If you have a Facebook account (which is pretty much everyone but people over 90 and religious fundamentalists), then you are familiar with the awkward and uncomfortable feeling that occurs when the social media site betrays you. I was just reading today about a girl whose private messages from a college hookup were posted on her Newsfeed for all to see. Ouch. Maybe there is a need for a sympathize button after all.
But whether or not your personal biz was splashed all over your profile for all 1341 of your closest friends to see, you’ve probably had a Facebook moment that’s made you cringe. According to a new study done at Northwestern University, almost no one is immune to these sorts of Facebook gaffes. Only 15 of the 165 people surveyed had not experienced some form of Facebook awkwardness in the past six months. Keep reading »
In a matter of hours Meadow Rain Walker’s heartfelt message to fans regarding the death of her father Paul Walker has gone viral. Four hours ago Meadow Walker supposedly wrote, “When I was little he taught me to walk, taught me to smile, and taught me to never give up. I loved him even before I knew what love was. He was my hero. My REAL life hero! He will always be in my heart! It brings tears in my eyes as I write this. You’re gone, but not forgotten! R.I.P Dad!” Read more on Celeb Dirty Laundry…
Laraine Cook, a high school basketball coach in Idaho, was fired in late October for posting this picture on her Facebook page, which features her fiancé, Tom Harrison (who is also a coach at the same school), giving her bikini-clad boob a squeeze while on vacation. Keep reading »
Relationships are the most unique and nuanced thing in life. So why does Facebook only have a handful of options to describe them? This doesn’t make sense to me. Between single, civil union and divorced there are a zillion shades of relationship situations, which are all supposed to fall under the “it’s complicated” category. That’s ridiculous. I think the label of a relationship should reflect the complexity of the thing. So, I’ve come up with some new statuses that include everyone — from those who got dumped three days ago to those who have the benefits without the friendship. See where you fall on the real-life relationship status spectrum and stop trying to fit your romantic life in a box. Keep reading »
So here’s something kinda creepy – Facebook probably knows who your significant other is, even if you’ve never posted it online before. Yep, I’m freaked out too, but also kind of fascinated. Maybe this shouldn’t be all that surprising. The whole “the internet knows everything about you” rhetoric has been around long enough, but new network analysis developments have made things a little more interesting.
When it comes to friendships of the non-romantic sort, Facebook researchers measure how close two people are by what they call “embededness.” Facebook measures how embedded a friend is by how many mutual friends you share. Generally, the closer people are, the more mutual friends they are likely to have. Makes sense, right? Keep reading »
When a woman named Christine kicked her son Chad out of the house after finding out he was gay, her dad (Chad’s grandfather) penned this awesome letter, which FCKH8 posted on their Facebook page. “You’re correct we have a ‘shame in the family’, but mistaken about what it is,” he begins. “Dad” goes on to call her choice a “hurtful,” narrow-minded” “abomination” that “goes against nature.” He tells her that he has a “fabulous (as the gays call it) grandson to raise” and doesn’t have time to deal with “a heartless b-word of a daughter.” But should she change her mind, she’s welcome to call.
Fuck yeah, Grandpa! How could Christine not change her mind after a letter like that? More Chads should have grandparents like this. [The Hollywood Gossip]