There’s a culture of journalists who are Facebook truthers - they’ll believe anything about the company “as long as it’s totally outlandish.”
There should be a name for this category of website. A word to describe a site which presents itself as a utility, but is probably more of a whimsical proof-of-concept.
Today in macabre Twitter handle fights - The Indianapolis Star has news about a feud between an anonymous fan and the actor's estate over who the @JamesDean Twitter handle should belong to.
This afternoon, I stumbled across this free Gmail plug-in called Streak. If you send someone an email, Streak will tell you if they opened it, when they opened it, and, most creepily, where they were when they opened it.
Flappy Bird, the hugely popular, hugely addictive iPhone game, has been pulled from the Apple and Android apps stores. Developer Dong Nguyen withdrew it after warning fans over the weekend that the game would disappear.
This week, a man named Matthew Mills interrupted the post-Super Bowl MVP press conference to let the world know that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US Government. News outlets pounced at the chance to interview him, flocking to the internet to locate his web presence. A few ended up contacting a different Matthew Mills, who gamely played along. PJ Vogt talks to the non-conspiracy minded Matthew Mills about his run-ins with the news media. This story originally aired on TLDR -- OTM's new blog and podcast.
Every year, a small group of sports fans scattered across the US play a game called "Last Man." The goal is to be the last man in America to find out who won the Super Bowl. TLDR Sports reporter Lisa Pollak followed the game this year, and found out just how hard information was to avoid in the internet age.
A special mini-episode of TLDR to get your mouth watering for tomorrow's non-mini episode!
This week, a man named Matthew Mills interrupted the post-Super Bowl MVP press conference to let the world know that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US Government. News outlets pounced at the chance to interview him, flocking to the internet to locate his web presence. A few ended up contacting a different Matthew Mills, who gamely played along. PJ talks to the non-conspiracy minded Matthew Mills about his run-ins with the news media.
This is embarrassing to admit, but I got fooled by an algorithm this week.
The Slender Man is the internet's monster - the subject of countless remixes, tributes, and parodies. He's so ubiquitous he feels like he's been around for ages, like folklore. But Slender Man has an owner and a point of origin. Alex talks to Eric Knudsen, the creator of Slender Man.
More than 100,000 people have signed an e-petition calling on the White House to deport Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber from America. By the White House's own rules, the administration has to respond. This is great for America.
In our podcast about Matt Farley, the musician who has written fourteen thousand songs in the past six years, we mentioned that twenty percent of the songs on Spotify have never been played.
Google showed off a new version of Google Glass yesterday.
Hello everyone. It's one of those Tuesdays where there's a million interesting things on the internet, none of which particularly need two cents added to them. So without further ado:
The backstory to it is kind of great -- one coalition missed a bill payment on a star system they owned, which allowed other coalitions to jump in and fight for ownership. The ensuing battle was large enough that the game had to go into a mode called “time dilation,” where the game enters super slow motion so as not to fry the company's servers.
This is kind of cool, insofar as the words “Terms of Service” and “cool” can sit comfortably in the same sentence. Tumblr just updated their Terms of Service, and as part of the process they allowed users to input their ideas and suggestions via GitHub.
YouTube's infamous for having one of the worst comment sections on the internet. There's no reason to ever read them. Unless you’re writer & filmmaker Mark Slutsky. Mark spends hours scouring the comments section on YouTube, and occasionally, scattered in the dross, he finds small poignant stories for his site Sad Youtube.
In the Bay Area, there's a number you can call to chat anonymously with strangers. People use it for phone sex. On the new Love + Radio, reporter Julia DeWitt called up and tried to interview the men on the line, and it's very great radio.
Sean Smith was an IT manager in the real world, but online, he was Vile Rat, a hugely influential diplomat in the video game Eve Online
One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life.
Matt Farley is a musician who’s gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. PJ visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works.