I used to get the back-home gossip from my mother. In the olden days, when “Men in Black II” came out, she was like a Greek oracle or a Shakespearean seer. With her job in the school district, she always knew what was happening with everyone. Charlie’s a plumber and about to be engaged to Samantha the artist. Bobby, who had that baby so young, is working for the fire department. Mom always knew how to deliver the news; she’s your oldest confidante. She knows that when you’re too old for that kind of thing, you’re still gonna cry when the last strawberry in the floundering patch dies, and about that boy who was soooo cute when you were 15 and gangly. When the news was bad, I was prepared before she spoke because of her deep inhale and too-long pause. After telling me the girl who wore sneakers to the senior prom was killed by a drunk driver, we stayed on the phone together.
Then came the “just the facts, ma’am” Facebook. Keep reading »
Let’s be honest: It’s Friday afternoon and you’ve probably spent most of the day goofing off on Facebook. So you’ve probably noticed your girlfriends posting colors as status updates, like “Pink!” or “Black and white polka dots!” OK, random … I, for one, had no idea what was going on until I opened a message from a friend:
Some fun is going on for breast cancer awareness … just write the color of your bra in your status. Just the color. Nothing else. Send this ONLY to girls. No men. It will be neat to see if this spreads the wings of cancer awareness. It’ll be fun to see how long it takes for the men to wonder why all the girls have a color in their status. Ha!
Hell’s bells, why do so many “awareness”-raising campaigns for breast cancer have to be so stupid? Keep reading »
It’s that time of year again. Time to look back on your year and evaluate—what were the good moments, the crap moments, and the forgotten moments? Facebook can be annoying sometimes, but last night I rediscovered its brilliance. A genius new app will sum up your year in the most randomly comical way possible—by your Facebook status updates. The Year In Status app randomly selects your Facebook statuses from the past year and puts them together on a customizable page. I called mine “Twas a Tale of Sound and Fury: My Statuses, 2009,” and my roommate and I were seriously cracking up for hours about it. How could I have forgotten the time I was “just got caught eating a piece of cheese with no shirt on.” Don’t ask … long story. Don’t deny yourself this small indulgence before 2010 rolls in. Keep reading »
If I’ve learned anything from sex scandals, it’s that texting somebody you’re hoping to sleep with can be dangerous. Especially if you’re married. Or famous. But this isn’t about dumb Tiger Woods. This is about the rest of us, and those normal, baby-step texts surrounding a first date that can often go horribly awry. Before, you’d just get a girl’s number, and if it was real, you’d set up a date with her and see her then. But now we have texting/IMing/emailing and, good lord, Facebooking each other. There are so many opportunities to be misunderstood!
These days, if you’re going on a date with someone new, chances are you’ve “talked” to this person electronically before you even get to make awkward conversation about your “crazy” work week over salmon croquettes and the second least expensive bottle of wine on the menu (can’t look completely cheap!). But I implore you: stop. Don’t text me, IM me, Gchat me or — heaven forbid — Facebook me after we’ve established our first-date time and place. Let me explain. Read more … Keep reading »
Avon calling! Or, poking?
Mark, Avon’s trendier, Lauren Conrad-endorsed line, is now selling makeup through Facebook. This is the first time we’ve seen e-commerce really take advantage of the social network. The Mark store essentially operates as a fan page with the standard wall and info tabs, but there’s also a shop tab that lets you browse and purchase products under the same umbrella. This could be a flop—something that their market research team thinks is fail-proof because young girls are, like, always on Facebook, right? Or could this be the beginning of a new social networking trend where everything you do (or buy) online is all within the same structure? What do you think — would you buy clothes or makeup off Facebook? [Mark Girl Facebook Page via StyleList] Keep reading »
Alicia Keys is changing the music game. She’s the first A-list musician to release an entire album via Facebook. Her 1.3 million fans can listen to The Element of Freedom, her sixth album, in its entirety for free and can place pre-orders before the official drop date, Dec. 15. Now we’ll be able to decide whether to purchase the entire album or specific songs; we all know an artist’s previous work is no guarantee their newest album will be as enjoyable. [Alicia Keys] Keep reading »
For the next week or so, Estée Lauder makeup artists are offering free “put your best face in cyberspace” makeovers at a couple stores across America, which basically means they’re on the makeover train, again—but this time, they’re taking photos of you after your beauty upgrade. Why? Lauder wants to pretty up your Facebook (or Match.com or Twitter or…) photo. Apparently, one of their ads reads: “Your Beauty. Your Style. Your Profile.” And: “Get a great photo for your social network page, website or blog.” Wanna go? Well, better get booking an appointment; they start in some parts of the U.S. tomorrow. Here’s the list of ten counters nationwide that are offering the promo. [Estée Lauder] Keep reading »
When you break up with someone, how do you expect the people in your life to treat your ex? This Sunday’s “Modern Love” column in The New York Times explored that topic in an essay by Charles Antin. Antin had an amicable, cold-turkey breakup with his girlfriend of five years, and then found himself morosely following her life in the aftermath via Facebook. When his “technophile” grandfather joined the social networking site and befriended his ex — because of their shared love of Frangelico, it seems — Antin was angry. The column ends with a bit of a whimper — Antin confronted his grandfather, who ended up quitting Facebook entirely — but it got me thinking about how we expect our family members and friends to treat our exes, and how we expect their family and friends to treat us, whether the breakup was amicable or not. Keep reading »