Raya’s creators did not respond to requests for comment, and neither did representatives for any of the public figures whose names are cited in this story.The controlled hush around Raya points to a paradox of internet culture: The more everyone strives for digital fame, the more those who achieve it search for ways to escape.There were plenty of non-famous people, too: artists, models, record-label employees, ad execs, photographers.Most had Instagram follower counts starting in the low thousands, or else were young and very, applicants are evaluated by an algorithm, which considers “overall Instagram influence, who recommended the applicant, and how many active Raya members follow the applicant on Instagram,” as well as a committee’s vote., supposedly to help prominent members looking for dates distinguish themselves from fake accounts.
Users’ profiles — or “stories” — are series of images set to single tracks of music, a vibe that’s more bar mitzvah slideshow than cutting-edge social network.
“Like, if a girl picks ‘Trap Queen.’”) Instagram handles are hyperlinked within profiles for easy browsing, but you can’t like or comment — if you want to engage, both of you must tap the heart on each other’s Raya profiles and hope for a match.indicator of dateability?
“If you have a million selfies, I find that somewhat off-putting,” said Molly Berman, an L.
Kelly Osbourne’s Raya profile on Instagram this week, which marked one of the first times the app has been referenced on public social media.
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