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Thief steals $1 million of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs with Instagram hack

A hacker has stolen NFTs worth millions of dollars after compromising the official Instagram account for Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and using it to post a phishing link that transferred tokens out of users’ crypto wallets.

The hack was disclosed on Twitter by BAYC just before 10AM ET on Monday morning. “There is no mint going on today,” the Tweet read. “It looks like BAYC Instagram was hacked.”

Another tweet from a user unaffiliated with the project claimed to show the image that had been posted from the BAYC account, promoting an “airdrop” — essentially a free token giveaway — for any users who connected their MetaMask wallets.

Unfortunately, BAYC’s warning came too late for a number of holders of the extremely expensive Bored Ape NFTs, along with many other valuable NFTs stolen in the hack. A screenshot posted by one Twitter user showed an OpenSea page for the hacker’s account receiving more than a dozen NFTs from the Bored Ape, Mutant Ape, and Bored Ape Kennel Club projects — all presumably taken from users who connected their wallets after clicking on the phishing link.

The profile page tied to the hacker’s wallet address was no longer visible on OpenSea at time of publication. OpenSea head of communications Allie Mack confirmed to The Verge that the hacker’s account had been banned on the platform, as OpenSea’s terms of service prohibited fraudulently obtaining items or otherwise taking them without authorization.

But given the decentralized nature of NFT, the contents of the hacker’s wallet can still be viewed on other platforms. Seen through NFT platform Rarible, the wallet contained 134 NFTs, among them four Bored Apes and many others items from projects made by Yuga Labs — the creators of BAYC — such as Mutant Apes and Bored Ape Kennel Club.

Independently, each of the stolen Apes is worth well into six figures based on the most recent sale price. The lowest priced Ape, #7203, last sold four months ago for 47.9 ETH — equivalent to $138,000 at current exchange price. Ape #6778 was last sold for 88.88 ETH ($256,200), while Ape #6178 sold for 90 ETH or $259,400. And Bored Ape #6623 was the most valuable of all, sold three months ago for 123 ETH ($354,500) — meaning that collectively the total value of the four stolen Apes is just over $1 million.

It is not known yet how the hacker was able to compromise the project’s Instagram account. In a statement sent to The Verge by email and also posted on Twitter, Yuga Labs said that two-factor authentication was enabled at the time of the attack and that the security of the Instagram account followed best practices. Yuga Labs also said that the team was actively working to establish contact with affected users.

Though NFTs can be bought and sold for huge sums of money, they are often held in smartphone wallets rather than more secure environments because the popular decentralized crypto wallet application MetaMask only supports NFT display on mobile. It also encourages users to manage NFTs through the smartphone app rather than the browser-based extension. This means that the use of Instagram to deliver a phishing link is an effective way to steal NFTs, as the phishing link is more likely to be interacted with from a mobile wallet.

While security advice in the crypto space suggests NFT holders never connect their wallet to an unknown or untrusted third party, the fact that the phishing link was sent through the official BAYC social media account likely convinced the victims that it was legitimate, raising difficult questions about where exactly the fault lies.

Yuga Labs did not respond to an email from The Verge asking whether victims of the hack would be compensated by the project for their losses.



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How to use anonymous questions on Instagram

You can do lots of fun things on Instagram to pass the time. One of those things is letting your IG followers send you anonymous questions and messages via an anonymous messaging app. It’s an interesting way to see how people feel about you (and other topics) when they don’t have to risk being embarrassed by their own opinions or questions.

One of the most popular ways to host anonymous questions on Instagram is via an app called NGL. In this guide, we’ll go over what NGL does and how to use it for anonymous questions on Instagram.

What is NGL?

NGL is an anonymous messaging app for Instagram that allows its users to request anonymous questions and messages from their followers. The name “NGL” means “not gonna lie” (a common phrase used on social media) and it refers to the fact that the app tries to encourage honesty via anonymity.

