Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have offered users the ability to tag their locations with each new post for a while now–and one group of researchers has created a tool that will allow people to use that information to their advantage by stalking the shit out of friends and arch nemeses alike.
The researchers say the point of the “Ready or Not” program is to point out to #teens that, duh dummies, people can read your geotags and follow you around simply by entering your username into an online program, according to Gigaom.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Have you ever tried to search important Instagram hashtags like #DuckDynastyBitch or #likeigiveadick only to be served with a “no tags found” message? As it turns out, it’s not that users have never once employed these hashtags; it’s simply that Instagram has made them unsearchable.
Crime and Punishment
Jonathan Cheban—everyone’s seventeenth favorite recurring character on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”—was reportedly attacked during lunch at a super expensive Southampton restaurant after Instagramming a photo of his $500,000 watch.
You don’t get the feeling that when up-and-coming rapper Matthew Best was choosing the Rise filter for his pictures of illegally smuggled assault weapons, he fully intended on receiving anything more than a few faves. His social media trail assisted the New York Police Department yesterday in its biggest gun bust ever that led to the seizure of 250 firearms and 19 arrests.
When the Department of Homeland Security seized the funds from Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox’s Dwolla account, we were unsure just how much was taken; now, according to court documents, that number totaled $2.9 million. [Gigaom]
Yesterday Twitter added “related headlines” to tweets, and everyone momentarily freaked out. [PandoDaily]
If you’re building an app that connects to Instagram, better not put “Insta” or “gram” in the title or else you’re gonna have a bad time. [Techcrunch]
Internet citizens, typically reasoned and level-headed when it comes to these sorts of things, freaked the fuck out yesterday when Amazon temporarily went down. [Fast Company]
Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S achieved the highest safety rating of any car. Ever. We like to imagine Mr. Musk celebrating with a lavish party on Mars. [Tesla]
instagram that shit
A picture is worth a thousand words, but too many taken of your own mug is worth a thousand words of shit talking behind your back.
According to a new study out of the U.K., posting too many selfies on platforms like Facebook and Instagram can actually make people feel less close to you–despite the oh-so-flattering comments you may get from users like thirsty1356.
Ugh—this is so bad, it makes us want to take back all the disapproving things we’ve ever said about brunch on Instagram. We’d happily take another 149 pics of Hollondaise sauce than this Instagram discovery via Motherboard, wherein heroin addicts and other users share photos of their drug habits under tags like #nodsquad, #shootingup and #junkiesofig.
Really puts our irritation with filter-y snaps of eggs Benedict in perspective.
Are you the best at uploading over-edited pictures of trite New York landmarks to Instagram? Does that picture of the Freedom Tower from the base looking upward really resonate with your audience and garner you the social media validation that you so desperately crave?
The Rich Are Different
Jeffery Self and Cole Escola—a young comedy duo who parlayed YouTube success into two seasons of a cable TV sketch program—played two sold-out shows in New York this weekend, their first since splitting three years ago.
Separately, each has continued a trajectory of online mini-celebrity—especially Mr. Self, who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and closely chronicles his personal life on social media.
Millennial, fearless and wildly funny, Jeffery and Cole exemplify a new generation of digitally native performers. But their audience is confronted with a challenge: when artists choose to broadcast their most private moments on social media, where is the boundary between life and performance?
Four years after the demise of Bravo’s NYC Prep, we still haven’t found the perfect replacement show about over-entitled rich kids behaving badly. But wipe those Dom Perignon-tinged tears off your face because E! is developing a show called Rich Kids of Beverley Hills, which sounds similar to the Rich Kids of Instagram Tumblr.