VICE News Posts a Glimpse of What It’s Like to Be a Part of Train Jam 2018

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As anyone who is a regular reader of TouchArcade probably knows, we took part in Train Jam 2018 leading up to our week at GDC 2018 last month. If you’re unfamiliar, Train Jam began five years ago and is the brainchild of developer and all around game industry bright spot Adriel Wallick and it tasks developers traveling to GDC to create a game in the 50+ hours it takes to ride an Amtrak train from Chicago to San Francisco where GDC takes place. The jam has only grown each year since it began, and this year’s Train Jam sold out an entire train’s worth of people, which equals roughly 340 riders. The folks from VICE caught wind of Train Jam and decided to tag along for the ride too. The result is this 6-minute video which captures some of the people jamming on the train and their stories, some of the gorgeous scenery, and the all-around great vibes of the entire event.

While the above video is a really cool snippet of Train Jam 2018, it definitely doesn’t encompass everything, and in all honestly you could easily make a 90-minute documentary about the event and still not be able to touch on everything. Eli attended Train Jam last year and gushed so much about it he convinced me to give it a shot this year. I was hesitant, as I live near San Francisco and so I’d be flying all the way to Chicago just to ride back on a train to where I came from, which seems a bit absurd. Also, GDC by itself is such an exhausting event to cover that tacking on an extra 5 days to allow for Train Jam wasn’t something I was overly thrilled about. However, boy am I glad I listened to Eli. Train Jam is one of the best things I’ve done in my life, and I’m going to try my best to be able to go each and every year. If the above video looks like fun to you then keep an eye out for tickets going on sale for next year’s Train Jam likely in early 2019.

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Here are the internal Facebook posts of employees discussing today’s leaked memo

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The publication of a June 2016 memo describing the consequences of Facebook’s growth-at-all-costs triggered an emotional conversation at the company today. An internal post reacting to the memo found employees angry and heartbroken that their teammates were sharing internal company discussions with the media. Many called on the company to step up its war on leakers and hire employees with more “integrity.”

On Thursday evening, BuzzFeed published a memo from Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, a vice president at Facebook who currently leads its hardware efforts. In the memo, Bosworth says that the company’s core function is to connect people, despite consequences that he repeatedly called “ugly.” “That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified….

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Instagram will make newer posts appear at the top of your feed

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Instagram’s algorithmic timeline has draw a lot of ire from users who complain about not seeing new posts in chronological order. Now it sounds like Instagram may be taking steps to change that.

Instagram announced today that it’s “making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed.” With the current algorithmic feed, you might see a post that’s four days old at the top of your feed, then have to scroll down a bit before you see something new. These changes aim to fix that.

Another change coming to Instagram is a “New Posts” button. This button will let you decide when you want to refresh your feed rather than having it happen automatically and bumping you to the top when you don’t want that to happen. Tap the button and you’ll be sent to the top of your Instagram feed to view your new posts.

These sound like solid improvements to Instagram’s feed. While it doesn’t sound like the company is switching back to a totally chronological feed, these changes should help to ensure that you see more new posts as they come in.

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Two major Instagram feed changes: new posts will show up first & no auto refresh

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Instagram is Changing the Feed Again, Will Focus on Newer Posts

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It has been two years since Instagram announced that it was changing its feed to be “algorithm-based”, which the social network said would try to show you content you were more likely wanting to see, rather than just the newest posts from the accounts you followed. Continue reading
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Instagram will improve its terrible feed by showing newer posts at the top

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Instagram made the switch to a non-chronological feed a while back, and many users are still unhappy with it. Today, Instagram says it’s rolling out some changes to make the feed less terrible. Well, Instagram didn’t call the feed “terrible,” but that seems to be the consensus outside the company. Soon, you’ll see newer posts near the top and have more control over refreshing.

According to the new blog post, Instagram is testing a “New Posts” button in the feed.

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Instagram will show more recent posts due to algorithm backlash

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Instagram isn’t quite bringing back the chronological feed, but it will show more new posts and stop suddenly bumping you to the top of the feed while you’re scrolling. “With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about” Instagram writes. It should be more coherent to browse the app now that you won’t lose your place because your feed randomly refreshes, and there shouldn’t be as many disparate time stamps to juggle. Instead, you’ll be able to manually push a “New Posts” button when you want to refresh the feed.

Instagram switched from a reverse chronological feed to a relevancy-sorted feed in June 2016, leading to lots of grumbling from hardcore users. While it made sure you wouldn’t miss the most popular posts from your close friends, showing days-old posts made Instagram feel stale.

And for certain types of professional content creators and merchants, cutting their less likeable posts out of the feed — like their calls to buy their products or follow their other social accounts — was detrimental to their business. Instagram and Facebook moved to hide these posts over time because they can feel spammy.

“Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed” the company writes. Instagram’s VP of product Kevin Weil’s tweet indicates Instagram really is listening to all the complaints about the algorithmic feed:

Interestingly, despite all the anger about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the #DeleteFacebook movement, we haven’t seen nearly as many calls to #DeleteInstagram. In fact, the #DeleteFacebook trend seems to overlook the corporate parent company that owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. Instead it focuses on just Facebook’s app, indicating that the scandal blowback might not be as much of an existential crisis.

If anything, the shift to the algorithmic feed caused much more of an uproar than any political issue or privacy scandal. While Facebook has become a core utility by bringing your real world identity to the Internet, Instagram is the pleasurable escape from that real world. And people get a lot more angry when you mess with their behavior patterns than when you highlight some abstract threat like misused personal data.

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Instagram Turns Off Auto Feed Refresh, Changes Feed Algorithm to Focus on Newer Posts

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Instagram today announced that it’s making changes to the Instagram feed algorithm to address concerns users have had with the feed for quite some time now.

Instagram originally used a chronological feed, showing the newest Instagram posts first when you opened up the app, but the company changed that in June of 2016 to display posts based on relevancy. The change caused days-old posts to be displayed in some situations, which users were unhappy with.

Starting today, Instagram is planning to focus more on surfacing newer posts, a change the company is making based on user feedback. It won’t be the same as the original chronological feed, but Instagram says new posts will show up first.

Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed. With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.

Instagram is also disabling the feature that causes the Instagram feed to automatically refresh. Instead, Instagram is testing a “New Posts” button that will let users decide when to refresh a feed.

Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are. We hope this makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable.

Instagram says additional feed improvements will be introduced over the course of the next few months.
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Instagram’s shoppable posts spread to eight more countries

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Instagram is betting on shopping as its next big step, and that means making it available beyond US borders. Accordingly, the social photo service has started trotting out its shopping feature to eight more countries, including Australia, Brazil, Ca…
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Google Posts availability expands to musicians

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Google first introduced “Posts” a while back as a way for US Presidential campaigns to reach more people via Google Search results. Today, Google announces that Google Posts are now available to musicians so fans can follow them the same way. Musicians can go to posts.google.com and get verified. Once done, they can make posts that will show in Google Search results. Google’s Blog post featured the following artists: Lorde, Steve Aoki, Sia, Son Litte, Sofi Tukker, Shakira, and Kygo. Simply perform a Google search and you can see the artist’s update in a sort of Twitter-feed kind of…

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