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  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Who Owns the Social Media Profile of a Band?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Cyberbullying, Fat-Shaming, and Homophobia on Hamptons "Douche Spotter"

    The New York Post had a promising story this morning about a Facebook group created by East Hampton locals dedicated to calling out the douchey behavior of the elitest weekenders invading their hometown. "Facebook page nails Hamptons D-bags for their bad behavior and maddening antics" the headline ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Crucial Mistake Most Bands Are Making With Facebook

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Village Voice is Partnering with Foursquare, and We Have a Badge to Prove It

    Every year, the Village Voice hosts Choice Eats, our annual tasting event, in which we provide delicious dishes from all of our favorite restaurants. And now with that in mind, we've announced a partnership with Foursquare.

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Mile End Deli: Social Media Flare Sours Smoked Meat's Return

    It took Mile End Sandwich almost a month to get smoked meat back on their menu after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Red Hook commissary. But after raising the sandwich price from $12 to $14, a heated discourse between owner Noah Bernamoff and unhappy patrons hit Twitter and Facebook.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Donald Trump Lays Claim On Phrase "Never Give Up"

    Here's some sports trivia you probably didn't know: when legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach Jim Valvano courageously told the world "don't give up...don't ever give up," he was actually just paraphrasing billionaire wordsmith Donald Trump.That, of course, is according to hist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Follow Fork in the Road on Twitter Because It's 2012!

    You have a Twitter account. We have a Twitter account. Let's be Twitter friends. Tweet @ForkintheRoadVV!

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2012

    Brand It, Post It, Sell It: How Millennials Are Reshaping Business As We Know It

    Laura Murray, an FIT student by day and live music photographer by night, has a fascination with exposure: "Being able to show people things that are going on all over the world sounds incredible." She admits on her website that she has a "slight case of wanderlust" and her dream job would be a band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Does Not Being On Facebook Mean You're A Psycho?

    I used to think you'd have to be psychotic to waste your time on Facebook, but now I'm so hooked on it, it almost feels like you'd have to be mentally ill to not be on it. And some media agree. In fact, as this blog points out: A German magazine took pains to note that Dark Knight killer James Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    New York City Education Department: Do NOT Friend Students!

    For New York's educators, to Facebook friend students or not to Facebook friend students is no longer the question. That's because the Education Department just released "guidelines" for K-12 instructors, which make very clear that teachers should not be part of students' social media networks. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Asshattery In 140 Characters Or Less: Which Musicians Are The Biggest Klouchebags?

    If you're on the Internet you might have heard of Klout, a pseudo-scientific way for measuring the slippery ideal of "online influence." Taking into consideration a variety of factors, it has (despite its often being utterly gameable and as a result off the mark) turned into a way for people online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    The Police Don't Need a Warrant to Subpoena Your Tweets, Judge Rules

    Twitter messages, obviously, are public. That's the point of social media: to share, to broadcast. But one of the reasons people continue to tweet -- and to post incriminating photographs of their youthful kegstands on Facebook -- is the illusion that they have some measure of control over what they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Now That Eddie Murphy's Out, Should the Muppets Host the Oscars? Q&A

    ​Eddie Murphy announced that he was bowing out of hosting duties for next year's Oscars today. This came on the heels of Brett Ratner's resignation as the show's producer following an unfortunate gay slur. Oscar hosting duties are now up in the air. Who will take the reins?! Maybe the Muppet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    State Senator Diane Savino's Facebook Friends: An Important Announcement

    ​New York State senator Diane Savino, a Democrat representing Staten Island and Brooklyn, had some important breaking news to share with the media today. Her personal Facebook page has hit the 5,000-friend mark (a "social media milestone," it seems), which is where Facebook cuts you off. Follo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Your Phone Numbers and Facebook: What You Should Actually Worry About

    Collecting your data to serve you better.​If you're on Facebook, you've likely seen the panicky message that's been circulating, warning that the social networking behemoth has started publishing all your phone contacts for everybody to see: "ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now PUBLIS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Levi Aron Suspected in Murder of Brooklyn Boy Leiby Kletzky; Facebook Page Asks, 'Is Your Family Safe?'

    ​Levi Aron has been named as the suspect, not yet charged, in the brutal murder of Leiby Kletzky, the Brooklyn boy missing since Monday who was found chopped up in a suitcase, left in a Dumpster in Park Slope. It has also been reported that some of the boy's remains were found in Aron's refrig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Lobster Roll Proliferation Is Partially Attributable to Foursquare

    The makings of scintillating dinner conversation​ CBS News has discovered Foursquare, a "mobile application that allows its 10 million users to virtually check in from their smart phone when they visit a local business."