Here’s how the app works: You post an Instagram Story that contains an NGL messaging link. Your followers view the Story and use the link to submit a question or message anonymously to you. Once your followers submit their messages, NGL sends you a push notification to alert you. You can view the messages you’ve received in the NGL app. You can also reply to these messages, but it’s done publicly via another Instagram Story.

It’s not hard to imagine how anonymous messaging apps like NGL can go horribly wrong. People can abuse such apps to send bullying or abusive messages anonymously. However, NGL has said that their app uses “world class AI content moderation” to “filter out harmful language and bullying.” And it does offer a way to report any abusive messages that still make it to your NGL inbox.

In the following sections, we’ll show you how to use NGL for anonymous questions on Instagram and how to report abusive messages in NGL.

How to post anonymous questions on Instagram using the NGL app

If you want to receive anonymous messages on Instagram, you can do so with the NGL app. It’s a very popular option for handling anonymous questions on Instagram, and it’s easy to use. Here’s how to set up and use NGL:

Step 1: Download the NGL app. It’s available for both Android and iOS devices.

Once downloaded, open NGL on your device.

Step 2: Select the Get questions! button. Then, enter your Instagram handle when prompted. Select Done!


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Step 3: NGL will automatically generate an anonymous messages link that features your Instagram handle. This is the link your followers will use to send you anonymous questions and messages. On the Play screen, select Copy link. Then select the Share! button.

The Play screen on the NGL app which features the copy link and share buttons.

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Step 4: You’ll then be taken through a quick tutorial on how to add your messages link to your Instagram Story. Review the tutorial and keep selecting the Next step button until you see the Share on Instagram button. Select this button.

The NGL Share on Instagram button.

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Step 5: You’ll then be taken to Instagram, where NGL has pre-made a Story for you that announces your request for anonymous messages. On this screen, select the Sticker icon in the top right. Then select the blue and white Link sticker.

The edit screen for an Instagram Story pre-made by NGL.

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Step 6: On the next screen, under URL, go ahead and paste the NGL messaging link you copied earlier. Then tap Done.

Select Your story to post your NGL link to your Story. Your followers will then view your Story and select its NGL link to send you an anonymous message.

How to respond to anonymous questions on Instagram using NGL

Once your followers start sending you anonymous questions and messages via your NGL link, NGL will start sending you push notifications alerting you to your messages. Tap on these notifications to open the NGL app so you can view your messages.

Here’s how to respond to your messages:

Step 1: In the NGL app, on the Inbox screen, if you have messages, you should see brightly colored envelope icons with hearts on them. Select one of these icons to view its message.

NGL inbox screen with messages.

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Step 2: On the message’s screen, you’ll see the anonymous message that was sent and two options: Who sent this and Reply.

If you want to see hints that will help you figure out who sent the message, select Who sent this. This is a premium feature that requires a weekly paid subscription of $5.99.

If you want to reply, which is free to do, select Reply.

NGL message screen with Reply option.

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Step 3: You’ll then be taken to Instagram, where NGL has already pre-made an Instagram Story that includes the question someone asked you.

In that Story, type in your response to the question. Select Your story to post your response to your Instagram Story so that everyone can see your answer.

How to report abusive messages on the NGL app

As you can imagine, anonymous messaging apps have the potential to be a breeding ground for abusive messages. And while NGL says they use AI content moderation to filter out such messages, you may still find yourself in a situation in which someone bullies you via your own NGL anonymous messaging link. If this happens, it’s important to know how to report harassment on NGL:

Open the offending message and select the Report icon in the top left of your screen. This icon looks like a triangle with an exclamation mark in the middle. Then select Report.

According to NGL, doing so also means that the message will be deleted and that the sender will be blocked from messaging you again in the future.

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How to make Instagram highlight covers

If you’ve ever looked at another person or brand’s Instagram account profile, you’ve probably noticed a series of little circles on them. They’re usually colorful and often seem designed with a purpose. But they’re not just there to be aesthetically pleasing.

