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What Happens When I Change My Relationship Status On Facebook? Sadly, Not A Whole Lot

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One night last week, I was doing a final sweep of online headlines before I allowed the Xanax to sink in and take me away, Calgon-style, when I came across a story about Facebook introducing a new button feature that allows users to ask anyone about their relationship status. My first thought was, Is this really necessary? My second was, I need to grab a Kleenex because my night-guard is making me drool all over my pillow. Either way, I couldn’t stop thinking about why Facebook would go through the trouble to develop this Snoopy Susan feature that just proves how nosey you are to your stable of virtual friends. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Hating On Social Media Is Trendy, But It’s Also Wrong

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It seems like lots of people lately wax poetic about the good old days before we were all staring at computer screens. Take, for example, the popularity of the “Look Up” spoken word video. I hear these complaints from mostly people my age, maybe a bit older, so we’re not that far apart in our experiences. Yet somehow they hold this belief that social media has led all of us down a path to “forever alone” hell that we’ll never recover from. Or something? I’m not entirely sure, as it’s pretty infrequent that these arguments actually point to data, but rather appeal to emotions. Keep reading »

Facebook Removes 40-Year-Old Woman’s Boudoir Photo For Being “Obscene”

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Amanda Schoonover seems like a pretty rad lady: she’s covered in tattoos, she loves her body, and she’s an actress who appears frequently on the Philly stage. For her 40th birthday, she decided to do a boudoir photography shoot and post one image a day for 40 days. “I wanted to do something that promoted a positive image of what 40 looks like,” she told Philly Mag. “Some people say, ‘Well, don’t worry. You don’t look 40!’ I find this rather insulting. What do people think 40 looks like? This is what it looks like, and I am very proud of it. I am hoping the pictures inspire others to love themselves at any age.”

Which is awesome … until the part where Facebook removed a photo for being “obscene.” Keep reading »

New App Figures Out Who Your Happiest Facebook Friends Are

New App Figures Out Who Your Happiest Facebook Friends Are

TIME magazine has created a new app which hooks into your Facebook account and measures the happiness of your friends based on the language they use in their posts. I’ve learned two important things about myself. One, with 502 posts, I use Facebook entirely too much. And two, The Frisky’s Mommie Dearest columnist Avital Norman Nathman is my happiest friend — 80 percent of what she posts is positive! (Winona is next, with 69 percent of her posts being positive, and Amelia is only marginally more positive than me, with 58 percent of her posts. Buck up, Amelia!) It’s an interesting experiment, although I don’t believe what words a person uses on Facebook can accurately assess their fundamental happiness. But maybe it is time to stop grumbling about the bad weather so much. [TIME]

Proud Mama Announces Son Is Transgender In The Most Awesome Way Possible

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Las Vegas hairstylist Proud mama Jodi Gholson Oliver is definitely in the running for mom-of-the-year, at least in my book. Oliver recently took to Facebook to announce her 19-year-old son as a transgender person, and she did it in the most amazing and beautiful way possible. Along with a cute illustration of a baby-carrying white stork and the words “It’s A Boy,” Oliver shared a moving message about her son, Jes’s journey to self-acceptance. Read her Facebook announcement on The Stir…

Facebook Is Trying To Stop You From Humiliating Yourself

Woman Posted Bloodied "Selfie" On Facebook After Domestic Violence Attack

Acts of self-destruction on Facebook have apparently become so rampant that the site is getting involved and testing a reminder system to try to save you from yourself. When you’re about to post something that might lead you to expulsion, firing or just general humiliation from sharing with an unintended audience, the system employs a nifty little pop-up that will remind users that they’re posting something publicly and to consider who the post is intended for. Keep reading »

Beyond “Male” And “Female”: Facebook Now Allows More Inclusive Options For Gender Identity

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The gender options on Facebook have worked well enough for those of us who identify as “male” or “female.” But what about folks who wish to publicly identify as something else? Until now, their only option has been to leave that option blank or be mis-gendered. After working with LGBTQ activists, Facebook announced an “Other” option to customize your correct gender identity. A scroll down menu (like shown) listing a bunch of different gender identities: transgender male, intersex, cisgender female, queer, and so on. It even offers the option “gender questioning” for folks who aren’t sure which label, if any, fits them just yet. Currently, the new inclusive options are only available for users in the United States, but it’s a great start. It’s not often Facebook does something that we actually like, so this makes the new extra exciting. Good job, everyone! [The Verge] [Image of Facebook via Shutterstock]

Take A Pic And Show Us Your Snow Day!

Holy crap, you guys. It looks like Jack Frost’s wet dream outside.

Here in New York, the snowstorm is so bad that I’m pretty sure even the Dunkin’ Donuts near my apartment is closed. If you know anything about Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s that those guys would power through an apocalypse with gas masks and Dunkaccinos in hand if it meant they might sell one box of Munchkins. Keep reading »

Courageous Breast Cancer Survivor’s Naked Facebook Photos Reveal The Reality Of Fighting Cancer

Courageous Breast Cancer Survivor's Naked Facebook Photos Reveal The Reality Of Fighting Cancer

A breast cancer survivor in Australia posted powerful, naked photos on Facebook to show the hidden effects of breast cancer on a woman’s body, which is something that goes largely unmentioned when we think about breast cancer. Her goal is to raise awareness about cancer prevention, and expose the reality of the disease, as opposed to the pink ribbons we normally associate with breast cancer. See Beth Whaanga’s photos on The Gloss…

Science Says Facebook Is An Actual Epidemic, And It Will Die Out Sooner Than You Think

You know those moments when you roll your eyes and half-joke to your girlfriends that Facebook is a social disease? As it turns out, that’s exactly what it is — at least, according to researchers. John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler of Princeton University compare the social network to a plague. Its rapid growth in popularity is similar to the spread of an infectious disease, and researchers predict it will eventually die out just like a bad strain of flu. The pair made use of equations that are meant to track the growth and recovery of epidemics, and used it to gauge Facebook’s success. To make sure the numbers lined up, they tested those same equations on the long-dead MySpace. The researchers found that the formula matches MySpace’s rise and subsequent plummet to total obscurity, which means their predictions for Facebook just may be spot-on. Keep reading »

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