Antisocial Media

Celeb ‘Instassistant’ Has to Be the Most Stressful Fake Job of the 21st Century

Rihanna and her "Instassistant" Melissa Forde in an Instagram pic. (

We civilians are insufferable enough when it comes to having our picture taken for Instagram: “not that one, my face looks fat”; “try again so I can tilt my left cheekbone about 45 degrees east”; “did you get my shoes? I don’t know why you keep not getting my shoes.”

So imagine the psychological trauma inflicted when a famous person–a person whose pictures actually matter–uses Instagram. It happens, and real people are affected. Phoebe Luckhurst of the Standard has coined a term for the sad person stuck taking famous people’s Instagram pics: the “Instassistant.” Read More

your health

Incessant Instagram Brunch Pics May Help You Lose Weight

Artist's rendering (of 2 Chainz's brunch). (Screengrab: Instagram)

If you avoid Instagram on Sunday afternoons due to the endless stream of mimosa-and-omelet photos it yields, you may be missing an opportunity for weight loss.

A BYU study found that maybe, just maybe, “seeing photos of certain foods, as opposed to eating them, still gives you a feeling of satiation, which makes those foods less appealing” when you go to stuff them in your face IRL, TechCrunch reports. Read More


Booting Up: BlackBerry Canceled Its Earnings Call But We Already Knew the Numbers Were Bad

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Quarterly results for BlackBerry are due out Friday and since they’re expecting it to be “gruesome,” it’s probably in the company’s best interest to just cancel the earnings call. [AllThingsD]

Instagram revamped its app to make it iOS7 friendly. Photos of brunch now stretch across the screen and user icons are now rounded. [The Verge]

Farhad Manjoo is really worried that Twitter is going to lose its weirdness as it pushes toward an IPO. [Wall Street Journal]

Twitter is doubling the size of its Irish office. [Independent]

The value of iPhone’s annual haul (nearly $90 billion) would make it the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30. Numbers are fun! [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]


Booting Up: Jack Dorsey Approves of New York’s Transformation into Startupland

We're going to need some mouse ears. (Photo by Brian Harkin/Getty Images)

YouTube is supposedly going to soon let users save clips to their phones so they can watch them offline so that’s neat. [AllThingsD]

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said that he didn’t set out for the app to be a platform for fancy fashion ads, but since that’s where the money is, he’s totally fine with that direction. [TechCrunch]

“San Francisco is great. But New York has people, dynamics, intensity,” said Jack Dorsey, seeing the light. [USA Today]

There’s a new startup from former Facebooker Dan Fletcher called Beacon. Its premise? Be the “Netflix for news.” [Forbes]

AppNexus is creating a joint venture with fellow ad company Millennial Media to create a mobile marketplace that’s bigger than Google. [Business Insider]

Visiting Dignitaries

Your Instagram Mirror Pics Are Now Fashion Design Inspiration

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Your selfies may be alienating loved ones and acquaintances, but according to the New York Times, Instagram users’ activity may actually influence real-life fashion designers.

It’s not so much that designers are crafting hot-dog-leg pants or building entire collections to look like they’re being seen through the Rise filter. Rather, they’re using Insta as a way to keep up with which aesthetics the masses are digging these days, and even–in the case of no less a designer than Marc Jacobs–crowd-sourcing jewelry designs from time to time. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Looking to Bang? Try Twitter

The apex of teendom, sexting at the mall. (Photo: Getty images)

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and texting add layers of excitement (read: constant stress and uncertainty) to any budding relationship–and according to a new study, they also help couples get down to business in less time than their parents did.

Back in the day, there used to be something called the “three-day rule,” whereby a potential paramour would pretend not to want to talk to his or her new love interest for three days after their first date, the Telegraph reports. Read More