Help this little boy convey his love to his dad by leaving your porch light on

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Events on Tuesday 30 September 2014

6-year-old Darren of Clarksville, Tennessee wants you to leave your porch light on so that his dad would know that his love for him can light up the entire sky at night. On September 26 last year, Darren’s dad – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore, Jr. – was killed in action in Afghanistan. He had often told Darren, ‘I love you to the moon and back.’

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A funeral for the Facebook ‘like’ just took place in Amsterdam

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 20 September 2014

The Facebook ‘like’ has been dying out over the past few months as people of the Internet finally start to question its value, and over the weekend, it was finally laid to rest in Amsterdam’s oldest church, Oude Kerk.

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Hashtag auto-corrects are causing Grandmothers to accidentally tag themselves Grandmaster Flash

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in News on Monday 15 September 2014

For a long time now the internet has been awash with the hilarious consequences of autocorrect’s ‘helpful’ intervening in the middle of hastily written messages. Whether mortifying, inappropriate or down right insulting, autocorrect (especially on iPhones for some reason) always seems to jump in at the precise moment before you hit ‘send’. There’s nothing you can do except wait for the indignant reply.

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This is what The Onion think of Facebook’s decision to make satirical posts on the site more ‘obvious’ (spoiler alert: they win!)

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Cool Websites on Tuesday 19 August 2014

The Onion strikes back. The brilliant satirical website have (apparently) confused Facebook users so much with their close to the bone ‘news’ posts that the social media giant have now decided to identify all satirical updates with a clear and obvious tag to try and help people who can’t understand what’s happening.

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Now you can manipulate your mood, like Facebook did

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 17 July 2014

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s secret news feed experiment that looked at how emotional contagion through social networks changed people’s moods in response to filtered news feeds, artist Lauren McCarthy created Facebook Mood Manipulator, a Chrome browser extension that taps into the same Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (LIWC) system used by the Facebook study. […]

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This woman’s facebook covers are better than all of your facebook covers combined

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Redditor RubberDogTurds shows us that not all Facebook covers are about cheesy quotes and stock images. The other day, she uploaded a series of screencaps showing her Facebook covers incorporating her profile photos into the bigger picture. The covers show her running away from the Jurassic Park T-Rex, sitting alongside Heisenberg, and being the Mother of Dragons, to name a few. It’s simple, but makes stalking her page all the more fun.

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Find out if you’re a try-hard when it comes to social media

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Thursday 5 June 2014

Are you trying too hard on Facebook? Do you tweet too often? Are you looking like a loser to all your 1,200 Instagram followers? Now there’s a program that will ‘delve into your online persona, crunch the numbers, and form a comprehensive quantitative summary of your effort level in social media’. If you’re ready to […]

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Mark Zuckerberg gets immortalized in wax, Madame Tussauds-style

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 26 April 2014

Mark Zuckerberg has had a Hollywood blockbuster made about him, and now the Facebook CEO will soon be seen beaming away this June at the new Madame Tussauds museum in San Francisco, donning his signature hoodie-and-jeans getup while sitting cross-legged on a chair with a laptop (looks like an unbranded Mac). Fun fact: we didn’t […]

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How much time do you waste on Facebook? Too much

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 31 January 2014

Depending on when you first joined Facebook, you might’ve spent as much as a month’s worth of days on the website, uploading photos, leaving snarky comments and – admit it – playing Candy Crush. Well, now you’ll know exactly how much time you’ve been wasting online thanks to a new app. [work out how much time you've wasted on Facebook here!]

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Friend an animal on Facebook, help science

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Websites on Thursday 9 January 2014

Have you ever had a Whale Shark for a Facebook friend? Now you can. Stumpy, a whale shark who lives off the coast of Western Australia, is one of 5000 whale sharks you can be friends with on Facebook. This is possible through the efforts of nature-lovers over at ‘Wild Me’, a non-profit that takes […]

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Was the pig-napping of Kevin Bacon just a publicity stunt for a Sydney cafe?

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Saturday 26 October 2013

The tragic pig-napping of Kevin Bacon and his farm buddy, Bradley the Lamb, made international headlines after their family at the Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney sounded the alarm. Facebook was all abuzz with the news and local Aussies took the hunt for the missing swine to the streets. But after further investigation, some question whether the […]

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‘Like whatever’ button allows you to Like everything in your Facebook feed

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Japan-based IDPW, which declares itself to be a ‘secret society on the Internet that continued from 100 years ago’, made a Google Chrome extension a couple of years back for spreading love and goodwill in the world: it installs a button, that, once pressed, will proceed to Like everything that displays in your Facebook feed. […]

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Get shocked when you browse Facebook too long

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Saturday 31 August 2013

Just admit it; you have a slight Facebook addiction. But now, thanks to two MIT PhD students, your days of mindless social media browsing are over. The Pavlov Poke is a nifty little device that acts as a keyboard rest, that is, until you fall off the ‘digital detox’ bandwagon.

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Tourism Australia censors kangaroo’s naughty bits for Facebook

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Thursday 29 August 2013

I had to snicker when I found this “racy” photo of the Facebook-famous Kangaroo, Big Baz. It all started when Tourism Australia posted these censored photos on their Facebook page. Aussies responded with outrage that a wild animal’s genitals would be censored and posted for all to see.

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Confused Facebook responses of folks who mistake The Onion for real news

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 24 August 2013

Hudson Hongo has compiled a best-of collection of the precious, priceless times when everyday harmless folks sincerely thought The Onion articles were for real. Naturally, we bawled our heads off at the confusion that greeted the one of the Nicolas Cage puppet (‘wait … I don’t understand.. there no Nicolas cage?? I mean as a real human?’)

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