If you tap on them, they’ll usually open up what’s known as an Instagram Highlight. A Highlight is basically just an Instagram Story that’s been picked to be featured permanently on a given user’s profile. Stories usually only last for 24 hours, but if you choose to feature them as a Highlight, they can kind of live forever on your profile.

But back to those circles. They’re called highlight covers. And they’re kind of an important entry point, right? Especially if you’re a brand, you’ll want those covers to reflect who you are as a company or person and attract people to watch those featured Stories.

If that’s your goal, we can give you some pointers on how to up your Instagram highlight cover game so you can reach it. In this guide, we’ll go over what a highlight cover is, how to make one, and then how to add your highlight cover to your Instagram highlight.

What’s an Instagram highlight cover?

Put simply, an Instagram highlight cover is one of those little circle icons on an Instagram account profile that, when you tap on it, opens up its related Instagram Highlight. The image you see featured in the cover is usually (but not always) the first image in the Highlight slideshow itself.

The highlight cover usually defaults to whatever that first image is. (There are other ways to pick another image to be your cover, but more about that later.) But either way, you’ll want to make sure that image looks as aesthetically pleasing and as relevant to your brand or storytelling as possible. In the next two sections, we’ll go over how you can do that.

How to make an Instagram highlight cover

In the following steps, we’ll go over the basics of what it takes to design your own Instagram highlight cover. Instead of just defaulting to the first image in your Story, you can create your own highlight cover image and then use that as the first image in your Story so that it appears first in your Highlight, and is then used as your highlight cover. Or you can create your own highlight cover image and then add it as a cover when prompted by the app. This way, the cover image doesn’t have to be a part of your Highlight.

Step 1: Use a service like Canva to design your own highlight covers. If you want to go the route of creating your own highlight covers (but not necessarily totally from scratch), you should consider using a graphic design platform like Canva. Canva has thousands of free highlight cover templates to choose from that you can then customize and use for your own purposes.

And then once you’re done editing your covers on Canva’s online image editor, you can just download them and insert them into your Stories, or when prompted to edit your cover while creating a new Highlight or editing an existing Highlight, you can tap the photo icon to add one of your Canva-designed images as a cover.

The Canva online image editor while editing an Instagram highlight cover template.

Step 2: There are design rules to making highlight covers. So follow them. If you’re not going to use a premade template to create your own highlight covers, you need to make sure that you follow a few design rules first so that your DIY covers still look polished and professional.

According to social media management software developer Buffer, your highlight cover images should have the following:

  • The design elements should be centered so that they all fit nicely when Instagram crops your image into its highlight cover circle.
  • The image size dimensions should be: 1080 x 1920
  • The aspect ratio should be: 9:16
Writing an Instagram highlight cover caption.

Step 3: Don’t forget to make use of the caption under your highlight covers. When you’re creating a highlight, you’ll be given the option to write a tiny caption for your highlight cover. Go ahead and write one if you have a snappy or memorable caption/title for your highlight.

You can add emojis here too. Have fun with it. The caption is yet another way to draw attention to your highlights. Plus, it can give another clue to your viewers about what that highlight will be about.

How to add an Instagram highlight cover

There are multiple ways you can go about adding an Instagram Highlight cover. You can include your desired cover image in your original Instagram Story as the first image, and your Highlight can default to using that as the cover image.

You can choose a different image from your story to be the cover image. You can select an entirely different image from your phone while you’re creating the Highlight. You can even edit the cover of an existing Highlight and choose a different cover image from the highlight story or pick another image from your phone — lots of possibilities. For the purposes of this guide, we’re going to focus on two main methods: One for while you’re creating a Highlight and one for changing the cover of an existing Highlight.

Step 1: While creating a Highlight:

Select your Profile picture icon. Then choose the Plus sign icon > Story Highlight. Choose the images you want to include in your Highlight. Select Next.

On the Title screen, if desired, enter your caption in the area with the blinking cursor. Then select Edit cover if you wish to change the default cover image to a different one.

