It's Time to Ditch Facebook and Start Over

Most of us have had Facebook accounts for the past few years, if not a decade. But time and bloat have turned once-beloved font of nostalgia into an onslaught of faux-sentimental sludge from strangers. So as Facebook stands poised to break itself into a bunch of different apps, we say to you: Screw it. It's time to… » 4/18/14 10:00am Friday 10:00am

Facebook Adds "Nearby Friends" to Show You Where Everyone's At

Facebook's newest feature, Nearby Friends, begins rolling out today. The opt-in app addition lets your friends know when you're close by, with the option to show your precise location on a map, if that's the kind of thing you want to share with your friends. » 4/17/14 1:06pm Thursday 1:06pm

Twitter Now Lets You Tag People in Tweets Without Using Any Characters

Twitter is growing up, and the latest new feature set includes the ability to tag up to 10 people in a photo as well as the ability to add up to four photos to a tweet. But—and this is big—those tags won't count towards the total character limit. Suddenly, tweets seem kind of big. » 3/26/14 5:10pm 3/26/14 5:10pm

Why Every Writer in the U.S. Is Now Asking Amtrak for a Free Ride

It began when writer Alexander Chee made a simple, obvious statement in an interview with the literary organization PEN: Trains are great places to write. "I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers," he said. » 2/24/14 9:27am 2/24/14 9:27am

Facebook Might Actually Be Good For Your Brain (If You're Dyslexic)

I'm not a kid anymore (unless you're being very charitable with your age guidelines), but I can only assume today's parents are telling their kids "Facebook will rot yer brains." In fact, the opposite might be true, according to a teeny, tiny little study from England. Especially for kids with dyslexia. » 2/22/14 8:00pm 2/22/14 8:00pm

Generation Like: The Kids Sell Out (But Don't Know What That Means)

The most shocking part of "Generation Like," PBS's new Frontline documentary about youth media culture, occurs when a bunch of teenagers confess they don't know what the term "sell-out" means. This term, so vital to the identities of at least three generations that had come before them, didn't register as something… » 2/18/14 5:42pm 2/18/14 5:42pm

Ever Had An Online Password Stolen?

This week, a website called haveibeenpwned launched to help folks find out whether their accounts were compromised in recent hacks on Adobe and Yahoo. The site claims to identify over 154 million hacked accounts. That's a lot of people affected by just a few hacks, of which there are more every day. Have you ever been… » 12/07/13 3:00pm 12/07/13 3:00pm

How to Erase Yourself From the Internet

If your growing weariness of being constantly tethered to the internet has become overwhelming, it might be time to scrub yourself from the social media sphere altogether. Here's how you can become a ghost on the Internet, by tracking down and eliminating your digital past. » 11/02/13 12:40pm 11/02/13 12:40pm

It's Been 365 Days Since My Last "Like"

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I used to love Facebook. When I first signed up back in 2004, I was all about it. I could find old classmates, quickly share a funny link with my buddies, and generally stay connected in a way I’d never experienced before. It only got better when they rolled out the mobile version. Then something happened. It started … » 10/18/13 2:53pm 10/18/13 2:53pm

An Open Letter to New York Comic-Con: Protect Our Secret Identities!


Last weekend at New York Comic-Con, a lot of attendees found themselves tweeting ecstatically about the convention — without having written those tweets, because NYCC had hijacked people's social media accounts that were linked to their badges. In this open letter, the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains why that's … » 10/16/13 6:58pm 10/16/13 6:58pm

Facebook is completely removing the "who can search for me" option, for those who were still using it (if you didn't have it checked, it already disappeared). Facebook says the setting is outdated now that Graph Search is live, and that everything's now controlled via your Privacy settings. [Facebook via ReadWrite] » 10/10/13 4:59pm 10/10/13 4:59pm

The Social Media Hotels Keep On Coming

People have instagrammed and live tweeted from pretty much everywhere. The peak of a mountain, the birth of a baby, the toilet. Users don't seem to crave permission. But somehow the idea for a social media-themed hotel keeps coming up, and The New York Times notes that another one started in Majorca this summer. » 10/06/13 1:41pm 10/06/13 1:41pm

7 Bizarrely Fascinating Videos From a North Korean Travel Agency

It's hard not to feel a sense of simultaneous discomfort and awe while watching the fascinatingly bizarre YouTube channel of Koryo Tours, a Beijing-based travel agency specializing in trips to North Korea. » 10/04/13 9:06am 10/04/13 9:06am