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…
Rest in peace, 69 jokes.
It brings me no pleasure to report that President Donald Trump included “69” and “nice” in the same tweet on Wednesday, effectively killing the internet’s most beloved tradition. That’s right, folks: 69 jokes will never be the same again. Blame the president.
The Gallup Poll just announced that 69% of our great citizens expect their finances to improve next year, a 16 year high. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2019
Trump’s tweet referred to a Gallup poll released earlier this week in which 69 percent of respondents said they expected their finances to improve over the next year. So the number can’t be helped. But it does raise a disturbing question: Does Trump know about 69 jokes, or is this tweet simply a coincidence? Read more…
Instagram confirmed today that an issue has been causing some accounts’ follower numbers to change. Users began noticing the bug about 10 hours ago and the drastic drop in followers caused some to wonder if Instagram was culling inactive and fake accounts, as part of its fight against spam. We’re aware of an issue that […]
Here’s a concerning story from India, where the upcoming election is putting the use of social media in the spotlight. While the Indian government is putting Facebook, Google and other companies under pressure to prevent their digital platforms from being used for election manipulation, a journalist has demonstrated just how easy it is to control […]
To mark the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, March For Our Lives and its organizers will go dark on social media between February 14th through the 17th.
They say their silence, which includes declining requests for interviews during that period, is out of respect for the friends, classmates, and school staff killed in the shooting. (In order to interview a student organizer about the blackout, Mashable agreed to publish this story no later than February 13.)
“We’re taking this route because it’s a chance for us to look back at our community and for us to give ourselves time and really allow the victims’ voices to take the microphone,” says Adam Alhanti, the director of special projects of March For Our Lives, who will graduate from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this year. Read more…
Around 37 percent of Americans were subjected to severe hate and harassment online in 2018, according to a new study by the Anti-Defamation League, up from about 18 percent in 2017. And over half of all Americans experienced some form of harassment according to the ADL study. Facebook users bore the brunt of online harassment […]
Something is up with Twitter.
It’s not only that it’s hard to follow a conversation between two people on the platform, but rather there’s a weird bug that’s messing up likes, retweets and notifications, something which Twitter is working on resolving.
As reported by a number of Twitter users in the past day, the bug seems to cause likes and retweets to fluctuate wildly, or appear much lower than usual.
If you have been experiencing issues with the Like or Retweet count on Twitter and are desperately seeking validation, here it is: yes, it’s Twitter, not you (probably). The company confirmed today that it is working on a fix for a problem with notifications that’s been messing with Like counts. Some people around the world […]