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Read the best social media articles from around the internet, or watch the most insightful videos about social media from platforms like Youtube, Vimeo or leading publishers like The New York Times, The Atlantic, LA Times, Bloomberg, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal and many more.
The Web We Have To Save

The Web We Have To Save

Long Reads, Media, Tech

In the past, the web was powerful and serious enough to land me in jail. Today it feels like little more than entertainment. The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Apps, Long Reads, Tech

The speed of machine learning is startling, often creepy. It is hard to tell what is creepier: the feeling that someone is somewhere out there, following your every step, or the fact that no one is, just the tracking device you carry with you in your pocket.

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Apps, Long Reads

To thousands of young millennials from humble backgrounds, Jordan Belfort’s Wolf of Wall Street story became a blueprint for how to escape an unremarkable life on low pay. Their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles, but what are these self-styled traders really selling?

The Influencer And The Hit Man

The Influencer And The Hit Man

Apps, Crime, Tech

How a years-long domain name feud for DoItForState.com ended in a bloody shootout. “Do It For State” is the hyperviral tagline associated with the social media company State Snaps, which aggregates and posts debaucherous college-aged behavior on its Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

Health, Life, Long Reads, Psychology

We’re spoiled, entitled, lazy, and failures at what’s come to be known as “adulting,” a word invented by millennials as a catchall for the tasks of self-sufficient existence. I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

Long Reads, Politics, Tech

Many US-based companies continue to consign their moderators to the margins, shipping their platforms’ digital waste to “special economic zones” in the Global South. The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech.

How Instagram Killed The It Girl

How Instagram Killed The It Girl

Apps, Life, Media

In a world of constant self-surveillance and curation, we may never see the Parises, the Nicoles, the Taras in the way we once did. The It Girl exists within the moral grey areas of life, but with the existence of social media, such grey areas no longer exist for her to live in – everything is now black and white, good or bad.

How To Tell If You’re Talking To A Bot

How To Tell If You’re Talking To A Bot

Apps, Explainers, Tech

It’s important not to be swayed by fake accounts or waste your time arguing with them, and identifying bots in a Twitter thread has become a strange version of the Turing test. Advances in machine learning hint at how bots could become more humanlike.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

Long Reads, Tech

The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. The future of TripAdvisor and similar enterprises seems less certain than it once did.

Unfold: The App That Lets You Create Beautiful Stories

Unfold: The App That Lets You Create Beautiful Stories

Apps, Tech

Unfold is an app and toolkit for storytellers. It’s used by celebs, influencers and other Instagram power users. Create beautiful and engaging stories from minimal and elegant templates. The app is available for iOS and Android.

Escape From The Matrix

Escape From The Matrix

Health, Life, Psychology, Tech

The fear of missing out, a spawn of technological advancement and proliferating social information, is the feeling that we’re missing out on something more exciting, more important, or more interesting going on somewhere else. FoMO haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free.

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

Apps, Politics, Tech

In April 2014, a public relations firm representing the Saudi Embassy asked Ahmad Abouammo, part of Twitter’s global media team, to verify an account belonging to a Saudi news personality. This request for a blue checkmark opened the door to a working relationship with the country’s government.

The Impossible Architecture Of Dreams

The Impossible Architecture Of Dreams

Architecture, Art, Design, Innovation

Where do we go when we dream? This surreal territory has proved fertile ground for a new generation of contemporary artists working at the intersection of architecture, interior design, and technology. The dreamscapes of these creations offer an intriguing insight into a new movement in digital art.

‘Weird News,’ ‘Dumb Criminals’ And The Media’s Monetization Of Human Misery

‘Weird News,’ ‘Dumb Criminals’ And The Media’s Monetization Of Human Misery

Crime, Media

There’s a cynical local-to-national news pipeline designed to mock the powerless under the guise of “odd” news stories. The public’s perception of crime is often significantly out of alignment with the reality. This is caused, in part, by frequently sensationalist, decontextualized media coverage.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Behind The Scenes At Rotten Tomatoes

Behind The Scenes At Rotten Tomatoes

Long Reads, Media, Tech

Humans, not algorithms, determine those ubiquitous scores. The Tomato­meter is run by a team of “curators” who read just about every known review from a gigantic pool of approved critics, then decide if each is positive or negative. Once a movie has five reviews, it is Tomatometer-eligible.

