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Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madgrigal writes that Pinterest could be a competitor with Google search: 

Pinterest is mostly known as a place people go to find things to buy or make. The company likes to say that Pinterest is about planning your future, but it’s also just about seeing – visually — a bunch of interesting stuff on a theme, all in one place. So there are boards for wedding planning and child rearing and men’s linen suits, but also for kittens and model airplanes and mountains. Some boards are just a mood like “monumental” or “cute” or “adventurous.”

Despite this popularity, Pinterest has never attracted the same kind of press or adulation as the companies that grew up around the same time — businesses like Instagram, Uber or even Dropbox. Pinterest just isn’t seen as a hardcore technology company that will follow the path of Google and Facebook. To some people, it doesn’t feel like a world-shaping product. “It’s just a digital scrapbook,” people say.

But Internet companies are valuable in large part because of the kind of data that they possess. And Pinterest possesses some really, really interesting data. The first part of it is that they are a repository of things that people would like to have or do. They’re a database of intentions. And that has got to be valuable to marketers and advertisers.

But it goes deeper than that. What Pinterest has created — almost unintentionally — is a database of things in the world that matter to human beings. While Google crunches numbers to figure out what’s relevant, Pinterest’s human users define what is relevant for a given topic. And because of that, they could become a legitimate competitor to Google, the world’s most valuable Internet company.

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Inside the weird world of Tinder auto-likers

“It think it feels good to not have to do anything but still get results,” he said with a laugh that lingered somewhere between joking and cockiness.

Auto-likers play the numbers game with your Tinder account, but does it actually work?

Inside the weird world of Tinder auto-likers

“It think it feels good to not have to do anything but still get results,” he said with a laugh that lingered somewhere between joking and cockiness.

Auto-likers play the numbers game with your Tinder account, but does it actually work?

The online push for greater diversity in books and comics

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Though it’s not explicitly stated as a reason for the Tumblr’s timing, We Are Comics was made shortly after the harassment of comics writer Janelle Asselin. Asselin received rape threats and had her personal information revealed on the Internet after she criticized a sexist comic book cover.

Similarly, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, created by writer Ellen Oh, has gained traction on Twitter and Tumblr in response to controversy within the book blogosphere, after the publishing industry’s largest annual conference announced an all white-male Young Adult panel followed by an all-white guest list. Although it didn’t officially start until May 1, the hashtag spent the last few weeks of April gaining steam as angry book bloggers took to Twitter to voice their frustrations with what they saw as the industry’s complaisance towards vital issues of representation and equal treatment.

The idea of both social media projects is the same: members of the communities take pictures of themselves, putting a face to the vastly diverse community that exists for the fandoms that seemingly exclude everyone who isn’t a prized white male geek or reader.

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I used to wonder what about me made me “rape-able,” if I have an invisible sign that marks me. I know that’s the rape culture talking, but your mind can’t help but go to some pretty dark places. Sometimes the dark places are all you have.

After a friend of mine was assaulted, she used to fantasize about her rapist, dreaming that he was a minotaur or a Zeus-like god, her way to cope with what happened. She wanted a version in which what they had was beautiful. In my case, I just wanted him gone, and in the two years since, I had all but forgotten about it. It seems like the type of thing you would remember, but I’ve never been good at journaling, let alone starting a mental rape diary.

But then I saw his message sitting there, as simply as if he were catching up with an old friend. I looked at his easy words—“how are you?” he wrote, without even bothering to capitalize—and I hadn’t the slightest clue what etiquette was in this case. Emily Post never covered “Responding to Your Thwarted Sexual Assailant.”

How to Win at Facebook—Tip #3:
 Trick out your Timeline: Post lots of sexy party pics, hilarious viral videos, and the status update, “I AM HAPPIER THAN YOU” once per hour, every day.

How to Win at Facebook—Tip #3:

 Trick out your Timeline: Post lots of sexy party pics, hilarious viral videos, and the status update, “I AM HAPPIER THAN YOU” once per hour, every day.

1) Don’t make someone else’s personal pain about your emotional experience. Humans do pretty crappy things to other humans. The truth is, we aren’t entitled to feel good about the news all the time—especially not when the news is asking us to relate to human tragedy.

2) The more important the news is, the more straightforward you should be in telling it. This holds true for the headline as well as the actual reporting. In terms of the news, if the most straightforward headlines aren’t enough to sell the most important news of the day, then maybe it’s because you aren’t actually covering what’s really important.

3) Stories can be worthy without being upworthy. What CNN seems to be forgetting is that it’s not impossible to get these stories the views they deserve without the Upworthy treatment. Take the sheer number of debates you’ve read this week about Dylan Farrow. No one wants to have that conversation. But it’s being had because we recognize that sometimes we need to put on our adult pants and have adult conversations about the serious stuff.

Facebook's latest policy betrays a commitment to teen privacy

Why I stopped following celebrities on Twitter

You know what they say about meeting your idols: don’t.

Why I stopped following celebrities on Twitter

You know what they say about meeting your idols: don’t.