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The FBI's dictionary of Twitter slang

WTF does the FBI know about Internet slang? Quite a lot, actually. Using the agency’s “Twitter Shorthand” guide, a 2,800-entry list of Internet abbreviations and other slang, one could learn that WTF...

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Twitter's new @dronies account features high-flying celebrity selfies

It goes without saying that we’ll never be able to get enough of staring at ourselves, as evidenced by the creation of a whole new variant of selfies. At the Cannes Lions Festival, an annual event...

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How to get unblocked on Twitter

People block me occasionally on all social media platforms, either as a stunt or just because they hate me. The saying goes: Unfriend me once, shame on me; block me twice, lucky them. How should one...

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The occult conspiracy hidden in the new emoji

Like the rest of you, I was delighted to see that there are new emoji on the horizon for 2014. I am a heavy emoji user (here’s my recap of the Game of Thrones finale!), so I spent several happy...

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'Mommy blogger' accused of killing her 5-year-old son for Internet fame

On Jan. 23, 5-year-old Garnett Paul Spears—a boy who had seemingly been sick his whole life—mysteriously died at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. Yesterday, his mother, 26-year-old...

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This author's stirring the pot for a controversial dinner choice

Warning: This article contains graphic images and may not be suitable for some readers. Author Jeanette Winterson is facing some pretty harsh criticism lately, but not for anything she's written....

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World Cup scammers are targeting Xbox users on Instagram

A bad case of World Cup fever is going around. But just like any fever, it can cause a little bit of delirium—making people believe things that just aren't true. Such is the case on Instagram, where...

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Here's the Internet slang the FBI really needs to watch out for

The FBI has published a list of Twitter shorthand that includes BTDTGTTSAWIO (“been there, done that, got the T-shirt and wore it out”), IITYWTMWYBMAD (“if I tell you what this means will you buy me a...

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Twitter buys SnappyTV, so live-tweeting 'Scandal' is about to get easier

In a blog published Thursday, June 19, Twitter announced that it has acquired SnappyTV, a platform that allows users to edit, share, and archive live video and TV programing within the cloud....

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Go hands-free and play 'Pong' with your brain

Pretty soon, you’ll be able to kiss those clunky, cheez-doodle-dusted Xbox and PlayStation controllers goodbye: The future, we’re pleased to announce, is all about head games. The Brain Tumor Charity,...

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After World Cup defeat, England turns to Twitter with world-class defeatist...

England’s hopes of surviving Group D in the World Cup are mathematically alive. But for only the second time since 1950, England lost back-to-back games at a World Cup Thursday. The Three Lions...

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Did the Internet create Phil Fish just to hate him?

Phil Fish, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Fez, is a controversial figure. He’s very outspoken, and often enrages the Internet. His Twitter account constantly moves from private to...

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USA vs. Portugal: The day Americans finally discovered soccer

Something beautiful happened online last night: America started to care about a soccer. Putting aside their obsession with ‘handegg’ and Donald Sterling-ball, the U.S. community on Twitter all rooted...

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Lana Del Rey's death wish gets a response from Frances Bean Cobain

Earlier this month, singer Lana Del Rey gave an interview to the Guardian, in which she discussed fame, music, and romanticizing the deaths of Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. She told the interviewer,...

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Twitter is being sued for sending annoying texts

Twitter faces a new lawsuit from cellphone users who claim they are illegally spammed with text message ads from the social network. The lead plaintiff in this case says that Twitter doesn't undertake...

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U.S. Open winner Michelle Wie threw an incredible, twerking-filled afterparty

What would happen if a young golfer turned the game’s stodgy image upside-down by embracing conventions usually reserved for college dorms? You’d get Happy Gilmore, one of the best sports films ever...

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Prince finally embraces the Internet by naming a song after a meme

Prince has never really "got" the Internet. In a notorious 2010 interview, he declared the Internet "over," remarking "all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head...

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Don't let the Internet scare you into being boring

How do you guarantee a good first impression with someone you don't even know you're meeting? The selves that we project onto social-media platforms are, increasingly, people’s first impressions of...

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Twitter targets wrong Suarez after World Cup biting incident

Online vigilante justice may be swift, but it’s rarely accurate. Not long after Uruguay’s famously cannibalistic Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match, resulting in a...

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Congressional aide resigns after revenge porn attack from adult film star ex

The chief of staff for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives has resigned after he was reportedly the victim of a revenge porn attack by his porn star ex-girlfriend. Adam Kuhn, aide to Rep....

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