Category: Social Media

How to preserve friendships (and your own well-being) online during a hostile election

I won’t pull punches here; I am horrified, it not entirely shocked by the vast number of women in particular who have confessed how traumatic this election season has been for them, thanks in no small part to abuse on social media from those in their networks. Not just strangers, but people they consider friends, acquaintances, colleagues, even family. Over the last several weeks in particular, they’ve asked for advice on engaging with hostile friends; on the conventional wisdom about blocking or unfriending abusive commenters; on locking down Facebook privacy settings to limit the number of negative interactions they’re having. It’s pretty...

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What do your tweets say about you? A fun, easy quiz.

If you need a five-minute time killer today (because we know you have just oodles of extra time to kill, parents) check out the very fun if questionably accurate Analyze Words. It’s as simple as plugging in your Twitter handle — or anyone else’s — and within seconds, the algorithm generates a graph of your personality based on your past 750-1000 or so words that you’ve put out on Twitter. Now clearly there are some oddities here — like the @NYTimes account scores low on “plugged-in” (what?) but high for “Spacey/Valley Girl” — perhaps because the word “like” is in some...

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Can I edit my tweets? You ask, Twitter finally says YES. Bring out the confetti!

We cannot tell you how many of our readers and Twitter followers ask if you can edit tweets. And if you spend any time on the network at all, you’ve probably seen those requests pop up too. So at long last –hooray! — Twitter is rolling out Tweet Edit this week. Just announced yesterday, we’re so glad to hear that they’re finally listening to what users want. (And that includes not raising the character limit to 10,000 which was officially confirmed as well.) Tweet Edit is starting as a beta launch for a few select verified accounts (we were lucky to get...

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How to use Facebook’s new reactions emoji. And why we’re predictably complaining about it.

Today I cracked open my Facebook feed and was officially welcomed to the emojification of Facebook, with their new reaction system that gives you more options than mere “likes.” For everyone who ever begged for a dislike button, the current solution takes a page from Slack and Buzzfeed, with little faces that depict laugher (haha), surprise (wow), sadness and anger, along with the traditional thumbs-up like button, plus a brand new red heart. Using it is pretty intuitive. Here’s how, using an example from a friend’s page. (No idea why I picked this one; it just spoke to me.) 1. Just mouse...

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Life management tip: How to turn off Twitter notifications during certain hours using sleep settings

I was going through my settings on Twitter recently to tweak something, and I never realized it, but there’s a way to turn off your Twitter notifications during pre-set hours only. And if I just discovered this for the first time, then I’m probably not the only one. Now I most likely didn’t realize it, because I don’t get any Twitter notifications at all, as one way to help manage my life and minimize distractions. Basically, I check my account when I check it. However if you get certain alerts — say tweets from a few specified people you’ve enabled for mobile...

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#SelfieWithMom for Mother’s Day: A selfie we can all get behind. And in.

If there’s one thing that I love about selfies, it’s that I’m in more photos with my kids now than I ever was before. And as I get older and my kids get older, it’s those photos I treasure the most, even more than their sweet homemade gifts and barely palatable breakfast in bed  (sorry, kids). Which is why I’m loving that the New York Times Motherlode blog is encouraging readers to take a #SelfieWithMom on Mother’s Day. As annoying as selfies can be, as parents, they really do allow you to capture moments as they happen, because as well...

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Rounds app: A terrific Facetime alternative for Android users who want to talk to iPhone users.

I have a close-knit family. My sisters and I talk a lot any given week. The thing is, we all live in cities spread miles (and countries) apart, so we rely on social media, texting and, when time zones line up nicely, video chats. And with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and so many other “let’s talk!” holidays coming up, it made me eager to try the Rounds app, a Facetime alternative that offers live video chat to both iOS and Android users. What’s more, you can share photos, make voice calls — even  play games and watch YouTube videos together. All for free. Did I mention unlimited...

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Scrapbook by Facebook: What parents need to know about this new feature from Facebook for tagging kids.

When I post a picture of my kids to Facebook, I tend to tag my husband, my parents and in-laws, maybe even aunts and uncles. If I want them to see the picture, I tag them. Because until yesterday, there hasn’t been a way to officially tag a photo of a child on Facebook without creating an entire Facebook profile for them, which is in violations of the TOS if they’re under 13 — and not something a lot of us are comfortable with. But now that there’s Scrapbook by Facebook, parents can tag their kids in pictures and keep their photos more easily...

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4 incredibly cool parents to follow on Instagram who are actually not posting photos of their kids

I’m mostly an Instagram purist. I really love following the kinds of accounts in which people share their own individual photography instead of loads of quotes, reshares, or images pulled from magazines. And while I can never resist a gorgeous baby photo, there are plenty of parents out there doing more than just sharing photos of their kids on Instagram. ( No judgments, we do it too! ) So I’m really inspired by these 4 creative, cool Instagram accounts from parents that I bet you’ll love whether you have kids or not. Even though there aren’t cute babies or charmingly styled design-blog ready children...

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We feel very Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes about Apple’s new diverse emoji

We’ve heard that developers are beta testing the latest versions of iOS and OS X, with a WiFi bug fix and blah blah blah blah. Let’s be honest, we know that what most people really care about right now: emoji. More specifically, racially diverse emoji which we’ve been hoping for for a while now. From the blushing bride to the fist bump, Apple users will soon be able to click and hold any emoji character to adjust it to one of five skin tones. Even Santa. Related: The coolest emoji gifts. (Insert happy face emoji here.)   Beyond racially diverse emoji, we’re also thrilled to see that the...

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