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FIFA launches Twitter copyright crackdown on eve of World Cup

The 2014 World Cup isn’t just a series of soccer games, it’s a serious business. The official governing body for the World Cup, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has issued...

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Twitter and Billboard's new real-time charts document how music fans share on...

You'll now be able to see more than just trending hashtags on Twitter. You can track the most popular songs and artists as they ascend and descend the charts in real time. Billboard and Twitter just...

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Has the 'golden age of television' left women out?

BY CHRIS OSTERNDORF The Internet had a minor meltdown last week when Nerdist broke the story that Jessica Chastain would be starring in the next season of HBO's much-buzzed-about freshman hit, True...

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Everyone hates learning new things and it's ruining the Internet

Most people won’t remember this, but Facebook had a huge redesign planned for its News Feed last year. It was swiftly reduced to the smaller update everyone received back in March. Also getting a new...

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Duke porn star Belle Knox blasts Twitter for censoring her tweets in Pakistan

Earlier this month, Pakistani bureaucrat Abdul Batin of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) successfully convinced Twitter to remove “blasphemous” and “unethical” content from the site in...

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Conservatives are now bashing Maya Angelou on Twitter

Conservatives are having a rough week. First they were up in arms about how the #YesAllWomen hashtag identified and challenged institutional misogyny; now they’ve been forced to contend with the death...

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A data miner's guide to crafting the perfect tweet

You’re already laughing to yourself as you type in the tweet. It’s a diamond. You know it. The wording is on point, your hashtag use is sparing but impactful. Now, you just have to sit back and wait...

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No one can tell the difference between PETA parody and actual PETA

Is PETA beyond parody? In many ways, the animal rights organization seems more like a group of well-organized trolls than anything else. Its campaigns regularly stir up enough controversy that many...

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Washington Redskins' #RedskinsPride campaign backfires horribly

The Washington Redskins’ social media team just made a big mistake. On Thursday afternoon, the @Redskins account asked Twitter users to tell a senator what they think of the team’s controversial name...

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How to properly use Twitter's pinned tweets

In the past we needed 5,000 fully characterized tweets to get to the bottom of someone on Twitter and really understand them. Now Twitter has changed it to one large “pinned” tweet to go on top of...

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Read Hannibal's thoughts on animals in this spot-on Twitter parody

The dialogue in NBC’s Hannibal has always been a little... odd. It’s difficult to imagine any real person speaking in the florid metaphors of Hannibal Lecter’s conversational style, although that’s...

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Get your GIF game together, Twitter

People love GIFs. People love tweeting GIFs. Unfortunately, Twitter does not make it easy: GIFs show up as links, not images, unlike on Tumblr, where they animate automatically. (There are a few...

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The subtle art of the fake retweet

Twitter is a great way to spread information. Of course, it’s also a great way to spread misinformation. Twitter does not, in other words, have a fact-checker. Yeah, you can sue someone for libel...

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Yes, Twitter has a new font, and more change might be coming

Change is scary, but don’t tell that to Twitter. The microblogging network has barrelled ahead with major digital renovations this year, most notably when it rolled out a Facebook-style profile. Aside...

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British supermarket sells World Cup outfit that looks suspiciously like a KKK...

For only £3 you too can look like a member of the Ku Klux Klan! ASDA, a budget British supermarket owned by the Wal-Mart group has launched a wearable flag with a hood to celebrate the England soccer...

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Should 'real' writers stay off Twitter?

BY NATHAN PENSKY As we all know, the Internet has shifted the polarity of the media world. Newspapers all over the country continue to close down, and many respected journalists and writers have...

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Is this the most highbrow d**k joke in television history?

Rarely does the season finale of a sitcom hinge on advanced mathematics, but when it comes to Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley, one should never underestimate the geek pedigree. In last night’s episode,...

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Justin Bieber apologizes after footage of racist joke emerges online

Amid conflicting reports about when exactly damning footage of Justin Bieber making a racist joke first surfaced, the pop star has apologized profusely for the prank, saying he was just "a kid" when...

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What to expect from Oliver Stone's film on Edward Snowden

The older Oliver Stone gets, the closer his political films follow on the heels of the true events that inspired them. Now he’s set to tackle a thrilling story of geopolitical intrigue and government...

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Are you a social networking power user?

Stop for a moment and think about your online footprint. How many social networks do you maintain a presence on? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Tumblr? Pinterest? LinkedIn? Whisper? Secret? Myspace?...

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