Nude photos should obviously not be illegal, but what about posting naked photos that aren’t your own on an app that explicitly states rules against it? More
Topic: social media
Because affirmation is what we all need every now and again when we post certain things to social media, anyway, isn’t it?
Ever “quit” Facebook? You’re hardly rare — in fact, 61% of current Facebook users have taken voluntary breaks from the social networking site, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. Reasons range from apathy to time constraints to too much “drama” among Facebook friends.
Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all those other crazy-addictive sites) is an increasingly prevalent aspect of modern life. More and more, it’s criticized for making us “lonely” and less connected to the real, physical world around us. At their worst, online communities can encourage bullying and even eating disorders, but in some corners of the internet, social media is embraced as part of a healthy lifestyle, helping people thrive. Feminista Jones, an avid social media user and sex-positive feminist blogger, started her own health and fitness challenge called the #SexyShred. Her goal was to create a supportive, inclusive community for people looking to live healthier lifestyles using social media. Inspired by the community she’s created, I asked Feminista Jones a few questions about the #SexyShred, its creation, and how social media can spur us all to lead healthier lives and make healthier choices. More
Dr. Pepper really ticked off their fans. Not because they’re finally waking up to the fact that soda is bad for you, but because they used evolution in a Facebook ad campaign. As NPR reports, “…an ape moving from all-fours, to seeing a soda on a rock, to an upright man, enjoying a Pepper, is apparently red meat to some creationists who are loudly expressing outrage at the idea that humans evolved from soda-discovering apes.” We’ve seen companies use sex, violence, misogyny and, most recently, national tragedies to claim consumer attention, so forgive us when we say that this just seems silly. More
I really, really wanted to dislike Pinterest—all those crafts and elaborately-decorated cupcakes and the overall Etsy aesthetic. All those brides-to-be pinning shoes and rings and wedding porn. But then I realized how great the site is—easier to use than Tumblr, prettier than old bookmarking sites like del.ic.ious—for keeping track of, sharing and finding new recipes. Plus, a growing number of folks (including men) have been signing up, which has mitigated Pinterest’s cutesy/craftsy reputation and feel somewhat. If your tastes tend more toward avocado gazpacho and beet chips than pretzel turtles and cherry coke cupcakes, here are a few recipe pinboards to follow. More
If you’d asked me to guess what type of plastic surgery had increased most between 2010 and 2011, chin augmentation would not have been near the top of my list. But according to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, demand for “chinplants“—inserted to enhance or define the chin line—increased 71% during that period, outpacing breast implants, liposuction and Botox. More
McDonald’s held a “#McDChanging” twitter chat today to ask their customers how they’d like to see the fast food giant change. As you’d expect, many customers wanted to know how they’d be making their menu more healthy. Their answer? Mainly that they’ll be posting calorie counts in the future and, weirdly, that they’re focused on “telling their farm-to-fork story about their food.” Read: They’re full of hot air. More
Can Twitter make cancer better? Xeni Jardin, the founding editor and co-editor of Boing Boing, decided that it probably could, and live-tweeted her first mammogram and breast cancer diagnosis yesterday. She tweeted everything from her decision to undergo her first screening to photos of herself prepping for the test on instagram, and even the results: Sadly, that she has breast cancer. More
Do you use the social media app Foursquare? The app enables users to “check in” to places they go to and get points based on the number of times they’ve been out to how many of their friends are at the same place. However, plenty of brands are now using Foursquare to give out coupons, discount codes, or other free stuff to their customers. Tumblr user Bees Knees checked into her local Walgreen’s and got a message informing her that Walgreen’s would be donating a flu shot voucher to “someone in need” because of her checkin. More
Collecting cats and loading up on ice cream are the lonely spinster warning signs of yore, but now the key alarm bells may be digital, claims a survey focusing on social networking usage. It says if a person is hooked on LCD screens and mouseclicks, it doesn’t matter how many Facebook friends they’re boasting, they’re probably pretty damn lonely. More
Try this on for size: A new report has found that Facebook users are more trusting and have closer relationships in comparison to non-users of the popular social networking site. More