Then either choose a different image from your Highlight to be the cover or choose another image from your phone by selecting the Picture icon at the bottom of your screen. If you chose to do the latter, choose the image you want from the next screen and then select the Arrow icon in the top-right corner. Then select Done. Then select Done again.

The Edit cover screen on the Instagram mobile app.

Step 2: Changing the cover of an existing Highlight:

Open up the Instagram mobile app. Select your Profile picture icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen. Long press on the Highlight cover circle icon you want to edit.

From the menu that pops up, choose Edit highlight. Select Edit cover.

Then you can either choose a different image from your Highlight to be the highlight cover, or you can select the Picture icon at the bottom of the screen to choose a different image from your phone. If you chose another photo from your Highlight, then select Done. And then select Done again.

On the other hand, if you chose the Picture icon, select the photo you want on the next screen > choose the Arrow icon > select Done. Select Done again.

The Edit Highlight option on the Instagram mobile app.

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Instagram expands Sensitive Content Control feature

Instagram is letting its users have more control over the content they see in search results and in content recommendations from the popular photo and video sharing app.

On Monday, Instagram announced that starting today, it would be updating and expanding its current Sensitive Content Control feature to allow its users to have more control over how much sensitive content they see in various sections of the app, such as: Explore, Search, Reels, Accounts You Might Follow, Hashtag Pages, and feed recommendations.

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The updated version of the Sensitive Content Control feature is expected to “be available to everyone in the coming weeks.” According to screenshots provided in Instagram’s announcement, the new version of this feature only filters out content from accounts you’re not following and still allows you to see all content from those you choose to follow. In terms of what “sensitive content” is, some examples that Instagram offers include “topics like drugs or firearms.”

The newly expanded feature will also offer three control options: More, Standard, and Less. More has less content restrictions and so you’ll likely see *more* sensitive content. Standard is the middle ground option that permits some sensitive content. And Less, has more content restrictions which means you’ll likely see *less* sensitive content. Users under the age of 18 won’t be able to enable the More option.

When the expanded Sensitive Content Control feature becomes available to you, here’s how to access it:

Open the Instagram mobile app. Select the Profile icon > Select the Menu icon in the top right > Select Settings > Select Account > Choose Sensitive Content Control.

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Tribal communities are facing a new threat: Instagram

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown last year, with most indoor activities canceled, Crystal C’Bearing did what many others did: she went outside. C’Bearing and her family explored the beautiful mountains and rivers that surround their home on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. C’Bearing, who is the deputy director of the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO), says she loved how many other families were also out enjoying the land. But from a cultural resource protection standpoint, she had concerns about people posting on social media about stone circles, petroglyphs, or other protected sites they found.

“People see these things on social media and they want to come see it for themselves,” she explains. “They don’t realize the dynamics of the reservation and that we have our own laws and regulations that you need to follow.”

C’Bearing’s experience illustrates a growing challenge for Indigenous communities: how to protect tribal culture from the dangers of the attention economy. Non-Indigenous users often do not understand that the way they consume content on social media can pose a threat to Indigenous culture — and for tribes that have been fighting against cultural eradication for generations, the stakes of what gets shared online couldn’t be higher.

For C’Bearing, the damage done by the photos is tangible. Non-tribal hunters and fishers came to the landmark sites in unprecedented numbers, using motorized boats on reservation lakes and fishing in areas that are prohibited for religious or ecological reasons. Private planes chased animal herds from tribal land to private or state land — an explicit violation of tribal sovereignty and law. Where the tribe put up signs about prohibited behavior, trespassers tore them down.

“We have these signs all over, they’re usually shot up, or taken down, or vandalized somehow,” C’Bearing says. “That’s what we face.”

