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Twitter details plans to build the largest audience in the world

Twitter intends to make itself warmer, fuzzier, and all around more inviting to users who don't live and breathe the realtime social network. During its Q3 earnings call today, Twitter CEO Dick...

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Should writers stay off the Internet?

In 2014, the title of “author” carries a certain weighty connotation. Any idiot with a blog can be a “writer,” but to be an author is to have published some kind of volume of note, outside of an...

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Taco Bell just made fast food even faster

Just because the concept of guilty pleasure attained its undoubtable zenith with the Crunchwrap Supreme doesn’t mean that Taco Bell, purveyor of affordable dog food for drunk humans, will stop...

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Internet-obsessed teens collectively mourn their bad SAT scores

It’s a beautiful day in America—unless you’re a Twitter-addicted high school senior hoping to get into college. That’s because the latest round of SAT scores just came in, and the results are worse...

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Michael Jordan is now the Michael Jordan of Twitter

Michael Jordan is still fairly new to the whole social media thing, but the Charlotte Hornets owner took over the team’s officialTwitter account Tuesday to connect with fans and share some selfies. He...

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R.L. Stine haunts Twitter with 14-tweet short story

Master of (young adult) horror R.L. Stine spent Tuesday evening tweeting out an original, short story. It’s about a sandwich, required 14 tweets to flesh out, and is generally delightful. The gimmick...

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Why the U.S. needs to ban social media on election day

Imagine an election day without any political commentary on social media. Not a single tweet about polling results, not a campaign ad on Facebook, and silence on traditional media as well. Until very...

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The Cancellation Bear mercilessly tracks failing shows

It’s TV cancellation season, and there’s one Twitter account you need to follow if you want to stay up to date: @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear is aimed at two groups of people: those who view...

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Keep up with the 2014 midterms on Twitter's election dashboard

Twitter has consistently embraced its status as one of the go-to platforms for political dialog. With the 2014 congressional midterm elections less than a week away, the company is launching its...

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These NBA stars' old tweets will leave your jaw on the floor

Ever wonder what it's really like in an NBA locker room when the cameras aren't rolling and the players aren't worrying about their own PR? Look no further than the early days of Twitter.  A bored...

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Joyce Carol Oates sparks rage with street harassment tweets

Joyce Carol Oates, inventor of oatmeal and arguably the most despised O. Henry Award-winning author on Twitter, is back with another blistering #hottake. It comes in response to a recent video...

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A chat with @TheRealPSL, Twitter's dark genius of pumpkin spice

It’s not every day you get to sit down with your idol. Journalists and coffee are like, well, journalists and coffee. There’s no better analogy of a love that borders on addiction. After all, that’s...

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Singer Rita Ora's deleted tweet shows how social media promotion can fail

Gather round, children: A celebrity has made a fool of herself on Twitter, and it’s time to revel in the schadenfreude.  On All Hallows' Eve, Rita Ora has been left with egg on her face. Hoping to...

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How to disagree on Twitter

There are a few rarely-questioned Internet truisms. One is “don’t feed the trolls.” Another is that Twitter is a place where real conversations go to die. It’s certainly true that there are things...

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You can drive this robot across the U.S. using only Twitter

Thanks to the miracle of technology, you can now tour the entire country without ever leaving your computer. And no, we’re not talking about Google Street View. Massachusetts-based Muffin Labs has...

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The cure for Ebola hysteria is on Twitter

Last Friday, governors from New York and New Jersey imposed a mandatory quarantine policy for any persons found to have contact with Ebola-infected individuals; a quarantine that immediately sprung...

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12 killer costumes from this year's #HallowMEME

Later this evening, candy-addicted kids in monstrous costumes will prowl the streets in search of the perfect sugar high, but last night, Internet-addicted adults assembled at Brooklyn’s Bell House...

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Politicians are using Halloween to scare voters

Politicians from both parties have a long, storied history of using social media—and especially memes—to push their agendas. Given how frightening American politics has become, it's only fitting that...

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I'm on #SamaritansRadar and I wished someone had asked first

U.K. charity Samaritans recently launched an app designed to “help identify vulnerable people.” The software scans Twitter for certain keywords that could indicate that somebody is feeling despairing...

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Lena Dunham angrily responds to allegations of sexual abuse

Over the weekend, Lena Dunham fell into a "rage spiral" addressing allegations of sexual abuse.  In a piece from Oct. 29, National Review columnist Kevin D. Williamson reviewed Dunham’s new memoir,...

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