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The Evolution of Instagram | The Global Dispatch



Social media has evolved at a tremendous rate since it was first introduced to the internet. Today, one of the most impactful social media platforms is Instagram. For those who might not know, Instagram is one of the most popular image and video sharing platforms in the world. While there were other platforms that came before it, no platform allows the visibility of Instagram. Now, Instagram has hundreds of millions of people who use the platform on a daily basis. This app has gone through a lot of changes since it was first launched. Now, its usefulness extends far beyond family members and friends sharing stories.

Instagram first launched back in October of 2010. At the time, it was a platform that allowed users to share photos from their mobile devices. The photos were shared as squares. It wasn’t long until the first editing tools and filters came along. Some of the first filters that people could place on top of their photos included 1975, Earlybird, X-Pro II, and a few others. This was the big difference. It was what set Instagram apart from some of the other social media apps that were around at the time. It took two months for the app to reach 1 million users. More were signing up each day.

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Over the next two years, Instagram grew by leaps and bounds. By 2012, Facebook had taken note. Facebook had been on the market for years by this time and saw the potential that Instagram had. Even though the prospect of Instagram likes was powerful, Instagram still had no real revenue coming in. It was free to create a profile on the platform and still is to this day. Even so, Facebook decided to purchase Instagram for $1 billion. Within a few months of the purchase, the app had 80 million users. This was the point at which people realized Instagram wasn’t going away.

By the end of 2016, Instagram had more than 600 million people using its system. Instagram had become one of the biggest social media platforms in the world. Companies and businesses realized that they could use Instagram as well. Instagram had become a complete marketing tool. There were even people on Instagram who were influencers. They still exist to this day. These are profiles with millions of followers that can be used as marketing tools. This only further contributed to the growth of Instagram. Instagram is now a prime place for companies, businesses, and brands to build an emotional connection with hundreds of millions of people, growing their potential customer base. It will be exciting to watch Instagram continue to grow in 2020 and the years to come.

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2020 Watch: Will Trump lead by addition or subtraction?



NEW YORK (AP) – Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:


Days to next set of primaries: ?

Days to general election: 218



The coronavirus pandemic has effectively put presidential politics on hold as elected officials work furiously to save lives and rescue the economy.

It’s unclear when the next Democratic primary contest will take place or whether there will be another primary debate. This is President Donald Trump’s show for now as the Republican president is tasked with leading the nation through the worst public health crisis in the modern era.

Democratic front-runner Joe Biden and his allies will try to break through, but they’ll have to be content with taking a distant backseat for now as the focus stays with the dangerous business of governance in a public health crisis.



Can Trump lead an entire nation?

Trump has spent much of his presidency speaking only to his conservative base. But in the midst of a pandemic that threatens the lives of Republicans, Democrats and independents, the Republican president’s political survival likely depends on his ability to shelve the partisanship and lead all Americans.

Seven months before Election Day, it’s difficult to imagine a bigger test of presidential leadership. Trump has sent mixed signals, with strong moments in recent days, but he slipped into a dangerous bout of pre-pandemic partisanship over the weekend by threatening to withhold federal support from “the woman in Michigan” – referring to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat – and insulting her with a childish nickname on social media. His base may love it, but that kind of overt partisanship likely won’t play well in November – especially in a state like Michigan, which Trump needs to win, and among female voters.

Does the rescue package stabilize the economy?

Trump has signed into law a $2 trillion bipartisan economic rescue package that represents the largest government expenditure in world history.

This week we’ll start to see its first effects. The stakes are high for millions of Americans’ livelihoods and the November election.

History suggests that the health of the economy will decide Trump’s reelection as much as any other factor. The Dow is down more than 7,000 points since the beginning of the year, and a record 3.3 million newly unemployed Americans filed jobless claims last week.

As bad as that is, market experts suggest it could get worse. We’ll all be looking for new signs this week that the historically large stimulus helped stop the bleeding.

Can Biden work from home?

You’ve heard about Biden’s home studio by now. Well, the 77-year-old Democrat hopes to host at least one virtual campaign event each day from the cozy confines of his Delaware rec room to help avoid being forgotten as the nation focuses on the immediate challenges of surviving a pandemic.

It won’t be easy. Trump’s daily White House press briefings have quickly become must-see TV, no matter how much Democrats scream, while Biden’s low-fi events have been awkward at times if you can even find them. With the Democratic nomination nearly his, this isn’t the way the former vice president wanted to launch the next phase of his campaign.

How do they raise money?

Trump and Biden suddenly find themselves navigating perilous terrain as they eye the mountain of campaign cash they’ll need to ramp up their campaigns.

What used to be a routine request for political cash could now come across as tone-deaf or tacky with millions of Americans out of work and death tolls rising.

Our colleague Brian Slodysko reports that the challenge is particularly acute for Biden, who is holding virtual fundraisers via video conferences that lack the exclusivity and tactile nature of an in-person event.

Should Biden lock up the nomination, the former vice president will be immediately tasked with building out a nationwide campaign that’s strong enough to compete with Trump’s mammoth organization. Coronavirus or not, he can’t afford to wait.



