What I’ve been reading: w/c 24 August 2015

Why Instagram’s new image orientations is hurting itself; Facebook hits the one billion active user mark; Crown Casino injects $55,555 for local eSports; Why we don’t travel as much as we can; and demystifying Windings.

Welcome to this week’s What I’ve been reading.


Instagram is losing its identity by introducing new photo formats via The Next Web

In an interesting move, Instagram announced this week that it will allow native portrait and landscape images to be uploaded on the social media website. As The Next Web suggests (to which I also share the same sentiment), the decision will affect the identity that the Facebook-owned company has built over the last several years.

Although, I am guilty of uploading landscape-orientated Instagram images (with white bars manually added with Square InstaPic).

It’s the one characteristic that has remained part of Instagram’s identity and untouched since the beginning.

That’s why when the Facebook-owned company revealed it’s caving and letting people share in landscape and portrait as well, I couldn’t help but feel like it’s giving up part of its identity.

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For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day via Mark Zuckerberg

“On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family,” said Mark. It’s even more amazing if you consider that there are 2.8 billion Internet users globally. This number will only increase if Zuck’s Internet.org with Google’s Android One gains momentum.

Crown Casino Puts $55,555 Into Australia’s Counter-Strike Global Offensive Scene via Kotaku Australia

Australia’s biggest casino is putting up a nice little bounty for the Aussie CS:GO scene with a $55,555 (interesting number) prize pool to be decided in an invite-only tournament on October 10. You’ll have to get past Cloud9 and Virtus.Pro though – currently, two of the best teams in the world.

The biggest home of gambling in Australia is jumping on the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive bandwagon — and they’re bringing two big names to the party.

Crown Melbourne — yes, the casino — has announced this morning that they will be holding a $55,555invitational Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament on October 10.

The event comes courtesy of European eSports organisation ESL, which is responsible for a suite of tournaments over the last decade including the recent ESL One Cologne event last weekend, the largest CS:GO tournament to date.

via Kotaku Australia; source: Crown

How Can You NOT Afford To Travel? via Huffington Post

Good read about all the little excuses and reasons about why we don’t travel. From spending money on unnecessary things, to not willing to downgrade to a lesser hotel or flight, the article provides 10 good reasons why we don’t travel as often as we should.

Everyone is always trying to find the cheapest ways to travel, or complaining that they can’t travel because they can’t afford it OR my personal favorite, questioning me about how I afford it. Well, it might be your own fault that you can’t afford it, especially if you have expensive taste for handbags or fancy dinners.

via Huffington Post

How to write for any medium (from a guy who’s written for “The New Yorker,” “Saturday Night Live,” and Pixar via FastCoCreate

If you’re just starting out as a PR pro, you’ll soon notice that you’ll need to write for different mediums and audiences. This article provides fantastic insight into the mind of a successful writer (at the age of only 28) and his tips on how to write gold for any medium.

Simon Rich writes novels, essays, screenplays, and sketches—and he’s written them for some of the most respected arbiters of quality in their respective fields. Here, the prolific writer talks to Co.Create about the differences between each medium, and how to choose where an idea belongs.

via FastCoCreate

Why the Wingdings font exists via Vox

Ah Windings. No one knows why you exist in our documents. Well, Vox explains when, how, and why it was created. Fun fact: Microsoft made it popular.

Wingdings is the font made entirely out of symbols. But why?

It seems as bizarre as it is ubiquitous. What is Wingdings thinking? Why would someone want to write a comma using a mailbox? Why would anyone think we want to compose in peace signs and crosses and heart shapes?

via Vox

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