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The Nicest Place on the Internet

We’re so excited by the response we’ve gotten from all of you regarding our Be Nice on the Internet Week, so we wanted to share a great site that one of our Facebook fans tipped us off to. It’s called The Nicest Place on the Internet. And it’s basically a stream of videos of people hugging their computers. Literally, the […]

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Gail Simmons on Handling Negative Responses Online

“During the first season of Top Chef, I was horrified when I read the blogs and online forums about our show—forget what people said about the show content itself, it was the personal attacks on us that really shocked me. Viewers commented on everything from the size of my ears to the size of my bust and my waistband. It […]

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Can u Read ths txt? do u want 2?

I got a strange text from my friend Rahel the other morning, just as Real Simple’s Be Nice on the Internet Week was getting underway. She wrote: “What or rather WHO is Scruttie?” The answer is obvious, at least to members of my family. “Scruttie” is an interchangeable —and until now, secret—nickname that we use to address each other. It’s […]

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A Lesson for Teachers? How Not to Use Cell Phones

School districts around the country, concerned that teachers can get too cozy with students on the Internet or when communicating by cell phone, are making new rules to prohibit contact. In some places, Facebook messages are a no-no, the New York Times reported yesterday. Other school administrators have outlawed text messages – or any conversation conducted on a cell phone. Citing […]

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Make Your Earbuds Tangle-Proof

In the spirit of keeping everything tangle-free today (see our new use of the day) comes this idea via Unplggd about how to keep your earbuds from getting tangled in your purse or gym bag. Simply use the basic knot you’d use to make friendship bracelets to wrap the main cord and each of the individual earbud cords. To make them […]

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When Smart Phones Make You Act Dumb

We all have figured out by now that we’re not supposed to answer a cell phone in a restaurant. Or at the movies. Or in the delivery room while the obstetrician is yelling, “Push.” But at the office? We’re still making gaffes. Cell phones are ringing in conference rooms. We’re texting away during meetings. We’re cradling our mobile devices in […]

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Anonymous Online

Debate: Is it important to protect people’s rights to comment anonymously online? Or should  commenters use their real names? Both sides make good arguments, as you can see from this week’s “Sunday Dialog” in the New York Times. Reasons to Require Names: 1. Cyberbullies. Anonymous comments are more likely to be “hate-filled and inflammatory.” 2. Responsibility. Sites that allow comments have the right […]

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Would You Rather Interact With a Human or a Machine?

This morning on the way to work I had to stop at the bank to deposit a check. I do not—ever—deposit checks by ATM, mostly because I don’t want to learn how to do it. (I know, I know: A trained monkey could probably learn how to deposit a check in the ATM in all of 7 minutes. But I […]

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A Wine Tasting Diary Can Help You Know What To Buy

I’m not sure if it’s commonplace in the rest of the country, but in the Mid-Atlantic wine is a form of gratuity among friends. If your neighbor lets you borrow his lawn mower, you give it back to him with a full tank of gasoline and a bottle of wine. If your friends invite you over for dinner and tell […]

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Heading Out for a Jog? Not Without My Callet!

It’s rare that something comes along that truly thrills me. But when it does, it’s usually something that’s small but GENIUS. Enter the Callet. It’s small, it’s genius—it actually solves a problem. At the risk of sounding a bit too enthusiastic: I’m in love. It’s a simple, gel-like case for your smart phone (iPhone or Blackberry compatible at this point) […]

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