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29
Jun

Instagrads: What it’s like to spend all 4 years of high school on Instagram


By Sarah Kessler

“You’ve never heard of ‘Man Crush Monday’?”

Michael Martin, a recent graduate of Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, has graciously agreed to explain his class’s Instagram habits to me.

“Well, ‘Man Crush Monday’ is the hashtag #mcm. On Monday, you post a picture of either your current boyfriend or person who you would want to be [your boyfriend]. #wcw is ‘Woman Crush Wednesday.’”

Okay.

“Throwback Thursday, Did you know about that one?”

This one, I know. On Thursday, my friends often post childhood photos with the hashtag #tbt.

“If you miss throwback Thursday,” Martin continues, “you can do flashback Friday. And if you took a selfie in the week, but you’re saving it for selfie Sunday, you put it up on selfie Sunday. A lot of people will like your selfies that day.”

Martin and his fellow graduating seniors across the country began their high school careers just after Instagram launched. They are the first high school class that used Instagram from freshman year on. Together, they have helped define the platform’s unwritten rules and decided what role the app would play in their social lives-a large one, it turns out.


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Instagram is now more important to teenagers than any other social network. It’s the first place teenagers go for news on new couples or breakups; it’s where they can show off in front of their friends; and it’s where most parents still don’t go. Like the physical hallways of individual high schools, Instagram’s exact rules do vary a bit from place to place. In 24,000 public high schools across the country, you may find slightly different interpretations of what it means when someone likes your photo, what is cool to post, and how classic teenage anxiety over popularity translates to the literal numerical value of “likes” or “followers.” This is the story of Instagram culture at just one high school, Musselman-but it’s safe to assume a similar set of social norms, faux pas, and meanings have developed around Instagram at the high school in your own hometown.

If I don’t Instagram in a day, I feel weird.

I discovered this when I set out to interview teenagers with exceptionally high numbers of followers. “I think a lot of kids use it to gauge who’s hanging out with who, and who’s engaging who romantically, and what people are getting into,” says Mark Otto, a 17-year-old photographer from Dayton, Ohio, who has more than 16,000 followers.

Instagram is also a form of self-expression. “If I don’t Instagram in a day, I feel weird,” Kami Baker, a junior in Omaha, Nebraska, who writes about her social anxiety for The Huffington Post, tells me. “It’s become a kind of online diary for me.” As Otto says, “[Teenagers] are using Instagram to express who they are, in a way.”

And you better make it count. Be careful about posting more than one photo a day. If you’re planning a “promposal” (an elaborate prom invitation that may or may not involve balloons, posters, flowers, or dessert), you better have somebody ready with a camera. Breakups are an occasion for black-and-white selfies captioned with mysteriously sad quotes. Every day could be an occasion for a selfie. But please, don’t post ONLY selfies. And if it doesn’t get more than 10 likes, well, that’s just “a little embarrassing,” Martin says. Selfie sticks, however, are totally cool.

Like the detention hall that brought kids from different social groups together in The Breakfast Club, everyone-the band geeks, the nerds, the football players, the country boys, the artistic kids-is on Instagram. Pitching into its photo stream is an opportunity to tell everybody who you are, even if they might not otherwise ask. “Maybe the jocks don’t talk to all of the theater and band people,” says Kelsey Bageant, another student at Musselman. “They might not know them at all, but they all follow them on Instagram, just because they all go to the same school.”

Coming Out On Instagram

Martin, who has more than 22,000 Instagram followers, is Musselman’s soccer goalie and two-time MVP. He has been voted “goalkeeper of the year” for the conference, and this year he made the all-state team. He is also gay, and, being from a religious household and a “pretty conservative town,” he was for a long time reluctant to be open about his orientation. That changed his junior year, when he slowly began to confide in friends. He went to another school’s dance with the homecoming king, and two weeks later, danced with the same boy at his own homecoming dance. But he didn’t tell the whole school he was gay until December, when he wrote an article about coming out for Outsports.com.

The day before the article came out, he posted a black-and-white selfie on Instagram and captioned it with an emoticon timer that showed, with its trickle of virtual sand, that time was running out. “People didn’t know,” he says, “but I knew that I was going to be embarrassed the next day.”

The article went viral on the Internet. For his classmates, though, Martin made the real announcement when he posted the story on his own social media accounts. He took a screenshot of a Facebook post from Outsports.com that mentioned his article-it had been shared 24,000 times-and posted it on Instagram. “That’s pretty much how I came out to literally the entire school,” he says. “[After the school dance], word did not get out too much [that I am gay]. Nobody gave me dirty looks or anything like they did after my first article came out. After my first article came out, boy-did I get a lot of dirty looks.”

