Posts Tagged ‘Instagram’

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I woke up Saturday morning like most people–in a great mood. It was the weekend, college football was on, and the night before I had setup a time and location to meet Tarron and Jordan in the subway to stream one of their performances live. If you missed it, Tarron and Jordan are two extremely talented kids who sing and play the bucket drums on the subway for money. A couple days earlier I had posted one of their videos on SubwayCreatures and it went viral. I was not only impressed with their performance but I wanted to help them out by giving them more exposure and hopefully finding them a connection in the music industry. I even setup a GoFundMe account that I was going to surprise them with so anyone watching on the live-stream could donate towards their performance. After an extensive online search and some help from random people, I was able to track down their mother on Facebook. I confirmed it was definitely her and she was very receptive to the idea of Tarron and Jordan live-streaming their performance so we made arrangements to meet the following day at Grand Central Station. The next afternoon I arrived a little early to the entrance of the Shuttle on the Grand Central side when I realized I had a huge problem. I wasn’t going to be able to stream anything live because my phone wasn’t getting service. I noticed there was a “Free TransitWiFi” sign on a subway pole and figured it was my only option to make this happen. I proceeded to link my phone to the public, non-secure WiFi connection…

 

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After 15 minutes of waiting around I texted Tarron and Jordan’s mom and she told me they were already there. I searched everywhere but couldn’t find them and realized they must have been performing somewhere else and didn’t have their phones out. It was like two ships passing in the night. I gave it another 30 minutes and called it quits. No live-stream performance. No GoFundMe surprise. The worst part? Once I finally got cell phone service back the emails were already piling up with fraud notifications. I remember showing my friend who I was with and saying, “this is not good at all!” My gmail accounts already had their passwords hacked and changed as well as my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I knew I was fucked.  I immediately had to troubleshoot every account and answer all the correct security questions to gain access and create new passwords. That’s when I tried to login into the SubwayCreatures Instagram account and received the notification ‘the username SubwayCreatures does not exist’. I tried a few more times but kept getting the same result. I frantically called my girlfriend and asked her to go on Instagram and check SubwayCreatures and she confirmed the worst. It had been wiped.

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I can’t really explain the feeling that hit me in that moment. Something less than finding out your dog died but something gut wrenching enough to make you realize this could be a huge game changer in your life. I don’t want to sound dramatic but SubwayCreatures is something I created and have been building all by myself for 7 years. It’s my baby. It’s something I never thought would get as big as it did and I’m so proud of it…but now I might have to start all over again. It’s something thousands of people enjoy looking at every day saying to themselves ‘that’s SO me’ or ‘I can totally relate to the person in that situation’. It’s as I like to call it, people watching from the safety of your phone. And whether you agree or disagree with the concept of the page, there’s this bad car accident phenomenon that makes you not want to look away. The point of this post is not for anyone to feel bad for me and I grew up with the philosophy that self-pity will never help anyone achieve anything. This is, after all, just an Instagram page and I will start over and build it up again if I have to. I simply want people to hear this story so they don’t make the same mistake I did. Make sure you only use a secure WiFi and protect yourself on all your devices. A lot of people always say ‘that will never happen to me’ and I can honestly say I was one of them. This situation could have been a LOT worse but it was still a lesson learned the hard way so please learn from my mistake.

 

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What’s next? I’ve sent multiple messages and emails to Instagram and Facebook but as of this post have not heard back. I’ve also reached out to a couple other popular Instagram accounts I’ve heard this has happened to just to see what their approach to the issue was. If you have any ideas or connections I would love any help I can get. Please send me and email at SubwayCreatures@gmail.com. It’s a helpless feeling but I’m not going to stop trying until Instagram or Facebook straight up tell me it’s gone and there’s nothing they can do. When that happens, I’ll start the account all over again. Either way, SubwayCreatures will be back.

 

 

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So Instagram Decided To Remove My Post Of The Guy With The Hog

Posted: March 31, 2016 by subwaycreatures in Funny
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What the fuck Instagram?? Does this mean you’re taking down every post of a chick who isn’t wearing a bra under her shirt too? Or any of the other softcore porn all over Instagram? I would hope not but then don’t deny this guy of his glory. So what if it looks like he’s got a banana in his pocket–for all you know that’s exactly what it is. Jon Hamm over here was on his way to Instafame and now he’s been relegated to a blog post. No Justice, No Peace! Just remember… #BigDickedLivesMatter

Kim Kardashian Or Anastasia Ashley?

Posted: October 18, 2013 by subwaycreatures in Sexy
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Sorry guys, going the other way with this one. Anastasia Ashley just put Kim to shame if you ask me. And this is coming from an ass man! Kanye can have that. ANASTASIA, I’M ON MY WAY HOME!

 

 

Remember Anastasia Ashley? She’s the chick who twerks all over the beach while warming up before surfing competitions. Well she’s using her ass-ets to break the Instagram machine today.

 

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Mother of God…no really, she has to be the Mother of God. My case of the Mondays is officially gone!

EliteDaily: In what seemed like a good idea at the time, the owners of Instagram took 23 million shares of Facebook valued at $700 million as part of their $1 billion acquisition. This has certainly backfired, as the shares, then valued around $30/share, are now hovering around the $20 mark. This means the owners have lost approximately $300 million on the stock. Ouch. Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are far from hurting, as they also took $300 million in cash in the deal. The deal went down in April, and Facebook released its IPO on May 18th, when the stock was valued at $38/share. The shares reached $42/share on the day of the IPO, which had the deal valued at $1.266 billion at that point, but the shares finished flat and have declined ever since.

 

As Facebook stock continues to plummet, it looks like people are jumping ship. This week, Facebook Board of Directors, Peter Thiel, sold off $400 million worth of his stock. Then, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz sold off $9 million of his shares. THEN, we found out that the Instagram founders who invested in Facebook have lost $400 million already in their stock. I know they still have $300 million in cash but $300 million just isn’t the same as $1 billion. Isn’t this the point where guys start jumping off the roof of their penthouse suites or swallowing the end of a shotgun?

Here’s what I recommend for anyone still interested in buying Facebook stock. You pay me money, I’ll slap you in the face, you go home and call it a day!