Is your Twitter feed feeling a little extra insufferable today? Do you hear the sort of "I'm at a really cool event and you're not" echo running through the Internet? Are you suddenly craving Tex Mex and you're not sure why? That's because the South by Southwest Conference has begun! And you're not there! (We're certainly not.) So, we've come up with a couple of ways to pretend you're at the annual pilgrimage of media, tech, music and entertainment types to Texas, or at least some ways to mitigate the pain of not being there.
So, maybe Valentine's Day has you a little bit down about relationships. (Or not! We won't judge.) But either way, there should still be a little room left to celebrate what you love (and hate) about that city. To that end, the interactive mapping website MyBlockNYC compiled two separate videos, made up of crowdsourced video clips, doing just that.More »
Because love is at least nominally in the air (Valentine's Day is Tuesday), the Internet has brought you a new tool to discover your digital crushes. Twit Amore is an app that allows you find out who you or someone you like to stalk loves on Twitter by simply entering a user's handle. According to the site's "about" page it can reveal these "romantic" (note my use of scare quotes) interests by "using the Twitter API, it looks up who you follow, your timeline and your favourite tweets." We decided look up the loves of a few notable New Yorkers, and didn't find anything too incriminating. [h/t]
Valentine's Day can elicit strong emotions. For a holiday purporting to celebrate the sweetest of emotions, vitriol seems just as common as saccharine. MyBlockNYC, an interactive mapping website" that encourages users to post videos corresponding to certain NYC blocks, is hosting a Valentine's Day contest that hopes New Yorkers share both their objects of adoration and revulsion with a camera. To enter the contest, competitors are supposed to ask New Yorkers what they love and hate and record and upload videos of the answers.
Last Monday, two British tourists were denied entry into Los Angeles after one of them said on Twitter that he was going to "dig up Marilyn Monroe" and "destroy America" in two separate tweets. (The latter tweet was apparently British slang for partying.)
The pair, Leigh Van Bryan and his friend Emily Bunting, told the Daily Mail that agents from the Department of Homeland Security searched their luggage for spades and shovels on the assumption that Bryan was serious about digging up the body of our famed, white-clad starlet. Customs then held them in a detention facility overnight before sending them back to the U.K.More »
There was a period in history when we assume being a teenage girl or a girl on the verge of teenagedom must have meant listening to a Joni Mitchell record while writing in a diary. Now, there's Taylor Swift, blogs, Facebook, texting and the like. It's all so confusing. So two recent studies have tackled how the Internet affects young people. Let's take a look.
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