Decisions about privacy and security are complex for any community. On the Wind River Reservation, however, developing these policies means confronting a uniquely complicated history. Tribal reservations like Wind River are governed by sovereign Indigenous nations like the Northern Arapaho. There is a wide network of agencies, departments, and leaders that have input on reservation policy. The Northern Arapaho share the reservation with the Eastern Shoshone, who have their own Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Both THPOs would also likely have to work with other branches of tribal government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This bureaucratic complexity is due in part to policies that worked to eliminate tribal nations.

Another challenge is enforcement. The sheer size of the Wind River Reservation, which covers over 2 million acres (roughly three times the size of Rhode Island) and includes two mountain ranges, makes it difficult for the tribal fish and game department. For this vast area, the tribe currently only has five game wardens.

The result has made some members less comfortable exploring their own land, knowing that an aggressive group of outsiders might already be camped out there. “There’s not many tribal members using those areas and that’s what it’s meant for,” she says. “And it’s just disturbing to me because I wish more of our tribal members were out there instead of non-tribal members.”

To reduce these infractions, C’Bearing is pushing for increased signage, greater enforcement capacity for tribal game wardens, and a stricter permitting process that would limit visitors to people who actually intend to hunt or fish in a respectful and legal way, rather than poachers or people just trying to find a cool cultural site they saw on a Facebook post. All of these initiatives will require support and investment from tribal government.

For now, the administration has implored individual citizens to take photos of anyone they see violating reservation law — but it’s an informal system, and C’Bearing says it’s overmatched by the torrent of outsiders over the past year. C’Bearing has also been encouraging individual tribal members to contact her office directly rather than posting publicly on social media, leading to Facebook messages warning of endangered fossil areas or problematic posts.

“All it takes is one person,” C’Bearing says, for a seemingly harmless Facebook post to turn into a threat to the reservation.

The question of exploitation is especially urgent on social media, says Amanda Cheromiah, Laguna Pueblo and the director of the Native SOAR mentorship program at the University of Arizona. Cheromiah sees social media platforms as a powerful way to preserve Indigenous culture because of how quickly a post can go viral and spread to Indigenous people anywhere in the world. Of course, that virality comes with the risk of non-Indigenous people abusing it — Cheromiah has seen non-Indigenous kids mimicking Pueblo dances they saw on TikTok, imitations that often play on stereotypes or strip the dances of important cultural context.

“These things are becoming more accessible, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of non-Natives exploiting Indigenous people again,” she says.

Cheromiah is an active TikTok user, posting about Indigenous life, as well as informational videos for Indigenous students and non-Indigenous people who might want to learn about Indigenous culture. Cheromiah has nearly 20,000 followers on the platform and her videos regularly get tens of thousands of views. Balancing access and knowledge with protecting culture and tradition is a constant battle, but the key, Cheromiah tells The Verge, is giving Indigenous people space to express themselves and let them decide what can be shared and when. “Let’s increase our digital imprint the way we want to do it,” she says.

It’s part of a larger anxiety in tribal communities, who are also in the midst of digitizing a vast store of cultural knowledge. As archivists strive to make materials more accessible, they also worry about them losing cultural context in the digital world. Donovan Pete, the acting program supervisor at the Navajo Nation Library, tries to make some materials available online while reserving others for in-person use. These restrictions help reduce the risk of duplication and exploitation, but also reflect Pete’s embrace of a more traditional, community-based way of learning.

“There’s a part where we do have an emphasis to be able to have language and culture out there, but not too much, because we’d rather have individuals come back home and be able to experience it themselves,” Pete says.

Pete is trying to envision a library system based on Navajo culture and traditions, rather than an American model. These efforts reflect the reality that, for most Indigenous communities, protecting culture isn’t as simple as restricting access to library materials. Part of the challenge is the extent to which Indigenous language and culture permeates all aspects of tribal life and politics.

Tribal elders, in particular, have been victimized by outsiders, leading many Indigenous communities to take extra precautions when digitizing their knowledge. “A lot of concern with elders is somebody taking their knowledge and profiting off of it and not coming back and helping the reservation,” C’Bearing says. “It’s happened before.”

