‘Tis the season for giving—but only to people with sweet punning skills.
After a decade and a half of the Internet wreaking havoc on the way we live our lives, the literary world has decided it’s time to tackle its influence. Hard on the heels of Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s take on Silicon Alley’s first tech boom, we have The Circle, a patched-together dystopian fantasy by Dave Eggers, who is quite clearly very worried about the pernicious influence of Facebook and its ilk.
Many, many words have already been devoted to the ways Mr. Eggers misunderstands Silicon Valley, and they’re justified. The novel reads like it’s cobbled together from what Mr. Eggers has overheard in the bars, coffee shops and parks of San Francisco. He’s nailed the sound of the tech world’s delusions of grandeur, but he doesn’t see them for the delusions they usually are.
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
It’s one of the grand ironies of the social media age that Mark Zuckerberg, who made billions by making it so, so easy to follow the lives of our exes–is extremely zealous in guarding his own privacy. Remember that fight with Mahbod Moghadam and the Instagram photo?
Well according to the San Jose Mercury News, he’s recently taken it to new heights. Apparently Zuck has opened his wallet and purchased the four homes around his own Palo Alto pad, shelling out $30 million total, paying at market rates.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and texting add layers of excitement (read: constant stress and uncertainty) to any budding relationship–and according to a new study, they also help couples get down to business in less time than their parents did.
Back in the day, there used to be something called the “three-day rule,” whereby a potential paramour would pretend not to want to talk to his or her new love interest for three days after their first date, the Telegraph reports.
Facebook has no patience for boobies–not even the feathered kind. The social media site reportedly took immediate action after the Christmas Island Tourism Board posted an ad for its annual Bird’n'Nature Week that read: “Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies.”
Of course, ornithologists and casual weekend bird-watchers alike know that “boobies”—besides being, you know, boobies—are also a type of goofy-looking bird found on islands and along coastlines, including on Christmas Island, a small Australian territory in the Indian Ocean.
On August 20, the Observer received an unsettling email from a grandmother in small town California named Cheryl Nagle. She asserted that a mysterious man on Facebook was infiltrating her community’s social media networks, and creepily sending friend requests to a bunch of local kids. And that the Observer, in some bizarre way, was connected to it all.
Obsessed with MTV’s Catfish, we took Ms. Nagle up on her tip. It turned out to be true.
“Whole Foods? More like Whole Paycheck!” That’s one of the really funny jokes commonly bestowed on the yuppie warehouse for years, but it’s trying out promotions via Twitter and Facebook to shed that image. According to the WSJ, your rich aunt’s favorite grocery store is posting “flash sales” to lure in customers who would normally flee to the closest Trader Joe’s instead.
A Tennessee church is making headlines because it allegedly ousted Detective Kat Cooper’s family after learning that Ms. Cooper was gay. In response, an online activist has taken over a Facebook account created in the church’s name, posting biblical verses and images that promote tolerance to the page’s followers.
The Ridgedale Church of Christ, of Chattanooga, Tenn., reportedly expelled the family because they stood by their daughter as she fought for benefits to be extended to same-sex partners within the city where she works, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Betabeat has contacted the church and is awaiting a call back.
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Guess between Project Loon and the Hyperloop hoopla, Mark Zuckerberg was feeling a little left out. Because Facebook’s latest announcement is something called Internet.org, a new effort to get billions more users online, via cheaper means of delivering mobile data. Also participating: Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.
Well, as side projects go, at least it’s closer to his wheelhouse than immigration reform.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but too many taken of your own mug is worth a thousand words of shit talking behind your back.
According to a new study out of the U.K., posting too many selfies on platforms like Facebook and Instagram can actually make people feel less close to you–despite the oh-so-flattering comments you may get from users like thirsty1356.