Ok, here goes my Monday morning rant...Let's be clear from the start. Facebook is NOT charging fees. There is NO gold, silver, or bronze level. Your icon will NOT turn blue. Your account will NOT be deleted if you don't follow these instructions. This was NOT on the news!!!How many times did you see this hoax in the past week? Personally, I lost count. But it was enough to get me to the verge of becoming a shrieking banshee!! ...more
Paula Brooks, lesbian blogger, mom of 4-year-old twins and an adopted baby from Belize, and Deaf person, stepped down this week as head of women's news site LezGetReal.com, claiming to have perpetuated an elaborate hoax for years. "Brooks" described himself to the Washington Post as an ex-construction worker and military man named Bill Graber. Hang onto your hats, because the unfolding story is one of the most tangled pieces of Internet drama and extended sockpuppetry I've ever encountered.
Every morning Julie, Rita, and I get together to discuss important editorial decisions regarding BlogHer.com. And every morning, we share emails with interesting story ideas and potential blog posts. This morning, my email included this cryptic line: Go to Google.com and type 2204355 and click I'm feeling lucky.
By now, you've probably heard that last Wednesday, the morning commuter crowds in Manhattan and a few other US cities were the targets of an elaborate prank. Volunteers distributed 1.2 million copies of a bogus edition of the New York Times dated July 4, 2009 and boasting the banner headline: "Iraq War Ends." An anti-corporate activist group called the Yes Men claimed responsibility for the hoax.