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The Secret To Getting More Twitter Followers Is Already Being Well-Known In Real Life

So you want to be popular on Twitter? Tough titties, I guess. It turns out Twitter is a lot like the American economy: There are a few people with a lot of followers, many of whom have those followers because they were well-known before they even joined Twitter, and the vast majority of users only have a few dozen followers.

It turns out, according to a study from the Technical University of Madrid, that the sort of rote advice you’re bound to be given about getting more followers by having interesting things to say and tweeting often is incorrect. You could have great things to say, but the bottom line is that Twitter users follow people because other Twitter users follow them, not because of their content or ideas, or the frequency with which they post. Case in point: Ira Glass didn’t tweet for six years after he opened his account, and he still has over 100,000 followers. Shoot, I followed him while he wasn’t tweeting. Keep reading »

The Most Popular Kids At Hollywood High!

Last week, 15-year-old Dakota Fanning was crowned the Homecoming Princess of Crespi Carmelite High School after cheering at the game with the other Viking cheerleaders. This is weird for a couple of reasons: because she goes to an actual high school and because she is still only 15. Also, isn’t she too busy being a badass Volturi to be a cheerleader? And aren’t teenagers supposed to resent her for her success? Plus, aren’t they generally called “Homecoming Queens”?

Most celebrities at least claim they were outcasts in high school. Having been a drama geek, I can confirm that this is likely true. But I guess not every path to stardom is paved with struggle. Here are some celebrities who were beloved from day one. [Just Jared] Keep reading »

Girls Who Think They’re Hot Are More Likely To Be Bullied

According to a study of 2,300 students ages 12 to 18, girls who viewed themselves as attractive had a 35 percent higher chance of being involved in emotionally damaging scenarios, i.e., receiving hurtful anonymous notes, being socially excluded, or having rumors spread about them. I knew there were lessons to be learned from Mean Girls. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »

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