You are here
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPimagine
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.
The goal of #WHPimagine was to bring your wildest dreams to life through surreal photos and videos. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.
Creating a Digital Short Film with @madhatterzero
To see more of Natalia’s life as a film student, follow @madhatterzero on Instagram.
As a student at the Moscow Film School, it only made sense that Natalia Gurkina (@madhatterzero) enter the #TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, a digital short film competition. “I couldn’t imagine a reason why I wouldn’t participate,” says Natalia, whose 60-second film “Confession” — a love story within a story — was the Jury’s Choice Award winner from the Toronto International Film Festival @tiff_net). Her inspiration came from the theme of love — and the reality of shooting on a mobile phone. “The idea just appeared in my head, like I’d seen the whole movie already and we just needed to film it,” says Natalia. When it comes to making a film for Instagram versus the big screen, the difference is clear: “You need to say everything you want in a short time,” says Natalia. “It should be clear and bright.”
Music, New Albums and Afropunk with @sza
To see more from SZA at Afropunk, follow @sza on Instagram.
SZA (@sza) grew up surrounded by music, but it wasn’t until her early 20s that she knew she wanted to be a musician. “My dad had a super wide range of eclectic tunes,” says the artist, who grew up in New Jersey. “Music was definitely in my house and around me, but never by me.” Fast forward a few years, and that’s all changed — SZA has just released her debut studio album, Ctrl, and is in Brooklyn, New York, this weekend to perform at Afropunk (@afropunk).
“Afropunk is the culmination of every strain of influence I’ve ever encountered in my life bottled into one huge expression,” SZA describes of the festival, which began in 2005 as a documentary about the African-American punk rock scene, and has since expanded internationally, celebrating black music, art and activism around the world. Though she’s attended and performed at Afropunk before, “I still have so much room to grow,” says SZA. “I’m excited to give people what they deserve on an emotional and sonic level.”
By Satwik Shukla, Product Manager & Tessa Lyons, Product Manager
Over the past year we have taken several steps to reduce false news and hoaxes on Facebook. Currently, we do not allow advertisers to run ads that link to stories that have been marked false by third-party fact-checking organizations. Now we are taking an additional step. If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook.
This update will help to reduce the distribution of false news which will keep Pages that spread false news from making money. We’ve found instances of Pages using Facebook ads to build their audiences in order to distribute false news more broadly. Now, if a Page repeatedly shares stories that have been marked as false by third-party fact-checkers, they will no longer be able to buy ads on Facebook. If Pages stop sharing false news, they may be eligible to start running ads again.
False news is harmful to our community. It makes the world less informed and erodes trust. At Facebook, we’re working to fight the spread of false news in three key areas:
- Disrupting the economic incentives to create false news;
- Building new products to curb the spread of false news; and
- Helping people make more informed decisions when they encounter false news.
Today’s update helps to disrupt the economic incentives and curb the spread of false news, which is another step towards building a more informed community on Facebook.
I've spent a bit of time setting up Linux (in my case, CentOS) as a home router due to frustrations with home routers available on the market. This was both a good exercise and a bit of nostalgia from my early days with Linux. Once I'd finished getting the basics set up, I wanted a way to track various statistics, such as network traffic, disk usage, etc. The venerable Cacti is certainly an option, but that's feeling a bit legacy these days.
"Always give 110%." Many of us have heard this growing up, and throughout our entire professional careers. Although this is good advice on one level, it can also hurt our chances for success if taken to an extreme.
Although attending college is not required for success in software development, college programs can provide a great deal of useful information in a relatively short period of time. More importantly, they are designed to cover all necessary concepts without the knowledge holes some self-taught practitioners suffer. College programs also often include theory and history, which can form the foundation for professional exploration and decision-making.
Going Behind the Scenes at the VMAs with @fifthharmony
To see more action from the Video Music Awards, follow @fifthharmony on Instagram.
This year’s MTV Video Music Awards (@vmas) are already underway, but the women of Fifth Harmony (@fifthharmony) find it hard to believe they’re really here. “It still doesn’t feel real. This is such a monumental moment for us,” says Dinah Jane, one-quarter of the group with fellow musicians Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui. The singers have come a long way since they got their start as contestants on “The X Factor” in 2012 — and are proud of it. “We have gotten our power, and love music more than ever,” says Normani. “We earned our place.”
This year at the VMAs, “Down,” featuring Gucci Mane, the lead single from Fifth Harmony’s third studio album, won “Best Pop” and was also nominated for “Best Choreography”. “We hope our fans really connect with the new album,” says Ally. Adds Lauren, “We want our fans to turn to our music for messages of empowerment, inclusion and dope energy all around.”
The Week on Instagram | 299
- Fast Company: 25 Brands That Matter Now
- Tech Crunch: Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability
- CNBC: Billionaire Bill Gates just joined Instagram, weeks after Jeff Bezos
Around the Community
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPimagine
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.
Time travel, outer space, a parallel universe — the goal this weekend is to bring your wildest dreams to life through surreal photos and videos, like this one by Ginebra Siddal (@ginebrasiddal). Wherever your reveries take you, here’s how to get started:
- Create dreamlike compositions with textures such as gauzy curtains, or seek out otherworldly settings, like a foggy morning or a reflective pond.
- Does fantasy inspire your makeup and fashion choices (or even those of a pet)? Show off your most imaginative styles, or create a new personality and a look to match.
