Crowd Power

Addictive App ‘Pyne’ Lets You Ask Thousands of People Whatever You Want

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We all have questions, and these days, it’s the masses on the Internet that we go to for answers. Crowd-sourced Wikipedia is allegedly replacing our need to remember anything and social networks are many kids’ first destination for feedback. And after all, the most visited site of all time is really just a giant question answering engine.

Pyne is a new app that sends your pressing questions right to the thousands of other anonymous Pyne users, who are a sample of all different ages, locations and backgrounds. It’s a sleek new contender — and likely the most addictive — among a number of new apps that ask the crowd to weigh in on our pressing issues or odd opinions. Read More

Planet Reddit

This Insane Relationship Advice Subreddit Is Basically an Online Soap Opera

It's basically just this over and over. (Photo via Pixabay, Ryan McGuire)

A long time ago, before there was Internet, people with problems would seek counsel from designated advice professionals. They would do this by writing to a newspaper or magazine column such as “Dear Abby.”

But nowadays, you don’t have to be an expert with a team of editors to dish out advice to strangers — and if you’re the one seeking advice, your question doesn’t even have to be particularly good. Thanks to the wonders of Reddit, all you need is access to a computer and the ability to type. Read More

Lulz

Inside Look: Imgur Reveals Redesign, Announces Plans for a Convention

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Imgur is at a tipping point.

What began as a photo storage site for Reddit users has grown, in just five years, into a thriving community with almost twice as much traffic as its de facto parent site, raking in five billion pageviews a month.

But in tech, a proven model with great results isn’t always enough. The site debuted a redesign this morning. They’re also planning a slew of in-person events and a convention, all thanks to a recent injection of $40 million in VC funding. It’s clear that Imgur is striving to become a social media staple on the level of Instagram or Twitter. Read More

Expert Thoughts

If You Build It They Won’t Come: What’s Wrong With Tech’s Magical Thinking

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There’s a lot in this world we don’t know. You could get hit by a flaming toilet seat from outer space tomorrow and die. You don’t know. The future is one of those things we don’t know. So if you and I can agree that we don’t know what the future holds, why do so many of us in the world of tech believe the myth of, “If you build it, they will come” and not Walt Disney’s far superior, “If you dream it, you can do it”?

Fact: You could have the best idea ever and nobody may ever know. And that lack of awareness has nothing to do with competition. That’s just an excuse. And there are a million excuses. You know what the biggest product produced by tech companies is? Excuses.  Blame the developers. Blame the PR firm. Blame the intern. Read More

Planet Reddit

Neckbeard Support Group Thrives on Reddit Front Page

The South Park episode that changed one former neckbeard's life. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Redditor thewriter_anonymous posed two simple questions yesterday to the Reddit community: “Ex-neckbeards of reddit, when did you realize you were one of “those” guys? Any cringeworthy stories you’d like to share?”

For clarification, he also posted an Urban Dictionary definition of “neckbeard” — “a talkative, self-important nerdy man who, through an inability to properly decode social cues, mistakes others’ strained tolerance of his blather for evidence of his own charm.” Read More

Planet Reddit

This Woman Got Paid To Snuggle Sad Old Divorced Men

KonekoPeach, former professional snuggler. (Imgur)

Reddit AMAs are incredible educational tools. They’ve taught us what it’s like to have two dicks; proved to us that Canadian stereotypes are all true; even illuminated Lil’ John’s fascinating opinions of snowboarding. And now, we finally know what it’s like to be a professional snuggler.

Yes, you’re reading that right: redditor KonekoPeach was not a professional smuggler, but a professional snuggler — as in, a person paid to crawl into bed with and wrap their arms around a lonely stranger for hours at a time, as she explained in an AMA yesterday.

She worked for a company called The Snuggle Buddies, which claims to be strictly non-sexual and charges anywhere from $60 for an hour-long snuggle sesh to $400 for a ten-hour overnight extravaganza. KonekoPeach seems to have generally enjoyed the experience, though she quit when she began to sense the whole thing was just maaaaybe a little sketchy and unsafe. Read More

All the jobs

Getting A Tech Job: Advice From Brooklyn’s Startup All-Stars

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Advice for young techies and entrepreneurs is often cliche and abundant: ‘start something’; ‘fail early and often’; ‘don’t rely too much on your degree’. But when you hear it from the top tech leaders in New York City, it’s enough to make you stop and listen.

This morning in DUMBO, Brooklyn Tech Triangle kicked off Tech Triangle U, a series of talks, “speed dating” sessions, and hackathons to connect soon-to-be college graduates with the tech scene in Brooklyn. For the opening keynote, Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City, asked Brooklyn’s top names in tech about what they consider when hiring. Read More

Reddit All-Stars

Man Helps Fellow Redditor Find His Missing Mother

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The Reddit community has really been impressing us this week. First, it managed to give a baby a really nice name. And now, it’s helped a man locate his missing mother.

Yesterday, redditor joshgoldberg89 posted on the site that his 59-year-old mother, who suffers from severe dementia, had gone missing in NYC. He had contacted the NYPD and several missing persons organizations, and was putting up fliers in surrounding areas, but he also hoped the People of the Internet might be able to help him in his desperate search: Read More