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Help Your Neighbors During the Coronavirus Pandemic With These New Nextdoor Features

Many of us are stuck inside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be good neighbors and help each other out. Nextdoor recently launched a new “Help Map” feature that lets users volunteer to take on extra chores and other helpful activities for those around them. This feature could make a huge difference for elderly…Read more… […]

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How to Prevent Strangers From Invading Your ‘Private’ WhatsApp Groups

If you’re a big WhatsApp user, I implore you: Stop posting links to your group chats publicly. And tell everyone in your group to resist the urge, too. All it takes is one not-so-tech-savvy user to accidentally give anyone with the slightest bit of knowledge about search operators a way to join your group, see […]

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Don’t Text ‘OK’

If someone asks you a question online or over text, do not respond with “OK.” or “Yes.” You might use “sure” or “yep” without punctuation; you should probably add an exclamation mark. Otherwise you might sound passive aggressive, dismissive, or angry. There’s a good reason for this.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Forget Social Media and Start a Blog in a Google Doc

When social media leaves me exhausted, I always feel better by switching to one-on-one or group chats. But I never thought of this method, via Gareth’s Tips: write a “blog post” in a cloud doc and share it with a select group of friends. Inventor and engineer Star Simpson calls it “lazy blogging”; investor Kevin […]

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Block Customer Service Chat Pop-ups With This Browser Extension

Chrome and Firefox: Pop-ups are back, baby! They offer 10% off, they ask you to subscribe to newsletters (sorry), they pull up a chat window so customer service can help you spend your money. If those chat pop-ups freak you out, try blocking them with the Hello, Goodbye extension.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Where to Find the Best Reddit Chat Rooms

Reddit chat rooms are here. As if you didn’t spend enough of your 9-to-5 workday browsing /r/aww, /r/explainlikeimfive, /r/bestof, or /r/SubredditDrama, you can now share your thoughts about posts (and life) with real Redditors in real time! Mashing the F5 key to refresh a static comments page is so last year.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Houseparty Makes it Easy to Video Chat with Multiple Friends on Your Mac

Mac: Of all the days to (finally) launch a version of its app for macOS, Houseparty picked yesterday—the start of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference—to make a big (themed) splash onto Apple desktops and laptops. And while Apple’s announcement of FaceTime group hangouts probably took a little wind out of…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Facebook Messenger’s Update Lets Admins Control Conversations

Assuming you’re still on Facebook—and it’s totally OK if you deleted the service this week, it really is—the company just launched a new update to its Messenger app that gives you and you friends a lot more power over your group conversations (for whoever started them). Here’s how it works.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Chat Lingo Showdown: “haha” vs. “lol”

Even if your conversational partner can’t hear you laughing or see you smiling, it’s important to express your appreciation of a joke or a funny story. The many popular options can be boiled down into two types: The hahaha of simulated laughter, and the lol of metaphorical laughter.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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