Instagram Is Changing, Don’t Freak Out

We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way. You’ll see this new experience in the coming months.

That’s from a blog post from March 15 by Instagram, and it’s all Instagram has officially said about when they will be rolling out their new algorithm. The key phrases here are “listen to your feedback” and “coming months.

For some reason, the internet has decided that tomorrow is the day that Instagram will introduce the new algorithm, plug its ears and yell over any feedback, and everything will implode. Yes, Instagram will be changing, but it won’t be like a switch goes off and boom your feed is flooded with crap.

People miss “on average 70 percent of their feed,” according to Instagram, and the point of the algorithm is to make sure you see more of the content you want to see on your feed. They probably won’t get it right the first time, and this means the algorithm will have to adapt over the coming months to make sure it’s actually improving the experience and that people aren’t taking advantage of loopholes or weak points to manipulate your feed.

The biggest fear is that the changes will put small, local businesses and accounts at a disadvantage, and it’s a valid one, so we’re proposing three solutions on how to deal with this big change.

1. The Hashtag Model

If you search Instagram by hashtag, you’ll find that the results are divided into “Top Posts” and “Most Recent”. It lets you quickly search through the most popular posts with the hashtag you searched for, or find a specific post by scrolling chronologically. Instagram could easily adopt that type of model for the feed if the algorithm sucks. Letting users switch between a “Top Posts” feed and a “Most Recent” feed would allow for more choices and improve the experience.

2. Search for what you want

This is a tough love one, but if you really care about missing posts from a small account that you follow obsessively, then just search their page directly. It sort of defeats the point of having a feed, but it’s a less intrusive alternative for people who don’t want to be bombarded by push notifications from every account they turn on notifications for.

3. Be Patient

Don’t panic. It’s a scary change only because we have no idea what it will look like, but it likely won’t be so drastic, and we’ll probably forget what Instagram used to be like in a few months. Yes, it could be terrible, but if that’s the case, at the end of the day Instagram will hear the feedback loud and clear and adapt.

 

Which Game of Thrones woman are you?

In exactly ONE MONTH, Game of Thrones is returning for another season of violence, drama, drinking, sex, magic, sex, dragons, and sex, and it’s going to be sexy. If you’ve watched all five seasons of this show and are still under the impression that the men of Westeros hold the power, then you need to check yourself. Yes, the battle for the Iron Throne is fought between men, but behind every man is a woman ten times as powerful and badass pulling the strings. Even forced to walk naked through the pre-sewer system streets of King’s Landing, Cersei still has more power than Tommen. And Melisandre could ask to take Stannis’ balls home and he would gladly wrap them up in a doggie bag for her.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite women from Westeros to Essos and broken down their personalities in modern-day terms. Read ahead to see which Game of Thrones woman you are!

Sansa Stark

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Boy, you sure grew up fast. You’re a naïve dreamer at heart, fantasizing about settling down with your prince charming in some idyllic castle in some fantasyland. Unfortunately, things rarely seem to work out like they do in your dreams. You rarely stay in relationships for too long, and when you do, they’re with abusive bums who are no good for you.

Every year you think you’ve grown up and moved past your childish errors, only to make the same ol’ mistakes. You are constantly being manipulated. Whenever you think you’re being clever or brave or sexy, it’s only because someone else is making you feel that way for their own ends.

Ideal first date: Dinner at the mall food court. You’ll pay because he forgot his debit card. You’ve learned to settle for less.

How you spend your Sunday afternoon: Spent crocheting your boyfriend a scarf.

Your job: Selling stuff on Etsy.

Cersei Lannister

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Family comes first. In every sense. You don’t have many friends, and the few that you do have you wouldn’t hesitate to manipulate to get ahead. Everybody knows not to cross you, and even though there’s plenty of juicy gossip, nobody would dare talk behind—or even around—your back.

Ideal first date: He overhears that your sister is getting married next weekend and asks to be your +1 to her wedding so he can get to know your extended family.

How you spend your Sunday afternoon: Looking through old family photo albums with your brother. Blacking out the faces of the family members who have wronged you.

Your job: The CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Daenerys Targaryen

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You are full of contradictions. Like a freaky blend of Bernie Sanders and Genghis Khan, you’re both the most compassionate and the most blood-thirsty person in the room at all times. You volunteer your time for good causes but in between delivering Meals on Wheels you’re on the phone firing your assistant for not separating the recycling properly. You like to surround yourself with people you trust, but are scared of taking their advice because you don’t actually trust them deep down.

Ideal first date: A romantic, candle-lit dinner where you impress and dominate your date by holding your fingers over the flames without flinching.

How you spend your Sunday afternoon: Listening to Drake’s “Trust Issues” while swiping through Bumble.