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Instagram scammers figured out a way to get paid for banning people

Instagram scammers have developed a lucrative “banning” racket, according to a new report from Motherboard. For around $60, some scammers will get banned whatever Instagram account you choose, friend or foe, and often the scammers make even more money on the backend by helping the targeted users regain access to their accounts.

The process, according to interviews and material reviewed by Motherboard, involves using a verified account to impersonate a target (their name, photo, bio), and then reporting the target as an impersonator to get them banned. Apparently, as long as the target has a human in their profile picture the method works.

Motherboard writes that other users they spoke to also had their accounts banned for being reported for violating Instagram’s policies around suicide and self-harm, a type of content the company has tried to become even more proactive around addressing in recent years. These bans could have been caused by any variety of scripts that can spam Instagram’s reporting tools without hitting the app’s limits (around 40 reports, apparently).

The businesses of banning people is very lucrative according to at least one of the people Motherboard spoke to:

War, the pseudonymous user offering the ban service, told Motherboard in a Telegram message that banning “is pretty much a full time job lol.” They claimed to have made over five-figures from selling Instagram bans in under a month.

The fact that many of the businesses offering banning services also offered help getting accounts back, sometimes for anywhere between $3,500 to $4,000, probably doesn’t hurt either. Some users noted that they received offers of account help immediately after their accounts were disabled, and that often the Instagram account that reported them was following the Instagram account that offered help.

Instagram did not immediately reply to a request for comment, but the company told Motherboard that it was investigating sites that offered banning services, and that users should report people they suspect are guilty of that kind of activity.

If you believe your account has been disabled or banned, Instagram offers instructions in its Help Center on how to get it back.



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Instagram desktop posting test has us crossing our fingers

Instagram desktop posting is being rolled out to select users, part of the social network’s experiment to spread photo uploads from its smartphone apps. The feature – which allows users to add images to their Instagram feed from their computer – is one of the most persistent requests, though there’s a fair chance that you may not see it on your account when you next log in.

Instagram has long offered access to user accounts through its desktop site, which shows not only the timeline but Instagram Stories, direct messages, and notifications. However actually being able to add content has always required the Instagram app for iOS or Android.

Now, at least for a select few, that’s changing – at least for some parts of Instagram. “We know that many people access Instagram from their computer,” a company spokesperson told Engadget. “To improve that experience, we’re now testing the ability to create a Feed post on Instagram with their desktop browser.”

It’ll mean the ability to upload a picture, or several pictures, saved on your computer through the browser-based Instagram interface. As with the phone version, you’ll be able to make edits – such as crops and rotations – along with add the usual bevy of filters before posting. However there’s no way to add content to Instagram Stories, the ephemeral shares which delete automatically after 24 hours, from the desktop at present.

While smartphone photography may have eclipsed more traditional cameras in recent years, that’s not to say the ability to upload images to Instagram from the desktop is of less use. If you’re managing a business account, for example, it can be easier to deal with pictures, text, and hashtags with a full-sized keyboard on hand. There’s also the potential for more meaningful scheduling and other automated publishing features, though how amenable to that Instagram may be remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, that all hinges on whether the company decides this is a successful experiment. Instagram hasn’t said how many people should now be able to upload from the desktop, or how many it has in mind for its overall trial of the option. The company does run regular tests on smaller groups of users, such as when it trialed the ability to hide “likes” on both individual’s own posts and the timeline as a whole.

Sometimes that can result in inadvertent confusion, mind, such as when one trial of like-hiding that Instagram meant for a small group was rolled out to a much larger cohort of users. The company admitted at the time that it was an error, and rolled it back, though added the option to all accounts in May of this year.

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Cross your fingers, Instagram is widely testing desktop uploads

Since its inception, Instagram has been a mobile-first app. While it has a website where you can look at your feed, watch Stories, and chat with your friends over DMs, you can’t post photos.

Well, that’s about to change as the company is rolling out a desktop upload feature to select users. Multiple people on Twitter noted that they’re seeing this function appear for them on Instagram‘s desktop site.

