Alpaca accounts are underrated social media treasures

In the vast world of animals with social media accounts, common household pets like cats and dogs typically reign supreme. But if you’re not following your fair share of alpacas on the internet, you’re sorely missing out.

Though social media accounts dedicated to alpacas are rare, they’re remarkable —  like delicious pieces of hay in the ridiculous needle stack that is the internet. You have to do a bit more searching than you would to find a cat or dog account, sure. But when you do happen upon a dedicated farm or fan posting camelid content, it doesn’t disappoint.

Since following several alpaca accounts like Alpacas of Instagram, Barnacre Alpacas, and The Woolly Army, I’ve found the animals’ presence in my daily digital life, though small, to be a real mood booster. After noticing that lighthearted alpaca content makes Twitter and Instagram significantly more bearable, I decided to reach out to some leaders of the alpaca social media movement to learn more about the underrated animals, and what it’s like making a space for them online. Read more…

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Instagram users are losing millions of followers due to a bug

Several Instagram users on Wednesday woke up to find their follower counts significantly decreased. 

Many of the app’s most popular celebrities experienced a significant drop in followers due to a glitch. 

“We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now,” Instagram said in a tweet. “We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.”

The Instagram bug has eaten away at the follower counts of many of the site’s top users. For example, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber lost 1.9 million and 1.7 million followers respectively.

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The 12 worst types of Instagram Stories

We need to talk about Instagram Stories.

“Story of my life”? More like please don’t story your whole life, or at least do so tastefully.

Over the past few years, Instagram Stories have cannibalized Snapchat and emerged supreme as the premiere location to show off shaky cam concert footage and puppy-dog selfies. But with great power comes great misuse of a platform. 

We’ve all succumb to the desire to constantly cherry pick the juiciest parts of our life and share them with anyone who cares to tune in. Sometimes, though, those juicy bits don’t taste, sound, or look very good to those of us consuming them.  Read more…

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