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Wave of Cyber Attacks Hit Major US Websites

Many sites including Twitter, Shopify and Spotify suffering outage. USA Today and Fortune Magazine offer additional details. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security was “monitoring the situation" but that “at this point [we] don’t have any information about who may be responsible for this malicious activity.”
posted by Hermione Granger on Oct 21, 2016 - 229 comments

#buytwitter: turning Twitter into public utility

Corporate sharks are circling around the platform we love. But there is another way: shared ownership, where the community takes control.
Here's my plan to save Twitter: let's buy it. Twitter could be the next Mozilla. A Guide to #BuyTwitter.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Oct 15, 2016 - 59 comments

like The Rock in Fast & Furious 7, only with much more crying

"Summer is the time for sunshine, sudsy brews and sandwiches of the hot dog variety. And of course, that classic game. The sport of kings. Baseball. What better way to celebrate America’s pastime than that classic sportswriter trope of visiting all 30 MLB parks in 30 days. Crossing the country, seeing the sights and catching a ballgame or two along the way. My trusty editor set up an itinerary and sent me on my way. What wonders will I encounter and valuable lessons will I learn along the way? Let’s find out as I embark on this adventure into America’s pastime!" -- A tribute to the great parks by the inimitable Ethan Booker
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 28, 2016 - 7 comments

primitive pic

Pictures recreated with simple geometric shapes Source code and more discussion here (with cool gifs!).
posted by garlic on Sep 21, 2016 - 7 comments

Quiet Pine Trees Microfiction

Quiet Pine Trees is a twitter based stream of haunting and provocative micro-fiction by T.R. Darling. "Being brief isn’t enough. You can boil down a story to a sentence or two, but often you need context. If you need to convey a setting, like a fascist dystopia, or characterization, like a reluctant soldier, suddenly one or two sentences won’t fit. I often must resist the temptation to omit punctuation or fall back on abbreviation, like some kind of barbarian." Full Interview. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Sep 15, 2016 - 6 comments


The Burke-Gaffney Observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia will take your astronomical observation requests via Twitter. [more inside]
posted by Upton O'Good on Sep 9, 2016 - 5 comments

Sail Away... Sail Away...

Because sometimes, when the stresses and hardships of earthly existence threaten to overwhelm, you just really need to see two Pokemon dancing to Orinoco Flow.
posted by garius on Aug 25, 2016 - 39 comments


If you tweet @NYPLEmoji an emoji, it will respond with a related image from NYPL’s digital collections. (It’s not same fancy algorithm -sadly?- but rather a diligently-curated list - feel free to contribute!)
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 23, 2016 - 17 comments

@Kyle_MacLachlan can you explain Dune to me please

Kyle MacLachlan gives a summation of Dune in one tweet using only emojis. (twitter) [more inside]
posted by cwest on Aug 16, 2016 - 66 comments

Let memesplain Harambe

On July 27, Abby Ohlheiser at The Washington Post explained how “the Internet won’t let Harambe rest in peace”, and Brian Feldman at New York Magazine tried to characterize “the dark internet humor of Harambe jokes.”
As of today, the fact that over 60,000 people now want Harambe to be a Pokémon has prompted another hot take from Ben Guarino at the Post. For a business angle, Fruzsina Eordogh at Forbes explains how Harambe can grace indie tees but remain “too dark for brands”. Meanwhile, Brett Milam of Cincinnati.com has a rundown of the gorilla’s appearances, and Kaitlyn Tiffany at The Verge reviews recent memes and declares Harambe to be one of three Memes of the Summer.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 16, 2016 - 68 comments

"I put the wig on and people laughed.”

"Joanne the Scammer lives for drama. Branden Miller is just trying to live." Performer and comic Branden Miller is a quiet young man who collects fragrances. His comic persona Joanne The Scammer is a fur-wrapped con artist moving from one stolen credit card to another and a Twitter sensation. The Fader talked to Miller about racial indenity, growing up gay, sex work, the fragility of internet fame, and getting scammed.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 11, 2016 - 7 comments

“Twitter is the free speech wing of the free speech party,”

According to 10 high-level former employees, the social network’s long history with abuse has been fraught with inaction and organizational disarray. Taken together, these interviews tell the story of a company that’s been ill-equipped to handle harassment since its beginnings. Fenced in by an abiding commitment to free speech above all else and a unique product that makes moderation difficult and trolling almost effortless, Twitter has, over a chaotic first decade marked by shifting business priorities and institutional confusion, allowed abuse and harassment to continue to grow as a chronic problem and perpetual secondary internal priority. On Twitter, abuse is not just a bug, but — to use the Silicon Valley term of art — a fundamental feature.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 11, 2016 - 69 comments

it has only a vague personal sense of connection to me

Pharmaduke: bot combining Marmaduke comics + Erowid trip reports at random. (Previously, Previously)
posted by griphus on Aug 11, 2016 - 12 comments

My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise

"Five years ago I wrote something that became kind of popular.... It was bizarre to see my name in pink fonts, being sold as a commodity when the entirety of my work has been against the commodification of feminist ideas and the misuse, appropriation and subsequent lack of credit of feminism of color." (SL Medium, by Flavia Dzodan)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 9, 2016 - 34 comments

Feed the trolls

Troll hunters: the Twitterbots that fight against online abuse (New Scientist, h/t TrollBusters) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 4, 2016 - 6 comments

"I have to go now. My planet needs me."

After Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones experienced racist harassment on Twitter, blogger Milo Yiannopoulous has been permanently banned from the site.
posted by Theta States on Jul 20, 2016 - 228 comments

"skinny white muzungu with long angel hair"

Actress and writer Louise Linton wrote the book In Congo's Shadow, excerpted in an article titled How my dream gap year in Africa turned into a nightmare. Apparently it was plagued with inaccuracies and outright lies, and Zambian twitter dragged the "delusional white woman" with the hashtag #LintonLies. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Jul 5, 2016 - 102 comments

Traffic Delays usually aren't this amusing

Washington's Department of Transportation (WSDOT)is making the best of event-related traffic closures/slow downs/traffic by unleashing their best staff artists on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Jul 1, 2016 - 12 comments

"This is bigger than one woman. This is the only way to use Twitter."

Why I Created The #UnfollowAMan Movement - "I’ve been man-free on Twitter for six months and you can be too. I mean, it can’t make Twitter any worse at this point, right?" Katie Notopoulos, BuzzFeed [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 29, 2016 - 97 comments

Scientology / Won't save you from the traffic / Ask John Travolta

This afternoon, BART's Twitter challenged Metro Los Angeles to a digital poetry slam — "haikus only" — and after several prodding tweets, Metro obliged. (Previously)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 25, 2016 - 69 comments

Keep England British Shorthair

#CatsAgainstBrexit. But there's another side to the story. Some are on the fence about it[more inside]
posted by Pinback on Jun 20, 2016 - 12 comments


“Study: 70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting.”
If you won't click AND READ that link, how about this one? (WaPo) Yes, it was satire, but there is a real study, which is just as depressing (via Neatorama.com's 'Miss Cellania', the most reliable source on the Internet. Really.)
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 20, 2016 - 34 comments


For her 90th birthday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth selected a striking green outfit to attend the Trooping the Colour parade. A green outfit that lent itself perfectly to chromakey special effects. As always, Twitter was there to help out. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Jun 15, 2016 - 39 comments


The Lesser Bot of Solomon offers you endless pages from a text in the style of Ars Goetia and the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Jun 11, 2016 - 20 comments

'That one actually happened to a friend of mine.'

"How 'Silicon Valley' Nails Silicon Valley" [SLYNY, Andrew Marantz] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 9, 2016 - 47 comments

War of the Hashtaggers

How Toronto's craziest Twitter war ended up in court (slTorontoLife)
posted by Kitteh on May 31, 2016 - 48 comments

Officer Edith

“I told Pierre that hedgehogs love baths but he said no, People love hedgehogs having baths. There is a difference.” Officer Edith is: a) a green parrot, b) the office bird and mascot of San Francisco Animal Care & Control, and c) the persona behind what may be the best account on twitter dot com. [more inside]
posted by karayel on May 27, 2016 - 21 comments

Defining Trauma on Twitter: An Autoethnographic Sketch

The article - Defining Trauma on Twitter: An Autoethnographic Sketch is a recently published peer reviewed journal article that is under 140 characters long. Making it probably the first tweet to be published in an academic journal (and perhaps?) the first article whose abstract is longer than its contents.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on May 18, 2016 - 43 comments

Twittering from the Circus of the Dead

Twittering from the Circus of the Dead A short story from Joe Hill, from the May 2016 edition of Nightmare Magazine.
posted by jazon on May 11, 2016 - 10 comments

This is How an FPP Works

@ThingsWork tweets short GIFs abstracting how things work. Sometimes informative, always hypnotic.
How an octopus cleans itself. How chicken and rice is made in space. How a male seahorse gives birth. How crowd control at a comic book convention in Japan works. How Nintendo’s controllers have evolved How metallic coral is made. How the Genie from Aladdin is drawn. How a ladybug takes flight. How walruses sleep while floating.
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 27, 2016 - 26 comments

It's a blog that mashes up Rushmore and Sonic the Hedgehog

Brilliant Mashups [SLTwitter]
posted by Halloween Jack on Apr 21, 2016 - 15 comments

“There was big hype over the video, the stream had a good 2.8K views,”

When Rape Is Broadcast Live On The Internet by Rossalyn Warren [Buzzfeed News] Sexual assault, domestic abuse, and attempted murder are among the crimes recently captured on live video services. BuzzFeed News uncovered one apparent incident of a rape aired in real time and asked what it means for the companies that host this content. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 21, 2016 - 91 comments

