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Pinterest

hold on to your butts

Pinterest Hacked to Contain Many Butts

I mean, probably it was hacked to contain “More Butts,” since there were probably already some butts on the site already, but still, over the last couple of days the incidences of butts on the site for some users became alarmingly high.

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It Came From Outer Space

Astronaut Karen Nyberg Talks About Taking Pinterest to Space

At its launch, Pinterest was immediately labeled as an inherently Feminine social media site in its method, largely, it seems, because its early user base, unlike a lot of other social media communities, was predominantly female. In fact, that’s the opposite of most other social media communities. And it wasn’t because its captcha service asked “Are you male? (Don’t lie.)” and then excluded all the men. Tech sites around the web wrote articles about how men found Pinterest confusing, how the site revealed that stereotypes of the feminine were founded in reality, and went out of their way to reassure men that Pinterest could be used for manly things.

Which is part of why I’m subversively pleased at the idea of a female astronaut using Pinterest to get people excited about science and space exploration.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Vegan Nazgul Cupcakes

Also Ents and Hobbits. (justJenn Recipes)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: New Pictures From the Set of Iron Man 3

Mustard Iron Man and 4th of July themed Warmachine standing around. Or maybe just their suits. It’s hard to tell. (Daily Mail)

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the internet is serious business

The Fall of Pinterest: When the Lady Internet Battles the Dude Internet, We All Win [Video]

Finally, Pinterest has provided some safe, high ground for women on the internet to talk about kale, crafts, and dresses while the rest of the web is littered with rude memes, semi-nude girly pics, and trolls. But now, men want their piece, and they are storming our castles, m’ladies! Clearly they have no idea what they’re up against. College Humor proudly present: The Fall of Pinterest.

(via Laughing Squid)

Elsewhere on the internet

How Not To Pinterest [By Comediva]

I’m not a big Pinterster myself (although The Mary Sue does have its own Pinterest!) but this whole thing reminds me of those times when a person finds my Tumblr for the first time and likes or reblogs seven things in a row. On the one hand, I’m glad we share interests. On the other, I was just given a creepy snapshot of another person’s browsing history. And it was creepy.

Kind of like this video.

The Mary Sue

Twitter, Facebook, & Tumblr (& More)! Oh My!

You like us, right? I mean, really, really like us? You may visit The Mary Sue regularly (and for that we thank you!) but did you know you’re missing out on a whole lot when you ONLY visit The Mary Sue? Read on to find out how! 

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Ladies of Star Trek

We already love Dylan Meconis (creator of Family Man), so there’s really nothing more to say about her depiction of all the major ladies of the first two Star Trek shows except that it’s great. (via Tor)

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Elsewhere on the internet

Hey, Look! There Is a Man on Pinterest, and His Name Is Mark Zuckerberg!

Well, well, well, look at this! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to take a little peek at the internet’s fastest growing social network by joining it himself! Zuckerberg has created a profile on Pinterest, the site that has been called such things as “lady-centric” and “catnip for women” because 70 percent of its users are female. Is Zuck really into collectibles? Or is he taking a look at the competition?

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the internet is serious business

Pinterest: A “Shocking” Example of Women Using the Internet

Last week, the media discovered Pinterest. Mashable reported that it drove more traffic than Google+ last month and was on par to match Twitter in click-through rates. Soon after, tech analysts debated whether Pinterest would be the next Groupon, soon be usurped by myriad copycat sites.

However, another topic started to emerge that should be far more troubling to social media users. Tech journalists covering the site started using phrases like “female-centric” and “catnip for women,” in their articles.

It’s a curious choice of words and not just because men founded the site.

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