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NASA's new Web app makes it easy to understand how much light reaches Pluto

Even though we’re learning more about Pluto every day, we still only have a very rough idea of what it would be like to live there. Pluto would definitely be very chilly, but how bright would it be?...

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15 hilarious women you need to follow on Twitter

Despite what Christopher Hitchens says, ladies can be funny too. Crazy, right? In fact I follow a lot of funny women on Twitter who should have more followers than they do. Here are some Daily Dot...

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6 controversial world leaders you'll find on Twitter

Only the most naïve among us still believe social media is purely a force of positive change. Just like any other tool, it can be used for good or ill.  Case in point: All the strong-handed world...

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Obama starts a Twitter war with GOP lawmakers over Iran nuclear deal

President Barack Obama is directly engaging with Congressional Republicans over the Iran nuclear deal... on Twitter.The @POTUS account, which the White House set up as a more personal social-media...

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Russia destroys literally tons of fine cheese in the #Fromagicide

If Russian President Vladimir Putin's record of military expansionism and human-rights abuses hasn't convinced you of his curdled character, then maybe his wholesale destruction of delicious European...

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Ryan Adams is covering Taylor Swift's '1989' in the style of the Smiths

Ryan Adams might have produced the “guaranteed saddest” Taylor Swift cover yet.  The singer-songwriter announced on Twitter early Thursday morning that he’s vowing to cover 1989 track by track, “as...

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My mom is a secret Twitter genius

My mother has four followers on Twitter: me, my bestie Sue, my college radio station, and a spam account. She only follows two people: an old friend of hers (he does not follow her back) and me....

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Bobcat Goldthwait's 'Call Me Lucky' shines a light on his mentor, Barry Crimmins

It’s fitting that new documentary Call Me Lucky is debuting just as Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show. Earlier this week, Stewart poked fun at how he’s “eviscerated” corporations, media, and political...

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Trump's remarks about Megyn Kelly spark movement to send him period updates

Are you on your period? About to be? Now there's a website you can use to send updates about your cycle to GOP presidential candidate and perpetual gaffe-makerDonald Trump.  Trump incited outrage this...

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Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland' tweet insults Japan on Nagasaki bombing...

Disney couldn't have picked a worse day to accidentally wish all of Japan an "un-special" day. The social-media team behind the company's Japanese Twitter account decided to send Alice in Wonderland...

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Whoever got Roger Ebert's old phone number accidentally tweeted as him

Roger Ebert, venerated film critic, is dead. Or is he? Uh, yes. Yes he is. Did you think this was some kind of zombie flick? But while the final credits may have rolled on Ebert’s incredible life, the...

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America's children no longer know what shoes are

Millennials may never recover from the effects of the Great Recession, but Generation Z—those born in the mid-’90s and ’00s—were long believed to be on the track to success. According to the New York...

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U.S. tech companies are now using a massive database to stop child pornography

Silicon Valley's largest Web companies introduced a new weapon this week in their fight against child pornography. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Yahoo are using a new database run by the...

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7 things Ferguson taught Americans about racism

The uprising in Ferguson, Missouri was more than a moment in time. It was the spark that ignited a movement. The August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, roughly one year after a Florida jury...

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How one bot won 1,000 Twitter contests

If you've entered a "retweet to win" contest on Twitter, odds are you didn't come up victorious. Next time, try building a bot. Hunter Scott, an electrical engineer at Motorola Solutions, wanted to...

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Donald Trump misread a Warren Buffett quote as an endorsement

Donald Trump thinks that legendary investor Warren Buffett is backing his 2016 presidential campaign—but he couldn't be more wrong. Buffett, a well-know supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary...

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This brilliant Twitter account combines Nintendo nostalgia with dad jokes

At last, Weird Twitter has the meme generator it so rightly deserves. Whether you're nostalgic for the SNES or just another weirdo in 140 characters, the viral appeal of "Ness, It's Your Dad" is...

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Tinder's Twitter account acts like scorned Tinder user

Demonstrating the poor judgment and incessant need to have the last word that characterizes many of its users, Tinder picked a fight with a journalist on Twitter and issued a stream of defensive...

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Twitter now lets you send much, much longer direct messages

Twitter has removed the 140-character limit on direct messages, letting people send up each other DMs of up to 10,000 characters. The company first noted the change back in June in developer...

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Man pits brands against each other, wins a year of free pizza

For some, greatness is destined. For others, it is earned—as in the case of a British man who played two phone companies against one another on Twitter to ultimately land a year-long supply of...

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