Category: Internet

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

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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...

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Annoying Online Forms

Online forms can be frustrating. I’m sure just about everyone’s had the experience of filing out a long, elaborate form only to lose all your information three quarters of the way through. And while...

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The Future of Twitter

Twitter has been around for years, but only recently has it become more mainstream. The future of Twitter looks bright in the short term, though eventually though, other services will take advantage of the...

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The Horrors of MySpace

MySpace is aiming for yet another comeback, but I’m not buying it. I used MySpace back in its heyday, and even when it was the most popular social network in history, I hated it....