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A very personal history of getting fired over a blog

By now it’s widely understood that online behavior has real-world consequences, especially when it comes to employment. Facebook photos can getyoufired, as can a tasteless tweet or trollish Twitter...

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Daughter of missing plane's head steward holds heartbreaking Twitter vigil

The fate of flight MH370, a Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished without a trace somewhere off the coast of Vietnam, remains unclear. And though the likelihood that any of the 239 passengers and crew...

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How to stop a train with 140 characters

How would you stop a moving train if you had to? Superman used raw force, but one resourceful passenger used Twitter. Alex Burrows was riding a pendolino in Birmingham, England, last Monday when he...

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Imprisoned Saudi princesses tweet from their 'gilded cage'

Four Saudi Arabian princesses, daughters of 89-year-old King Abdullah, say they've been locked away in "gilded cages," barred from leaving their country or even their compound without permission....

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A Turkish boy's tragic death goes viral on- and offline

What does a national protest look like on the Internet? It looks a lot like the outrage the people of Turkey are feeling today over the death of a 15-year-old-boy. And as outcry over the Internet...

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College students get arrested for tweeting picture of puppy doing a keg stand

Sometimes dogs doing human things is great. Dogs in sunglasses, for instance. Dogs in jaunty sweater vests. Dogs wearing tiny hats. Dogs playing poker. Dogs riding a dog-sized skateboard. Dogs winking...

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Sheryl Sandberg concern-trolls the Internet with #BanBossy campaign

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has taken the success of Lean In one step further. Her Ban Bossy campaign’s apparent purpose is to “ban” use of the word bossy in relation to young girls, and the...

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The funniest SXSW parody accounts to follow

Five days into the melee of South By Southwest, at the Tuesday bridge of the Interactive conference and Music festival, the strains are starting to show on the weary and brave attendees attempting to...

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How traffic cops in Texas are using Twitter to slow down speeders

If you happen to live in Keller, Texas, you can forget about that expensive radar detector—just get on Facebook or Twitter. That’s where local law enforcement will tell you exactly which roads and...

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Perez Hilton and the gay movement's racial politics

BY ALOK VAID MENON Perez Hilton is at it again. After his online fight with Azealia Banks in January, the blogger caused controversy with recent tweets claiming that “inside every gay man is a fierce...

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Chelsea Handler slams Piers Morgan on live TV

Chelsea Handler isn’t about to sugarcoat anything, especially for a guy whose show is about to end. The comedian appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight, and she wasn’t happy about how host Piers Morgan...

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I tried the anonymous sexting app and it was as weird as you'd expect

Wanna pull an Anthony Weiner and sext a total stranger, except without that whole pesky compromising your marriage/reputation/political aspirations part? Try the Sext Exchange, a new project that lets...

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Don't fall for this teen's scam promising cash for retweets

Here are two things we know for sure about the Internet: It is full of porn and liars. And it is absolutely not full of people willing to give you money in exchange for following them on Instagram or...

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The ethics of embedding tweets

Christina Fox, a prolific Twitter user under the name @steenfox, posed a question to her followers: What were you wearing when you were sexually assaulted? The point was to underline how sexual...

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Anonymous Twitter account dishes dark secrets about New Media

There is, of course, no way of knowing that the gossip in the bitter Twitter feed of @ExMediaMan is accurate. There is no way of knowing if this man really exists and/or really worked for these...

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Fanartist who accused Sarkeesian of art theft banned from Reddit

Last week, artist Tamara Smith was something of an Internet hero: The woman who gave Reddit a real reason to be mad at Anita Sarkeesian by claiming that the controversial Tropes vs Women creator stole...

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#WhiteMenProtestSigns mocks today's white supremacy protests

Today, in cities across the world, disgruntled white supremacists took to the streets to protest... things. And just as predictably, the rest of us took to the Internet to mock them relentlessly. The...

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Dogecoin community raises $50,000 for clean water in Kenya

Ever since Dogecoin's inception December, users have had far more fun giving away the cryptocurrency than hoarding it. With one dogecoin worth literally less than a grain of sand (to be more specific,...

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Twitter is testing a new Timeline feature called 'Fave People'

Twitter is testing a feature for its alpha Android users to help create custom Timelines called “Fave People.” The feature lets users separate their favorite accounts into a separate Timeline. So it’s...

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Glenn Beck stands in solidarity with bronies to support bullying victim

Is Glenn Beck a brony? Thanks to his recent public support of a 9-year-old My Little Pony fan, it’s not a wholly ridiculous question. Grayson Bruce, 9, made national news this week after his school...

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