But he also got a flood of support-almost 200 comments on his Instagram post alone. They said things like, “Great read. I also grew up in West Virginia, so I know what it can be like,” and, “Just read your story. Wished I had the courage when I was in high school to do what you did.”

After that, Martin started treating his relationship with his new boyfriend, Logan, like anyone else in his high school treated theirs, including on Instagram. He added his boyfriend’s Instagram handle into his bio line on his profile page and posted pictures with him for the first time (including on #mcm). “It’s a big thing to put your significant other in your bio,” says Martin’s classmate, Tyler Brewster. “It’s huge. Everyone does that. I guess just to tell other girls that I’m not available anymore.” When Martin concocted a promposal (which involved a Chick-fil-A sandwich and the phrase, “Don’t be a chicken, go to prom with me”), he posted a picture of that event, too.

At some point, someone at Instagram got wind of Martin’s story, and they put his account on a page of recommended people to follow. Within a week, he says, he skyrocketed to 13,000 followers (he now has more than 20,000). “It’s like a social status,” Martin says. “Whoever has the most likes I wouldn’t say is the most popular, but has a better social media presence.”


Michael Martin’s Instagram Bio

“I don’t really know how to describe it,” Brewster says, “But I guess I would say when you’re a freshman or sophomore, you care more about what people think, and the upperclassmen, I guess they look up to you more if you have more followers. They don’t look down on you anymore. They treat you as an equal person. It’s kind of terrible to say that a number can do that. When Michael’s followers shot up, everyone was like, oh wow, Michael got like 17,000 followers.”

Musselman High School is large, with about 400 students per class. When Martin got big on Instagram, he says, suddenly everybody knew his name. His Instagram handle, WVnatureboy, became his nickname. He mostly posted photos of nature, soccer fields, and selfies with his boyfriend. But that’s not the only way to be big on Instagram. “A lot of people in student council use it for their elections,” Martin tells me.

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Connecting To Other Students

Brewster is Musselman’s student body president.

He is also the homecoming king; the guy who supplies the body paint and the poster board for the “student section” at Musselman sporting events; and the creator of a Twitter account called “Musselman Maniacs” that tweets out reminders about student council elections, pep rallies, and spirit days.

Tyler Brewster

On Instagram, he has more than 1,000 followers, but he’s not sure how he got them. “Sometimes it’s more extroverted people who get more followers, simply because they put themselves out there,” he says.

“I have had it happen to me plenty of times when people who I’ve seen in the hallways follow me, but I’ve never actually had a conversation with them. But then after they follow me, I’m like, Oh, well now I know your name.” Sometimes he learns more about them than that, like when a classmate who lost a parent posted a photo on the anniversary of the death. Or when friends who have been fighting post a photo together with a caption that says something like, “I’m so glad we’re friends again.”

“It’s definitely something that you talk about,” says his classmate, Kelsey Bageant. “You say ‘Instagram’ so much in high school.”

Brewster thinks Instagram helps his classmates have a more nuanced view of him as a person. “I’m involved in sports and government and theater at my school,” he says. “A lot of people don’t know that. So I feel like when they see me doing one activity, especially the younger students who are new to the school, that’s all they would see me doing. Whenever I would post something about a different aspect of my life, like being in the [musical], I feel like that showed other people that I’m a multifaceted individual. I can hold a conversation over multiple topics versus just sports or whatever. I think that makes me more approachable.”

His photos are from plays (most recently he played Link Larkin in Hairspray), in addition to his participation in the student section, student council activities, spirit days, and (of course) his promposal.

“For guys, I think it’s more of a ‘hey guys, this is what I’m doing’ kind of thing,” Brewster says. “And for girls it’s a ‘look at me’ thing. They feel pretty that day or something.”

A Short PSA: How To Selfie

“The thing behind the selfies is that some people need that instant gratification,” says Maria, whose mother asked that I not use her last name. “But I think selfies are just fun if you use them the right way.”

What is the right way?

“Not posting one every day and using them maturely.”

What are the wrong ways to use selfies?

“Posting one every day. Posting on different days but you’re wearing the same outfit so you can see that you took them at the same time. “

Maria’s feed features a lot of selfies-and a lot of photos with her girlfriends.

“It’s literally like you’re meeting someone through the lens of their camera on their phone,” she says. “You can post a comment, but a lot of times the picture speaks for itself. So it’s kind of cool, you know? I’m really into fashion. A lot of times I post photos of my outfits or new shoes I got.”

“My one close friend who went to Musselman, she’s an artist, and she’s always posting her artwork,” Maria adds.

“This Is Me”

For the first three years of high school, most of Kelsey Bageant’s time went to year-round volleyball. But her senior year, when she finished the season, she started posting photos of her artwork on Instagram. “Junior year, everyone is telling you, what are you going to be interested in? Where are you going?” she says. “And I started thinking about things. What would I like to do for the rest of my life? And for me, art is the only thing that I am really passionate about.”

