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About 83.4 percent of the time, The New Yorker’s cartoons aren’t funny. Yet despite that, it’s difficult to find something wrong with them, because they’re odd and vaguely interesting. Facebook, however, has little trouble picking something upsetting about New Yorker cartoons: Nipples. The New Yorker’s cartoon page on Facebook was temporarily banned from the site because a cartoon featuring tiny nipples on a woman’s body violated Facebook’s community standards.
As The New Yorker notes, it wasn’t the man’s nipples that got it banned; male nipples, according to Facebook, are fine. Something called “female nipple bulges” and female nipples, are not.
Please take this into consideration the next time you’re posting pictures from a party. If The New Yorker can get banned for cartoon nipples, anything can happen.
[Image via Mick Stevens/The New Yorker]
The New York Times is feeling awfully nostalgic lately. On Monday it launched a Tumblr for its huge archive of ancient photographs, and today it has updated its Facebook page to include information all the way back to September 18, 1851, when the paper debuted. Known back then as The New-York Daily Times., it was available for one cent.
A few other highlights from the Times’ page:
- The first Sunday edition was published on April 21, 1861, because of the public’s desire for more news about the Civil War and an ongoing exposé that revealed the ponys used in the Pony Express were actually horses
- The hyphen was dropped from the paper’s name in 1896
- The price of a weekday Times skyrockets to two cents in 1918, sparking riots in all 27 streets across the nation
- In 1942, the first crossword puzzles began appearing. This is also the beginning of the now widely accepted practice of cursing at a newspaper
- The Times unveils its website in 1996 and doesn’t charge anyone for access, an error it still regrets so please subscribe dammit
Anonymous, the online hacking group, has inundated several of The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook pages with comments that protest the way it was portrayed in an article published on February 21. The article, “Alert of Hacker Power Play,” details the growing concern among government officials that Anonymous will use its hacking skills to bring about a power outage.
The hacking group didn’t like that, and asked members to post a specific comment on every Journal Facebook page that they could. The attack — which has now ended — started in Germany, but eventually spread stateside. If you check out the Journal’s main Facebook page, you’ll see plenty of this comment:
Bill Keller — for as much as he laments sites like Twitter — is quite the social networking diva (divo?). When he tweets it creates a stir and when his columns create a ruckus, he responds to readers quite often. So it seems only natural that Keller would take to Facebook to post his recent pieces and the subsequent exchanges with readers.
Among other things, on his page now there is a link to an especially intense debate that happened after Keller wrote that journalists should ask politicians about religion more often.
Here’s the link to his Facebook page if you’d like to keep up with Keller, or just read the angry letters that people write to him.
Gwyneth Paltrow has interviewed Jay-Z, written a cookbook, starred in movies, launched a newsletter, sang country songs and graced the cover of Bon Appétit. Obviously feeling unsatisified with how much Paltrow is in our world, today she joined Twitter and Facebook.
Her first tweet is a link to a video of herself looking for a cab because that is something we should all know about. Her first update on Facebook? It’s a link to the exact same video. Apparently Paltrow is already quite the whiz with social networking.
If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking “I wish I had more Paltrow in my life” or “Why am I sad all the time?” you might want to “like” her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter. But don’t expect her to follow you back. After all she is Gwyneth Paltrow, and you are you.
See that little Facebook “like” button at the bottom of this post? That tool, at least according to Facebook, helps increase traffic to media sites by 300 percent. Facebook integration helps keep people glued to websites too: Visitors using the Facebook tools stay on websites for an average of eight minutes longer than those who don’t use those tools.
And that’s just the beginning. Search Engine Land reports that Facebook helps media sites in a big way, increasing readers wherever that little thumbs-up tool appears. Some other stats:
- People who sign in with Facebook at The Huffington Post view 22% more pages and spend 8 minutes longer than the average reader
- ABCNews.com, Washington Post and The Huffington Post are said to have more than doubled their referral traffic from Facebook since adding social plugins
Again, Search Engine Land was provided these stats by Facebook, so who knows how accurate they are. But they’ve got to be close, right? It’s not like Facebook has ever done anything that would make us not trust the company, right? Right.
Now go ahead. Click that like button.
Ad Age has the stat of the week, or maybe year, today: In March, Americans spent 53 million minutes on Facebook. That adds up to about 100 years. 100 years! Reading about what people you don’t even like are doing!
Ad Age explains that this breaks down to about 12 minutes a day per user, and then puts that into context:
In 2009, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spent 8.7 hours a night sleeping. Men spent just 16 minutes a day doing housework (women spent 36 minutes). Exercise? 18 minutes. Religious and spiritual activities? Nine minutes. You get the picture.
That is just sad. We live in a world where revolutions are erupting all – oh lord have mercy. Peggy just posted more pics of her in that damn bikini, like she’s something special. That girl has no shame.