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The First-Ever Submissions to 6 Social Media Sites

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There are many websites that are so integrated into daily life, you forget there was a time when they didn't exist. Every social media platform had to start somewhere, though. Looking back at the humble beginnings can be fun; often the first posts are mundane and otherwise insignificant. Here are six quaint examples of the very first submissions to now-popular websites. 

1. Instagram 

Oh, how time flies! In honor of their two year anniversary, the Instagram team shared the very first photo ever submitted to the app. The cute dog 'gram was taken by Kevin Systrom, the co-founder and CEO. Since then, he has posted over a thousand more pictures and acquired over a million followers. 

2. YouTube 

Here is the first YouTube video ever uploaded in all its 18 seconds of glory. It was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo and features the co-founder, Jawed Karim, explaining the nuances of elephant trunks. Since this monumental filming, Yakov Lapitsky has become a professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo. Karim launched Youniversity Ventures in 2008 to help young entrepreneurs with their new businesses. 

3. Flickr 

According to Paul Hammond, a former Flickr employee, the first picture submitted to Flickr was a test image in 2003. If you would like to see the first actual picture, it's right here. Apparently dogs are a great place to start when posting pictures is involved.  

4. Twitter 

The first human tweet came from Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter. The first tweet ever was automated and posted shortly prior. 

5. Facebook

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This isn't exactly a submission, but the first Facebook account to belong to a non-founder belongs to Arie Hasit. He is friends with Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, and apparently a big Philadelphia sports fan. 

6. Reddit

Eight years ago, the Reddit admin decided to incorporate comments onto the website. The new feature was received with trepidation. Some Redditors thought it would lead to a decline in content, while others found the comments difficult to read. One Redditor simply wrote "noooooooooooooo." The very first commenter, charlieb, also had some reservations and responded with a practically ancient meme (albeit missing the vital "???" step). 

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How to Spot the Convincing New Phishing Scam Targeting Netflix Users
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Netflix may send customers the occasional email, but these messages will never ask you to provide them with personal or payment info. You'll want to keep this in mind if you encounter a new phishing scam that The Daily Dot reports is targeting the video streaming service's subscribers in Australia and the UK.

MailGuard, an Australian email security company, was the first to take notice of the fraudulent emails. While similar scams have targeted Netflix users in the past, this current iteration appears to be more convincing than most. At first (and perhaps even second) glance, the messages appear to be legitimate messages from Netflix, with an authentic-looking sender email and the company’s signature red-and-white branding. The fake emails don’t contain telltale signs of a phishing attempt like misspelled words, irregular spacing, or urgent phrasing.

The subject line of the email informs recipients that their credit card info has been declined, and the body requests that customers click on a link to update their card's expiration date and CVV. Clicking leads to a portal where, in addition to the aforementioned details, individuals are prompted to provide their email address and full credit card number. After submitting this valuable info, they’re redirected to Netflix’s homepage.

So far, it’s unclear whether this phishing scheme has widely affected Netflix customers in the U.S., but thousands of people in both Australia and the U.K. have reportedly fallen prey to the effort.

To stay safe from phishing scams—Netflix-related or otherwise—remember to never, ever click on an email link unless you’re 100 percent sure it’s valid. And if you do end up getting duped, use this checklist as a guide to safeguard your compromised data.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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