Hattie Stewart’s Facebook Stories Effect

Giving Snapchat filters a run for their money, London-based artist Hattie Stewart has created a wacky, fun Facebook effect (for their stories feature which rolled out on iOS and Android devices at the end of March). Quintessentially Stewart, it’s all bug-eyes, rainbow tears, big tongues and beyond. Certainly an easy way to take a break—or give yourself a childlike joy mood lift—it’s a very ridiculous …

Facebook Updates Its News Feed Algorithm (Again)

Friends and family first, but you can bring CH back to your feed

Facebook’s News Feed algorithm is an ever-evolving beast, being tirelessly tweaked to keep users on the site as long as possible. The personalized stream of content eschews chronological order to essentially bring the most interesting, relevant content on top and the social media giant announced last week that bigger changes are coming to achieve this. Over time, people have become used to articles from publishers …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's ugliest dog, pictures from Pride, why your hangovers are getting worse and more in this week's look at the web

1. Bill Cunningham, in His Own Words Many notable people have shared what it’s like to be photographed—and starstruck—by Bill Cunningham (Anna Wintour once said, “We all dress for Bill”) but Cunningham in his own words is a heartwarming and emotional read—especially as the 2002 article was republished this past weekend when the beloved photographer passed away at 87 years old. “Bill Cunningham on Bill …

Facebook is Changing Its News Feed Algorithm

As we all grow accustomed to Instagram’s (much complained about) new algorithm, over the coming weeks your Facebook feed is also going to change. Users of the social media platform can expect to see more wedding photos, personal announcements and less news, thanks to the update. Adam Mosseri (Facebook’s VP of product management) says “Facebook was built on the idea of connecting people with their …

“Finstagram” Seeks Authenticity on Social Media

With so many feeds feeling like contrived online personas, Instagram users are taking part in a new trend that gives them a break from photo-editing, filtering and carefully crafted captions. Called “finstagram”—or fake-Instagram—it works by creating an additional account, usually kept private, that only close friends and family members can follow. They coexist with the user’s original account and allow them to share inside jokes, …