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How to Tweet forever!

... Even after you're dead.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  March 08, 2013

The Twitter map

Jack Dorsey, the billionaire co-founder of Twitter and, more recently, Square, sits at a long table at the Rhode Island School of Design's Market House.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 08, 2013

A Viewer’s Guide to Election Night

Nobody needs convincing of how much is at stake in Tuesday’s elections.
Our hour-by-hour breakdown
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 02, 2012

Council Klout

Tito Jackson is one of the most recently elected Boston City Councilors — he won a special election in 2010 to replace Chuck Turner — but he is already the most powerful.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012

Live Coverage: RNC 2012 updates

Live dispatches from the RNC.
David S. Bernstein and Chris Faraone cover the convention
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 24, 2012

Interview: Rory O’Connor digs social media

Rory O'Connor has been thinking about trust and the media for a long time.
News trust
By DAN KENNEDY  |  May 18, 2012

Countering troubling online queries

If you haven't seen the videos haunting Facebook, Twitter, and the news, then search for "Am I Ugly?" on YouTube.
Viral videos
By KIRAH LYNN BROUILLETTE  |  March 30, 2012

The Big Hurt: Rihanna/Brown media roundup

Hey, remember when Chris Brown beat his beloved celebrity girlfriend to the point of hospitalization, and it looked like, thank goodness, he totally wouldn't get away with it?
Hurt so bad
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 02, 2012

Homeland Security investigating TSA agent who allegedly assaulted #OccupyBoston tweeter

Wired reports that Homeland Security agents recently contacted a member of Occupy Boston to discuss one of the stranger incidents from OB's tenure in Dewey...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 13, 2012

Speak English!

P&J's Jingoistic Chuckle of the Week award goes to Tracy "My, She Looks Good on Horseback" Breton in her December 13 Urinal front page story on the recent overturning of Jamestowner David Swain's murder conviction in Tortola by the Eastern Caribbean
(sic) ’em; nit-twits; taking sides; let’s call it ‘Tommy the tree’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 16, 2011


The dinosaurs of the entertainment world ( i.e. , Hollywood movie studios and national music companies) have joined with the Business Software Alliance (which represents tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Intel) to sponsor an insidious piece of l
Old-media corporate giants seek censorship through a web-based blacklist. Plus, #occupy brutality, and D.C. deadlock.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2011

The day before the day: What the world was doing #OnSept10

The day before the day: What the world was doing #OnSept10

My favorite piece in the fishwrap this week, by a long shot, is former staffwriter Chris Wright's lyrical snapshot of September 10, 2001 -- the...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 10, 2011

Photos: Irene Blows Boston

A tropical storm is laying some serious wood to the Bean. The horror. The horror.
By Carly Carioli  |  August 28, 2011

Blow me, Irene: tracking Boston's latest hurricane tweets

Yes, this post consists of Tweets you could easily get by starting at Twitter. But if the Globe can do it and pretend it's news,...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 28, 2011
ChUGG, ChUGG, ChUGG: A Cocktail Party

ChUGG, ChUGG, ChUGG: A Cocktail Party

Photo (cc) by Flickr user Malingering and republished here under a Creative Commons license.UGG, which is actually known as UGG Australia (so that's who makes...
By James Fitzpatrick  |  August 11, 2011
comfort food from Fill Bellys

Review: Fill Belly's

As the wheels of the food truck turn, so does the cyclical nature of trends. Fill Belly's latest spin is a retro one: a brick-and-mortar storefront.
A JP comfort-food spot that's been around the block
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 29, 2011

if a tree falls - short take

Review: If a Tree Falls

Director Marshall Curry's If a Tree Falls tells the full tale of the ELF's genesis in Oregon, and of the group's badass campaign of "economic sabotage" that left more than 1200 symbols of bourgeois excess (a Vail ski resort, an SUV dealership) burned to
A ggressive hippies
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 29, 2011
Tom Menino outraged over skate-culture t-shirts on Newbury Street at Nike store

What other vaguely offensive things should Mayor Menino ban next?

Boston Mayor Tom Menino doesn't like anyone sending bad messages to the impressionable children of his city — you may recall his outrage over the sale of STOP SNITCHING T-shirts a couple of years ago. Last week, he discovered another sordid example: T-s
Dope smackdown
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  July 01, 2011

Google+: Social Minus the Network?

Google's Tuesday launch of its new social network Google+ has had the Internet abuzz (not to be confused with the clunky Google Buzz communication platform...
By Katie Lannan  |  June 29, 2011

Seeing things

Early last week, US Senator Scott Brown claimed to have seen pictures of the dead Osama bin Laden, which he implied were shown to him in briefings. Hours later, his office put out word that the photos Brown had seen were not "authentic."
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 13, 2011

OSAMA BIN LADEN TWITTER DEATH WATCH: Or, the day the MSM discovered Storify

We thought about starting our own Storify curation widget, since this is the second biggest story since they came out of beta. But everyone beat...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 02, 2011

Meme of the Day: #YourMomIsSoRevere

We didn't think it could get better. But it got better. Not to be outdone by the Patriots Day Twitter meme #PRCMOMS -- a/k/a "Your...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 20, 2011

Meme of the Day: Your Mom Is So Cambridge (#prcmoms)

While one side of the river is either running the marathon, getting drunk and watching the marathon, or stumbling out of Fenway Park after the...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 18, 2011

Town Slogans Galore On Twitter

This morning, the lovely town of Salem, Massachusetts announced the adoption of a new promotional tag line: "Still Making History." Salem's mayor, Kim Driscoll, Tweeted...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 17, 2011

Why I am leaving Facebook

By the time you read this, I'll already be gone.
New beginnings
By DAN MACLEOD  |  December 31, 2010

On tap for 2011

Unquestionably, 2010 was another banner year for craft beer. Personal highlights include the release of barrel-aged and specialty beers such as Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Series, and the recognition of Cascadian Dark Ales (or Black IPAs) as a styl
The New Year in beer
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 31, 2010

My Year In Tweets

It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 28, 2010

Follow this! Boston nightlife spots on Twitter

While some are more active than others, here's a quick rundown of Boston-area clubs, bars and venues on Twitter, with an overall focus on those...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 07, 2010

808s and page breaks: SFJ shows us how to beatbox with Google Translate

We always knew Sasha Frere-Jones would eventually produce something worthwhile; it was only a matter of time. This morning, the New Yorker's fancy-schmancy "Pop Critic"...
By Steve Miller  |  November 29, 2010
Facebook and Twitter-Styled Adidas Shelltoes?

Facebook and Twitter-Styled Adidas Shelltoes?

Only in a meta-riffic modern world could Mashable write that these non-existent social network shelltoes (pics above and below) "aren’t available for purchase," and, thanks...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 29, 2010