Your job: The high-powered lawyer they hire to sue BP after a big oil spill. (Also one of the dragons on Dragons’ Den in your spare time.)

Margaery Tyrell

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You’re effortlessly pretty, popular, smart, compassionate, funny, and easygoing. Pretty much the total package. You’re always smiling and polite, but beneath your carefully constructed facade you are hella manipulative. You’re the type of girl who’s never single for long, and your boyfriends’ friends and family all love you immediately—except for his mother. Other women feel threatened by you, and are constantly trying to trip you up and embarrass you in public.

Ideal first date: You surprise him with two tickets to a baseball game. Or whatever sport he’s into.

How you spend your Sunday afternoon: On the phone with your grandma.

Your job: Actress for Neutrogena commercials.

Melisandre

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You are unshakeable and give off a quiet yet powerful (and sort of creepy) sense of calm. You’ve always had this sense that everything in life will go your way somehow, and that there’s no sense in stressing about the small things. You never cared about making friends or partying in college, and the last time you went out to a bar the guy who tried to buy you a drink mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

Ideal first date: Watching a Hitchcock movie.

How you spend your Sunday afternoon: In a sensory deprivation chamber.

Your job: Life coach.

Brienne of Tarth

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You are loyal, brave, and tireless. You will defend your friends and family to your last breath, even when they don’t necessarily want you around, and are afraid of nothing except exploring your own tormented past. You are happiest alone, and look forward to growing old with your trusty old pitbull. People have always underestimated you, and although it pisses you off, you love getting a chance to prove your haters wrong.

Ideal first date: Dating is for suckers.

How you spend your Sunday afternoon: Hitting the gym.

Your job: Whatever Ryan Gosling did in Drive.

Olenna Tyrell

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You don’t tolerate drama, weakness, nonsense, stupidity, fools, children, internet videos, cute animals, fast food, hostel beds, fake jewelry, cheap wine, or social media. You’re known for your sharp tongue and sarcasm, and while everybody respects you they’re also a little afraid of you. You have a powerful inner circle of friends and family who you can joke around with, but in public you are ruthless, impatient, and always get what you want.

Ideal first date: Dinner at whatever restaurant is the hardest to get a reservation at.

How you spend your Sunday afternoon: Shopping on 5th Avenue.

Your job: President of some small, wealthy European country.

Get To Know Donald Trump in 11 GIFs

You’re probably tired of hearing about Donald Trump at this point. About his small hands, his proud heritage, and his perfectly fine junk. He’s on your newsfeed 24/7 and on the TV wherever you are, but have you ever taken the time to get to know him. Like, really, get to know him?

Because behind the hard exterior is a big softie that just wants to express himself in all the colours of the rainbow…

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The first thing to know about Donald is that he is a man of many emotions, and many facial expressions…

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And just like all of us, Donald can’t resist bobbing his head when he hears a catchy song…

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And when the beat drops, he’s not afraid to get his groove on…

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Sometimes he really lets go and dances like he’s the only girl in the world…

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But even the best of us get scared sometimes, and Donald isn’t afraid to show his vulnerable side around animals…

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Like the rest of us, he has bad hair days…

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And sometimes he needs a night of ‘me-time’ to recharge his batteries…

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Hopefully this gave you a small window into Donald’s sensitive side, because we feel he’s just misunderstood. At the end of the day, he’s just a free spirit who can’t be held back.

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PSA: “Mac N Cheese Week” is coming to Montreal

The Crispy Bacon Mac N Cheese from Taverne Gaspar

@EVERYONE EVERYWHERE IN MONTREAL. Starting Monday, March 7, there will be a food festival dedicated to most amazing of all comfort foods: Mac N Cheese. If you don’t like the sound of that, please stop reading now and go back to warming your frozen tastebuds.

Created by the people at Le Cheese, Montreal’s second annual Mac N Cheese Week will run from March 7-13, and feature delicious and inventive takes on the classic cheesy dish we all know and love.

The list of restaurants participating is over 30 and still growing, so even the most active “Mac N Cheese Hopper” won’t get bored with the offerings. We’re especially excited to try the Lobster Mac N Cheese from Suite 701 and the Bacon Mac N Cheese from Taverne Gaspar.

Here’s an interactive map with all the restaurants participating in Mac N Cheese Week so far. For those interested in taking in the beauty of Old Montreal while stuffing their faces full of cheesy goodness, we planned out a walking tour of five excellent restaurants in Old Port that ends by the water!

The only part about this festival that doesn’t make sense is that its only a week, because Mac N Cheese is the one food that nobody could never get tired of. If you’re a hardcore Mac N Cheese lover and can’t wait a week to get your fix, fan the flames of your excitement by following this Instagram.