This is a moment in American history that should transcend politics. While politics may feel trivial at the moment, the decisions and strategies Democrats and Republicans adopt today will set the landscape for the November election – and with it, the direction of American leadership for years to come.


Catch up on the 2020 election campaign with AP experts on our weekly politics podcast, “Ground Game.”

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In coronavirus times, have Americans found a shared experience? – The Denver Post



As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace — and, for public figures, quite practical — to point out how, unlike most major events in the 21st century, this was an unusually communal moment.

There is power and authority in invoking shared experience, whether it comes from the president (“We are all in this together”), the governor of New York (“Nobody’s alone. We are all in the same situation”) or a random Pittsburgh disc jockey (“Everybody’s in the same boat”).

Even while at odds, Americans crave shared experiences — an understandable yearning for a nation quilted together from an unlikely patchwork of backgrounds, traditions and beliefs. And shared adversity can unite people.

But as it unfolds before us, is this period actually that increasingly rare of things — a genuinely shared American experience, a touchpoint that touches all? In an age of fragmentation, what might that mean?

It’s hardly news that many facets of American life have splintered in recent years — not only politically, but in an on-demand culture swimming in social-media echo chambers, endless news sources and confirmation biases around every corner.

Now, tens of millions of Americans are facing the same thing, yet in entirely different ways, and deliberately avoiding each other in the process. The unity that comes in the togetherness part of shared experience — as when so many people congregated in their own communities after 9/11 to mourn — is, for many, entirely absent. It’s a contradiction: We, if a “we” is even possible in such a diverse republic, are experiencing this together — separately.

“What we’ve got is a situation where we’re supposed to physically isolate, but we’re socially, electronically connected in dramatically new ways,” says Daniel F. Chambliss, a sociologist at Hamilton College in upstate New York. “The trick is, are they actually thinking of things in the same way?”

Almost certainly not, at least not yet. There is evidence so far — both philosophical and practical — that these disruptive times are not a mass uniter.

As of this weekend, cars with New York plates were being stopped in Rhode Island and their occupants directed into quarantine — hardly a we’re-all-just-Americans moment. Some Midwesterners are upset that the coasts aren’t isolating enough. In Pennsylvania, the less-affected west looks at the turnpike that crosses the state and wonders what’s headed its way.

And that’s only geography. Economic stress, too, dictates whether an experience is shared: Those isolating on a one-acre suburban property are facing different days than their fellow Americans in low-income housing or 40-story apartment buildings. For the homeless, living out a “quarantine” on the street is hardly a unifying moment.

The shared experience is not on a shared timeline, either. The saga is unfolding in very different stages in New York City than in Middlesboro, Kentucky or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and that fact interrupts any shared experience even if self-isolation connects it.

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Instacart Shoppers Plan Nationwide Strike On Monday Over Coronavirus Concerns – CBS San Francisco



SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Instacart shoppers say they’ve been busier than ever during the coronavirus pandemic as many are making grocery runs nearly everyday, but the associated health risks have also become greater than ever.

“Any shopper that does go out, they need to know yeah, they are risking their health and they should be paid and properly given the things that they need to do so,” said Instacart shopper Sarah Polito.

The upstate New York resident says the nationwide strike will be more like an invisible picket line. Instacart workers say they won’t use the app and hope that shoppers join them in doing so, so that the company starts to hear their demands.

Polito is part of a group called Gig Workers Collective, which is calling for the nationwide strike Monday. Among the demands are providing workers with personal protective equipment (PPE), providing at minimum hand sanitizer, as well as an extra $5 per order in hazard pay.

The San Francisco-based delivery app responded Sunday, saying it would distribute health and safety supplies to its full-service workers. They will also launch a new tip setting to help shoppers earn higher, consistent tips.

The company also said new COVID-19 measures include no-contact deliveries and a month-long extension of a policy giving 14 days of paid leave to workers diagnosed with coronavirus or those who’ve been ordered to self-isolate.


In a statement to KPIX, Instacart said:

“The health and safety of our entire community — shoppers, customers, and employees — is our first priority. Our goal is to offer a safe and flexible earnings opportunity to shoppers, while also proactively taking the appropriate precautionary measures to operate safely. We want to underscore that we absolutely respect the rights of shoppers to provide us feedback and voice their concerns. It’s a valuable way for us to continuously make improvements to the shopper experience and we’re committed to supporting this important community during this critical time. We’ve made a number of significant enhancements to our products and offerings over the last few weeks that demonstrate Instacart’s unwavering commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of the entire Instacart community. And, we will continue to make additional updates over the coming days, weeks and months.”

“We’ve been asking for sanitizer for weeks. They didn’t address a lot of the other demands that we had, such as the hazard pay,” said Polito.

The group called Instacart’s response “a sick joke” in a post on Medium, and said the strike is still on. The group said the average pay per order is well under $10 and workers should not be risking their lives for pocket change.

“To see them exploit their workers the way that they are and just treat them the way that they are during a crisis, it speaks volumes about them,” said Polito. “I want to continue to fight for all the other shoppers out there the ones that are too scared to speak up.”

Meanwhile, Instacart is also trying to hire more than 300,000 workers, more than double its workforce. The company said orders have surged by 150% year-over-year, in the past weeks.

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