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. Taking into account the […]

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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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Facehawk: an interactive music video that hijacks your Facebook

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Friday 23 August 2013

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill music video. Director Rajeev Basu created this interactive music video for Big Data, a band whose conceptual music centers around voyeurism in the digital age. Facehawk essentially hijacks your Facebook and uses your data to create a hawk all in real-time on your browser. It’s a clever and poignant reminder of […]

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Customized Facebook ‘likes’ for superheroes

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 22 May 2013

Bogotá-based creative Jaime Calderón personalized the ubiquitous Facebook ‘like’ icon to suit every prolific superhero out there: Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine, The Thing, Captain America, Batman, Iron Man, Hulk, Wonder Woman, Thor… the one for Flash isn’t even really in full sight. Brilliant.

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LuLu: an App for women to gossip about men

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 6 May 2013

LuLu encourages women to objectify men. This “girls only” app let’s women anonymously gossip about the men in their lives. Girls can sign up and then begin rating guys they know via Facebook. It’s a third space for women to comment on men and stalk their profiles hardcore. It’s a place to keep up with ex’s, stay up to […]

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Chope Food for the Needy: Facebook feeds the poor

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Friday 26 April 2013

Do you want a practical way to feed the homeless? Take a look at Chope Food for the Needy’s facebook page. This movement teaches average people how to help the needy. All you really need to do is talk to your favorite food vendor, buy an extra meal or two, and ask them to give […]

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