Posts tagged "facebook"

Facebook Has Serious New Suicide Prevention Tools

Yesterday, Facebook announced new measures to help users who might be at risk for self-harm. It’s become too common that we hear stories about Facebook users who speak to their distress and end up hurting themselves or worse, and in the meantime, their friends don’t know what to do.
Facebook’s new tool will allow friend…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015

Virtual Reality Facebook Sounds Like A Dystopian Nightmare To Me

Facebook’s developers are working on a virtual reality version of the social network. Oh my god, just kill me now.
Facebook acquired Oculus VR last year, and at first everyone was like, “Why?” Well, now we know. Facebook wants us to dive deeper into the biggest timesuck humanity has ever known. Facebook’s CPO, Chris Cox,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 19, 2015

6 Things I Learned From Deleting All Of My Facebook Activity One By One

Over the last five months, I’ve been going the Nick Briz Facebook escape route and, instead of “deleting” my profile with the possibility of coming back to it later, I’ve been deleting all of my activity on Facebook so that there’s just nothing there. Briz’s web site offers codes that you can plug in to…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 17, 2015

You Can Now Appoint Someone To Manage Your Facebook When You Die

Planning for our eventual demise is never a fun thing. I don’t know if I know anyone who has gotten around to getting a will together yet. I certainly haven’t. I mean, it’s not like I have much in the way of actual property. I’m probably not going to spend an afternoon detailing who get…

Robyn Pennacchia / February 12, 2015

Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

My Facebook feed is exploding with new babies. Adorable, squishy, big-eyed baby pictures are popping up all over the place, and most of them belong to first time parents. One of the great things about social media is that I have easy access to an array of newborn cuteness, from friends across the globe. At…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 20, 2015

This Facebook Page Crowdsourced Thousands Of Puppy Pictures For A Teen Fighting Cancer

Sixteen-year-old Anthony Lyons is undergoing chemo for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in a Phoenix hospital, and one thing that makes him smile through his treatment is man’s best friend. Sometimes he receives therapy dog visits at the hospital, but family friend Roberta Lucero-Koron created a Facebook page for the days he doesn’t, asking that users submit photo…

Claire Hannum / January 5, 2015

I’m Not That Great A White Person

The thing about being white is you end up with a lot of white friends. They’re people you went to school with, people you worked with, even people you’re related to. Some white people are all right, but a lot of them are kind of awful. I’m not even really that super good of a…

Beth Tully / January 5, 2015

Yo, Facebook, Please Stop Suggesting I Friend A Bunch Of Random Dudes I Don’t Want To See Again

The other day I noticed something kind of strange about the “People You Might Know” list on my Facebook account. In addition to the usual array of strangers or acquaintances with whom I share mutual friends and thus “might know,” Facebook was suddenly suggesting some new faces with whom I shared no mutual friends. A…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 10, 2014

Make It Stop: “My Friends’ Social Media Updates Are Making Me Depressed”

I feel like a bad friend. My friends seem so successful and I feel like I’m stalling. All I see are updates about marriages, babies, pregnancies, I feel like I can’t keep up. How do I not feel so terrible about it?
Social media is a tool, not a reflection of real life. Like…

Anna Goldfarb / November 21, 2014

Dear Facebook: My Name Is NOT Elizabeth Gallagher

Hi. My name is Ross von Metzke. I’m a 35-year-old gay male living in Southern California. Blonde hair, green eyes, 6’0”. Did I mention I’m male?

But according to Facebook, for the last 24 hours, my name has been Elizabeth Gallagher.


If I’m being honest, it’s my ow…

Ross von Metzke / November 5, 2014

7 Proven Ways Facebook Is A Relationship Killer

Infidelity comes in many different shapes and sizes. There is the most obvious kind where someone is sneaking around and physically having an affair with someone other than his or her partner. Then there is the emotional kind where you are turning to someone other than your partner to vent about your martial problems, to… / October 31, 2014

You May Be Liable For Your Kids’ Facebook Posts

Parents who don’t already pay close attention to their kids’ Facebook posts may want to start. Georgia’s Court of Appeals says parents may be liable for their children’s online activity after a couple didn’t force their son to delete a defamatory Facebook profile, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to court documents, the boy and another student created…

Newser / October 25, 2014

Facebook Is Still Deactivating Drag Queens’ Facebook Accounts

Even though Facebook apologized for deactivating drag queens’ accounts after realizing that one person had been on a personal crusade to troll the queens, the site is still continuing to suspend the accounts. Facebook’s Chief Products Officer Chris Cox noted in his apology that the legal-name policy was intended to increase accountability for people who…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 17, 2014

We’re Not Alone, Because Mark Zuckerberg Is Also Hella Paranoid About Catching Ebola

There’s being scared about catching Ebola, and then there’s being SO scared about catching Ebola that you literally try and kill it singlehandedly by donating $25 million dollars to stop that shit.

While we all take precautions by washing our hands and not making out with so many strangers (and things of that…

Katie Oldenburg / October 14, 2014

Tech Companies Want To Help Female Employees Freeze Their Eggs, But What We Really Need Is Better Paternity Leave

Apple and Facebook are going to start helping female employees cover the cost of freezing their eggs — some employees, anyway; Apple’s benefits vary depending on your position — so that those women don’t have to choose between having a family and working through some of the prime years of their careers.
This i…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014

I’m So Tired Of This Sentimental BS About How Social Media Is Bad For Us

Are you buggin’, Prince Ea? Yes. You are buggin’. Social media is not that bad. I am seriously about to headdesk over here over the critiques this video for “Can We Auto Correct Humanity?” poses.
Let me tell you a story about my childhood. When I was very young, my dad commuted by train,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 12, 2014

Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community After Realizing One Troll Has Been Causing Most Of The Legal-Names Trouble

Is anyone else surprised that now that the two-week deadline for “real names” on Facebook is up, Facebook has apologized to the LGBT activists who have been fighting it and said that they’re “taking measures to provide much more deliberate customer service” to the owners of flagged accounts? I’m not. Facebook apologizes for everything, eventually,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 5, 2014

Why I’m Switching From Facebook To Ello

Since Facebook announced that it was going to suspend accounts unless users used their legal names earlier this month, many people have been looking for a new place to socialize, and Ello has been gaining traction. Ello is another status-based, at-reply-based social network, with a minimalist aesthetic and, mostly importantly, no ads, and anonymized data…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 26, 2014

Facebook Is Giving Suspended Users Two Weeks To Decide If They Want To Change Their Names Or Leave

Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular — and didn’t budge on the policy.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 19, 2014

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

It was two and a half years ago that I presented at South By Southwest  on sex workers and social media, particularly on the dangers of “real name policies.” Sex workers are using social media, not only to talk to fans, but to talk to each other, to create community while still maintaining a level…

Kitty Stryker / September 18, 2014
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