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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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Like, Sympathize, But Don’t Hate: How Social Media’s Enforced Positivity Is Making Us Dupes

A couple of years back, we ran a post called “The 10 Things That Are Killing Indie Music in 2011.” It discussed various ways in which the world of indie music could be better, and generated what amounted to a heap of attention for Flavorwire at the time, also stirring a healthy debate in the comments section (all of which sadly got nuked when we switched over to Facebook comments). Inter alia, several commenters took me to task for being “negative,” asking why I didn’t write something positive about the world of music instead of criticizing it. And, y’know, sure, why not? A couple of weeks later, I wrote “10 Things That We Love About Indie Music in 2011.” It generated precisely one-tenth of the traffic the first post did, proving neatly that for all people’s stated good intentions, negative pieces were a whole lot more popular on the Internet than positive ones. Or so it appeared, anyway. … Read More

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Things That Should Be Obvious: Don’t Publish Snuff Photos

It’s no secret that social media presents novel problems of etiquette and appropriate behavior! Every single day I have to restrain myself from making some kind of inappropriate comment on someone’s Facebook wall that might be Internet-funny, but which wouldn’t pair well with that particular person’s sense of humor. As a Canadian, I am spared the horror of Republican relatives posting Birther propaganda, but I have heard tales. And look: we’re all learning. It takes time to learn how to calibrate your trigger finger such that it doesn’t always record your quickest reaction for all to see.

But there’s one rule we thought, until yesterday, might be obvious:

If someone posts a picture that seems to be evidence of a grisly murder to Facebook, don’t share it. … Read More

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Why Is Frank Gehry So Desperate to Align Himself With Facebook?

For a while, rumors have been circulating that Facebook would be relocating from a Midtown Manhattan office at 335 Madison Ave to the downtown tech stead of Silicon Alley. Yesterday, Serkan Piantino, head of Facebook’s New York engineering team, confirmed the news, announcing that they would be taking up 100,000 square feet of space on two floors of an existing building at 770 Broadway. … Read More

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Twitter Reacts to Facebook’s New Graph Search

Earlier today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the “third pillar” of his social network — a new search tool called Graph Search, which will leverage Facebook’s one billion members’ 240 billion photos and 1 trillion interpersonal connections. “People use search engines to answer questions,” he explains in this in-depth piece on Wired. “But we can answer a set of questions that no one else can really answer. All those other services are indexing primarily public information, and stuff in Facebook isn’t out there in the world — it’s stuff that people share. There’s no real way to cut through the contents of what people are sharing, to fulfill big human needs about discovery, to find people you wouldn’t otherwise be connected with. And we thought we should do something about that. We’re the only service in the world that can do that.”

While we’re still figuring out what exactly this means for your Facebook privacy, let alone the future of sites like Yelp or even Google, we’ve collected some of the best initial tweets in response to the new feature after the jump. Let us know in the comments if you plan to get on the waiting list to give it a try. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Jay-Z has announced plans to stream the last of his eight concerts at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on YouTube. The footage will air tomorrow night beginning at 9:30pm EST on the rapper’s new Life and Times channel on the site. [via Hitfix]

2. “Motherf—ker fired Big Bird and won! Beloved children’s… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In case you missed it, a new — and much more exciting — trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln debuted after last night’s presidential debate. Watch it here.

2. Netflix has announced that all 13 episodes of House of Cards — its original political drama that’s being executive produced by David Fincher… Read More

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How Not to Suck So Bad on Instagram

New York City filmmaker Casey Neistat loves Instagram — after all, as he so astutely points out, “if Facebook is Lucky Charms, Instagram is just the marshmallows.” But he wants to keep it great. And since any social media network is only as good as its users, he’s created a handy guide to not making it suck for everyone, including real-life examples (doing it right: Rick Ross; doing it wrong: J-Biebs), and important guidelines to live by (pay close attention to the “post one picture, then chill” rule). Click through to get a little better at everyone’s favorite social media network de jour — we all know you probably need it. … Read More

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