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2011

    Grubwithus Allows You to Pay to Eat With Strangers Without Difficulty

    ​Do you hate your friends and would rather eat with a bunch of strangers instead of them? Would you like to shell out thirty dollars to do so? There's a new application called Grubwithus which is built just for you. Basically, it lists a bunch of meals organized by people using the service, for wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Osama Bin Laden Sign Updated in Brooklyn

    ​Self-explanatory. (Via Twitter user Tina Fallon)

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    R.I.P., Friendster, the Social Media Site of Our Relative Youth

    Turn that smile upside down!​Remember Friendster? One time we met someone on Friendster, a date, in fact, and we went to a vegan restaurant in the West Village (not that we were vegan), and we ate something that looked like meat but wasn't, and was really weirdly chewy, and then we never spoke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Mayor Bloomberg Declares NYC Foursquare Day: Live From the Village Voice Building!

    Bloomberg looks at Foursquare, bikes [via]​Michael Bloomberg is in the building. The mayor of New York City is not in the Village Voice offices, unfortunately, but he is in the historic building with our name on the front, a few floors above us, at the office of location check-in service Fours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Anti-Gay Activist Actually Loves Gay Marriage

    ​There's an adage about intelligent people changing their minds, so maybe anti-gay activist Louis J. Marinelli is smarter than we thought. He formerly served as the National Organization For Marriage's tour organizer and social media expert, and writes that he "spent the last five years puttin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Your Facebook Friends Hate You

    ​Being on Facebook can be an exercise in self-punishment, whether that means obsessively spying on your friends' baby pictures and envying their "perfect life" or constantly monitoring your ex's wall. We all know this, and yet no one really talks about it. Until now. There's a survey that has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Apply to Be Charlie Sheen's Intern in 75 Characters or Less

    ​Just as we urged our readers to un-follow Charlie Sheen on Twitter, we came across this gold mine. has posted a listing for an 8 week, full-time, paid internship with none other than TeamSheen. "Do you have #TigerBlood? Are you all about #Winning?" the listing asks, going on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker Vows to Lose 57 Pounds, Will Facebook and Tweet All About It

    ​Just a week ago Newark Mayor and "social media darling" Cory Booker was digging out his own citizens a tweet at a time, subsisting on Diet Coke and Advil, and becoming the hands-down hero of Snow-pocalypse 2010. Now he's taken to Facebook and Twitter with another cause: He plans to hit 240 ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2010

    Columbia University Warns Students Against Mentioning WikiLeaks in Public

    Not a Columbia grad​The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University sent out an email warning students not to talk about WikiLeaks on the internet if they hope to ever work in the State Department. The school, which aims to construct new diplomats from scraps of old diplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    A Bajillion Hits: The Biggest Buzzness in Social Media in the History of the Internet, Ever (Video)

    ​Since it launched last week, People Who Talk About Things on the Internet don't know what to make of writer Alex Blagg's new site, ABajillionHitz.Biz. Is it an actual social media consultancy? Is it all just a joke? Or is it the "Hipster Runoff" of social media: a half-joke that isn't opposed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2010

    Media Scare Tactics About Facebook Burglars Revealed by Jeff Jarvis

    ​Some readers see articles like this from Fox News, about the "burglary ring" who found their victims using Facebook Places' geolocation tagging and uncritically mourn the loss of privacy and dangers of the internet. Others see articles like that one and mourn the loss of basic reporting chops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Germany Plans to Turn a Blind Eye to Job Applicants' Facebook Antics

    If you're in Germany, you may soon get a job even with Facebook photos like this.​Tuesday, the German government proposed a law that places restrictions on employers' uses of Facebook to protect workplace privacy. But the law, a nice gesture of respect for future employees, ignores Facebook's exis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Facebook Is the New 9-1-1, Apparently

    ​This may be a little disturbing to those of us who simply refuse to break down and get a Facebook account like any normal human, but in times of disaster, those people will probably be evolutionarily dismissed from our social construct anyway. Because it turns out that a whole 35 percent of u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Facebook's Not Just For Stalking: High School Teachers and Organ Donors Pile on

    ​First of all, it's remarkable that anyone old enough to have been a teacher in the 1970s is also tech-savvy enough to use Facebook -- times they are a-changin' (and I'm sure the same folks get that reference). But it's also very sweet that former students are on Facebook seeking out teachers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Study: British Pansies Freaked Out By Foursquare, Obviously Aren't Using It Correctly

