Great Achievements in Facebook
A common complaint about Facebook’s News Feed is that it just plain blows. It’s a gunky algorithm that surfaces that most mundane news from exes, people you hated in college and that girl on your Birthright trip who now returns to Israel every single year.
Well, Facebook has heard your entitled gripes, so it’s now using an artificial Read More
Play Your Video Games
Mark Zuckerberg just can’t catch a break. Players of the newly released Grand Theft Auto V say there’s a Zuckerberg imitator featured in the game who can be hunted down and killed. And the similarities are pretty striking.
The New York Post reports that there is a character named “Jay Norris,” who is the founder of a fictional social network dubbed “Lifeinvader,” and claims he’s “clearly inspired” by Zuck. Just like the real Zuck, the character dons a drab sweater and has lightly gingered hair, though his notable sheen of sweat is missing.
Next time you feel like venting on Twitter or Facebook about how much you hate pumpkin spice lattes (you sociopath), keep in mind that you’re polluting everyone else’s moods with that bilious ‘tude.
Computer researchers have found that angry tweets or status updates are more influential than joyful or sad missives, Technology Review reports. They studied Chinese social network Weibo to get the deets.
Netflix isn’t competing with HBO; it’s competing with everything you could possibly spend time doing. [Quartz]
Facebook has released a white paper with details on how it plans to make Internet.org happen. [GigaOm]
Could Twitter open the door for another series of tech IPOs? No pressure, guys. [DealBook]
DataSift and Tumblr are partnering to serve up customer engagement analytics. Those ad dollars aren’t gonna make themselves. [TechCrunch]
Iran had a few hours of access to social media yesterday, before the government cut off access again. [New York Times]
Love in the Time of Algorithms
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and texting add layers of excitement (read: constant stress and uncertainty) to any budding relationship–and according to a new study, they also help couples get down to business in less time than their parents did.
Back in the day, there used to be something called the “three-day rule,” whereby a potential paramour would pretend not to want to talk to his or her new love interest for three days after their first date, the Telegraph reports.
Crime and Punishment
Every once in a while a message on Facebook is actually useful, and this is one of those times. A Tennessee Supreme Court said that a message delivered on the social networking site between a juror and a witness could overturn a murder conviction and a life sentence.
The 2010 murder case of suspect William Darelle Smith was sent to a lower court Tuesday because the content of the message wasn’t revealed during a pretrial hearing and it potentially could’ve affected the outcome of the trial. The juror sent a message to the assistant medical examiner heaping praise on her testimony and inquiring if she saw him in the juror stand.
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Our lifelong problem of not having any noise being emitted from our dipping sauce packets has finally been solved. Thanks to Pizza Hut Canada, the chain created an interactive soundboard to celebrate its Facebook page surpassing 250,000 fans.
Sure Why Not
Some people say human relationships are deteriorating because of the Internet and social media. Obviously, those people have never heard of Joe Jordan, who is so into human connection, he tattooed a randomly selected Facebook person’s face on his butt. Suck on that, tech haters.
If you could eat Facebook, what would it taste like? We always thought it would be a mix of the saccharine highs of getting 20 likes on your latest selfie and the putrid sting of FOMO, with the depressing aftertaste of being friended by your barren aunt whose profile pic is a painting of a Read More
Facebook has no patience for boobies–not even the feathered kind. The social media site reportedly took immediate action after the Christmas Island Tourism Board posted an ad for its annual Bird’n'Nature Week that read: “Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies.”
Of course, ornithologists and casual weekend bird-watchers alike know that “boobies”—besides being, you know, boobies—are also a type of goofy-looking bird found on islands and along coastlines, including on Christmas Island, a small Australian territory in the Indian Ocean.