Last year, Facebook rolled out a new feature called “text delight animations.” Basically, when you type certain key words — say, "you're the best" — a fun animation pops up.
You've…probably realized that typing “congratulations” in just about any language leads to a delightful explosion of confetti and balloons. So, you could type מזל טוב — that's “mazel tov,” or "congratulations," in Hebrew — and the animation would appear. But if you were to use the transliteration, "mazel tov," — which is, of course, phrase… >> Read More
Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine Cohen welcomed twin baby girls in early March. Almost instantly, she faced a barrage of criticism whenever she posted a selfie; comments like, "It’s really not…helpful for other women who are struggling with their self image 🙄 grow up" appear regularly on her page. On Friday, Cohen took to her site to write a moving essay about the pressure that moms face on Instagram. Now eight weeks postpartum — and very much on maternity leave — Cohen confesses that she… >> Read More
Let's face it, we are all dumb f***s.
Or at least, that's what Mark Zuckerberg called those of us who are willing to give Facebook our data. That was way back in 2004 — when Zuckerberg was just…a college kid, not the CEO of a bazillion-dollar company that has literally become our social fabric. But recent news developments have many of us thinking that the social media giant has treated us all like we're idiots. With all the drama surrounding Russian ads, "fake news," and finally, the scandal of Cambridge Analytica, which… >> Read More
Leandra Medine Cohen, the founder of women's fashion and lifestyle site Man Repeller, recently welcomed twin baby girls, Laura and Madeline. (Mazel tov!)
The twins were born after Cohen's very…public journey about her struggles with infertility, miscarriage, and getting pregnant. Yet as she wrote in her pregnancy announcement, fearing backlash, "I thought a lot about how I would share this news and whether, frankly, I would share it at all." A true Instagram icon, however, once she announced her pregnancy, she began documenting it,… >> Read More
A confession: I mock social media publicly. I loudly echo the sentiments expressed by so many — that social media is changing the way we interact with each other; that it can cause depression and…anxiety; that we all need to step away from the lure of Facebook. But, privately, I love it. I secretly enjoy looking at the pictures of my friends’ children. I don’t mind learning about big life events — engagements, births, and more — via alerts on my smartphone. I love reading the articles apparently chosen… >> Read More