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How to Get into Heaven (the Social Media Way)

How can you get into heaven? Line for Heaven knows.

Line for Heaven is the social media “website for people who are religious or just want to go to Heaven.” According to Line for Heaven, all you need to do to get into heaven is rack up enough “Karma points,” and just as in any [...]

As KrampusNacht Approaches, what’s the Skinny on your Favorite Holiday Beast? (Krampus Top Ten 2013)

Gimme that ol’ time religion, Gimme that ol’ time religion….

Yes, this is the picture of ol’ time religion, and it’s good enough for me. Long before a chubby guy in red and white felt became the face of Christmas, the beast called Krampus and other mummers like the Buttnmandl swept into European towns on [...]

What Einstein Didn’t Say About Social Media Users Being Idiots, Announced Over Social Media

The following images are propagating quickly this week through the social media websites Facebook and Pinterest, attributing a quote about technology, social interaction and idiocy to Albert Einstein:

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One Enhancement Irregular Times Won’t Make

Adding BuddyStream to our site would make Irregular Times part of the problem. We would be opening up the lives of political activists to increased military surveillance through the NSA. [...]

My Exciting Exclusive Offer From Twitter!

Today, I got an email about an “exclusive invitation” “to grow your presence on Twitter.” Exclusive sounds special, so I took a look at the email to see what it had to offer.

The email offered me the opportunity to advertise on Twitter.

Is this an exclusive offer? When I go to Twitter.com, there’s a [...]

Sharing Stuff and Nonsense: MediaBugs and NeighborGoods

Irregular Times writer J. Clifford has expressed bemused disdain at the use of online social media for purposes of product marketing and corporate promotion, and he’s got a point. But there are people out there trying to harness online collaboration to accomplish different aims.

Take MediaBugs, for instance. Sign up for a free account and [...]

How To Lead A Fascinating Life

The elements of culture found on the the Pinterest social media site fascinates me, because it’s graphically-based, and therefore often is suggestive of ideas, rather than explicit. Yet, some people use the graphic format of Pinterest merely to post graphics of text, without any non-verbal visual element at all.

It’s a curious choice, going against [...]

The Unpopularity of The Can Kicks Back, Part I: Twitter

“The Can Kicks Back” depicts itself as a movement of young people who “individually… had all reached the same decision” that taxing more poor people and cutting corporate tax rates while cutting social security, medicaid and medicare was a really good idea. That’s what “The Can Kicks Back” says about itself. The Can Kicks Back [...]

My Vote On The Lays Potato Chip Promotion On Facebook

The reality of Facebook’s business model is that it profits by targeting dim-witted advertisers who are willing to pay exorbitant rates because they actually believe the hype about the state of social media marketing. [...]

The Language of Conspiracy: Twisted Twitter Titters on the Obama Microchip

It’s a hoax, you know.

There is no provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that will force Americans to have government-tracked rfid microchips implanted under their skin. Just read the law for yourself to verify this.

For those who don’t like to verify anything, there’s the right-wing social media echo chamber. [...]

Infographic Teaches Me That Weebles Are Behind Social Media Marketing

All that we can really learn from this infographic is that it’s Weebles, apparently, who are best employed as social media marketers. [...]