January 9, 2013 |
I recently found out my husband found ex-girlfriends on Facebook two years ago and they are friends. He said he kept them secret because he knew I would be upset. Well, I am upset by his disregard for my feelings. Now when they pop up on his news feed, it's a reminder to me that his curiosity or whatever was more important to him than my feelings and our marriage. I want them gone in every way possible. He says they are his past. I say they are in our present, in our marriage. He brought them in, and now I think he needs to take them out. What do you think?
December 12, 2012 |
The requisite year-end reminiscing has begun, and thanks to Google and Facebook, we can relive all the things from this year that we didn't really actually live but watched on the Internet. Google released its list of things people had time to search for between watching cat videos and deciding if "The Walking Dead" is for them, and Whitney Houston topped the worldwide results, followed by "Gangnam Style" and Hurricane Sandy. Topping other lists were Jeremy Lin, athletes; "Hunger Games," films; iPad 3, electronics; and One Direction in images, among others.
November 26, 2012 |
Guess what? That thing your friends, weird coworkers and confused relatives have been sharing on Facebook is pretty much a useless chain letter. Surprised? You shouldn't be. That thing I'm referring to, specifically, is the “copyright notice” being copy-pasted into Facebook statuses for the past few days that claims to claim copyright of the poster's content on Facebook, despite the new Proposed Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Facebook posted last week , along with the decision from Facebook HQ to end the feature that allows users to vote in or out new proposed features and privacy or usage statements.
November 13, 2012 |
Just when you thought Facebook had been taken over by the coupled up, hitched and with child folks of the world, Facebook ups the ante by updating a largely unused feature for those in relationships. Though “friendship pages” have been available for some time--a timeline of events, photos and interests you share with a Facebook friend, be it a platonic friend or someone you're in a relationship with--Facebook launched an updated look for these pages, as well as a handy URL for those in romantic relationships to view an even more special timeline of events.
July 31, 2012 |
For your friend's birthday, you don't want to buy a lame gift card but you want to do more than just write a message on his Facebook wall. Local startup Boomerang launched Tuesday in Chicago as a social gifting platform tapping into the $100 billion gift card industry to help people give more personalized gift cards that can be delivered quickly and redeemed conveniently at local businesses. Lightbank, the investment fund behind Groupon, invested about $1 million into Boomerang, said founder Zach Smith, 25, of River North.
July 28, 2012 |
Life is hard, man. Besides the daily struggles with paying those student loan s, waking up on time for work and always missing that Red Line train by just a few seconds, we counterintuitively struggle with Internet and social media dependency while constantly side-eyeing each other over passive aggressive Facebook statuses and mixed message tweets. Is anything real these days?! Sigh. OK, it's not that bad. But it's definitely annoying. Social media allows us to let our freak flags fly 24/7, but it also gives us free reign to fake happiness for others, hide behind emoticons and straight up lie. And it's turning a lot of us into paranoid, skeptical nerds.
July 10, 2012 |
As the national unemployment rate tops 8 percent, I sit here pantsless with no deadlines, eating ramen, playing "Words with Friends," watching YouTube videos and blogging. I imagine this is what heaven is like. Don't hate. My job as a copywriter was "eliminated" last month due to a "bad economy. " So I got canned. Dismissed. Booted. Discharged. God bless America. After moping around the house for days, I began to realize that being laid off can be awesomely beneficial.
July 10, 2012 |
Melodramatic? Maybe a little. But, seriously, your obsession with social media and your Instagram feed is probably sending you straight to Crazy Town. I tend to roll my eyes at every report about a new “study” just released that contains mostly alarmist “results,” because, much of the time, context is not provided and a “study” of a few hundred people by some crackpot scientist isn't the most reliable piece of information. That being said... a new survey conducted in the UK about the effect of social media on human beings seems pretty spot-on.
July 2, 2012
Same-sex couples will now be able to announce their marriages on Facebook without the presence of a heterosexual symbol. The social media site has added icons for same-sex marriages to replace the standard bride and groom icon, according to Mashable . The new feature first gained attention when a blue icon of two grooms appeared over Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes' timeline announcement of his marriage to partner Sean Eldridge. Read the full story here .
June 28, 2012 |
(Note from the Wingman: In this column, I use the word "friends" the way Facebook does. It's basically the people you know socially who won't kill you and take your stuff if given the opportunity.) I'm not surprising anyone by saying Chicago is a city of "Who do you know?" Your associations here define the experience, and your friends can make or break your social standing. You remember "Super Friends," right? That group of big-time heroes who united to stomp evil (and hang out with teenagers for some reason)