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My Weekend Without Social Media

My name is Luke Hopewell, and I’m an unapologetic social media addict. Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, Slingshot, Snapchat, Secret, Tinder and Bolt: hook them straight up to my veins. Last weekend my boss challenged me to go a weekend without my favourite apps, and I had a panic attack just thinking about it. This was my slow descent into madness.


Bolt, Instagram's Crack At Snapchat, Is Out In Australia

Self-destructing media! Not exactly hitting Da Vinci-levels of innovation, but an intriguing enough concept going by the popularity of Snapchat. Instagram, the other heavyweight in the “must photograph everything and spam it to my friends” space, has released a competitor of sorts called “Bolt”. The roll-out however is being done gradually, with Australia the latest country to get access to the app.


Instagram's New Bolt Messaging App Available For Aussies To Download

So much for the soft launch! Instagram’s instant photo messaging app, Bolt, is now available in Australia. If you feel like ditching Snapchat for something slightly different, now’s your chance.


This Is Why Facebook Bought WhatsApp For $US16 Billion

Briefly: WhatsApp’s throughput of shared photographs is astronomical and rising at an insane rate. (See also, the purchase of Instagram and the crazy offer for Snapchat.) [KPCB]


Instagram Went Nuts Over The Incredible Sunset In Sydney Yesterday

If you happened to be outside when the sun went down over Sydney last night you were treated to an amazing sky, as well as a whole bunch of people trying to capture it on their devices.


AFP Officer Under Investigation After Lily Allen's Instagram Arrest Prank

If there’s one group you don’t want to annoy at a music festival, it’s the police. Unfortunately, nobody told British performer Lily Allen, who landed a few Australian Federal Police officers in hot water over a fake photo of her getting arrested went up on Instagram and Twitter.


Looks Like Instagram Is Working On A Snapchat Rival

Someone at Instagram has a slippery trigger finger: Some Instagram for Android users are reporting links posted to a “one tap photo messaging app” called Bolt. It sounds an awful lot like a very popular photo-sharing app not owned by Facebook that rhymes with “App Hat”.


Splendour In The Grams: A Live Instagram Feed Of The Byron Bay Festival

One of Australia’s biggest music festivals, Splendour In The Grass, kicks off this Friday in Byron Bay. The festival experience can be perfectly summarised in Instagram collages, but there’s never been a great way to view all the social action in one place. Until now. Enter Splendour In The Grams, a real-time social Splendour collage from the designer of the Triple J Warmest 100 prediction chart.


Flash Just Patched A Huge Security Flaw

Adobe just patched up a gaping security flaw that could affect anyone who logs on to eBay, Tumblr, Instagram or other popular sites. If you’re a person who visits any of those domains (or, really, any website out there that might use Flash), you really should update right now.


Instagram Bringing Ads To Australia Later This Year

Get ready to see ads in your feed, Aussie Instagrammers.