8 Brutally Honest Facebook Notifications That Need to Exist Now


No one likes a gossip, we know. And we would never condone catty behavior. But Facebook just makes it so easy

We don't remember how we stalked our exes, judged our enemies or kept track of so much drama before social media, but we've certainly developed a knack for it now

However, as useful as Facebook can be for these tasks, the social network does tend to sugarcoat the more dramatic bits of our News Feed. So-and-so "changed their relationship status to single?" Come on, we all know there's more to the story.

Here are the eight types of Facebook notifications we'd love to see. Go ahead, revel in the drama. We won't tell Read more...

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I’m on Facebook Because I’m Bored Beyond Belief


Facebook is the fourth — sometimes the fifth — social network I check during the day. It's at the bottom of the list

Somewhere along the line, Facebook became a last resort, a platform I regretfully open when I've hit the depths of boredom. When my friend is running 20 minutes late for brunch, only after I've logged my weekly call with Grandma and checked every other app

I'd rather strike up a conversation with a stranger than browse Facebook — and I live in New York. Strangers are weird here

Don't get me wrong. Facebook itself is not boring. On the contrary, I could and have spent hours exploring all the tools Facebook offers: Facebook Subscribe, Facebook Lists, Facebook Groups, Facebook Shared Photo Albums, Facebook Pages, Facebook Gifts, Facebook Graph Search. And I haven't even mentioned the thousands of apps that "enrich" the Facebook experience. Read more...

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The 10 Most Shocking Celebrity Instagrams of 2013


If you think celebrities on Twitter are entertaining, think again — Instagram is where it's at

There was no shortage of shocking celebrity moments this year, including plenty of nearly-naked selfies and a few "She did WHAT?!" moments, all captured in our favorite filtered photo-sharing app

Skim through the gallery for the celebrity Instagrams that had us doing double-takes in 2013WARNING: Some of these selfies are NSFW. Open the gallery at your own risk

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Image: Getty Images, Astrid Stawiarz

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4 Ways to Replace Christmas Cards With Social Media


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it's only a matter of time before your mailbox is packed with holiday cards filled with family updates and bad Christmas puns. That's when you know it's time to send your own.

If you can't find the time to stuff envelopes, or you just want to go with a techie twist this holiday season, social media can help you spruce up this year's Season's Greetings.

Here are a few ideas for getting the most out of social media this winter. Whether your strengths lie in Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Youtube, you're sure to find an option that suits your expertise Read more...

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Twitter Stock Soars on Day 1 and Other News You Need to Know


Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. The first day on the New York Stock Exchange was a promising one for Twitter. The publicly traded stock opened at 73% up from its IPO price of $26 per shareFacebook is still all about the Likes, but the social network is also experimenting with five-star ratings, according to a report. Gamers, here's a study you'll want to share with your parents: Video games could make your brain grow.

Check out the video above for more on these stories. Read more...

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Top 25 Digital Media Resources This Week


The tech world doesn't sleep, and this week was no exception. However, we know our readers need a little shut eye every now and then, so we've conveniently rounded up this week's top 25 digital media resources in case you missed a few stories

Read on for the best free word processors and apps that are so strange, they just might make you a better person

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    10 Celebrities Who Mastered the #TBT Instagram Photo


    When it comes to Instagram, it's difficult to find a celebrity who doesn't fill his or her feed with glamorous selfies.

    But the celebrities we love to follow the most on the photo sharing site are the ones who embrace the #tbt hashtag (Throwback Thursday), showing us glimpses of their lives before they were rich and famous.

    Here are 10 celeb #tbt pics that take us way back to a simpler time — a time before the Age of the Kardashian, when Aziz Ansari hadn't yet cracked his first joke and James Van der Beek was still settling the land west of the Mississippi. Read more...

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    Google Opens Glass Accessory Store and Other News You Need to Know


    Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

    Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Facebook announced its third-quarter earnings. The company reported $2.02 billion in revenue, up from $1.26 billion in Q3 of last yearGoogle’s continuing to sprout its Google Glass project, this time launching an accessory store for the device. Lastly, The Washington Post reports the NSA is scooping up information from Yahoo and Google’s data center connections around the world

    Check out the video above for more on these stories. Read more...

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    How to Make Bitstrips Comics on Facebook — Or Hide Them Forever


    There's a storm coming. It's a storm of goofy personalized comics, and it's going to spread like a slightly annoying wildfire through your Facebook News Feed — if it hasn't already. We're talking, of course, about Bitstrips.

    If you don't recognize the name, you likely recognize the pictures. Bitstrips are the shareable, customizable comics all over your Timeline, allowing even the worst artists in your friends list to create one-panel digital cartoons.

    If you're looking to start making your own Bitstrips — or find a way to keep them off your News Feed forever, look no further than this guide. Read more...

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    11 Facebook Games You’re Embarassed to Admit You Play


    To truly understand the lure of Facebook games, look no further than the Great Farmville Epidemic of 2009. Work was abandoned and classes were skipped as players wondered, "If I close the game to go to class, who will water my crops?"

    In case you don't spend enough time on Facebook already, Facebook games asure that what little life you have left is taken from your status-typing fingers. But Facebook's App Center has a few games that just don't seem like the type you want to share with your social network

    It can be hard to give up a game after putting in a lot of time and effort, so if you must play Bingo Crack or, worse, Pot Farm, make sure you adjust the game's settings to not post on your Timeline Read more...

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