This Woman Takes Stunning (And Incredibly Dangerous) Selfies Atop Skyscrapers

I can’t even begin to understand the bravery it takes for people to climb extremely tall structures.

Of course, I know that some are complete thrill-seekers, but that kind of adrenaline rush would never be worth risking my life. The experience would be amazing if you’re into that, though — especially if you’re able to take photos from those insane altitudes.

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Self-taught Instagram photographer Angela Nikolau does just that. Although her pictures would send anyone with a fear of heights into a terrified frenzy, they are also breathtaking.

The fearless 23-year-old must be comfortable with straddling the line between life and death, because she loves capturing shots from dangerous heights.

Although the pictures are undeniably beautiful, they’re also kind of terrifying.

If she were to stumble at all, she would plummet to her death.

But it doesn’t seem to bother her, since continues to take these photos around the world in countries like Russia and China.

Nikolau flirts with the possibility of dying by posing on the edge.

So far, she’s visited places like the Mirax-Plaza in Russia, the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong, and the Goldin Finance 117 skyscaper in China.

“No limit, no control,” is a slogan she lives by, and it’s completely fitting.

She quite literally lives her life on the edge and wouldn’t have it any other way.

But if her poses weren’t giving you enough anxiety, she also does flips and other stunts while she’s up there.

I sincerely hope that she always maintains her balance.

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Can you imagine how terrifying it would be to trip and fall off one of those buildings? Me neither. If you want to check out all of her work, follow along on Instagram.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/extreme-heights-photographer/

How Facebook And Twitter Won The Indian Elections

More than half of the Indian population with access to the internet has a Facebook account.

1. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won a historic victory in what was the world’s largest democratic elections in India. Narenda Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, will be the country’s next head of government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has won a historic victory in what was the world's largest democratic elections in India. Narenda Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, will be the country's next head of government.

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But these elections have been the first where social media has had such a great impact. In the run-up to the elections, Facebook received its 100 millionth user in India. This is no mean feat, especially considering the latest figures say there are 170 million Indian who have access to the internet.

A study earlier this year also stated this was the first election that would be influenced by social media, due to the number of Indians who are active on a variety of networks.

A 2013 study by the Iris Knowledge Foundation and Internet and Mobile Association of India said: “Social media usage is now sufficiently widespread to have the power to influence the outcome of the next elections to the Lok Sabha and consequently government formation…

“With Facebook emerging as the gorilla in the social media space, the clout that Facebook users enjoy is immense.”

And indeed, 29 million Indians discussed the elections on Facebook. On the day of the elections also ran a notice reminding its Indian users that it was election day, and encouraging them to share the fact they voted.

2. Narendra Modi is now the second most-liked politician on Facebook, with 14 million likes, coming second only to Barack Obama. But there’s more to social media than Facebook.

Despite the popularity of sites like Facebook, the election hasn’t only been fought on one front. A tweet by Narenda Modi last night is already the most popular tweet in India.

There have also been 56 million election-related tweets since January 2014. To put this into context, there was only one Indian politician on Twitter during the last Indian elections.

Narendra Modi @narendramodi

India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।

4. The chart below showcases the number of times each major political party and candidate was mentioned on Twitter. Orange refers to Modi, green to Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP and blue for Rahul Gandhi of the National Congress party.

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5. During the elections themselves, many of those on social networks also uploaded images of themselves with ink-stained fingers, as a proud demonstration of the fact they had voted.

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This really was an election played out on social media.

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24 Instagram Captions For Your Summer Vacation Pictures That Are Set To Sizzle

Whereverthis summertakes you, whether it be on a beach or camping retreat, dont forget to document all of your incredible adventures.

I can confirm that those of us who havent booked vacations just yetare living vicariously through those who are already chilling in the tropics.

Wehave serious FOMO, but we know sometime throughout the summer months, it will be our turn to grace Instagram with our epic travels.

Keep on sipping pia coladas in Hawaii, or ziplining through the forest, and when youre finished, be sure to share your amazing photos.

Make your followers laugh with a pun or a clever quote about your adventures with these Instagram captions for your vacation.