Kelsey Bageant

Comments started trickling in on her Instagrammed artwork, some from people she didn’t even know. A few even offered to buy artwork, and she sold about 10 pieces for between $20 and $40 based on Instagram requests. “I think it gave me confidence,” she says. “Having people who don’t know you commenting on your artwork is really a neat thing.” She’ll be studying art when she starts classes at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota next fall.

“A lot of times you’ll see pictures of athletes and you’ll say, they’re really into the sports, they’re really good at it. And the same thing can happen with art, and you post it, and they’ll say, wow, you’re really talented at this. And they wouldn’t have known before without something like social media to show everyone.”

She still posts a lot of selfies, but in a way, they say the same thing as the posts that feature her sketches.

“It’s like, here I am,” Bageant says. “This is me.”

[Photo: Flickr user Chandler Abraham, Instagram photos of the subjects Tyler Brewster, Kelsey Bageant and Michael Martin]

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28
Jun

‘Zoom for Instagram’ lets you zoom into your favorite Instagram photos


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Third-party developer Taptigo has brought Zoom for Instagram to the Google Play Store. The new application has one simple goal: to let users zoom into their Instagram photos, and Zoom for Instagram does this really well.

To get started, make sure Zoom for Instagram is downloaded on your device. Next, open up the official Instagram app, select one of your favorite images, tap the menu in the top right corner, and select “Copy Share URL.” After that, the image should open in Zoom and you can begin zooming in and out of your photos.

It’s actually a handy feature, but you can easily do this but just heading into your device settings and enabling magnification gestures. Either way, hopefully it’s a feature we’ll eventually see Instagram support. But in the meantime, there’s Zoom for Instagram!

The only real disappointing thing about the third-party app is that it watermarks all of your photos, and to disable that, you’re going to have to pick up the paid version of Zoom, which might be a huge turnoff some some. If you’re interested, just scan the QR code or hit the download link below.

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27
Jun

‘Zoom for Instagram’ lets you zoom into your favorite Instagram photos


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Third-party developer Taptigo has brought Zoom for Instagram to the Google Play Store. The new application has one simple goal: to let users zoom into their Instagram photos, and Zoom for Instagram does this really well.

To get started, make sure Zoom for Instagram is downloaded on your device. Next, open up the official Instagram app, select one of your favorite images, tap the menu in the top right corner, and select “Copy Share URL.” After that, the image should open in Zoom and you can begin zooming in and out of your photos.

It’s actually a handy feature, but you can easily do this but just heading into your device settings and enabling magnification gestures. Either way, hopefully it’s a feature we’ll eventually see Instagram support. But in the meantime, there’s Zoom for Instagram!

The only real disappointing thing about the third-party app is that it watermarks all of your photos, and to disable that, you’re going to have to pick up the paid version of Zoom, which might be a huge turnoff some some. If you’re interested, just scan the QR code or hit the download link below.

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25
Jun

Instagram update brings all new features


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Instagram just announced two new features in their app that will help users connect to the world as it happens. The update includes an all new Explore page, with trending “Tags and Places” as well as a powerful search bar that will make it easy to find people and places that you’re looking for.

We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless.

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The all new Explore page will present you with “Trending Tags and Trending Places” as they emerge in real world, which will allow a user to connect to the events that are happening near them and around the globe. In addition to the “Trending Tags and Places”, at the top of Explore page, you will find new curated collections that will be updated regularly. This collection features interesting places, stunning architectures, and extreme athletes categories.

We’ve dramatically improved the ability to find what you’re looking for

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Instagram has also upgraded the search capabilities of its application. The new top search bar lets you search across people, places and tags all at once. With the new Places search, you can now find images from just about any location on Earth. This allows you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant, or experience your favorite music festival.

The new update is rolling out today and will be available to you very soon. However, the new Explore page is only available for users in the US for now, but the Instagram team says they will work to expand these features worldwide once all of the bugs are ironed out. On the other hand, the new search functionality is available now to everyone worldwide.

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24
Jun

Instagram’s Explore page and search functionality get redone


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Instagram’s update that arrived this afternoon does not bring any sort of overhaul to the user interface but it does include a retake on the Explore page and the app’s search functionality. Instagram made these changes to its app because there are more than 70 million photos and videos shared on its service daily. People want to see what is happening nearby and around the world in real-time. The service now curates content in the Explore page for users.

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Immediate and effortless are two words that Instagram used to describe the new Explore page. The app now updates the page automatically, organized by both trending topics, locations, and tags. Selecting any of them cues a wealth of content from the Instagram’s massive user base.

