Antisocial Media

VIPs Only: Facebook Creating Celeb-Only App to Make You Feel Even More Inadequate

Stars, they're just like us (Screengrab: Facebook)

Just in case the country’s biggest social network wasn’t stressing everyone out enough already, Facebook is now developing an app that will only be available to its most popular members.

The app would only be available to the most important of Facebook VIPs, All Things D reports, and would enable stars (read: probably their flaks) to “quickly respond to fans on the fly, and become a part of the conversation,” which also sounds pretty stressful. Read More

TOS It

Will Instagram’s New Advertising Policy Yield an Exodus of Celebs?

Kim K, queen of the selfies. (Photo: Instagram)

Much ink has already been spilled over Instagram’s new updated terms of service, which specifically states that it can use your photos for “advertising and promotions.” Twitter users erupted in outrage over the news, with many techies claiming they would soon be quitting the service. Wired wrote a helpful how-to on how to download your photos and delete your account. Photographer Clayton Cubitt, who is not at all hyperbolic, called it Instagram’s suicide note. Gizmodo called everyone whiny babies and offered a counterpoint: “shut up.” Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Nathan Fillion Stops Just Short of Couch-Jumping Over His iPhone 5

Basically singing an aria right now. (Photo: Screencap)

Nathan Fillion, hunky star of the beloved-but-taken-too-soon TV series Firefly (and also Castle, we suppose?) appeared on Conan last night. And it seems the main thing he could talk about was how much he loves his iPhone 5.  He loves his iPhone 5 more than you love your mother, spouse and/or labradoodle puppy.

And what’s more? That little bundle of chips and Gorilla glass surely loves him back. He gushed to host Conan O’Brien: “It’s pretty, it’s tiny and it’s light and it’s so smart and it loves me, obviously it loves me.” Read More

Meme Studies

Meet Shawn Cotter, the Man Behind the Rickroll

(Photo: YouTube)

On May 15, 2007, a then-19-year-old YouTube user named Shawn Cotter–employing the handle “cotter548”–uploaded the music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up,” intending to troll some of his fellow gaming cohorts on 4chan. Mr. Cotter, who was serving in the Air Force in South Korea at the time, linked to the video under the pretense that it was a new trailer for Grand Theft Auto: IV. But as that now-familiar drum cadence faded in and the caption “You just got Rickroll’d” floated across the screen, users discovered they weren’t watching a video game trailer at all.

The digital bait-and-switch of Rickrolling was born, and 4chan was not amused.

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BABIES!

Infographic: What Jay-Z and Beyonce’s New Baby Did to Twitter

Blue-Ivy-Carter-Twitter-Buzz

Jay-Z and Beyonce had a baaaaaaaabyyyyyyyyyyy and it’s the most exciting news in the history of everrrrrrrrr. You might already know this because you’re a sentient human being with access to news outlets, who have covered this earth-shattering event with the investigative prowess probably best reserved for other causes in an ideal world, but that’s Read More

GREAT SACRIFICES OF THE INTERNET

Alec Baldwin’s Twitter Account Dies So, Like Jesus, Alec Baldwin Can Have His Twitter Resurrection

How happy is this man right now? (Photo: Hulu)

As Betabeat continues our ’round-the-clock Alec Baldwin Twitter Fiasco coverage, we have reached a crucial breaking point: in the wake of his being ejected from an airplane for playing Words For Friends when he wasn’t supposed to, Mr. Baldwin—the Glengarry Glen Ross actor who once called his 11 year-old daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig“—has left Twitter. And plans on coming back. Read More