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Are Selfies Over Yet?

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phone taking a selfie of itself with a mirrorThe selfie. The photo taking practice that has now turned into an everyday event. One that started out of a necessity – when there simply was no one else to snap a pic – has now become a daily occurrence. Faces are made, poses given, and other events that don’t necessitate the need for a photo. And yet they still take place each and every day. Worse, they’re blasted all across the Internet with hashtags like #selfieSaturday. It’s enough to make this pre-smartphone-er sigh uncontrollably.

Remember back before everyone was carrying a camera at all times? Or when they were, it took only pixelated crappy pics that couldn’t be shared online? Now, with the help of technology, those primitive days have taken a very sharp turn toward ample picture taking, and ample picture sharing on any...

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5 Sitcom Characters Who Would Have Rocked Social Media

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Though social media is a new practice, the world of sitcoms have been around for decades. With their humorous ways, unique antics, and flare for the extreme, audiences of all ages have fallen in love with these programs since they came onto screen. But what if our favorite characters from the 80s and 90s – even 2000s – had social media?

Would Jerry and Newman have followed each other on Instagram? (And think of George’s YouTube hits – all renditions that pertain to his current location, of course. Believe it or not, he isn’t at home.) Would Ross and Rachel still have been Facebook friends after their controversial split? Mr. Roper would have surely known Jack’s love for women based on his offensive Snapchats...

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Reasons to GIF not JIF; Hard Vote for the Hard G

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jif-vs-gif looney tunesSeveral years ago, users of the Internet were introduced to the GIF – also known as graphics interchange format. It’s a picture/video combination in which we are shown a few short seconds of action on repeat. So that we might have a better understanding of what the poster was trying to convey. Kind of like a painting from Harry Potter only shorter. And with this release, we started calling the files GIF – with a guh – for short, which is what any English speaker should call it.

The creators, however, tend to disagree. They opt for JIF instead, as if “graphics” was actually “juraphics.” (Which, BTW I’d totally be on board with.) But since graphics has been pronounced with a hard G since the beginning of time, I have to respectfully disagree...

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This Captcha Alternative is a Million Times Better than Alphabet Soup

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captcha game alternativeIn the past, I’ve made no secret about my hatred toward captchas. They’re awkward, confusing, and half the time, absolutely impossible to solve. It’s as if the search engine wants you to fail. And even though Google seems to think I’m half spam-bot (I get at least one Google-prompted captcha per working day, which I’ll take as a compliment), I’m still not accustomed to their difficult nature.

Which is why I was super pumped to hear about a growing captcha alternative. One that lets you play games (games!) instead of muddling your way through unrecognizable letters. Just match the correct food items or play a single hole of put-put golf and you’re on your way to the next web destination. Without having to deal with retrys or angry pops up.

The Captcha Solution

Known as Are You...

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No, I Don’t Have Instagram: This is Why

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instagram logo photoPretty much every time I’m with my friends, the term “I’m going to put this on Instagram” comes up. Then they start typing away on their phones, give me a look of disgust, then keep typing. This look of disgust is because I don’t have an account and therefore, they can’t tag me. Like that is somehow affecting their profile. (Are there points involved? Do they get downgraded for not tagging everyone in the pic?) Or whatever it’s called on Instagram – linking? grabbing? Forcefully outing for doing unattractive things? Despite their pleas, however, I’ve remained strong. Even as a somewhat tech-y, online marketer who regularly blogs about social media.

Does this make me a hypocrite? Probably. But it’s also not making me create an account.

Why? Because it’s too much social m...

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