ShutterstockOn a recent train ride, my friends overheard two teenage girls talking about a trend at their school called "finstagram." No, not Instagram. Finstagram.
When they told me about the bizarre conversation, I was intrigued. A quick Google search for "finstagram" led me to Urban Dictionary, where a definition for the term was uploaded in 2013.
Apparently, a finstagram, or "finsta" as the youths say, is a secondary Instagram account, where teenagers post funny pictures, sans Valencia filters and VSCO cam edits. It's meant to be a more "real" version of Instagram, only to be shared with close, trusted friends.
Here's the full Urban Dictionary definition:
"Normal Instagram pictures are usually edited to make the people in them look really good, like whitening teeth and getting rid of acne," New Jersey high-schooler Arman Julia told Tech Insider of the trend. "Finsta pictures aren't filtered and are almost always bad pictures of the account owner. They're just something fun, they're meant to make people laugh."
Here's a silly example from Arman Julia's finsta, which she co-runs with another friend from school.
"On your finstagram, you post the grossest photos and videos," Sara, a 15-year-old from New York, told TI. "And then you and your friends laugh about how funny and gross they are."
"It's a fun way to post pictures that could make another person's day," Yooree, a 17-year-old student in Florida, told Tech Insider.
follow my finstagram (fake insta) 2 keep up wit the latest embarrassing posts regarding my quite uneventful life!!! pic.twitter.com/SjqRib3ZjT— Yooree Ha (@yooreehaha) July 2, 2015