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Influencer Tries to Justify Posting Professional Images of Her Motorcycle Accident, Which Include Suspected Product Placement

Influencer Tries to Justify Posting Professional Images of Her Motorcycle Accident, Which Include Suspected Product Placement

A “lifestyle blogger” is trying to explain her actions after facing a backlash online for having a photographer friend document her motorcycle accident. The images drew particular criticism for appearing to have product placement with bottles of branded water placed in shot.

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“‘I Have My Real-life Self and My Online-Self, Just Like Everybody Else’”: Liza Mandelup on Teenage Social Media Stars and Her Hulu-Premiering Doc, Jawline

“I’m telling you guys,” says 16-year-old Austyn Tester, sitting in a leather computer chair and speaking into his Macbook’s webcam. The otherwise bleak, wood-panelled room he sits in is completely taken over by soft lighting equipment; the camera pans from his perfectly coiffed hair down to his dirty socks and stained carpet. “If you’ve got a dream, you’ve got to chase it. Don’t let anyone’s opinions affect you.”  In director Liza Mandelup’s feature doc debut, Jawline, Austyn speaks to himself as much as he does to the gaggle of teen girls that are watching him live-stream his motivational speech. He […]

Why Instagram Should Hide Follower Counts and Why It Never Will

Why Instagram Should Hide Follower Counts and Why It Never Will

Instagram appears to be in the process of rolling out a surprising change to its platform: hiding the number of times that a post has been liked. While the internet giant claims that it’s making the change in to help us focus on the thing we love, the truth is different. If it really wants to improve things, it should go one step further and hide follower counts too. You can be sure, however, that it never will.

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By Renaming Instagram, Facebook Is Making a Mistake

By Renaming Instagram, Facebook Is Making a Mistake

In a move that makes you want to check the calendar, it’s reported that Facebook is about to change the name of Instagram to “Instagram From Facebook.” Why is Facebook suddenly so keen to remind users of the app who is in control, and is it a mistake?

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Photographer Finds Himself the Subject of a Social Media Witch Hunt After Taking Photos at a Fair, Accused of Pedophilia

Photographer Finds Himself the Subject of a Social Media Witch Hunt After Taking Photos at a Fair, Accused of Pedophilia

A Californian street photographer awoke to find himself the subject of a vicious, viral Facebook post filled with accusations that contained photos of his face. The post referred to him as a “P.O.S.” and insinuated he was a pedophile after he spent the afternoon documenting strangers, including families, at a county fair the day previous.

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Why Don’t Fashion Designers Credit Models?

Why Don't Fashion Designers Credit Models?

I’m an obsessive Instagram user and, as I run an account in the fashion niche, I’m often looking at the pages of big brands. Something has been bothering me for a long while, and it’s this: why don’t designers tag their models?

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The Case for Instagram and Why It Might Not Be the Bad Guy You Make It out to Be

The Case for Instagram and Why It Might Not Be the Bad Guy You Make It out to Be

Instagram is the fodder for many complaints straining from what many say are tactics to make money. My problem with these complaints is that they never speak to the business side. They only talk about why Instagram is at fault, but never why they might have had to make these decisions

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Elon Musk Uses Image Without Permission or Credit, Begins Blocking Anyone Who Challenges Him

Elon Musk Uses Image Without Permission or Credit, Begins Blocking Anyone Who Challenges Him

Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk has been outed for blocking anyone who calls him out for posting photographers’ images without permission or credit. Numerous photographers have jumped in to defend Richard Angle, who took the photo that Musk tweeted to his 27 million followers.

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When Did Instagram Become Joyless?

When Did Instagram Become Joyless?

I remember my first post to Instagram. As an Android user, I had to wait until April 3, 2012 before I could get the app, but when I did, I excitedly uploaded my first photo, the Nashville skyline with the seemingly appropriate Nashville filter. I was hooked.

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Instagram Deletes Dozens of Accounts With Millions of Followers Without Warning

Instagram Deletes Dozens of Accounts With Millions of Followers Without Warning

Instagram recently deleted dozens of accounts, some with up to 13 million followers, in a mass purge that focused on meme accounts. The company did not give any explanation for the suspensions beyond “violations of terms of service,” but there are several theories as to why the accounts were removed.

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Time to Say Goodbye to Instagram and Hello to Dayflash

Time to Say Goodbye to Instagram and Hello to Dayflash

Let’s really be honest here, Facebook and Instagram have changed the rules enough times now that it’s driven most of the fun out of the social media platforms and it’s long been time for a change. Instagram used to be great for photographers but has since become an almost pointless endeavor for anyone that doesn’t already have 100,000 followers or more.

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Model Accuses Kardashian Photographer Marcus Hyde of Bribing for Nude Photos

Model Accuses Kardashian Photographer Marcus Hyde of Bribing for Nude Photos

Photographer Marcus Hyde, who has worked with such celebrities as Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande, has been the subject of several allegations of sexual misconduct in the wake of an Instagram post by a model claiming he attempted to bribe her with a free photoshoot in exchange for nude photos of herself.

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Trump Tweets Blurry Smartphone Photos of Salute to America and His Followers Love It

Trump Tweets Blurry Smartphone Photos of Salute to America and His Followers Love It

Love it or hate it, Donald Trump’s salute to America was clearly a spectacle, one that provided for ample excellent photo opportunities. Which makes it completely perplexing is that the only photos the president chose to share of the event for more than two days after were grainy cell phone photos.

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Instagrammers Are Posing at a Lake That Is Actually the Highly Toxic Dumping Ground of a Local Power Plant

Instagrammers Are Posing at a Lake That Is Actually the Highly Toxic Dumping Ground of a Local Power Plant

A lake popular with Instagrammers due to its bright turquoise colors has been revealed as a highly toxic artificial pond used to dump ash from a nearby coal plant. Officials have now issued a warning for people to avoid taking pictures in it due to it being filled with chemicals.

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Instagram Is Testing New Anti-Bullying Measures, Feature Includes Ability to Shadow Ban Specific Users

Instagram Is Testing New Anti-Bullying Measures, Feature Includes Ability to Shadow Ban Specific Users

Instagram has announced two new features aimed at reducing bullying on the platform in what the company claims is a step toward “leading the industry in the fight against online bullying.”

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Wedding Photographers Called ‘Abusive’ and ‘Unprofessional’ for Refusing to Work With Influencer for Free

Wedding Photographers Called 'Abusive' and 'Unprofessional' for Refusing to Work With Influencer for Free

A pair of British wedding photographers have found themselves called “unprofessional” and “appalling” after declining to work for an influencer for free. A PR rep of the influencer had requested 1,000 photos and two videos, and in return would offer their followers a 25% off the photographers’ services — a discount the photographers don’t even offer.

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The Case for Influencers and Why They Can Be Valuable to You

The Case for Influencers and Why They Can Be Valuable to You

Recently, there has been a viral story going around about an ice cream truck doubling the cost for influencers. The anti-influencer perspective is real and understandable, but I wanted to write about the other perspective. Can influencers be useful for you and your business?

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A Lack of Curation: Lost on the Internet

A Lack of Curation: Lost on the Internet

With so many images being created and pushed out into the internet it’s starting to look like the Pacific garbage patch. Instagram had so much promise in the early part of its evolution, but hashtags are watered down or filled with ads and mis-labeled images that don’t belong. Where do we go now to look at a tight collection of great photography? Even if I took out the axe and started pruning the people I follow on Instagram the ads and sponsored images would infiltrate my feed and my feed would look no better.

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