    ​The New York-bred phenomenon known as Foursquare -- which is basically the Bros Icing Bros of Social Media -- has made its way across the Atlantic, where British people who clearly don't "get it" are currently being scared out of their "knickers" or whatever by it.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Internet Week: Geeks Get Wild (With Sledgehammers) at NY Tech Meetup

    ​New York's week long gathering of techies and cyberlebrities known as Internet Week had its biggest event this past Tuesday, NY Tech Meetup, with over 800 attendees. The event allowed eight people to demo their fresh tech product to the tech community, and while a few of them were a little ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Social Media Presence Now Journalism Job Performance Metric, Commence Twitter Teabagger Movement

    ​That sound you heard was a few thousand reporters shitting bricks of varying volumes, and it gets louder by the day with each Tweet. Literalized, it would sound something like a someone throwing a boulder the size of a small child into a calm river. The Tweets and Twitterers are coming for yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2010

    Harold Ford Has A More-Than-Zero Connection to Harold Ford's Twitter Feed

    ​A few things about Harold Ford's twitter feed: 937 is a perfectly respectable number of followers for a feed with 15 tweets on it, particularly one which doesn't follow anyone It's just a hair indiscreet to list an "unofficial blog supporting Harold Ford, Jr. and his vision for New York an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Cuomo Announces Removal of Sex Offenders from Social Networking Sites, Warns Others

    Having gotten MySpace and Facebook to remove 3,533 members with a record of sexual predation in 2009, attorney general Andrew Cuomo has facilitated another sweep of other social networking sites and gotten 803 other registered sex offenders removed from their buddy lists. The newly-scrubbed sites ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Social Disease Media: The Twitter Traffic Machine

    Forget all this crap about Twitter being the new Tom Paine, revolution and evolution and all that hippie crap -- it's really about making microfortunes with the Twitter Traffic Machine! Here's some dude named Gabe in a t-shirt and a frickin' lei on the internet (signifier of wealth, not poverty! W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    The Lousy Onstage Pickup Line Hall of Fame Hereby Inducts Mickey Factz

    Actual seduction not depicted, but you should be grateful, trust me. If you've not had the pleasure of one of the Roots' jam sessions at Highline Ballroom, know first of all that "jam" is taken very literally: They're more or less just fucking around, learning how to play Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Did a Missed Facebook Date Cost Julissa Brisman Her Life?

    What looks to be the Facebook page of New York City resident and masseuse Julissa Brisman, who was murdered Tuesday in a Boston hotel room where she was meeting either a massage client or a john (people are still speculating), is still up and running. On the friend list of the profile that bear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Welcome to the Future! Runnin' Scared Goes Web 2.0

    Well, as the Governor says in A Clockwork Orange, these new ridiculous ideas have come at last. We wanted to go backward, and issue Runnin' Scared posts (or as we like to call them, dispatches) on parchment sheets, rolled up and delivered by carrier pigeons. But, like the Chief Guard, our boss told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Fuck Twitter!

    I don't even know what Twitter is, but I say to hell with it! I'm just recovering from the organized movement of people begging me to drink the Kool-Aid and join Facebook, and now THIS has become the hot communal cult activity--a "social networking service" of "tweets" and "microblogging". As certai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Facebook Relents, Drops "We Own Everything" TOS

    The words "Facebook" and "forever" appeared together in a lot of news stories this week, but not as an endearment. On Sunday Consumerist revealed that Facebook had changed its terms of service so that, essentially, anything that anyone put on Facebook belonged to Facebook in a "irrevocable, perpetu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Nude Celebrities on LinkedIn May Not Be What They Seem

    If you're trying to do the sort of business networking on LinkedIn that the site is meant for, and all of a sudden you come across an offer to download nude celebrities, it probably isn't the eccentric opening gambit of a contract negotiation. Hackers have been flooding LinkedIn with malware bait, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    'Fuck Facebook' The T-Shirt!

    Don't tell me this blog doesn't start international trends with every poisoned syllable! Recently, I wrote about the fact that everyone is desperate for me to join Facebook, which I find a useless exercise in making more time-wasting "friends" who would walk over your corpse in a cyber minute if the ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2008

    Why MySpace Music Won't Succeed

    Rupert Murdoch's pride and joy is trying to go legit; mayhem may ensue, and success may not

  • Columns

    August 12, 2008

    Telling the Internet My Dirty Little Secrets

    First-person tales from a cybersex expert

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008
  • Screens

    January 17, 2006

    Dry Space

    What happens when Murdoch buys the Web's networking portal

  • Screens

    December 6, 2005

    People's Google

    Erase your history, crash your hard drive—and surf like it's 1999 at

  • News

    June 3, 2003

    Six Degrees of Sexual Frustration

    Connecting the Dates with

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