Given *gestures broadly to the world* everything, many of us are spending a lot more time on our phones, scrolling through Instagram, watching everyone we know go live, and also wondering how we can help those in need, those on the front lines, and those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, April 28, you can watch people go live on Instagram and help people at the same time, and all without leaving the app, thanks to the newly launched Instagram Live Donations feature.
The next time you go live on Instagram, you can put it towards a good cause (and no, your clout does not count). Using the Instagram Live Donations feature, users can create a fundraiser directly in the live, and those tuning in can donate directly to the designated cause. Users who have donated using the feature get access to a special I Donated sticker, which they can use on their stories for a limited time.
On Friday, May 1, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri went live on Instagram with Betches Co-Founder Sami Fishbien to talk about the Instagram Live Donations feature, how he and his family have been holding up in quarantine, and play truth or dare to raise money for World Central Kitchen, one of the foundations in Betches Media’s Good Influence Fund for Corona Relief.
And also on the live, Mosseri announced a new feature on Instagram for everyone who’s missing out on their proms. Starting Saturday, May 2, users can utilize Instagram’s #instaprom tool kit to celebrate prom virtually. They can share pictures on Story utilizing prom-themed stickers and take pics with a new AR Photo Booth effect for some added flair on Stories. Instagram is also launching a prom theme for Music Stickers, making it easy for Instagram users to find the perfect soundtrack for their virtual proms.
In addition to the #instaprom tool kit features, Instagram creators are connecting with their followers who are missing out on prom, using Challenges. Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell (@brandonmaxwell) is hosting a #PromDIY dress challenge, encouraging his followers to create a DIY prom dress design using what they have at home. Sounds like the Project Runway unconventional challenge we’re all been waiting for. Nia Sioux (@Niasioux) is hosting a #prompic Challenge, and celebrity makeup artist Katie Hughes (@katiejanehughes) is hosting a #StayHomeAndProm makeup challenge. @Instagram will also be featuring a series of prom-themed takeovers from creators sharing their tips and tricks on how to host the most memorable DIY prom at home.
Betches Media’s Good Influence Fund for Corona Relief connects our community to groups fighting on the front lines of an unprecedented crisis. We launched this initiative a few weeks ago and have raised over $59K.
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Head Pro is definitely way too old to go to your prom, which is cool, he totally didn’t want to go anyway because he’s actually going to this really chill college party. It’s gonna be, like, really mature and stuff you wouldn’t like it anyway. Email him your questions at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter and Insta at @betchesheadpro.
Dear Head Pro,
Last Saturday was my senior prom, i went with a decent bro but the hottest guy from another school came to the after party, we made out, drank and had the BEST time, in the middle of our drake induced love he asked me to be his prom date to his school’s prom, these words exactly “you’re really fun, wanna go to prom with me?” I said yes, obvsss
But then the next day we barely spoke and haven’t really communicated much since then, so yesterday I took the plunge and snap chatted him saying “hey so you invited me to prom drunk lol” he said “yeah I did” and then I said “funnn! When is it?” And he said “may 18” that.was.it. Before he showed up to my after party he would snap me often but I havent heard anything else from him, I can’t help but feel like he regrets asking me lololol helppp
Lol, he definitely regrets inviting you. As for why, that’s anyone’s guess. Chances are he had planned on asking someone else, but figured asking the cute drunk girl (fresh off the high of her own prom, no less) to prom would get him into your pants. He wasn’t entirely wrong, but because he’s an idiot teenage boy thinking with his sweaty, idiot teenage penis, he didn’t think very far ahead.
I know it’s borderline impossible for a highschooler to do, but I think you’ve gotta ask him point blank what the deal is. It’s not really the kind of thing you want to leave in limbo, especially if your parents are rich and you can convince them to buy you a new dress on short notice. Besides, going to someone else’s prom whips way more ass than going to your own. Every single boy in the gymnasium is going to spend the entire night thinking unspeakable things about you (much to the chagrin of their dates), just because you’re new. Most people go their whole lives without experiencing that level of petty satisfaction.
So yeah, do the hard thing and get it cleared up. A hot dress, some smooching, and maybe an over-the-pants handy in his car before he drops you off, and you’ll have given that dude a memory he’ll cherish AT LEAST until his first weekend in college.
Dear Head Pro,
So I had a guy I’ve known for years reach out to me on Facebook Monday (after not seeing him or talking to him for close to 5 years) and after some brief chatting, suggested the next time he goes out for me to go too. I agreed but no definite date was set. Fast forward to Tuesday, he messaged me in the evening and said he was out with some of the guys he worked with and asked me to join and after some reluctancy, I did. I had work this morning so I was just having a couple of beers but it turned into great conversation and I had a lot of fun. Well he had been drinking a lot and I didn’t want him drinking and driving so I offered to give him a ride home (he lives 10 minutes from me). He agreed and I took him home and he suggested I just stay the night since it was really late and I agreed.
One thing led to another and we had sex. He still kept chatting with me the whole night about things going on in his life, the death of a close friend, he said about us getting together again this weekend and wanted to cuddle. We stayed up till after 4:00am (I had to be up at 5:30 for work) but I took him to his truck so he didn’t have to find a ride. I pull up to his truck and just went to give him a hug goodbye and he kissed me and said “I fully expect you to be angry with me for keeping you up all night” to which I said “oh don’t worry I’m sure I’ll be texting you to complain about how tired I am. He said he couldn’t wait to hear from me.
I texted him and we did have a brief conversation just saying how much fun we had. I sent the last text and he has not responded. I never said thank you for inviting me out or I want to do it again. I guess I’m a little confused if this is just a routine one night stand or potentially more? Do I actually make it a point to go through the thank you process or bring up the idea of hanging out again or just stay silent till he reaches out again?
Christ. One nice thing about getting older is that there’s no one in this universe I’m horny enough for to even think about surviving on 90 minutes of sleep. Selena Gomez and Shay Mitchell could show up at my door with a ball of yarn, a bundt cake pan, and an oil drum full of lube, and it still ain’t happening if it’s after midnight. Sorry babes, I gotta get my 7 and a half hours.
Anyway, in this case I think you’re looking at a standard-issue one-nighter. It’s extremely funny, to me, that you’re entertaining the notion that it’s somehow because you didn’t thank him for the barely-date. Like, I’m pretty sure he took the sex as a more than adequate token of your appreciation. No guy talks to his friends after that and says “we had a nice time, and we totally did sex, but she didn’t send me a thoughtful follow-up text. SO TACKY, right?!?!?!?”
I don’t think he was ever all that into you, given that he put literally zero effort into going out with you in the first place (I missed the part in the play where Romeo gallantly invited Juliet to meet up with his bro pack). But as I often tell people here, it’s unlikely your situation would be made worse by asking for what you want, be it clarification or to hang out again. Probably, he’ll blow you off, but you never know: you could keep meeting up periodically and hooking up, leading to an unbalanced FWB situation that will cause you irreparable emotional trauma. Life is full of delightful little unexplored mysteries like that, you know?
Head Pro is definitely way too old to go to your prom, which is cool, he totally didn’t want to go anyway because he’s actually going to this really chill college party. It’s gonna be, like, really mature and stuff so you wouldn’t like it anyway. Email him your questions at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter and Insta at @betchesheadpro.