as soon as the user puts the smartphone back in the pocket, images from the front camera are automatically uploaded as instagram stories. the inability to pick images for publication contrasts with the selective self-portrayal characteristic of instagram. the automatic publication of all images objects the narrative of the ever attractive, ever interesting self. the outcome is a distorting mirror for expressions of an idealized self that is commonplace in social media.

instagram tries to prevent automated postings. bypassing this restriction allows new content at a frequency that even the most experienced influencer cannot keep up with.