Why you should never let the internet be your doctor

March 25, 2014 | No comments

Most of us have had some nagging cough, irritating itch, or upset stomach that caused us to turn to WebMD, Google, or even Facebook (please don’t do that again…) for help.

This simple illustration from Joy of Tech shows us what we think we’ve been stricken with both before and after we’ve conducted our own online research…

Medical Web Search

(via Neatorama)

The two trendiest new social media sites that teens are deserting Facebook for

March 24, 2014 | 1 comment

Ever heard of Under the Deer or Happy Fast Kitchen? No?

Well, you’re way behind the times. Millions of teens are leaving Facebook behind for these obscure social media sites…

Neighbors take to Twitter to save 2 eagles that got tangled in a fight and crashed to the ground

March 21, 2014 | 3 comments

On Monday evening, residents in Shakopee, Minnesota, noticed two bald eagles laying on the ground in Kyle and Lesley Breimhorst’s front yard. Upon closer inspection, they realized that the two eagles were tangled in one another’s talons, unable to escape. Injured during a territorial dispute with one another, the eagles had crashed to the ground…

Eagles Fight 5

The police showed up but they weren’t equipped to help with the situation and calls to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center’s after-hours number weren’t being picked up. Onlookers quickly took to Twitter with pictures of the birds and pleas for help…

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Twitter bot to prank the gullible with completely false viral “facts” [10 pics]

March 18, 2014 | No comments

As a funny yet intriguing experiment, artist Eric Drass created a Twitter bot that is going to lie about everything and see if people like it. He says of viral content in general…

Often these snippets of information are passed, uncritically, across the network, because they are entertaining, or provocative, or (more dangerously) support our world view. But this process of passing facts around is open to abuse, where “facts” are fabricated, and uncritically passed on.

The legitimacy of information is dependent on the trustworthiness of the source, but often this is unclear, and often overpowered by a compelling image….

There is a battle between the “shareability” of information and it’s “truth”…

So he created @factbot01, an automated Twitter account that generates a completely invented “fact” and posts it in conjunction with a seemingly relevant image every four hours. Since it’s randomized, the results can be absolutely ridiculous…

Factbot - 10

But they can seem plausible, too…

Factbot - 08

Other of the random results range from false but boring to amusingly absurd…

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14 Wonderfully ridiculous list posts that show BuzzFeed is running out of list post ideas

March 4, 2014 | No comments

Conan compiled a list of lists that he says show that BuzzFeed is running out of ideas, though an alternative reading is that these indicate it is literally impossible to run out of ideas…

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Coke has repurposed the cone of shame to protect humans from social media

February 19, 2014 | No comments

Remember Dug from Disney’s Up? He did not like the cone of shame

But Coke (perhaps with the help of a New Yorker Cartoon) has come up with an inventive new use for these cones. They call it The Social Media Guard. In order to help us actually live our lives, this tool makes it nearly impossible to check your phone.

So don your Social Media Guard and live in the real world for awhile…

(via Reddit)

Grieving father asks Facebook for a unique Look Back video, they deliver

February 13, 2014 | No comments

John Berlin’s son Jesse died of natural causes on January 28, 2012 at the young age of 21. Obviously, a life cut short. A little over a week ago, John made a tearful plea to Facebook asking them to give him his son’s Look Back video, which he couldn’t see because he didn’t have access to Jesse’s account.

Reddit picked up the video and shared it hundreds of thousands of times and soon it had millions of views…

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