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Facebook's 'People You May Know': An interview with Gabriel Roth

Social networks, you may have noticed, make it their business to sell you on new connections. On Facebook, the list of potential acquaintances is titled “People You May Know”—but more often than not,...

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The reason soccer seems huge in America is the reason why It’s not

BY MATT SACCARO The World Cup is here, and the Viral Industrial Complex is working in overdrive. After USA's win over Ghana and devastating tie against Portugal, soccer—nay, futbol—image macros,...

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FAFSA's attempt at meme humor royally backfires

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is a gateway to most forms of institutional support for prospective college students. It’s not, as you might imagine, something that needs to...

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Twitter is finally letting you control the retweet

Twitter is, inherently, a lesson in brevity. But a new tool could give us the freedom to contribute to a conversation with a few extra characters. The company is experimenting with a new feature,...

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I applied to be Wu-Tang's unpaid social media intern

Why does it feel as though the Wu-Tang Clan’s latest escapades are all about satirizing the Internet’s toxic effect on the music industry? First there was the one-of-a-kind new album, Once Upon a Time...

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Meet the man who livetweeted every day of Britain's phone-hacking trial

For 130 days, the phone-hacking trial gripped Britain, and Peter Jukes sat through every minute of it. Livetweeting from inside the courtroom, Jukes relayed the testimonies of countless celebrities,...

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Woman livetweets being trapped by her cats

Imagine being unable to open your bedroom room door because of what lurks on the other side. Now, imagine that the thing behind the door is your amazingly skilled cats. So my cats knocked the handle...

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Watch a father discover on live TV that his missing son was found

According to his father, 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell went missing from their Detroit home on June 14. Yesterday, Charles Bothuell IV appeared on HLN’s Nancy Grace to discuss the case and ask for the...

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FAFSA's tone-deaf tweet is a canary in a social media coal mine

BY MATT SACCARO The first era of social media marketing is dead. The “new” has worn off, and the “cool” has dissipated into the wi-fi beams. Earlier this week, a tweet from the Federal Student Aid...

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Twitter duped by trending 'anti-masturbation cross'

Hey, parents! Worried that your child is spending too little time basking in the divine glow of Christ and too much time basking in the divine glow of frisky me-time? Check out this “anti-masturbation...

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The great New York literary subtweet war of 2014

Yesterday, the bubble of Twitter where New York’s media and publishing dweebs hang out fairly imploded under the weight of an 11,000-word rant. The author, Edward Champion, was unfamiliar to most—he's...

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Cardboard cutout of Bradley Cooper stars in perfect Instagram account

Back when she was at Villanova University, Danielle Davies performed opposite Bradley Cooper in a play. "Since then,” she explained in a Today interview, “he's become startlingly famous, and I ... not...

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Death of Israeli teens sparks vengeful Twitter hashtag

The already turbulent online discourse between Israeli and Palestinian supporters took a vicious turn Monday, when the bodies of three Jewish teens were discovered near the West Bank city of Hebron....

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How to beat your iPhone addiction

BY KEVIN HOLESH I got my first iPhone when the 4 came out, and in the three years since, I’ve become addicted to my iPhone. I crave being constantly connected to everything and I’m anxious when I’m...

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Kelsey Grammer sets out to fix Twitter's grammar problem

Frasier and X-Men star Kelsey Grammer has become the latest celebrity to make a splash on Twitter—not for his thoughts or witticisms, but rather for his corrections. Taking a humorous cue from his...

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Angry Twitter users hijack Robin Thicke's #AskThicke hashtag

VH1 has given Twitter users the chance to ask Robin Thicke any question they like. Considering the fact that Robin Thicke’s current public image is “total creep,” this may not have been the best...

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Morgan Stanley brokers are now allowed to tweet—but there's a catch

Morgan Stanley, the international banking company, is finally allowing its bankers to start writing their own tweets, reports Reuters. Brokers at Morgan Stanley were previously barred from tweeting...

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Is it possible to be too popular on Twitter?

When I reached about 500 or 600 followers, I felt like Twitter changed. I hadn’t followed many new accounts, but there seemed to be a shift. I felt like my notifications stream was as entertaining as...

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FDA may force drug companies to tweet side effects

Soon, Twitter may be the fastest way to find out the dangerous side effects of your prescription drugs. The FDA may force perscription drug companies to warn people the dangers of their products, not...

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@Pornhub_eBooks will make you love Twitter bots again

With its bizarrely poetic non-sequitur spam, @Horse_ebooks galloped into the hearts of weird Twitter and never left. But like all great things, it came to an unceremonious end when Twitter’s Wizard of...

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