20 of the most ridiculous domains available on the web — and where you can find more of them

May 13, 2014 | No comments

Web developer Glen Maddern created Dumb Domains, a site that auto-generates silly domains available to purchase. Thanks to new top-level domains like .farm and .directory, a whole new world of terrible domain possibilities have been unleashed on the internet.

Here are 20 of our favorite domains from the site…

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What clients really mean when they talk to a web designer

May 9, 2014 | No comments

The people at Plato Web Design have worked with enough clients to know what they’re really asking for when providing feedback on a project, so they made this handy cheat sheet that allows any designer to quickly interpret client requests…

Design Feedback

(via Design Taxi)

Previously… Designers graphically represent awful client feedback [30 pictures]

Twitter account has been getting funnier and funnier for 7 years…very slowly

May 8, 2014 | 1 comment

Like many others @JPBimmer joined Twitter back in 2008 with a simple Tweet about the service itself…

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Simple and straightforward. Not funny, though. Then there was his next Tweet…

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Still not that funny…until you notice the date — a full year after his first post. That’s a long debate.

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You should know what “net neutrality” is. If you don’t, here’s a quick, fun way to catch up…

May 5, 2014 | 2 comments

We’ve all heard the term “net neutrality,” with most of the internet telling us to oppose it. But a lot of us are still confused about what the term even means.

CGP Grey’s quick video is all you need to feel like a know-it-all about this hot-button issue…

Now that you know what net neutrality is, you can let the FCC know what you think or petition the White House to provide an official response on the issue.

This song is so bad it will make you want to quit Facebook

April 10, 2014 | 2 comments

At a recent social media marketing conference, the crowd was primed for the next speaker with this doozy of a performance. You’ll want to turn it off in about 10 seconds, but don’t. Be strong, because it only gets better and better, and by that I mean worse and worse.

You will find yourself with your head in your hands wondering if you want to participate anymore in any of the sites celebrated in a song this cringeworthy…

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)

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…

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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…

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But they can seem plausible, too…

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

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