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School district hires firm to monitor students' online behavior

With the epidemics of cyberbullying and Internet harassment in full swing, resulting in scores of teen suicides and other trauma, one school district in California has decided to take the guesswork...

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Watch MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech as it happened—50 years later

On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of American history’s landmark speeches. King described his vision of racial tolerance and...

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A fake Internet girlfriend, a catfish scam, and a $50,000 ransom

"Somebody help me," pleaded Kate Brianna Fulton on Twitter last month, shortly before a family friend reported her missing to the U.S. Embassy in Moldova. Soon police were combing hotels and hostels in...

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Twitter's 10 best attempts to #NameObamasNewWar

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every good war needs a good name. With most of the “Gulf” options exhausted and the conflict not yet big enough to qualify as World War III, Twitter today...

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Why settle for 'social butterfly blue'?

If you thought social media had already invaded every aspect of your life, a recent photo tweeted by Bianca Bosker, the executive tech editor of the Huffington Post, may just change your mind. Thanks...

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The super-private, open-source social network that crosses Twitter and RSS

Can anything hope to compete with Twitter and Facebook? Other social networks, like Diaspora, have tried, but all have failed. In this Wired article, excellently headlined “Man Crosses Twitter and...

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Is Foo-chan the next big Internet cat?

You’ve met Grumpy Cat. You’ve met Lil Bub. Now meet Foo-chan, a Japanese feline destined to be known far and wide across the Internet as “Disappointed Cat.” Can we get these three in one stadium rock...

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Sexist troll lists the 'Worst Women of Twitter'

Plenty of people—of both genders—are unfunny or just plain uninteresting on Twitter. The normal response to this would be to unfollow the account in question, or hey, get off Twitter entirely! Or, if...

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25 of the very best celebrity Twitter bios

It's impossible to share your life story in roughly 160 characters. Celebrities have it easier on Twitter. They're already established. They don't have to introduce themselves—you’re coming to them....

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Aaron Carter blocked me when I called him out for cyberbullying

By AMBER GORDON Sunday night I was scrolling through my Twitter stream when I came across a tweet from one of my childhood celebrity crushes, Aaron Carter. All of my followers feel free to chime in on...

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New Jersey makes it illegal for companies to demand employee social media info

With Governor Chris Christie’s signature, New Jersey last week became the latest state to pass a law preventing companies from asking for social media user names, passwords, or other account info from...

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'Must Be the Honey' is the most embarrassing rebrand ever

Combine a 1990s cartoon mascot, a rapper who peaked a decade ago, and a mediocre sugary cereal, and what do you get? “Must Be the Honey,” a social media brand reboot that was almost certainly not...

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Facebook hashtags are actually hurting your brand

A new study shows that Facebook’s implementation of hashtags has not aided in getting companies more exposure on the network. In fact, data show that people are more drawn to posts without hashtags....

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U.S. hospital rehab program pledges to treat Internet addiction

If you literally cannot live without all-night sessions burrowing through the Wikipedia rabbit hole or the constant influx of content on your Twitter feed, a U.S. hospital is offering some respite—as...

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Media babies are crying on a Twitter near you

Babies. Babies on Twitter. Media-celebrity progeny with cutesy tweets about their own poop. Why? Why? Why would you do this to your kid? Harper Estelle Wolfeld-Gosk has 6,282 Twitter followers. She's...

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U.K. firm introduces 'anti-trolling' software

British company SCM4 has unveiled an app, SCM4 Lite, that it’s billing as the “world’s first anti-trolling software.” It promises to scan “all inbound and outgoing social media messages from the...

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This is how much you can shame a corporation on Twitter for $1,000

Corporations drop ads into your Twitter feed all the time, in the form of promoted tweets. But what would happen if you turned the tables on a company that gave you terrible service by taking out...

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Shibe meme jumps the corporate shark

For more than a year now, the Internet has been producing image macros and GIFs—with varying levels of wit and success—featuring Comic Sans interior monologues from that noble vulpine dog breed: the...

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The Hater: Stop with the favorites

Toward the end of this summer, I started noticing more and more people starring tweets of mine (@carinwrites) as favorites. It correlated with the timing of Twitter expanding alerts and more people in...

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Black Twitter on Wikipedia? Thanks, but we need to define ourselves

by DR. GODDESS We've seen this story before, with the blues, rock and roll, and hip hop: Black people do something white folks find fascinating; it is co-opted and controlled; and finally black people...

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