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Big Twitter changes improve messaging and add video

Twitter is overhauling one of its most maligned features, and adding one that will change the way people share and save video on the social network. Sometimes you don’t want to give your Twitter...

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What the hell is up with Riff Raff's teeth? An explainer

What is a Riff Raff? Riff Raff, real name Horst Christian Simco, is an “Internet rap sensation” from Houston, Texas. You may remember him either as a contestant on the MTV show From G’s to Gents, or...

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How Scientology went from a crazy cult to a celebrity-worshiping phenomenon

Nothing gets people riled up like religion. Take a look at the reaction to Going Clear, a new documentary on the Church of Scientology, for instance. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney,...

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Report: ISIS had 45,000 Twitter accounts

A preliminary report finds that supporters of the terrorist group Islamic State, commonly called ISIS, had some 45,000 accounts on Twitter late last year. It seems a whopping number, and in a sense it...

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Anita Sarkeesian is documenting her post-Gamergate harrassment

This post includes explicit language that includes rape threats. If you're on the Internet, then you're probably aware of the constant stream of harassment that plagues women, particularly feminists,...

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The 'Ghostbusters' reboot is already generating a sexist backlash

On Tuesday, director Paul Feig announced the all-woman cast for his Ghostbusters reboot. His version will star the hilarious and talented Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live,...

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We turned our staff's tweets into beautiful, mesmerizing poetry

I know what you’re thinking: your tweets already are poetry. But with the help of some nimble programming—in the form of a website called Poetweet—those tweets coalesce into a literary masterwork....

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This is what the Internet looks like in real time

Right now, the Internet is bigger than it was a moment ago. The same is true of now. And now. And now. As the seconds go by, have you ever wondered just how many people are logged on, searching,...

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Lisa Ann's anti-prostitution rant sparks outcry from sex workers

Since announcing her retirement from porn last year, MILF porn icon Lisa Ann has been keeping busy with a number of projects, such as hosting her own fantasy football show on Sirius XM, starting her...

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Vine introduces new iOS app to let kids safely surf six-second videos

There’s no app quite as perfect for a child’s attention span as Vine. But like so many other places on the Internet, Vine is host to many videos that are inappropriate for a younger audience. To help...

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Mitt Romney's not running for president, and nobody can shut up about it

Former Massachusetts governor and perpetual evil-billionaire caricature Mitt Romney announced in a call with top donors on Friday morning that he would not, as many had expected, run for president in...

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A major rivalry shaped this weekend's Smash Bros. tournament

When it comes to esports tournaments, Smash Bros. has always struggled to keep up with games like League of Legends or Dota 2. Last night, however, was the Smash Bros. communities night to shine. Apex...

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We turned all the Super Bowl commercial hashtags into one beautiful poem

Only half of this year’s Super Bowl commercials included hashtags, a surprise decrease from 57 percent in 2014. Don't fret, though: Advertisers in search of social media buzz still dropped 25...

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This guy used Twitter to track down a girl he met on the train

Boy meets girl on train. Boy takes selfie with girl. Boy doesn't ask for girl's contact info. Boy starts social media hunt to find her. The latest example of this classic story structure comes from an...

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'To Kill a Mockingbird' sequel announcement turns Twitter into a literal...

We bet you didn't have this in your 2015 literary news betting pool: Harper Lee, the 88-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird, will drop her second book this July. “In the mid-1950s, I completed a...

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Iggy Azalea still hasn't figured out what cultural appropriation is

Iggy Azalea can’t catch a break these days. Whether it’s a Twitter feud with Azealia Banks or rappers like Q-Tip schooling her on Twitter about hip-hop’s racialpolitics, there’s still widespread...

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What happens when you unfollow everyone on the Internet

Just before the New Year, I decided to do an experiment. I wanted to see if I could change how I use the Internet, and perhaps, from there, find better ways to run my business, connect with humans and...

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Celebrate Black History Month with 28 days of awesome cosplay

If you need something awesome to look at every single day this month, start with the #28DaysOfBlackCosplay hashtag.As the title suggests, this hashtag celebrates black cosplayers from around the...

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The Huffington Post's 'good news' experiment is bad news for Facebook

I want this article to make you angry. OK, not really—I don’t actually have an agenda—but I wanted to start out by setting myself apart from Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, who sent her...

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Canadians are bugging out about this dong-shaped bus station map

This article contains sexually explicit material. The human tendency to see faces in objects and hear “hidden messages” in records played backward is so common that it actually has a name: Pareidolia....

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