Tinder Gold and Basic Economy
welcome to heartbreak high
TikToker Charli D'Amelio leads the new Prada Linea Rossa campaign; Scooby-Doo’s Velma is officially a lesbian; only half of Gen Z say they’re exclusively attracted to the opposite sex; and how a social-media frenzy around Credit Suisse rattled its stock (blame Reddit).
WHAT’S GOING ON AT INTO THE GLOSS?, bof
Glossier insists nothing’s up, though they haven’t published since June. But even if it is coming back, what is its role in 2022? As reporter Rachel Strugatz notes, “Instagram and TikTok displaced ITG’s insider-feeling beauty coverage. Today, people will simply tell you about their ridiculous beauty routines themselves on TikTok or Instagram.”
THE INSTAGRAM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD IS A TERRIBLE PLACE TO BE, vox
When everyone on your IG is in Italy, maybe you’re better off going elsewhere…
What’s most disturbing about being in Positano is the knowledge that you have been suckered, and the realization that just because you have the means to go somewhere does not mean that you are owed anything more than the experiential equivalent of flying Basic Economy.
THESE DEVELOPERS FIXED INSTAGRAM. FACEBOOK BANNED THEIR ACCOUNTS., vice
Developers of The OG App, an app that clones Instagram without the ads, claim that Facebook and Instagram banned the personal accounts of their staff, in retaliation for making a better version of Instagram.
HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY TO FIND LOVE ON AN APP?, wsj
Suddenly, swiping is expensive. On Tinder, a Gold membership costs $74.99 for six months in some markets. “Preferred members go on 2x more dates,” according to Hinge, which charges about $64.99 for three months of its paid tier. Raya, meanwhile, charges a monthly fee for basic membership ($10-$19.99 a month), though they recently launched a beta version of Raya+ that costs an eye-watering $49.99 a month. (But the cost of matching with D-list DJs? Priceless.)
HEARTBREAK HIGH REBOOT BECOMES A HUGE HIT FOR NETFLIX AND ON TIKTOK, theguardian
A reboot of a cult-classic Aussie show from the ‘90s, the new one has become a global hit, racking up more than 33 million hours of viewing time since its mid-September premiere. It’s the fifth most-watched series in English on Netflix this week.
MORE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE USING DRUGS TO ‘ESCAPE PROBLEMS’ THAN HAVE FUN, dazed
New research from youth charity The Mix has shown that there has been a 50% increase in the number of young people taking drugs since 2021. This equates to one in three 16 to 25-year-olds using drugs in the past year.
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