You Took That Sweater From A Dead Body

Remember Hardy Boys #58: Fucking Run, The Sun Exploded? Or the Sweet Valley Twins classic, Go Apologize To God? Relive these and other classic young adult titles, thanks to the literary archivists at Paperback Paradise.
posted by cortex on Mar 30, 2016 - 67 comments

Alex Trebek: (into mirror) Who is alex trebek

[ordering cake over phone]
"and what would you like the cake to say?"
[covers phone to ask wife]
"do we want a talking cake?" @KeetPotato

The 100 Funniest Jokes in the History of Twitter*
*according to GQ Magazine
posted by Atom Eyes on Mar 24, 2016 - 96 comments

It's difficult to convey complex civic problems in 140 characters

SF BART's twitter account admits that their infrastructure is failing and delves into the details: "We have 3 hours a night to do maintenance on a system built to serve 100k per week that now serves 430k per day." [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Mar 21, 2016 - 81 comments

Katamari Damacy is pretty much the same.

Game Box Art Recreated With Cute Japanese Stock Art
posted by curious nu on Mar 9, 2016 - 6 comments

A brief cultural analysis of Trader Joe's

Everything at [Trader Joe's] is suggestive of a time when life was supposedly simpler, more traditional (e.g. homogeneous) — long before the big-box superstore, parking lots the size of football fields, and the proliferation of brands in the aisles and on social media.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Mar 3, 2016 - 144 comments


You smack the AKTAD with your hammer. You score a critical hit and the AKTAD is partially disassembled! [via mefi projects -- actually, a friend shared it on FB, and I found it here when I was getting ready to post!]* [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 1, 2016 - 10 comments

Damnnn Daniel

It started with Snapchat videos that got reposted to twitter 10 days ago. And then it went viral. Of course Daniel and Josh went on Ellen. But when you finally make it to the New York Times ("We Should Probably Have a Conversation About ‘Damn, Daniel’") the meme has probably run its course.
posted by GuyZero on Feb 25, 2016 - 46 comments

"I can't afford to buy groceries..."

Dear Jeremy... starts the open letter from [former] customer service representative Talia Jane to Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, highlighting her inability to live in the San Francisco's Bay Area on the wages paid by Yelp subsidiary Eat24. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Feb 20, 2016 - 444 comments

Algorithmic Education vs Indie EdTech

An algorithmic education, despite all the promises made by ed-tech entrepreneurs for “revolution” and “disruption,” is likely to re-inscribe the power relations that are already in place in school and in society. Whether it's annotating the scholarly web, creating connected copies through wikity or domain of one's own, alternatives to algorithmic education are offered by the indie edtech movement.
posted by typecloud on Feb 12, 2016 - 11 comments

All Hail The Algorithm

As reported this weekend, Twitter announced today that timelines will no longer be ordered strictly by reverse chronology. [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Feb 10, 2016 - 144 comments

Female Script Intros

"JANE (late 20s) sits hunched over a microscope. She’s attractive, but too much of a professional to care about her appearance." Hollywood producer retweets actual intros for female characters in actual proposed scripts.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Feb 10, 2016 - 125 comments

0/10 would send to Twitter jail

This week, copyright trolls came for @Dog_rates, the beloved Twitter account that rates dogs (but NOT saber-toothed tigers or t-rexes). In a chilling move, the troll threatened to make a similar attack on @Dog_rates's biggest rival/colleague, @EverythingGoats. Twitter has refused to comment.
posted by a fiendish thingy on Feb 10, 2016 - 19 comments

I've Got N Words For You:

"I've got eight words for you: I've got two words for you: Fuck off" A Python code implementation of the sequence presented by @extranapkins in this tweet.
posted by Greg Nog on Feb 10, 2016 - 24 comments

ASCII and Emoji United!

Do you feel like you need more culture in your life? Well, then you should head down to The Tiny Gallery on Twitter! Brought to you by emoji, ASCII, and @deer_ful. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 3, 2016 - 2 comments

Stop Doing This. Please Retweet!

Reading a barrage of violent comments and threats doesn’t make me want to retaliate. It doesn’t make me want to fire back at those guys with the same hate and rage that they spewed my direction about me and the rest of my gender. It makes me want to censor myself. It makes me hesitant to write certain jokes. Could this tweet make hundreds of men tell me I belong locked in their closet? Will this idea I’m putting out there also end in threats of rape or murder?
Is That a Threat?, by Alison Leiby for The Lighthouse.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 3, 2016 - 94 comments

Sarah? Sarah's not here.

Behold. Erowid Sarah Palin, a twitterbot with a mission to do Markov mashups between Sarah Palin quotes and "trip reports" from the Experience Vault at Erowid. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll on Feb 1, 2016 - 41 comments

It'll get there eventually

Every Peano number.
posted by kenko on Feb 1, 2016 - 19 comments

Hey @Comcast why is my internet speed 31down\9up when I pay for 150down?

This Bot Will Tweet at Comcast Whenever Your Internet Is Slower Than Advertised
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Feb 1, 2016 - 58 comments

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