How Facebook Works For Trump

How Facebook Works For Trump

Long Reads, Media, Politics

During the 2016 election cycle, Trump’s team ran 5.9 million ads on Facebook, spending $44 million from June to November alone. He won the presidency by using the social network’s advertising machinery in exactly the way the company wanted. He’s poised to do it again.

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Life, Psychology, Tech

Life in the 21st century, we are told, is faster than ever. Time is scarce, the pace of everyday life is accelerating, and everyone complains about how busy they are. For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

Millennials Have Discovered ‘Going Out’ Sucks

Millennials Have Discovered ‘Going Out’ Sucks

Life

This is the first generation ever to admit that going out actually sucks. “More young people are choosing to spend a quiet evening at home.” We’re not even cool enough to get drunk: “A 2016 survey by Heineken found that when millennials do bother to venture outside, 75 percent drink in moderation.”

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Long Reads, Media

It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. If there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it.

How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

Media, Politics, Psychology

Some of the latest research shows us that one reason for the polarisation we see today comes down to a few, incredibly influential minorities. For better or worse, small but incredibly influential groups can change the course of political debate. But is this leading us to hold more polarised views?

The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

Health, Science, Tech

The length of time our “collective attention” is on any given event has grown shorter, and topics become popular and then drop out of public view at an accelerating rate. It’s no surprise if it feels harder and harder to dwell deeply on any topic.

Instagram, My Daughter, And Me

Instagram, My Daughter, And Me

Apps, Life, Tech

What Instagram has allowed me to do is to employ a kind of digital physics, to warp my experience of space and time in my favor. In the offline world, I spend precious hours with her and then she disappears. But online, she is with me again when I post, and then again each time I receive a notification.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Parents Shouldn’t Spy On Their Kids

Parents Shouldn’t Spy On Their Kids

Apps, Life

With tracking technologies such as mSpy, Teen Safe, Family Tracker, and others, parents can monitor calls, texts, chats, and social media posts. Apps that make it easy to invade kids’ privacy are a recipe for arrested development.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Long Reads, Tech

In a journal with unlined 8-by-10 paper, Zuckerberg sketched his mission and product design and explored how a tiny company might become a vital utility for the world. In detail, he described features called Open Registration and Feed, two products that would supercharge his company.

Inside The Most Watched YouTube Channel In The World

Inside The Most Watched YouTube Channel In The World

Apps, Business, Tech

India’s T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood. Now it has to survive Netflix. Bhushan Kumar argues that T-Series has no reason to fear this invasion, and not just because it sits behind a moat filled with more than 200 million YouTube subscribers.

The Contrepreneur Formula Exposed

The Contrepreneur Formula Exposed

Videos

People are getting rich selling crap online courses because you believe there is some kind of secret formula to create passive income. In this video, Mike Winnet explains the science behind the CONtrepreneur formula. He spent 6 months buying their courses and attending their events so you don’t have to.

When Art Becomes Self-Help

When Art Becomes Self-Help

Art

Jerry Saltz’s new book gives a series of short instructions or prompts, some banal and others provocative, on both looking at and making art, for audiences of any level of art fluency. The appetite for this kind of advice has only increased in the past decade, as the art world has become more visible to the wider public.

Iraq’s Social Media Martyrs

Iraq’s Social Media Martyrs

Crime, Media, Videos, World

Huge nationwide protests against corruption have been making headlines, but these young millennials are taking on power in a different way, by celebrating beauty, fashion and rap. They’ve got millions of followers, but, as Unreported World finds out, fame can have deadly consequences.

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