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Mark Zuckerberg’s Book Club Is a Shameless Act of Propaganda

There are few things less surprising than Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to start a book club. As I predicted not long ago, it was just a matter of time before Zuckerberg joined in on the publishing game, given his newfound newspaper-y aspirations — think Murdoch, Hearst, Bezos. But there is more to this charade. It’s all about business, politics, the politics of business, and the business of politics. … Read More

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Facebook Apologizes to Those Who Found Their “Year in Review” Painful

At this point, you’ve probably seen your Facebook “Year in Review.” For those of us who aren’t the most avid Facebook… Read More

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Drake & Lil Wayne Are Wrong: YOLO Is a Satanic Message, Says Republican Congressional Candidate

Zach Dasher, a Duck Dynasty relative and Congressional candidate for Louisiana, wants you to know that Drake and Lil’ Wayne’s… Read More

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Ello: Why Facebook Should Be Worried About a Rudimentary, Incomplete New Social Media Site

Last week, you’d never heard of Ello — but suddenly there are thinkpieces about it everywhere, and someone sent you an invitation just before the invite program got frozen yesterday, and now you’re trying to make sense of the “minimalist” UI and wondering what exactly the fuss is all about. Or maybe you didn’t get an invite, and you’re also, yes, wondering what all the fuss is about. The site seemed to come out of nowhere, and the reason is twofold: first, while Ello’s been taking requests for invitations to its beta program since March, it was only this week that they started issuing those invitations in earnest. And second, it’s pitching itself as an ad-free alternative to the Zuckerbergian business model (its manifesto concludes with the declaration, “You are not a product”). … Read More

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OKCupid Founder Says Experimenting on Users Is Just “How Websites Work” — But It Doesn’t Have to Be

OKCupid published a pretty fascinating post on its OKTrends blog yesterday. The piece was written by the company’s implausibly monikered co-founder Christian Rudder, and it discussed the recent publicity around Facebook’s grand experiment in influencing the moods of its users by examining how they react to having their news feed filled with largely positive or negative posts. Under the title “We Experiment on Human Beings!,” Rudder wrote that OKCupid had conducted similar studies, including a case in which they provided false matching data to evaluate how important providing users with this information is in their decisions about whether or not to contact (and also maintain conversation) with another user. This was no different, Rudder argued, from what Facebook did, and no different from what a bazillion other sites are constantly doing on an ongoing basis. … Read More

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A Guide to Celebrities Who Are the Absolute Worst On Social Media

Ah, yes, celebrities: they’re just like us. Which means some of them are just as annoying as your aunt on Facebook, as unnecessarily cranky as your old college roommate on Twitter, and as insufferable as your #humblebrag colleague on Instagram. They’re basically The Worst, with the icing on the cake being that they have a built-in web audience since they’re celebrities. Here’s a guide to the worst offenders, from Ted Nugent to Jason Biggs to… Read More

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Watch Walter White’s Facebook Look Back Video

Last week, in honor of its tenth anniversary, Facebook created “look back” videos for every user. Not only do the… Read More

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Ten Years Later, Growing Up on Facebook Is Just Growing Up

As the story goes, “Thefacebook” was started by college sophomore Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm room at Harvard. From Harvard, it spread to other Boston universities, then the Ivy League, then universities nationwide, then high schools. You might have heard of it? It’s now the second most-visited website in the world. Facebook turns ten years old today, which makes it a geezer in the landscape of relevant social networks, an institution that’s stood the test of time in comparison to other internet graveyards. While teenagers may now find the site “boring” and too “adult,” as someone who had an account for the bulk of her adolescence, I’ll forever think of Facebook as my entry into a high-school experience — for better and for worse. … Read More

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