For Your Tropical Getaway

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For Your Camping Trip

7. Unknown

8. John Muir

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10. John Perry Barlow

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11. Unknown

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For A Summer Abroad

13. Jon Travers

14. Unknown

15. #Wanderlust

16. John C. Maxwell

17. Unknown

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For An At-Home Stay-cation

19. Pliny the Elder

20.Steve Maraboli

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21. Unknown

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/travel/instagram-captions-for-summer-vacation-pictures/1993513/

Billy Joel And Jimmy Fallon’s Epic Live Duet Leads The Daily Links

Plus puppies, a kitty, and a bunny; our guilty celeb crushes; and the alcohol that actually HELPS you lose weight. Variety

Watch Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon use an app to create an epic rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”! – [Variety]

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The top 9 celebs we have guilty crushes on—we know it’s wrong, but sometimes it just seems so right! – [Refinery29]

Rolling Stone

“Star Wars” behind-the-scenes Instagrams reveal Chewbacca’s origin! – [Rolling Stone]

HelloGiggles

Would you wike to see a wittle wabbit named Wu get vewy vewy cwanky when he doesn’t get what he wants? Of couwse you would!!!! – [HelloGiggles]

Thought Catalog

30 pro tips from a world traveler that are completely crucial and mostly facepalm at the same time. – [Thought Catalog]

eBaum’s World

Watch two little puppies and the sweetest, most patient cat in the world. – [eBaum’s World]

Glamour

Well looky here—can you guess which celeb got a MAJOR make-under and came out looking…perfectly fine and average?? – [Glamour]

Women’sHealth

Sugars in tequila could help you lose weight?? We’ll drink to that! – [Women’sHealth]

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/kellycarey/the-daily-links-03-21-2014

You’re Going To Have Rose-Tinted Wanderlust From This Pink Lagoon In Mexico

Planet Earth is home to some pretty incredible places.

Remember when we showed you that epic waterslide hidden in the mountains of Hawaii?

Well, if that epic flume gave you a serious case of wanderlust, you might want to brace yourself.

We just came across anotherdazzlingdestinationthat will make you want to pack your bags ASAP.

There’s a pink lagoon inMexico that’ssimply mesmerizing, to say the least.

That right.Tucked away in the smallfishing village of Las Coloradas, you’ll find a white salty bankalongsideprettypastel waters that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Apparently, the lagoongets its heavenly hue from tiny microorganisms, such as brine shrimp and algae, that turn the water pink by producing betacarotene.

Between the stunning blue skies, white salty banks and whimsicalfuchsiawater, this Barbie-worthy beach is guaranteed to make you see the world through rose-tinted glasses.

Take a look at the pictures below to see this dreamy destination.

If you’ve been searchingfor the perfect way to embrace your wanderlust…


…look no further.


We just found an epic lagoon in Mexico…


…that’s filled with pretty pastel pink water.


Yeah, I know, it’s prettyhard to believe that thisbreathtaking beach actually exists IRL.


The pink lagoon is located in the small fishing village ofLas Coloradas.


…and it’s not hard to see the stunning spot makes one serious badass Instagram backdrop.


Whether you choose to wade through therosy rippling waters…


Stroll along the salty white shoreline…


Or watch in awe as the clouds reflect off the water and create a cotton candy collage of colors…


…this place isguaranteedto leaveyou tickled pink.


So on that note, I’m on my way tocatch the next plane to Mexico; peace out.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/envision/pink-lagoon-mexico-wanderlust/1581253/

After Years In Hiding, Taylor Swift Finally Reveals Her Belly Button

Taylor Swift has officially revealed her belly button, which is apparently news. The hotly anticipated shot arrived via her own Instagram account. The singer spent the weekend in Maui with the Haim sisters hiking, swimming, whale watching and aggressively instagramming the whole thing. We're impressed by the move. Posting a picture where you look better than everyone else is a classic betch move we didn’t know she had in her.

 

 

Greetings from Maui! @haimtheband

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Last year, Taylor told Lucky Magazine:

“When you start showing your belly button then you're really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing—you're only seeing lower rib cage. I don't want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I'm going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it's going to be right next to my belly button because no one's ever going to see that.”

