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Is Twitter cool enough to enter the private messaging wars?

Twitter gets a lot of things right. Everyone’s favorite microblogging platform kills it when it comes to facilitating real-time public conversations and spreading information. One indication of...

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Basketball-loving Dustin Hoffman parody account is permanently benched

It is with heavy hearts and an insistence on sound fundamentals that the Daily Dot says goodbye to one of the greatest parody Twitter accounts of all time. Last night around 6:45pm ET, @BballHoffman,...

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Instagram joins Twitter in the messaging wars

Mere hours after Twitter announced a tweak that allows users to send photos in their private messages, Instagram released the details of its own messaging update: namely, the new ability to send a...

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Follow 5 Internet addicts as they spend a week without their fix

It’s a simple experiment, but the results are astounding: take the Internet away from those addicted to it, and changes take place practically overnight, as a Mother London camera crew observed when...

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Is the Interstellar Selfie Station the future of selfie technology?

2013 was the year of selfie reflection, and everyone from President Obama to this mischievous sea eagle indulged. There’s only one place left to go from here: space. The Interstellar Selfie Station...

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Twitter's new block function poses a major privacy problem

Let’s say someone on Twitter is spamming you with hostile message after hostile message, then retweeting your posts to his friends, who follow suit. What do you do? Normally, you’d just hit the block...

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'Call of Duty' player sets new standard for tournament screaming

Don’t know where gamers get their reputation for poor sportsmanship? This guy certainly deserves a share of the blame—and should be handing out free earplugs to his opponents. Brian Nihill of Team...

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Can this lost bear on Twitter find his way back home?

Photo via losttoys.tumblr.com Something caught the eye of Lauren Bishop Vranch, a London-based marketing director, while she was on the East Coast train at Kings Cross: a stuffed bear, its fur...

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Thanks to the Internet, this lost lion is finally home sweet home

There are plenty of reasons to be wary of the big bad Web, but, occasionally, the heartwarming actions of a few users help to restore our faith in humanity—if only just a little. Such is the case of...

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Seth MacFarlane mocks hysterical fans as 'Family Guy' resurrects Brian

You may recall that last month saw a grassroots Internet campaign to resurrect Brian, an acerbic talking dog from the animated sitcom Family Guy, who was summarily killed and replaced in a...

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Twitter reportedly close to announcing 'edit' feature, with a few catches

Forget about the photo-messaging wars for a moment. Over on The Desk, blogger Matthew Keys confirmed with three Twitter sources that the company is close to cracking a more significant problem for the...

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Let's talk about sex with #SexTalkTuesday

It’s 4:30pm, and legendary porn star Nina Hartley wants to know what Twitter thinks about group sex. I'll get the ball rolling. Here goes: Q1: What seems to be most exciting about threesomes and...

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For fired chef, revenge is a dish best served on Twitter

Rarely is it ever a good idea to jump onto your former employer’s Twitter account to publicly lambast the company for which you used to work after being summarily fired from your post. But in the case...

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The heartbreaking final tweets of an overworked copywriter

In June of 2011, Mita Diran wrote “an open plea” on her Tumblr: “Tonight, I carry the keys to the office for the eighth day running. I’m still here. I have no life. Someone please take me out for...

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Angel Haze bucks her label, leaks new album on the Internet

Is “pulling a Beyoncé” the new business model for musicians? On Friday, Bey pulled off quite the feat, and covertly released her latest album online. She made people dust off their iTunes account, and...

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Sometimes even fanfic tags are works of art

Sure, fanfiction is transformative, it’s often subversive, and it’s frequently very serious. But one of the reasons we love fanfic here at the Daily Dot is its whimsical side.  The Archive of Our Own...

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Everything insane about Bitcoin in 1 glorious Twitter feed

By now it’s clear that Bitcoin, aside from making a few people rich and bankrupting a couple others, is the focal point for an entire manic subculture. Almost any message board has a thread devoted to...

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The case for (and against) a Twitter edit button

This week, rumor hit that Twitter was set to release an Edit button. Just as quickly as the typo-plagued masses rejoiced and the tweeting purists cursed the network, a “not so fast” was issued by tech...

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This is the depressing life of an average Twitter user

Have more than one follower on Twitter? Congrats—you're famous. And if you’re lucky enough to have a thousand or more, you’re practically Twitter royalty, at least according to O’Reilly Media Radar’s...

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Watch LeVar Burton read 'The Night Before Christmas'

We just got a fantastic holiday treat from the man who made reading fun for an entire generation. Former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton took to YouTube to read a Christmas classic for his viewers....

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