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Ask Yourself This Before You React to Anything on the Internet Ask Yourself This Before You React to Anything on the Internet

I talk too much shit on the internet. I go to social media, the place we all go to scream now, and I see something bad. I quote the bad thing to mock it, thus spreading the bad thing, and inviting bad replies. I do this despite already having a job pointing to bad things and inviting bad replies for money, otherwise…

How to Tell If You Were Impacted By Facebook's Latest Hack How to Tell If You Were Impacted By Facebook's Latest Hack

Last month Facebook revealed that its engineering team had discovered an issue where hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in the site’s “View As” feature. The feature allows users to see what their profile looks like to someone else, but hackers were able to use it to steal Facebook access tokens and take over…

How to Shut Down Bad-Faith 'Debates' on Social Media How to Shut Down Bad-Faith 'Debates' on Social Media

They don’t really want to debate you, those randos who crawl into the comments of your Facebook posts and your tweets and your blog posts (hi!) asking to “debate” you over shit we should all agree on by now. You can’t debate them in any meaningful way, because they are mouths without ears. You can block them or take…

See Exactly How Fake Your Twitter Followers Are See Exactly How Fake Your Twitter Followers Are

My wife and I have about the same number of Twitter followers—16k and 14k respectively—but her tweets consistently outperform mine. In fact, according to the SparkScore tool from the Twitter marketing service SparkToro, an average tweet from her gets three times as many retweets and ten times as many faves.

Don't Fall For the Latest Facebook 'Hacking' Hoax Don't Fall For the Latest Facebook 'Hacking' Hoax

I saw it for the first time late last week: an acquaintance from college posted something about how she had received a message about a friend receiving a friend request from her from a bogus account that the friend in question supposedly ignored, but she should “check her account.” It also recommends forwarding the…

How to Delete Your Facebook Account: A Checklist How to Delete Your Facebook Account: A Checklist

Let’s talk about that elephant in the room: Facebook’s recent disclosure that attackers got their hands on access tokens for an unknown number of Facebook accounts is a big deal, since it’s the kind of hack that you, a happy Facebook user, could not prevent.

How to Remove Your Phone Number From Facebook How to Remove Your Phone Number From Facebook

This week a TechCrunch article revealed that Facebook is using phone numbers users have provided as a security measure for two-factor authentication as a way to send targeted ads to those users.

What to Do If Your Snapchat Streak Disappears What to Do If Your Snapchat Streak Disappears

If you use Snapchat every day, there’s a decent chance you have at least one or two people that you snap regularly, maybe even every day. People who snap each other every day can rack up a Snapstreak; a little number with a flame next to it that tracks how long you’ve been snapping each other. Some people (see: teens)…

Your Notifications Are Lying to You Your Notifications Are Lying to You

Ding! This needs your attention right now, notifications seem to say. Boing! It might be an emergency. Or, just as often: Boop! Somebody you love might want to talk to you. We get hundreds of notifications every day, and they are almost all lies.

Twitter Is Bringing Back the Reverse Chronological Timeline Twitter Is Bringing Back the Reverse Chronological Timeline

Either we’ve entered an alternate reality where Twitter cares about its users or something good has actually happened online for a change: The social networking site is bringing back the option to view your timeline in reverse chronological order.

Block a Thousand Twitter Advertisers at Once Block a Thousand Twitter Advertisers at Once

Furious at whatever asinine thing Twitter is doing now? Or just want to make Twitter ads less distracting? Because the main Twitter ad unit is an actual tweet, you can block a lot of Twitter ads by blocking actual accounts. On the site Block Together, which creates shareable block lists, user Shannon Coulter has…

How to Get Verified on Instagram How to Get Verified on Instagram

The blue check mark we all crave on social media platforms is often mysteriously difficult to achieve. How do people get it? Twitter allowed people to submit themselves for a time, but that system is currently suspended. However, Instagram is giving it a whirl.

Quitting Twitter? Try These Social Networks Instead Quitting Twitter? Try These Social Networks Instead

One of the most popular topics on Twitter right now seems to be whether or not to leave Twitter. Abuse runs rampant on the “microblogging” platform, and every day I see complaints that its moderators aren’t keeping harassment and bad behavior in check. As someone who’s spent years writing primarily about video games,…

A Beginner’s Guide to Mastodon A Beginner’s Guide to Mastodon

The social media network known as Mastodon is sort of an anti-Twitter: quiet, calm, and pretty much free of Nazis. People have been flocking to it lately, only to get confused by the way it’s set up—which is a shame, because it’s not that hard to get started. Here’s how.

How to Back Up WhatsApp Conversations to Google Drive How to Back Up WhatsApp Conversations to Google Drive

Earlier this week Google announced that thanks to a partnership with WhatsApp, backups from the app will no longer count against your Google Drive storage limits. That means it’s an even better idea than ever to use Google Drive as a backup for your messages.

Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts With This Chrome Extension Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts With This Chrome Extension

When you were in college, posting that video of you doing an epic keg stand was cool. Now that you’ve finished law school and are looking for a firm to join—not so much.

Lifehacker Is Hiring a Social Media Editor Lifehacker Is Hiring a Social Media Editor

Do you spend more time on Twitter each day than you do sleeping? Are you a Facebook ninja whose wit turns the most basic status update into a thing of beauty? Do you love geeking out on the details of everything from how to fix a zipper to the finer points of modern etiquette? Are you the MacGyver of your friend group?

Monitor Your Social Media Time With New Tools From Facebook and Instagram Monitor Your Social Media Time With New Tools From Facebook and Instagram

Most of us know we spend too much time on our phones. It’s led to a host of studies on the negative effects, and there are definitely repercussions to constantly peeking at your notifications and following those digital squirrels at every chance you get.

Save What You Write Online With This Chrome Extension  Save What You Write Online With This Chrome Extension 

It’s harder than it used to be to accidentally lose all your work. Apps come with auto-save, and Chrome tries to warn you before you close a tab with unsaved work. But hit enter too fast, or suffer a crash, and you could still lose a lot of writing. It can happen to a Facebook update, an application form, or a blog…

Edit Typos in Your Tweets Using This Chrome Extension Edit Typos in Your Tweets Using This Chrome Extension

For someone who writes for a living, my Twitter feed has an embarrassing number of typos. I typically notice them the second after I hit post, and am immediately faced with the decision “Do I delete this tweet and pretend it never happened or just roll with the typo?”

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