Almost Famous: The Stars of Social Media

Teen Looks Cool in Flannel, Amasses 130,000 Instagram Followers

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When I was in middle school and high school, the popular kids’ followers were their less cool classmates. To be considered cool, you just needed your classmates’ seal of approval. You were cool or you weren’t; it wasn’t quantifiable.

Now, though, the Seth Cohens and Aaron Samuelses of yore have nothing on teens like @SpencerGoulding. Not only is he young, good-looking and stylish — he also has 130,000 Instagram followers endlessly praising his every digital move.

We haven’t been able to glean what, exactly, got him to his coveted spot as one of the most-followed teens on social media, and he didn’t respond to an interview request. So let’s do a deep dive and try to figure this one out. Read More

Almost Famous: The Stars of Social Media

These Instagram Witches Will Turn Your Feed Into a Chic Digital Seance

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Most of the photos in my Instagram feed fall into the same categories. There are the selfies, the brunch pics, the found objects with ironic captions, the blurry group shots intended to induce FOMO. They seem like authentic displays of real life, but we all know they’re meant to enhance public opinion of the people posting them.

I say this as someone who uses Instagram for that exact purpose: it can get boring. You start wishing your friends would use their iPhone cameras for art or daydreaming or anything but self-preservation. Read More