Instagram, one of the internet's most popular ways to brag about what food was just placed in front of you, might not have become as popular as it is today if were it introduced back when Windows 95 was the operating system of choice. As designer Misha Petrick reveals, it would have been a hot mess 20 years ago.
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Rolling out from today (in Australia, at least), Instagram is introducing a new feature that Snapchat users may find familiar. It's the ability to share photos and video — and edit them with filters, drawings or text — in a "story" that will be visible to the audience you choose for a period of 24 hours.
Told you it sounds familiar. But that's not such a bad thing.
Since the beginning of the internet, online harassment has been a problem. We created this big, beautiful digital landscape that lets people be completely unfiltered and we all do different things with this freedom. I, for example, use my platform to make sex memes and lightly neg Silicon Valley billionaires.
The Death of Twitter has be proclaimed over and over in some form since 2009. Eulogies ramped up over the last year, when its monthly active user count stalled, its executives left en masse and the prospect of changes led users to revolt with the hashtag #RIPTwitter.
Because it's so simple and straightforward, Snapchat has always been a particularly difficult corner of social media for businesses to conquer. If you're trying to get viewers to visit a page, or even if you just want to share an online shopping link with your friends while you're showing off a new jacket or gadget in a Snap, you've had to type a link into the text bar and cross your fingers. But now there's an app that converts links to a couple of emojis for you to share, and that same app — called Emoticode — can read those links from a Snapchat screenshot.
Instagram announced earlier this week that they'd be changing their logo from a representation of a camera to a slightly more colourful and abstract representation of a camera. And people had feelings! The logo was variously described as "not quite picture perfect" a "travesty" and "so internet" by media outlets — and the hoi polloi were about as generous.
Instagram has long held onto its camera icon, which adheres to the skeuomorphism that was so popular in Android and iOS design years ago. Now, the world's most popular photo app is getting a visual refresh with a design that feels like it actually belongs on a smartphone in 2016.
Last week Instagram began testing a new monochromatic design, and yesterday Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac reported that one of the major changes coming to Apple Music in June will be a black-and-white makeover. It's like the evolution of television in reverse. We've never had more beautiful smartphone displays, why would we dumb down the designs of our staple apps? It turns out that stripping colourful hues out of an app actually makes a ton of sense.
Every social media platform has bottom feeders. You know the ones: the fake teen pornbots, the meme factories, the personal brand trumpeters — the spammers. They come in many different forms, but they are all categorically bad, and they make the experience of actually using the platform slightly worse every time they pop up. Even if you don't follow them, their mere existence is irritating enough.
Beta software lets you test out the newest features while app developers work out the final bugs in the software. Now, more app developers are offering beta programs than ever before. All you need to do is sign up to be part of the beta program. Plus, switching back to the stable version is usually easy. (Please note: beta programs can cause problems in your devices, so please proceed with caution). Here are 11 beta programs you can join today — and one you can't.
Yesterday, Gizmodo and a multitude of other outlets reported on an impending change to Instagram's chronological photo and video postings. "Watch Out, People Are About to Get Unreasonably Upset About The Order of Their Instagram Feeds", reads a headline from Gizmodo's very own Sophie Kleeman, a writer I personally hired who then proceeded to pierce a hole into the black, FOMO-filled core of my heart with this news blog.
According to a report from the Italian newswire service ANSA, Pope Francis will make his grand entrance on Instagram on Saturday, March 19, under the handle @Franciscus. The Earth-shaking piece of intel reportedly came from Dario Viganò, Prefect for Communications, during an appearance on Vatican Radio on Tuesday.