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The only 'like' that matters on Instagram

We humans tend to imbue particular numbers with all kinds of mystical properties. Good things come in threes (but so do bad things), elevators skip the 13th floor, and an Instagram post lives or dies...

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Saudi court sentences women to lashings, jail time for bickering on WhatsApp

Two women in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah were sentenced on Tuesday to 10 days in jail and 20 lashes for insulting each other using WhatsApp. The case involving the two women, who are cousins,...

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Facebook news almost covered Twitter's sad diversity report

Almost a year after refusing, along with others in Silicon Valley, to make its Equal Employment Opportunity stats public, Twitter has finally released its long-awaited internal diversity findings—over...

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This 'novel' is just people tweeting about writing their novels

Writers have always struggled with procrastination, and Twitter is among the most insidious timesucks at their disposal. Just ask Jonathan Franzen, who declared it “the ultimate irresponsible medium”...

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Twitter transparency report shows government requests for data jump 46 percent

Government requests for user data from Twitter jumped 46 percent in the last six months, affecting 48 percent more account holders, according to Twitter’s latest transparency report. Around the world,...

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How to pretend like you actually watched 'Sharknado 2'

Did you miss the cinematic event of the summer? By no means did anyone think that Sharknado, a hokey TV movie on SyFy starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, would be any good. So when millions of people...

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Internet freaks out over alleged emoji conspiracy

The difference between celebratory slappage and pious reflection doesn’t quite come across in the abstracted world of emoji: a schism has long divided fans of an icon that may depict either. It all...

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This Jeremy Lin publicity stunt is Linsane

Jeremy Lin is back, and he has the YouTube video to prove it. After a few seasons punctuated by injuries and less-than-stellar play, Lin and his supporters are confident they can bring the 2012...

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Revealed: The masterminds behind @HiddenCash

Since its emergence in May of this year, "Hidden Cash" has become a worldwide phenomenon. But now, the creators of the mysterious account have stepped forward. Starting with one enigmatic San...

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Rep. Steve Stockman is Twitter's real-life Stephen Colbert

Texas congressman Steve Stockman is easily the most colorful Twitter user in the U.S. House Republican conference. The conservative congressman from Texas’ 36th district has delighted/appalled...

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Can you guess which party a member of Congress is in from a single tweet?

It’s time to put your political sleuthing skills to the test. Can you guess which party these members of Congress belong to based solely on one of their tweets? If all you know about Congress is what...

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Outed in Twitter hack, Kevin Smith plays it cool

Film geeks were thrown for a loop yesterday when it appeared that Kevin Smith, the New Jersey auteur of Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy, had come out as gay on Twitter. I have never told anyone this...

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Twitter testing new feature that explains hashtags

File this under "things we didn't really need in the first place": Twitter appears to be testing a new feature that will make hashtags a little easier to understand. The Wall Street Journal reported...

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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the face of a new political era

Millennials: Disengaged, politically apathetic, and incapable of participating in the democratic political system, right? It’s what we’ve all been told, repeatedly. But in fact, the math doesn’t bear...

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Here's how the CIA could use Twitter to win the Senate spying scandal

Summer just got a lot hotter for the Central Intelligence Agency. Last Thursday, the agency admitted that it spied on the computers of Senate Intelligence Committee staff members who were...

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Harper's Magazine trolls with 'F**k the Internet' softball jerseys

You know that thing where a 160-year-old magazine, struggling for relevance in the digital age, solicits support by selling $40 softball T-shirts that say “F**k the Internet”… on the Internet? Well,...

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Man uses hashtag to find the woman he fell in love with on a plane

It's a love story for the ages: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love, boy and girl are separated at airport security, boy launches a sophisticated viral social media campaign to track girl down, boy and...

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Researchers claim that 'Twitter psychosis' is real

In an article published in the August issue of The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, a quintet of doctors proposed a theory: the use of social media has the potential to ‟aggravate or even induce...

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The problem with 'The Leftovers' and 'The Strain'

BY CHRIS OSTERNDORF Once upon a time, there was a show called Lost. Not everybody liked it, and its finale was one of the most polarizing pieces of television from the last decade. But the series had...

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Why the newest face in late night TV is yet another white guy

Fans of The Late Late Show were in a tizzy this week as CBS finally prepared to name Craig Ferguson’s replacement—the brave, intrepid soul who will be replacing him when he departs (allegedly...

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