This Is What IMDb.com Looked Like in 1990

This Is What IMDb.com Looked Like in 1990

IMDb.com, the 57th most trafficked site in the world, was born in the late 1980s on a Usenet board called rec.arts.movies where movie buffs swapped lists of actors, casts, directors and other trivia. But lists are only so useful. 

How To Remove Instagram Filters

How To Remove Instagram Filters

(Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at GeekSugar.com.) Have you ever been hit by filtered photo regret? You took a memorable photo, but a hasty filter decision left you with an image too vintage and dreamlike.

Pranksters Commandeer Mountain Dew Web Promotion

Pranksters Commandeer Mountain Dew Web Promotion

It’s a rough time to be a social marketer, and getting rougher: Mountain Dew announced a naming contest for its new Apple flavor over the weekend. As if on cue, Internet pranksters hijacked the contest. Not content with stuffing the virtual ballot box, they defaced the contest website with videos, offensive banners and in-jokes.

Hactivists Spoof the New York Times, Mainstream Media Miss the Point

Hactivists Spoof the New York Times, Mainstream Media Miss the Point

It was the New York Times op-ed that wasn’t. After months of careful planning, Internet activists hailing from WikiLeaks, Anonymous and Yes Men quietly unfurled a very convincing New York Times web page on a lazy Sunday morning. The article fooled everyone for several hours as readers shared it widely via social media, and then enjoyed a second…

In Defense of the James Holmes Tribute Facebook Page

In Defense of the James Holmes Tribute Facebook Page

Following the tragic Colorado shooting in Aurora last week, many Americans turned to social networks and the Internet to express their grief, offer condolences, or raise money for the victims. Trolls were no exception, and they too came out to play on this information highway.

Censoring YouTube Comments Cuts So Derp, It Herps

Censoring YouTube Comments Cuts So Derp, It Herps

The Herp Derp Web Extension is a browser plug-in that aims to make YouTube comments palatable by making them read “herp derp.” The world needs such a function, as conventional wisdom would have it, because YouTube comments are the scum of the Internet, a repository of “everything that is terrible about humanity.” But is that a reason to…

Lessons from Janey Godley: How to Tweet Overheard Dialog Like a Master

Lessons from Janey Godley: How to Tweet Overheard Dialog Like a Master

Traveling by train from Glasgow to London can be such a bore – but not when you’re sitting next to fascinating people like Tim and Freya. Scottish comic and writer Janey Godley overheard the soon-to-be-ex lovers squabbling and seized the opportunity to live-tweet the event. Analyzing Godley’s technique, we’ve uncovered some tips to help you…

Internet Pranksters Hijack Walmart’s Facebook Campaign

Internet Pranksters Hijack Walmart’s Facebook Campaign

Walmart’s Facebook campaign for Energy Sheets, a caffeinated equivalent to Listerine strips, promises to send rapper Pitbull to the Walmart store with the most likes on Facebook. But what happens if the Walmart store with the most likes is on a tiny Alaskan island, accessible only by plane or ferry?