love lives in you.

Camille Lepage, a 26 year old photojournalist who dedicated her burgeoning career to reporting what the media seemed to ignore, was killed Tuesday while on assignment documenting the conflict in Central African Republic. As well as some amazing photography from her most recent work in CAR, Lepage worked in South Sudan on stories about young men drawn into the war, birth in a refugee camp, and less formal photography on instagram.
posted by ChuraChura on May 19, 2014 - 21 comments

Actor/Astronaut/Asshole

(NSFW) Dan Bilzerian is ". . . a high-stakes gambler who drives an Italian supercar with a license plate that reads SUCK IT."
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 27, 2014 - 49 comments

Black and White and Code All Over

hiddenenigma is an Instagram account featuring daily monochrome experiments created with the Processing library, currently on day 110 and going for 365.
posted by 23 on Apr 20, 2014 - 4 comments

This guy

On Tim Wagner's instagram account, everything, from everyday items to persons of interest, comes with an elaborate backstory.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 24, 2014 - 5 comments

Protecting America's Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has an Instagram account, to which it posts some truly breathtaking photos.
posted by jbickers on Nov 19, 2013 - 15 comments

oublio: most popular stuff on the internet

oublio: most popular stuff on the internet "I made a site and I thought MeFi might find it interesting: It shows the most popular image on Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr in real time, as well as the most popular videos on YouTube each day: www.oublio.com. Now you can waste time on social media more efficiently!" [via mefi projects]
posted by xingcat on Nov 14, 2013 - 23 comments

Mass Witness Intimidation via Instagram

Philadelphia police investigate online account which revealed court documents and witnesses [more inside]
posted by warm_planet on Nov 11, 2013 - 26 comments

Instagram Experiments

Javier Perez Art
posted by Confess, Fletch on Nov 2, 2013 - 7 comments

Hotter Than You. Younger Than You. Richer Than You.

"Flaunting themselves on Instagram, they are also all proudly and openly gay ... But at the same time, they all look fairly heteronormative: hunky, sporty, the kind of guy who would call himself “masc & musc” in a hook-up app and would never take a photo of himself at Drag Brunch. And all are careful to avoid appearing like they are doing this just to get laid. By showing that, they would be revealing that they are vulnerable and have needs, and an #Instastud can never look unsatisfied with his life." Meet The #Instastuds - The Cut looks at the gays on instragram who really want to you look at them and how they live. Contains a link to a discussion of “Fire Island Pines, Polaroids 1975 to 1983” at Salon. (NSFW, nudity)
posted by The Whelk on Aug 9, 2013 - 36 comments

"A very primitive form that quickly becomes predictable."

Can Photojournalism Survive in the Instagram Era? (single link Mother Jones via) "It is no accident that so much of the most important work by photographers [on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan] has been on veterans as they return to the United States—one has more freedom in how one photographs."
posted by spamandkimchi on Jul 18, 2013 - 1 comment

Grenades, Bayonets, and Tasers. Oh My!

The TSA has started an Instagram page showing confiscated items from TSA checkpoints in airports around the country.
posted by reenum on Jul 3, 2013 - 36 comments

Ghost Signs

Ghost signs are old hand painted signs that have been faded by time. Dr Stefan Schutt at Victoria University studies ghost signs in Melbourne, and he's been interviewed by ABC Local Radio and written up in the Sydney Morning Herald (photo gallery). You can see more ghost signs at the Ghost Sign Project or the the ghost sign Flickr group, which has more than 21,000 photos. Previously.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 comments

Selecting Instagram Filter "Supreme Leader Glow"

Visitors to, and other non-residents in, North Korea are now able to tweet and instagram, as mobile data services are gradually opened up. (Probably) the first tweet sent in this way appeared earlier today. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Feb 25, 2013 - 31 comments

How Blind People Use Instagram

Tommy Edison has been blind since birth. He wants to show you how he uses Instagram (previously).
posted by nadawi on Jan 4, 2013 - 15 comments

To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions...

On December 5th, Instagram's founder Kevin Systrom announced that Instagram would cut support for Twitter cards. On December 10th, Twitter updated its mobile apps to include Instagram-like photo filters. On December 12th, Flickr did too. On December 16th, the New York Times reported that Systrom may have perjured himself during the process of selling Instagram to Facebook. On December 17th, Instagram updated its terms of use to announce, among other changes, that its users now
"agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."
In response, Wired has posted How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Kill Your Account. Previously.
posted by davidjmcgee on Dec 18, 2012 - 192 comments

Something there is that doesn't love a wall, that wants it down

"To the credit of today's social networks, they've brought in hundreds of millions of new participants [...] but they haven't shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they've now narrowed the possibilites of the web for an entire generation of users who don't realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be." Anil Dash laments The Web We Lost, and offers some suggestions for moving forward.
posted by oulipian on Dec 13, 2012 - 74 comments

"it's such a thrill to add a filter, lo-fi, lo-fi"

Look At This Instagram (Nickelback parody) (video, ~3 min.)
posted by flex on Dec 5, 2012 - 45 comments

Instagotham

NYCbaton is a blog that gives a different Instagram-using New Yorker the chance to post a photo and story of their life in NYC each day. Every day, there's something different from someone else, but it's an interesting view of the city from so many contributors. It is reminiscent of Sweden's national Twitter account, and how a different resident posts each day to that feed.
posted by mathowie on Dec 4, 2012 - 9 comments

Right, that's where you're eating your beet & feta salad.

Recent Instagram pictures mashed up with street view of surrounding location for any hashtag (default is the #christmas hashtag)
posted by special-k on Dec 1, 2012 - 29 comments

A vintage-filtered edition of "now".

This is now uses real-time instagram updates to capture "a cities movement, in a fluid story."
posted by Memo on Aug 3, 2012 - 21 comments

Rich Kids Of Instagram

Rich Kids Of Instagram
posted by gwint on Jul 18, 2012 - 136 comments

But my debit card is so photogenic!

Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people.
posted by pashdown on Jul 2, 2012 - 145 comments

You got Facebooks in my Instagrams

A picture is worth a thousand words and a billion dollars. Facebook has bought Instagram for $1 billion in a combination of cash and shares of Facebook. This is striking for since Instagram was valued at $500 million last week, though, right before the purchase they raised $50 million in venture capitol showing they have the ability to raise lots of money quickly. Instagram is notable for having 30 million users despite having been iOS-only until recently creating an Android app. Facebook had been rumored to be working on a photo sharing app, however, like Microsoft buying Skype, the user base was may have been real value, not the easily replicable technology. For those that rue this news, there are alternatives to host your sepia toned cell phone pictures.
posted by wcfields on Apr 9, 2012 - 84 comments

VintageJS: 100% retro, 0% hipster

Slap some retro on those photos with vintageJS. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 22, 2011 - 34 comments

Ubiquitous nostalgia

Instagram is a hugely successful photo app for iPhone, currently skyrocketing in popularity. Free to download, it enables users to add characteristic filters to their photos and share them online easily. But a growing uneasiness seems to be developing about the software's raison d'être: does it serve to dilute creativity? Or perhaps the effects simply become nauseating when overused. Or is the sharing just too easy, leading us to end up drowning in our photos?
posted by stepheno on May 3, 2011 - 93 comments

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