Social Media

Life

In Defense of Keeping Your Relationship Offline

When my boyfriend and I decided to keep our relationship off social media, it was about choosing to live in the moment and refusing to perform love for validation.
Gabrielle Sorto
10.2.18
Culture

I Was One of the Most Famous People Online in 1998—Then I Disappeared

Know as "anacam," seven million people a day watched me livestream my life around the clock. Looking back now, I have a new understanding of why I did it.
Ana Voog
6.22.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

The Stages of My Life in Usernames

"Who knows what people are doing in real life so long as they present their purest front online? What is the opposite of catfishing?"
Aditi Natasha Kini
6.18.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

Photos That Show The Secret Side of Being an Influencer

Photographer and "influencer" Glenda Lisette likes to play with self-portraiture and offers a critical view of how it's used in social media and personal branding.
Glenda Lissette
6.18.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

For Women Who Wear Hijab, Finstas Can Be a Space to Let Loose Online

By the time private accounts with curated followers became mainstream, they were old news to me. I knew many women who wore hijabs who would set their Instagram profiles to private, write “WOMEN ONLY” in their bios, and post pictures with their hair down.
Najma Sharif
6.18.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

The Loneliness—and Comfort—of Being Online

I’m into the internet as a gateway to systems of care—the kind of care that turns a sad finsta post into a spontaneous visit, a phone call, a gift; turns a silent question into 1,000 late-night answers, turns the monster within into a collective hum.
Aisha Mirza
6.18.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

Portraits of People with Their First Online Avatars

Photographer Chris Bethell captured a lot of Neopets.
Chris Bethell
6.18.18
Social Media

Users Accuse Instagram of Censoring Hashtags About Sex Work and Women

Sex worker advocates are taking to social media to decry Instagram's reported censorship of words like #woman and #femalestrippers as yet another example of harmfully targeting sex workers in the wake of SESTA/FOSTA.
Leila Ettachfini
5.29.18
Dating

I Asked People Who Ghosted Me Why They Still Watch My Instagram Stories

Their answers range from "I'm trash" (true!) to "you post good videos of your cat" (also true).
Sara David
4.25.18
gun violence

Teen Parkland Survivors on Using Social Media to Change Society

Sarah Chadwick and Delaney Tarr survived their school's shooting. Now they're using Twitter to teach each other where adults have failed.
Diana Tourjée
3.9.18
Oscars

Twitter Slammed for Launching 'Tone-Deaf' Oscars Ad Celebrating Women

Many users pointed out that the social media giant has been historically all too averse to fixing the ongoing harassment of women on the site.
Sirin Kale
3.5.18
VICELAND

Social Media Dos and Donts with Trixie and Bob the Drag Queen

In a full, free episode of the TRIXIE & KATYA SHOW, Season 8 Rupaul's Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen joins Trixie Mattel to talk about how to navigate the bizarre world of online dating.
Broadly Staff
3.1.18