It's Monday, so we all probably just spent a decent chunk of our morning "liking" all our college friend's engagement announcements on Facebook. Remember in High Fidelity when John Cusack asked "Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?" Maureen O'Connor discusses the 2014 version of that in "Do You Hate Facebook, or Do You Hate Your Life?" for The Cut. Taking a break from social media especially during heartbreak or stress is now a part of how we live now, but then doesn't everyone have a friend that dramatically deactivates their Facebook only to ask for a friend's login weeks or days [...]
Ann Friedman vows to start 'gramming photos of herself hunched over a laptop.
A week later, they met again, this time at Mr. Branson’s Necker Island in the Caribbean, and had another night of passion. The next day, Mr. Brockway sat in on another of Ms. Chong’s Lulu lectures, unaware of her plan to demonstrate her app by reviewing him in front of his friends and family members.
“People thought she was teasing,” Mr. Brockway said, flashing his #EpicSmile and rubbing his #ThreeDayStubble during a recent dinner party in SoHo attended by friends including Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, a founder of Gilt Groupe, and Princess Eugenie of York.
Mr. Brockway has since gotten several more reviews (#DudeCanCook), none quite as glowing as the [...]
In a study of social exchange systems like Facebook, when people were told that their networks liked the content they were sharing, they shared more. But when they were told that people in their network did not like their shared content, they actually shared even more to figure out what their network might like, and “come up with more content that was edgier,” he said.
Hmm. The move is always to go edgier? I can't find the data online, but I have a feeling that this study's participants are 100% psych majors at UC Berkeley. Anyway, do you find yourself deleting unliked tweets and re-tweeting them with double the [...]
If the answer is less than 371 days, you're doing better than average. Another tidbit from Dana Liebelson's Facebook research rundown at Mother Jones:
Facebook also noted that "what parents say when they're not talking to their children is just as revealing; they use higher levels of ideology (agree but, obama, our government, policies, people need to, ethics), swearing and slang (ctfu, lmao, fucker, idk), and alcohol and sex terms (tequila, glass of wine, that ass, sexy). Ew.
"Tequila, glass of wine, that ass." Our mothers, ourselves. [Mother Jones]
Dear Spam Gary Sinise,
I am so glad to hear that you are a fan of mine (though I have to admit I find it a little strange). When I checked my Facebook inbox this morning, I didn't expect to see your name there next to Jana Wrewelwski asking "2 pls friend." I haven't thought about you since 2008, which was the last time I idly watched Forrest Gump. I like your work, too! You were particularly strong in that other movie. Saving Private Ryan, I think.
Stay healthy. I hope you don't get a "sinise" infection.
Dear Spam Gary Sinise,
I regret to [...]
Seamless Door-Answering Dinnertime Megazord
In Metropolis, even the ultra-lazy need saving. And plastic utensils.
Train Pole De-sanitizer Man
Saving the innocent from super-bacteria without requiring participation in a breakdancing show.
Cronut Duplicator X
Fighting against all insurgents who hath deemed pastries as finite resources.
The Mystical All-Powerful Crane
Gigantic robot pick you up at cross-town bar, gigantic robot drop you off at home like stuffed panda in arcade game. Gigantic robot crave love. For gigantic robot, love ever-fleeting. (Coming to Uber in 2014.)
Dr. Deep Facebook Hole Of Shame Blocker
No more babies, no more engagements, no more ex-boyfriend, no more sunshine, ain’t no, ain’t no [...]
Many people are outraged by the ethical implications of the recent revelation that Facebook conducted psychological experiments on unwitting users, manipulating their emotions by skewing their news feeds toward positive or negative posts. But look on the bright side: now that we know how "emotional contagion" works, mental-health professionals are going to have a much easier time at their jobs.
Client 1: I don't know why, but lately I've really been feeling down.
Dr. Psychiatrist: Hm. Well, we see a lot of people respond well to filling their Facebook news feeds with positive content.
Client 1: All [...]
Via NPR's Planet Money: an MIT project called Immersion that allows you to see how much of your life can be teased out from your email metadata. Using just the From, To, Cc and Timestamp fields on your Gmail, Immersion creates a color-coded map of correspondence that, at least for me, would probably represent the summation of my work and social relationships with great accuracy. Because metadata is an excessively timely issue, the site's server has been temporarily overworked; you can still sign up to map your own email later (the irony of this is not lost on me, but you can erase the data immediately), or do a [...]