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Why'd You Push That Button?

Why'd You Push That Button?

Author: The Verge

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Why’d you like that celebrity photo on Instagram? Why’d you leave that restaurant review on Yelp? Why’d you text in lowercase, or turn on read receipts, or share your location? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany ask real people the hard, meta, and occasionally silly questions about the way technology influences our thinking, changes our behavior, and affects our social lives. Produced by The Verge and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

49 Episodes
I have sad news today: we’re publishing the season 4 finale of Why’d You Push That Button? The good news, though, is that it’s a really great episode! Today, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (Ashley Carman) are asking what verification on social media accounts really means. To some, it represents more than a badge of authenticity. We wonder why people want to be verified and what they’re willing to do to get the blue checkmark. I tell the story of my own journey to Instagram verification (weird flex, I know) and ask my friend Michelle what she thinks about me now that I have a checkmark. Afterward, we interview Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson about verification’s origins, and then we chat with two guests who differ on the importance of verification. We talk with a content creator named Mark, who once tried to pay someone to get his Instagram account verified, and artist Joseph Grazi about his Culture Cures project and why he’s slapping anti-influencer stickers onto New York City subway train cars and platforms.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Instagram introduced its Close Friends feature, the ability for users to assign followers to a Close Friends list and only post Stories for them, nearly a year ago. At the time, it seemed like an official product response to the user behavior of Finstagrams, or accounts that people created solely to post less-curated, raw material to a select group of friends. On this week’s episode of Why’d You Push That Button?, Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman want to know how Close Friends is going. Who’s using it? Why are they using it? Is the Finsta in trouble?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Land of the Giants is a new podcast from Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network about the five major technology companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google – or “FAANG”) that have reshaped our world. Each season focuses on one of the giants and explores the ways that it’s changed our lives – for better and for worse. The first season is about The Rise of Amazon and is hosted by Recode’s Jason Del Rey. Enjoy this special preview of the first episode, Why You’ll Never Quit Amazon Prime, and subscribe to Land of the Giants for free in your favorite podcast app to hear the rest of the episode and to get new episodes automatically.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In the social media world, Instagram has dominated as the most used app in 2019, but what happened to Snapchat? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany dive into where Snapchat is after Instagram stole their innovative "story" feature, and what the people who still use it are using it for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Why do you slide into DMs?

Why do you slide into DMs?


In 2019, what's really going down in people's Instagram and Twitter direct messages? How has the behavior and usage changed over the past few years? Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman interview people who found love in the DMs and others who didn't. Later, the director of product management at Instagram reveals why people use DMs, and how Instagram makes it easier for users to slide into them.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Do you use Gmail's "smart reply" feature when answering e-mails? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany explore the world of the automated email responses and how it makes us feel as both the sender and the recipient. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In the third and final episode of the Death Online series, Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany analyze why people flock to Twitter after a celebrity dies. Guests include a reporter who is all too familiar with the phenomenon, a writer who fears the day his favorite celebrity passes, a musician we force to think about her own death, and a sociologist who contextualizes "celebrity death Twitter" in the broader history of public mourning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What happens when your robot friend dies? Ashley Carman explores the grieving community surrounding the short-lived social robot Jibo.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What’s going to happen to all of your tweets, Instagram photos, and emails when you die? To kick off a special three-part miniseries about Death Online, Ashley and Kaitlyn are in search of the perfect digital afterlife — and the skills they’ll need to clean up after themselves from beyond the grave. In this episode, they talk to an estate planner, a Tumblr star, an advice columnist, and a Why’d You Push That Button? listener who has no interest in being a Facebook ghost. Long story short: if you want to RIP, you have to plan ahead.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
People are becoming more conscious of their phone and app usage to a point that tech companies, including Google and Apple, are building software to deter them from scrolling through apps like Instagram and Twitter. On this episode, Kaitlyn deactivates her Instagram account to try and feel happier. Does it actually work? She and Ashley talk to users who have taken breaks from Instagram, a professor who studied social media abstinence, and Google to learn more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (14)

Seif El Ahouel

wow, life is hard in the US, there are plenty of cross-platform apps to use with all the features you'd want, but noooo "The Apple Ecosystem" is the place to be

Aug 20th

Pedro Abreu

ill never even subscribe in the first place, fucking normies :)

Aug 4th

Daniel B

Please stop your guests from using 'like' 3 times per sentence... guests that also call themselves writers, it's fairly embarrassing.

Jul 14th

Boris Yoffe

I totally can't get it! To buy $1000 phone because of messaging! Some people are crazy) Previously I thought that it's a joke about green and blue bubbles) and after all... there are a lot of messaging-apps which are pretty much better than iMessage.

Jul 10th

Linda Viola Li

Like the premise of the show. But please stop saying "like" so much!

Jul 9th


Really relatable episode. appreciated all the content in different perspectives. during the episode I deleted Instagram from my phone. I've kept it on my tablet for now. my tablet though I don't use everyday so hopefully this will help me start to ease off of Instagram.

Jun 14th

Pod Dammit

"If you're not visually appealing, I don't know if you can be elitist." first of all, no one should be elitist. Secondly, that's a very shallow opinion. There's much more to people than appearance. Just saying. You both seem very stuck up and rude.

Jun 14th
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That story shared in the begining! OMG! peak of the emo moment of this podcast.

Jun 5th


Let's be real, this is mostly a thing among overprivileged assholes. The rest of the world doesn't care.

Jun 4th
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