Jan sends emails! - Issue #1, from Instagram to Chernobyl

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Jan sends emails!

July 23 · Issue #1 · View online
Photography + digital world + general awesomeness. Curated from specialty cafes around Amsterdam.

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In this email: Instagram shadowban, shooting with an iPhone, cheap plastic cameras, babies you’ll meet on a plane and dogs you’ll meet in Chernobyl.

Instagram shadowban is NOT a thing
If you’re on Instagram, you’ve heard about the dreaded Shadowban. Some people noticed that their photos don’t pop up under certain hashtags they used and immediately concluded they were banned. Shadowbanned. 
Shadowbanning is a punishment for spammers on Reddit and other internet forums alike: the shadowbanned user doesn’t know they’re shadowbanned. Everything appears normal, and they can post to the forums as usual. But nobody else can see their posts. Cruel!
The alleged shadowbanning on Instagram worked a bit differently. People claimed that their followers could still see their posts, but the ban applied to hashtags — Instagram wanted to prevent them from reaching out to the users who weren’t already following them.
The truth is, Instagram had a bug. The company acknowledged it, albeit clumsily, in February. In the middle of April, Instagram claimed to have fixed it.
Just that. A bug within the app.
In the meantime, everybody and their mother came up with their folk medicine cures for shadowbans. “You need to stop posting for three days.” “You need to stop posting for three days, uninstall the Instagram app, change your password, and do a factory reset of your phone.” “You need to delete every first comment on your photos that you’ve posted yourself.” “You need to dance naked around the fire while re-watching your first Instagram stories and repeatedly following and unfollowing your ex.” 
The conspiracy theories claimed that shadowbanning is a ploy of an evil corporation that only wants your money. Or to make you look less relevant. Because, you know, why would you become an influencer on somebody else’s expense.
And it’s not over yet! People still claim they’re getting shadowbanned. If you’re on Reddit or any professional Facebook group, you already know that.
But, if there’s no shadowban, why’s the engagement dropping? 
The significant amount of activity across the platform appears to have been coming from bots — automated services that will like your content on behalf of other users who would target you through many possible criteria. Instagram has shut down the biggest of them all — Instagress. A couple of smaller ones have also received cease & desist letters.
Instagram’s updates also caused certain downtime recently, and the algorithm keeps changing. To stay relevant, we need to change as well.
So, whatever you do, don’t panic. And don’t think that, if you post a photo and it gets only a few likes, that immediately means you’re shadowbanned. Shadowban doesn’t exist. But downtime exists, misused hashtags exist, the automated likes (which you might not have known were automated) are getting cut off. Sometimes, in social media, you also need to have a bit of luck.
Stop and smell the tulips
More photography stuff
iPhone Portrait Photoshoot
Did Apple Kill JPEGs? | JPEGmini Blog
The Holga story: a cheap plastic camera made in Hong Kong and how it became a cult classic | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post
Travel
This june, I traveled to Spain, Germany, and Portugal. Let’s just say that planes are colorful places.
All the Babies You’ll Meet on a Plane | The New Yorker
9 airport hacks: how to get to your gate as quickly as possible
True Story: I Took A Vacation To Chernobyl -
Porto, Portugal
That’s it for now! If you want to discuss any of the topics above, just reply to this email. Talk to you soon!
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