instagram yearbooks


Instagram yearbooks are a thing now because of the coronavirus

Students are encouraged to comment on posts as a way to 'sign' the digital yearbook.


Brooke Sjoberg

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 29, 2020

As many high schools across the country stay shuttered due to the coronavirus, yearbooks are going digital with help from Instagram.

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The schools’ Instagram accounts are taking submissions of its students’ photos and their prospective college logos to create a digital yearbook for seniors who are likely missing out on a physical copy.

These projects are largely being spearheaded by student body governments. Students are encouraged to comment on the posts as a way to “sign” the virtual yearbook.

The pages are also asking students to supply ideas to celebrate other milestones that have been canceled, postponed, or made digital as a result of the pandemic.

“High schoolers are creating yearbooks on Instagram where seniors can submit their portrait, senior quote, announce what college they’ve committed to, and reminisce about HS memories,” New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz first pointed out in a tweet.

While concern for the potential violation of privacy has been raised, all submissions are voluntary. Students enter their own information and select their own photo, allowing for greater control over self-presentation than traditional yearbooks.

Each school has its own approach to the design of the posts, much like the diversity of design seen in traditional yearbooks.


H/T Taylor Lorenz

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2020, 3:32 pm CDT