Facebook is taking a page from MySpace's book (MyBook? Isn't the whole point of social media to elegantly avoid people on our own terms? People are angry at Instagram for a privacy breach that Twitter has gotten away with for years. With Instagram, you're in or you're out. Facebook hasn't gotten it all wrong though. Tap the GIPHY logo to get behind the GIPHY Live to start your broadcast. A GIF will appear over your shoulder. Tap it to jump to a new GIF in the same topic. Now that you're all famous from your popular Facebook Lives — or dare we say it, an influencer — you're going to have to adhere to new federal laws pertaining to sponsored posts. It's pretty frustrating that social media has blindsided us like a roadside billboard.
Welcome to our latest installation of Status Update where we’ll be rounding up the last two weeks in tech and social media, AKA the filtered lens through which we see the entire world and relate to one another.
Social media is slowly turning into Big Brother circa George Orwell’s 1984. Sure, you can text your friend “gnight xox” sometime after 10 p.m., but they know you will very much be up and at ’em for the next three hours. Proof? Facebook is taking a page from MySpace’s book (MyBook? FaceSpace?) with their newest update broadcasting your activity status right under your display photo, according to Mashable. If you’re active, it’ll show for how long. This isn’t only an invitation for people to message you at all hours of the night when you just need to decompress and not engage with anyone (read: admire your endless trove of memes and last-minute panic about tomorrow’s assignment), but it strips us of the privacy we so desperately seek. As if we thought the green dot next to our names on Facebook Messenger was enough. Isn’t the whole point of social media to elegantly avoid people on our own terms?
People are angry at Instagram for a privacy breach that Twitter has gotten away with for years. You know that little icon under someone’s handle that says “Follows you”? Well, it’s a pretty handy way to figure out who’s down with your dope content, and thus a candidate for friendship. No problems there, right? But on Instagram, we had to scroll through someone’s following list to see if we made the cut like some kind of savagery from the Dark Ages. No longer is that the case, since they’ve adopted the same “Follows you” icon. Once you do decide to unfollow someone, they’ll get a notification (??!!??!!), according to