Liam Payne outs himself as a crypto bro; social media users ask “who is Neil Young?”after singer demanded his music be removed from Spotify (I’m sorry but this is just so funny); and Trump's new social network is quietly courting influencers (this is decidedly not funny).
THE NEW PERSONAL WEBSITE ISN’T REALLY A WEBSITE AT ALL, atlantic
I’ve never given all those “link-in-bio” pages much thought, but it’s actually a really interesting cottage industry…
An explosion of companies sporting names such as Shorby, Linkin.bio, Beacons, Tab Bio, and Koji—Rockelle’s tool of choice—are giving the link-in-bio a glow-up. Instead of just housing links, link-in-bios now allow their users to, say, embed a Spotify song, paywall a newsletter, and display NFTs (non-fungible tokens). These upgrades are turning the humble link-in-bio into a sprawling interactive page that rivals the capabilities of full websites.
D.A.R.E. ACCUSES ‘EUPHORIA’ OF GLORIFYING TEEN SEX & DRUG USE, nylon
Yesterday, the organization called out the HBO show for “misguidedly glorifying & erroneously depicting high school student drug use, addiction, anonymous sex & violence.” 1) This is only going to make Euphoria seem even cooler to young people and 2) I’m going to be disappointed if the wardrobe department doesn’t put Rue in a vintage D.A.R.E. t-shirt next episode.
CAN HUGO BOSS ACTUALLY BE COOL?, nyt
Hugo Boss is trying to recast itself not just as cool, but, according to the Times, Gen Z cool. Not entirely sure what that means, but I know it involves Hailey Bieber.
Mr. Grieder’s new vision for Boss began with the creation of two distinct lines intended for different audiences. “Hugo” is a new street-wear-leaning option for Gen Z shoppers replete with bucket hats, loose-fit jeans and logo-heavy accessories. “Boss” is a line of minimalist, smart-casual looks aimed at millennials that includes earth-toned hoodies, voluminous overcoats and tailored chinos.
ULTA BEAUTY INTRODUCES SHOPPABLE SNAPCHAT AR LENS, glossy
Ulta and MAC became the first two beauty companies to use Snapchat’s new Catalog-Powered Shopping Lens, the AR filter that allows users to swipe through virtual makeup looks with a selection of different products and brands linked directly to a company’s product catalog to buy.
FASHION NOVA FIRST TO BE FINED BY FTC FOR BLOCKING BAD REVIEWS, theverge
The FTC said Fashion Nova used a third-party tool that allowed it to automatically post four- and five-star customer reviews but withheld “hundreds of thousands [of] lower starred, more negative reviews.” I definitely assumed most if not all retailers did this!
WHY CHINESE MEN WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL, jingdaily
My first thought was, “the same reason I want to be beautiful?” and, well, I was wrong: “The rise of internet buzz words that describe young men as “little fresh meat” or a “puppy dog boyfriend” (aka pretty boys) is marking a new era of male objectification.”
One last thought: