Category: Internet

Essays and thoughts on the Internet and social media in the 21st century

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The Allure of False Productivity

The Internet makes it easy to slack off. I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve had derailed by my raging Facebook addiction. But there are a lot of online distractions that are more...

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The Age of Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes)

The Internet has existed since 1969, but it was only in the mid-to-late-1990s that it became commonplace in the home. Before that, computer users communicated via more low-tech methods. Many people of the era...

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LinkedIn Annoyances

Looking for a job is always hard. Sometimes it seems like there are so many opportunities, but so few options. It’s a daunting task, and there’s no shortage of websites out there purporting to...

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Dealing with Clickbait

Recent years have seen a rise in clickbait articles online. These clickbait articles have alluring headlines that promise to make you lose weight or regain faith in humanity. Clickbait stories tend to be “shallow”....

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Facebook’s News Feed Algorithms

Facebook is at it again, violating users’ privacy in new and bizarre ways. This time it’s a psychological experiment, performed on some. 700,000 users, to see if positive statuses can invoke negative feelings and...

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Outrage, Trolling and Hashtag Activists

Last week, one of my favorite comedians, Stephen Colbert, did a segment on the Colbert Report making fun of the racist name of the Washington Redskins. He did so with his own racist impression...

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The Broken Dreams of Google Plus

I remember when Google Plus first came out. I was excited about it, so excited that I started emailing my programmer friends just to see if anyone had an invitation to the then-limited system....

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Upworthy and Terrible Headlines

Despite all its annoyances, I’m still a heavy Facebook user, since it’s still the best place to interact with my friends and share funny links on the Internet. For the most part, my friends...

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Marissa Mayer and the New Yahoo Logo

Yahoo is one of the oldest Internet companies still alive and kicking. So many other 1990s-era dot-coms have fallen to the wayside, but Yahoo has managed to hang on. But over the years, their...

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Facebook vs. the Cable Company

Mark Zuckerberg seems to think that people like Facebook. Why wouldn’t he? The social networking site claims over a billion users. Everybody seems to have a Facebook account nowadays, but just because its popular...