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Facebook Turns Catty With Prom Season

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 »

Facebook Says Getting Engaged Makes Women Unhappy

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 »

A Facebook Group Wants Betty White To Host The Oscars

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 »

Creepy Dress Updates Your Facebook Page, Taps You On The Shoulder

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 »

Facebook Gives You Syphilis?!?! Or Not.

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 »

Is This A Hoax? Teen Brother Posts Sister’s Hookup List On Facebook

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 »

Girl Talk: Why Is Everyone So Happy I’m In A Relationship?

We were laying side by side, both face deep in our iPhones—checking our email one last time before going to sleep, setting our alarm clocks for the next morning, basically saying goodbye to the day. I turned to him, his face lit by the tiny screen, and watched him scroll through his Facebook newsfeed.

“Anything exciting?” I asked.

“My cousin really loves Drew Barrymore. Check out the exclamation marks.”

“Should we change our relationship status?” I asked, as if that were the natural follow-up. Keep reading »

Poll: Is It OK To Announce, Say, An Engagement On Facebook?

Is announcing major personal news on Facebook rude, crude, or totally acceptable?

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In Defense Of Farmville: Why One Addict Won’t Be Cowed by Haters

We know what you’re thinking. Farmville is the worst. And “watermelon mastery”? Are you kidding me with this?

You can keep Farmville from showing up in your Facebook feed, but that hasn’t stopped people from carping about it. (In fact, there was an entire “Dr. Phil” episode dedicated to Farmville addiction.) So we thought we’d ask Marika, a real-life Farmville addict, what all the fuss was about — and whether or not she felt bad about glutting our feeds with her lost ocelots. Answer? Not at all. Instead, here’s her emphatic defense of Farmville:

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Dude Holds His Ex’s Facebook Page Hostage

Jessica Zamora-Anderson and Paul Franco of Queens, New York, hardly had the ideal relationship. They met on Facebook in 2008 and were reasonably happy, until a year later when a screaming match ended with Paul chucking a cell phone at his girlfriend’s head. Soon after, Paul let Jessica know that he’d taken video footage of them doing the deed and he wasn’t afraid to make it public—so when he demanded $185 to get his towed car released from an impound lot, she paid up. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when Jessica tried to log into her Facebook page and her password was denied. She quickly realized that Paul had hijacked her account, changed her sexual preference to “gay,” and was writing her friends and family members and doing updates, posing as her. She contacted him, and he said he’d give her the account back—if she paid him $390. Which seems like a pretty arbitrary number? We’re pretty amused that instead of paying up, Jessica went to the police. Paul is now facing charges of coercion and harassment. Just another reminder to NEVER share your password with anyone. Oh, and to not date psycho douchebags. [NY Post] Keep reading »

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