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Last month, developer and leaker Alessandro Paluzzi tweeted about this feature being tested internally. However, Instagram has now confirmed this development:

We know that many people access Instagram from their computers. To improve that experience, we’re now testing the ability to create a Feed post on Instagram with their desktop browser.

From the looks of these early screenshots, you can upload multiple photos, edit them, and apply filters to them without having to switch to the mobile app. At the time of writing, I haven’t seen this feature for my account, so I haven’t been able to test it. We’ll update this story when it rolls out more widely.

Back in 2013, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said, “We do not offer the ability to upload from the web as Instagram is about producing photos on the go, in the real world, in real-time.”

Anyone who’s spent time on the platform over the years knows this is not how most creators use Instagram lately: they edit a lot of content using professional tools on their desktops before beaming it to their phones to upload.

As such, this new development should be a boon to those folks. If you’re looking for authenticity in your feed, you’ll want to check out alternatives like Dispo.

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Twitter just prioritized iOS over Android again for Instagram

This week the folks at the development office at Twitter opened the gates to Instagram. If you’re using an iOS device, you can now share Tweets from your Twitter app directly to Instagram Stories. This should curb the use of screenshots of Tweets in Instagram stories, as the developers at Twitter suggest. They said “pls stop posting screenshots of Tweets on IG Stories,” so they were nice about it!

This is the latest upgrade to the iOS version of Twitter – an acceptance of Instagram and the fact that Twitter users also use Instagram. Before now, it was almost as if Twitter did not want users to interact with other social networks – at least those run by Facebook.

There’ll also be a tested feature in the iOS version of the Twitter app re: stickers. It’ll allow users to share a Tweet as a sticker in Instagram – appearing first in the Tweet share menu for iOS.

To gain access to this update, make sure you have the latest version of the Twitter app on iOS. This update came with the June 18, 2021 version of the app. Twitter developers didn’t say much about said feature in the update in the app store, suggesting that they “made improvements and squashed bugs so Twitter is even better for you.”

This update also integrates Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces. Applications for these features will begin rolling out this week, allowing creators to create a “direct relationship with your most engaged followers.” Pricing per month includes $2.99, $4.99, and $9.99 tiers – all for the Super Follows as such.

If you’re looking at Ticketed Spaces, you’re looking at prices between $1 and $999 (per ticket), with a revenue share of “up to 97%” for the creator. UPDATE: That revenue share goes for Super Follow prices, too. Twitter will always take a cut. All of this is AFTER the cut taken by the platform on which the app is hosted – meaning iOS (Apple) or Android (Google), and etcetera.

FOR NOW, Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces are available to SOME users in the United States for the iOS version of the app. There’ll be a new Monetization button in the app’s sidebar on iOS that’ll give users access to these features as a creator.

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Stop screenshotting, Twitter can now share your tweets to Instagram

There’s always that ONE friend who posts screenshots of their tweets to Instagram to score some much-needed validation. If you don’t have such friends, you probably are that friend.

Now, Twitter is testing a way to share tweets directly to Instagram. The company announced last night that it’s rolling out this feature to its iOS app for now. When you’ll hit the share button under a tweet, you’ll see the Instagram Stories option pop up.

This feature gets you out of the hassle of taking screenshots and posting them on Instagram. Plus, it saves your phone storage from being clogged with screenshots.

Twitter and Instagram have had a love-hate relationship in the past. Twitter’s co-founder and current CEO, Jack Dorsey, was a fan and a big proponent of Instagram when it launched. He had even advised the company to buy the photo-sharing service. However, as we know, Facebook finally sealed the deal by offering $1 billion.

Years ago, you could cross-post your Instagram photos on Twitter easily, and they’d show up as cards in tweets. However, in 2012, Instagram pulled the support for them in order to redirect more people to its own app and website.

This tweet-sharing feature may be just a minor step, but who knows, in the future, we could see better integration between two social networks.

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