petition for a day on which every post on the Hairpin is written in tender gentle Dear-Sugary horoscope-speak. Let's make an initiation, dearest Hairpin, I see good things coming your way.
back when i played the game i thought it was a metaphor for how i could never get there but of course i was wrong! we can all get to oasis zone vi, you are by our side.
The Band Who Was (like) Thursday
On Sweet Dee
@sarah girl I wonder if this piece that ran on The Awl last month - http://www.theawl.com/2013/12/the-new-spammer-panic - had a sort of "here's why we're leaving the comments up" function: these kinds of spam comments are an SEO strategy that backfires on the companies who use it if the comments are left up (though i don't think the piece does a good job of explaining exactly how). Still, even if leaving spam comments up will have some eventual bad effect on the companies behind them, having a comments section populated with spam is kind of unsightly and depressing. If they must keep them around as a bad-SEO time bomb, isn't there some way they could temporarily hide them?
the marriage was built to last but the house was built out of gingerbread
here's to never reining it in!
@appletree I swear I just read something that said that Luluvise's users' average age was 21? I guess they must be keeping a bunch of Luluvise network users off the Lulu app.
@Sea Ermine Oh that is a good point - I sort of meant "not just by grudgy ex-girlfriends" to mean "not just the kind of manipulation you'd immediately assume" but you're totally right to mention that aspect. A whole culture of people being super rational and complimentary about their exes, #LovelyGuyButJustNotThatIntoMe, #NoHardFeelings, #I'mTotallyCoolWithIt, #OnlyIrrationalPeopleAreResentfulAboutBreakups.
(tbh i am on good terms with almost all of the people i used to date but i think there's also a distinct social pressure to be such, in my social circles at least)
@cee like, not only is the whole idea of a people-judging app morally ugly in the extreme (+ the idea of a women's social network that exists mostly to discuss boys is so appallingly retrogressive and also how is this woman 32 years old), but it is so open to manipulation - and not just by grudgey ex-girlfriends. (e.g. teenage boys are already known to be regularly pressuring teenage girls to share their facebook passwords with them: the content of this and the discussions thereon are in no way actually 'girls only'.)