Archive | social media

How to Shut Down a Troll, Once and For All 

Even if Twitter finally bans the Nazis (lol yeah right), there will always be boring, dumb, annoying, and bad people on the internet. And sometimes they will find what you put online, and bother you about it. How do you deal with them without feeling like shit? We got some advice from Eli Yudin, CollegeHumor’s…Read […]

Continue Reading

Comedian Josh Gondelman Tells You How to Tweet

Comedian, author, and Last Week Tonight writer Josh Gondelman knows how to be funny in any context. Like any comedian, Josh’s second (or third or fourth) job is being good at Twitter. In 2012 he co-created the novelty account Modern Seinfeld, and he tweets regularly on his own account. In this video he explains how—or…Read […]

Continue Reading

How to Block All the Troubling Stories in Your Social Media Feeds

On Saturdays and Sundays, I don’t look at any media, social or otherwise. Those are nice days! It’s like a spa treatment for the brain. But unfortunately, my brain is addicted to social media, so come Monday I’m clicking and swiping and freaking out at every piece of horrifying information that comes across the…Read more… […]

Continue Reading

Gifts for Someone Who’s Been Shamed on the Internet 

Even in the midst of outing sexual harassers and creeps in Hollywood, politics, and media, the internet is still great at publicly shaming people for things like stolen tweets, clumsy phrasing, or being bad at video games. So you might know someone who’s been drummed off the internet for no good reason, or for a […]

Continue Reading

Two Ways to Make Trump’s Tweets a Little Less Awful 

The president’s Twitter account is unprecedented as a communications strategy, a stream-of-consciousness series of communiqués that strike fear into the heart of any American who wants to, I dunno, avoid war or keep on having a Constitution. But his Twitter rants, as bizarre and as unhinged as they frequently are…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

Continue Reading

Why You Shouldn’t Let People Search for You by Phone Number on Facebook

Getting an apartment in San Francisco is a competitive nightmare, which is why I was excited to find that the landlord I had been texting with to set up an apartment viewing just happened to be friends with another good friend of mine. She didn’t tell me, and we aren’t Facebook friends: I found out […]

Continue Reading

This Chrome Extension Keeps the Tweets in Your Timeline to 140 Characters

I liked Twitter better when everyone got 140 characters. That’s the whole point of Twitter: brevity, concision, a strong editorial hand on the tiller. So I was not at all pleased to see the company’s announcement that all users now get 280 characters, which I believe will encourage a certain sloppiness in expression—a…Read more… Continue […]

Continue Reading

Facebook Isn’t Recording Your Conversations, But It May as Well Be

Last week, the podcast Reply All investigated the persistent rumor that Facebook records users’ conversations and uses them to target ads. Facebook denied it, and co-host Alex Goldman was convinced. But for the second half of the episode, Goldman talked to people who have talked about a product, then seen it pop up in…Read more… […]

Continue Reading

Reporting Abusive DMs on Instagram Is Surprisingly Hard

Harassment and abuse on social media freaking suck. What also sometimes sucks: various platforms’ inability or reluctance to effectively deal with it. But sometimes you’ve got to focus on what you can control and let go of the rest, which in this case means reporting harassment.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

Continue Reading

How to Troll a Troll

There are two conflicting definitions of the phrase internet troll, just as there are two conflicting origin stories. The more refined definition comes from the fishing technique of trolling (dragging a fishhook behind a boat) and is a synonym for trickster. This type of troll knowingly strings others along, often by…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

Continue Reading