The only other belly button picture on record is from Australia in 2012. Taylor's come a long way since those days and that questionable K-Mart suit.

Here are some other shots from the weekend: 

Read more: http://www.betcheslovethis.com/slideshow/taylor-swift-reveals-belly-button

10 Best Instagram Captions For Your Sister Date Photos This Fall

Going on sister dates is mandatory year round, but since fall is right around the corner, that’s the season to focus on. Everyone knows fall is happening, but when it comes to your sister date activities, if there aren’t pictures these days, the epic times didn’t happen. It’s time to start drafting Instagram captions for sisters just having a good time and living it up this fall.

Also, hasn’t it already been mentioned how many cute outfits exist during this time of year? Social media will be swarming with cute boots, oversized sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, beanies, and scarves. You and your sister are ready to raid the backs of your closet, get out on the town, and flood your Instagram pages. We all know the picture is just the beginning to executing a successful IG post, though. The caption brings the entire piece together. That’s sort of the unspoken rule of social media; it’s all in the captioning. So, before you think just a cute action shot of the two of you kicking leaves in the park is enough, consider adding a little extra meaning at the bottom of your Kodak moment.

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1. Roy Bean

2.Sparky Anderson

3. Alice Walker

4. Jack Johnson

5. Artur Rubinstein

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6. Isadora James

7. Carol Saline

8. Unknown

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9.   — Unknown

10. Marion C. Garretty

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Facebook’s Final Price Tag for Instagram Falls Far Under $1 Billion

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Facebook is paying well under the $1 billion price tag originally agreed upon for Instagram back when it acquired the mobile photo sharing app in April.

The final price tag — $715 million — was revealed in a quarterly investment report, filed Wednesday. According to the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook added 11 million shares — valued at $194 million — for Instagram employees at the close of the deal in September. The deal already included $521 million, consisting of $300 million in cash and 12 million shares of stock for non-employee stockholders.

Facebook’s overall performance in the stock market has disappointed, explaining the lower ticket on Instagram. The deal was arranged when Facebook stock was valued at $30.89 in April, before its May IPO.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/24/instagram-facebook-price/

You Can Now Find Out Which Of Your Selfies Were The Most Memorable

New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory proves selfie-lovers are right to assume followers want to see their mugs flash across Instagram news feeds.

Researchers devised an algorithm to predict how memorable or forgettable a photo is with near-human-like accuracy. The team members plan to take what they gathered and turn the algorithm into an app, which will subtly tweak users’ photos to make them more memorable.

Becauseallanyone wants in this life is a memorable photo.

In addition to itsnear-human-level facial memorability, the algorithm uses techniques from deep learning — like the ones that drive Siri on your iPhone and automatic photo tagging on Facebook — tosift through massive amounts of data andfind patterns on its own.

The team tested the algorithm againsthuman subjects by asking them how memorable they foundseveralnever-before-seen photos, and found the algorithm performed nearly the same.

Part of the research included the launch ofLaMem, short for Large-scale Image Memorability, a data set (the largest image memorability data setto date, in fact) that allows interested users totest the accuracyof the memorability measurement.

When you upload your photos, the demo scans your image for a few seconds before producing a heat map to show the most memorable aspects of the photo and the photo’s overall memorability score.

I went ahead and gave the “MemNet” algorithm a try with some old Instagram photos of my own, and the resultsvaried when compared tothe amount of likes they received at the time.

This photo received 111 likes on Instagram.


This photo received 88 likes on Instagram.


This photo received 260 likes on Instagram.


This photo received 109 likes on Instagram.

These photos were also posted at various times of day, which many users believe impacts the photos’ overall success rate in terms of longevity on Instagram news and activity feeds.

But, according to the memorability scale, it’s subject matter that makes the biggest difference. Compared to landscapes and skylines, selfies and subject-focused images seem to reign supreme.

Although Millennials are sure to love the impact the algorithm will have on their Instagram popularity, researchers envision developing more effective teaching resources,improving social media marketing and advertising content and even creating personalized “health assistants” for individuals who need memory assistance.

For now,instead of asking friends, “Is this Instagram-worthy?” plug the photo in to find out.

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