The updated Explore page is only live in the United States, but Instagram will bring it to the rest of the world once the experience is perfected.

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For search functionality, the service focused on offering everything in one place — people, places, and tags. There seems to have been a focus on location with the new Places Search. Type in the name of any location and Instagram will send you there on a map with top and recent posts for an rich, authentic experience.

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23
Jun

Instagram version 7.0 update brings an all-new Explore page, improved search functionality


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Instagram users will be happy to know that a big update is being pushed out to both Android and iOS apps today, bringing a couple major enhancements that will help folks find what they’re looking for more easily.

For starters, the app is getting an all-new Explore page that will now surface trends as they emerge in real-time which makes it much easier for users to learn about current events happening in their area and around the world. The Explore page will also feature trending Tags and Places sections, allowing users to see what other people are posting. From Instagram:

In addition, at the top of the Explore page you will find new curated collections that will be updated regularly, featuring interesting accounts and places, from musicians and extreme athletes to stunning architecture and gorgeous beaches.

The updates to Explore will only be available in the United States at launch, but the Instagram team says it will work to expand these features worldwide once all of the bugs are ironed out.

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The new Instagram update also brings improved search functionality. Much like in Facebook’s application, Instagram users will now be able to search for people and places to find what they’re looking for much quicker. There’s also a new “Top Search” tab that will let you search for people, places and tags all at once. Unlike the new Explore page, improved search functionality is now available for everyone.

The update to version 7.0 is now rolling out in the Google Play Store, so be sure to head to the link below to grab the newest version.

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23
Jun

Instagram’s revamped photo exploration helps you follow trends


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Want to see all the Instagram shots coming out of that big music festival? It should be much easier after today. Instagram is releasing new versions of its Android and iOS apps whose overhauled Explore and Search features help you follow trends as they happen. You’ll see the most recent trending hashtags and places, and a new Places Search shows the buzz in just about any location on the planet — helpful if you want to know what your vacation spot looks like in real life. Both app updates should be available today, so you’ll find out what’s hot in very short order.

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9
Jun

Instagram tidies up web profiles with bigger pictures and less clutter


It may be a tad late for spring cleaning, but Instagram redesigned profile pages on the web to cut down on the clutter. On both mobile and desktop, profile pages, hashtag collections and your home feed are all getting tweaks to make things a bit neater. Desktop profiles, for example, nix the rotating image header up top and display larger images in rows of three instead of five. The changes get rid of the added boarders, button styles and more that the mobile app’s redesign already updated in favor of a cleaner, flatter look. Not seeing the new design yet? Don’t worry, it’s rolling out now and you should be seeing it by the end of the week.

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4
Jun

Instagram is ready to make some serious money


After launching ads a year and half ago Instagram is now giving advertisers a much more powerful tool to integrate their ads. The tools include “Shop Now”,”Install”and “Sign Up” buttons.

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These button appears at the bottom right of the advertisement. The company made  advertisement open for all the advertisers. It is worth noting that pressing the buttons do  not take you away from Instagram completely. Instead, it open a mini version of a browser within the app, so that when you are done buying or installing you will be returned to the app  itself.

Instagram has always been a potential advertisement channel, able to drive its 300 million+  users to buy or download an app.

The API comes polished—able to manage, track and measure marketing campaigns—thanks to borrowed technology and lessons learned from Facebook

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Instagram is all ready and plans to roll out this update gradually starting later this week in Spain. At the end Instagram wants to make advertisement available to all business areas no matter whether it is small or large. The API will plug Instagram into the broader ecosystem of social ad platforms.

In my opinion this is indeed a really big boost to the advertising sector. Local brand names as well as small and starting companies can now easily campaign their products by using Instagram as their path to advertise. However as delicious as it may seem, it can cause a lot of adverse effects. Like Facebook, a lot of users don’t want to see advertisement spam in their feed. I hope Instagram is prepared for such a scenario.

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3
Jun

Instagram is opening its advertising floodgates


Today Instagram announced sweeping changes to its 18-month old advertising scheme in an effort to monetize all those loyal sets of eyeballs. The company is essentially opening its platform to advertisers big and small, rather than the “select” partners it’s been pairing with during the past year and a half long pilot project. The plan is to push ads in more formats that are targeted towards people with relevant interests. All that means is that as it rolls out, the next Sponsored post you see is probably based on what IG (and its owner Facebook) think you like.

Specifically, “direct response” ads will now integrate action buttons that will prompt viewers to click through and buy, subscribe, or install whatever the ad is hawking. Instagram hinted at this feature back in March but made it official today. On the back end, Instagram is granting advertisers more granular data on users than the standard age, gender and location metrics they previously had access to. It’s using demographics and interests, plus the data businesses have about their customers.

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