I’ve had my MySpace account hijacked by some spammer who proceeded to flood my friends’ inboxes with soft corn porn ads. Evil! But you know who I would never expect to hijack one of my accounts—my mom. That is not the case for 17-year-old Lane Hill. He had been living with his grandparents for five years after his mom, Denise New, went through a rough divorce. On a visit to her house, they got in an argument. And he had accidentally forgotten to log out of his Facebook account. She went in, changed his password, and began posting status messages. “The only mistake I ever made was having a kid,” read one post. “Check this out _ I went to my mom’s and deliberately started an argument and called the police on her. She almost went to jail. How cool is that? Ha, ha, ha,” said another, about an incident where Hill had told police officers that his mom had hit him. She also posted lots of curse words. In a trial yesterday, both Lane and his mom testified. And in the end, the judge found Denise guilty of misdemeanor harassment. She was fined $435 and now has to take anger-management and parenting classes before she can have contact with her son again. And most people are just worried about their mom friending them. [Newser] Keep reading »
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After my interview with dating coach, matchmaker, and Have Him At Hello author Rachel Greenwald, I was totally pumped to test out some of the tips she gave. Specifically, what Rachel calls “I Spy a Facebook Guy.” The dating game? Give yourself some time each day to cruise around your friends’ Facebook pages and find 50 guys that you think are interesting. Then scope out their profiles and write them a message.
OK, confession: I logged onto Facebook the following day, went through one friend’s 431 friends, found one cute guy, and chickened out of writing him. I couldn’t even tell if he was single or not. Besides, I felt like a weird, desperate stalker. Not my style at all. Maybe I lack the necessary cajones to find love on Facebook. I logged off, dejected. But quitting is not my style either. So, I came up with an alternative plan that felt a little more “me.” Keep reading »
I’m a single mom and I recently broke off a relationship of about a year with a guy who’s a single dad. I grew up in a step-family and could see danger ahead if we continued the relationship. Just suffice it to say that my kids are a big part of my life, but for my former SO, his kid IS his life. Here’s what I question: when I dumped him, of course, he unfriended me on Facebook. While I don’t live and die by my online presence, what bugs me (although I don’t know if it should) is that he has kept all my kids as Facebook friends. He comments on their posts, and sends them messages! I don’t stalk him online, but other than block my kids from my feeds, I keep seeing the comments. In the real world, I really don’t think ex-SOs would keep in contact with kids, but who knows? I thought maybe you could give me some perspective! — Single Mom
Before Facebook, before Twitter, and before camera phones, high school girls were forced to deal with antiquated ways of showing off their prom dress before the big night. Images were cut out of magazines, photos were developed, and friends would come over to see the dress of choice. These days, with the speed of the internet, information is immediate. A few clever girls created a Facebook group, Don’t Steal My Prom Dress, which allows users to upload images of their chosen gown so that everyone knows they’ve laid claim to that specific piece. Now, high schools all over have their own versions of the group, and girls are getting catty. Though comments are generally positive and the Like button is a well-used function, if you happen to buy the same dress as another girl in your high school, you better run to the mall to return it. [NY Times] Keep reading »
One would think that becoming engaged would make a woman happy, right? Well, if status updates on Facebook are any indication — and at least two research scientists say they are — that theory is all wrong. Cameron Marlow and D.J. Patil spend their days tracking trends on Facebook where the roughly 400 million users give them a totally unprecedented insight into human behavior. Together, they study what Facebook calls the “Gross National Happiness Index,” an application “that measures the positive and negative sentiments expressed in status posts,” and what they’ve found, especially when it comes to how relationships affect us, may surprise many people. Keep reading »
Hey, it worked getting her to host “Saturday Night Live,” so maybe Facebook will be successful in getting Betty White a hosting gig at the Academy Awards. Everything’s been coming up roses for Ms. White lately, so why not? Go join the group and make it happen … that is, if you don’t think Facebook is a “total waste of time.” [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Soooo, just how addicted to Facebook are you? How do you feel about a dress that would render you literally attached at the hip? Designer Jennifer Darmour has created Ping, an outfit/gadget hybrid that allows you to update your status through gestures — putting the hood up sends one message, tying the straps sends another. While this seems odd — yet tame — enough, things get really creepy when the fabric itself generates a “light tapping sensation through the shoulder piece” when one of your buds updates or sends you a message. Er, nifty idea, but we think we’re gonna have to pass. [Tom's Guide] Keep reading »
In certain cities in the U.K., there’s been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases. And these cities have one thing in common — they are where Facebook is most popular. Public health officials think that social networking sites are making it much easier for syphilis-ridden horndogs to find casual sex partners, and so Facebook is urging users to “take precautions” and be careful about getting busy with people they’ve met online. But here’s the thing: Are people really meeting sex partners through Facebook? And giving them syphilis? I have promiscuous friends, and none of us has ever gotten the syph, but then again, I don’t think we’ve ever used Facebook to solicit sex either. Whatever happened to those PSAs warning kids not to meet people they meet online? Just because chat rooms are old news doesn’t mean the internet love shack is closed for business and innocent kids aren’t at risk. I think the proper method of anti-Facyphilis marketing is to make posters that say: “Hitler had syphilis. Don’t be a Nazi. Wear a frickin’ condom!” [Newser] Keep reading »
Teen brothers can be awful. Trust me, I had one. But even in his infinite jerkitude, my brother never did anything as slut-shaming or awful as the alleged doings of a little Facebook hoodlum named Chris. According to Nerve.com, teenager Chris got ratted out by his sister, Katie, for a 12-pack of beer he had stashed in his bedroom. To retaliate, he allegedly rooted through her bedroom until he found her “hookup list,” which he posted on Facebook. Chris appears to have posted a looseleaf list of Katie’s conquests — “Adrian finger me,” “Brian only kiss” — and underneath he wrote a nasty little paragraph about it:
Since all I can do and all I’ll ever [do] for the next 2 and a half months involve [sic] sitting on the computer all day, I thought I’d get a little revenge today. Everyone out there might think my sister is such a sweet and innocent girl, but a few days ago I decided to go treasure hunting in her room and found a little something special in her closet. this will make the next 2.5 months bearable.
Ladies and gentlemen…..my sister is a whore.
Ugh. Douche! Keep reading »