Column 10/26/2017, 12:29am

McCarthy: Peeking into the world of private Instagrams

When I joined the legions of iPhone users in 2015, one of the first things I did was download Instagram. Shortly after that, friends nudged to “follow my secret Insta.” Guilelessly, I did, and made my own while I was at it. My first post featured me alone at my reception job, imitating a video of someone painfully covering Ed Sheeran’s "Thinking Out Loud."

Column 10/26/2017, 12:29am

Ababiy: Why Vine was so special

It’s been almost a year since Twitter shut down Vine, yet its cultural fruit remains a kind of internet delicacy. A scroll through my Twitter timeline always surfaces a #RIPVine thread, and a dorm neighbor quotes iconic Vines like a bearded, wire-rimmed glasses-wearing poetry professor recites Shakespeare’s sonnets.