- Start in your Instagram Stories camera to experiment with transforming the world around you with tools like stickers and face filters, and then share your favorite creation to your feed.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPimagine hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
How Artist Kayla Briët Creates Her Own Narrative
To see more from Kayla’s life and work, follow @kaylabriet on Instagram.
“I was raised in a multigenerational home, under the same roof with my mom, dad, aunt, uncles and grandparents,” recalls Kayla Briët (@kaylabriet), a 20-year-old filmmaker, composer and artist from Southern California. “On my mother’s side, I’m Dutch-Indonesian and Chinese. My father is Anishinaabe, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas. One weekend, my grandma would be teaching me how to fold dumplings, and the next weekend, my mom would be sewing me a traditional outfit to wear at a powwow. My dad would teach me different dance steps; I loved being immersed in the sounds of the singers and the heartbeat of drums.
“But growing up with these different backgrounds was really confusing. I never felt like I was enough — I was not Chinese enough, Indonesian enough or native enough. I lost my voice because I didn’t really fit in anywhere. To form my own narrative, I learned the stories of my heritage and culture and connected them together. The first medium that gave me a voice was music — I could create my own worlds through soundscapes and songs. Then I taught myself filmmaking, because I wanted to explore the power of a visual form. Through storytelling, I’m able to explore identity and how fluid it is. We’re all ever-changing, like chameleons.” #WhereIComeFrom
By Oren Hod, Product Manager
People come to Facebook to experience, share and talk about some of the most important moments happening in their lives, communities and around the world. Many of these moments are reminiscing past memories and moments between friends.
Since launching On This Day more than two years ago, we’ve learned that there are many different types of memories and moments that people enjoy revisiting and celebrating, which is why we are excited to share that we’ve added two new ways for people to relive meaningful memories and celebrate special moments on Facebook.
Recapping Your Memories
We’ve launched a new experience that packages your recent memories in a delightful way for you to enjoy and share. For related recent memories, we will bundle them into a monthly or seasonal memory recap story. Like On This Day, these memory recap stories will show up in News Feed and are shareable.
Celebrate Your Friendships
We’re launching a new way to celebrate the actions that connect you and your community on Facebook. There are two types of moments where you may see these celebratory messages – when you make a notable number of friends on Facebook, and when your friends have liked your posts. We plan to launch more messages like this in the next few months. Additionally, these messages are currently only shown to you, but will become sharable in the near future.
Updates to On This Day and Memory Preferences
We’ve received input from people over the past two years and have worked to improve On This Day, such as making controls and preferences easier to access. On This Day is one of Facebook’s most popular experiences and we’re excited that this feature is now available to everyone on Facebook.
Finally, we know that occasionally there are some memories that may spark negative feelings that you would rather avoid. We’ve invested a lot in developing ways to filter content that will select photos we believe may be the most relevant and enjoyable to you.
We know how much people cherish their friendships and memories, which is why we approach these experiences with sensitivity and care. Our goal is to create a supportive environment that allows you to express your feelings and connect with what matters to you and your community.
In this week's top 5, we take a look at the Foreman sysadmin tool, tips for building more open startups, an open source game jam, and more.
I first installed Linux in 1993. I ran MS-DOS at the time, but I really liked the Unix systems in our campus computer lab, where I spent much of my time as an undergraduate university student. When I heard about Linux, a free version of Unix that I could run on my 386 computer at home, I immediately wanted to try it out. My first Linux distribution was Softlanding Linux System (SLS) 1.03, with Linux kernel 0.99 alpha patch level 11.
Practically since the invention of the automobile, people have been customizing their vehicles. From the fade-away fenders of the 1930s, to the hot rods and muscle cars of the 1950s and 1970s, and on to the "Pimp My Ride" era of the 2000s, people have always expressed their individualism through their cars.
Piera Gelardi Inspires Women’s Creativity with Refinery29
Piera Gelardi (@pieraluisa), the co-founder and executive creative director of Refinery29 (@refinery29), is here to empower women through creativity. “Our mission is to be a catalyst for women to claim their power,” describes Piera, who started the online lifestyle magazine in 2005 with three friends in a New York apartment. “We celebrate inclusivity and imagination, and we want our readers to be inspired, to feel great in their own skin and to find channels in their own lives to pursue their passion.”
With a strong online presence and dedicated readership comes responsibility, especially when it comes to the idea of #KindComments. “I so appreciate this mission to create a kind community, because there is so much trolling and negativity that can exist online, especially for women,” says Piera. “The world needs more messages of love and kindness, and just needs more kindness overall. We really try to put out optimistic storytelling that makes women connect with the world and with each other.”
Over the course of the past year, the project I'm working on has been using open organizational principles as the cornerstone of the work. It's the first attempt at using open methodologies inside of Greenpeace. The project, code named Planet 4, is the global redesign and development of Greenpeace's digital presence. To put it quite simply, we are building a piece of software that content and web editors will use to put Greenpeace content on the web.
Many in the open source community have expressed concern about the activities of Patrick McHardy in enforcing the GNU General Public License (GPL) against Linux distributors. Below are answers to common questions, based on public information related to his activities, and some of the legal principles that underlie open source compliance enforcement.
Python is everywhere. These days, it seems it powers everything from major websites to desktop utilities to enterprise software. Python has been used to write all, or parts of, popular software projects like dnf/yum, OpenStack, OpenShot, Blender, Calibre, and even the original BitTorrent client.
If you've ever built an online community, you know that the sheer number of options available can be daunting. Should you set up a forum, a Q&A site, or both? Would users prefer Slack, IRC, or perhaps a mailing list? Where does Telegram fit in? Maybe you should you just set up one of every available solution...