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    Facebook needs to get its priorities straight, and this goes way beyond the usual "they banned my breastfeeding picture" contentions we usually hear about when we're complaining about the social media giant's censorship.

    In the same time frame, Facebook has banned a photo of a sick baby boy who is in desperate need of a heart transplant from a fund raising page, yet has refused to remove a despicable video of a kitten being lit on fire and tortured to death.

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    Today was hard, you guys. I'm not gonna lie. True, it's Friday. But for about 30 minutes today Facebook was down. And for many of us, the whole world shut down, too. If I wanted to see that photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with his Super Soaker I actually had to Google the image instead of letting it roll up ever five seconds on my stream. How could they do this to us? How could they let us down like that? For, you know, a whole half an hour?!? Thank goodness it didn't last any longer than that!

    I was totally unprepared for this global emergency. I had NO IDEA what to do with myself. 

    Well next time I'll be prepared. Here's what you can do if this ever happens to us again. Not that there will ever be a next time. Right, Zuckerberg?

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    We think we know the people in our lives pretty well, but when it comes to Facebook, how well can you really say you know 200 of your closest "friends?" A free app called Friend Verifier makes it easier to get to know your friends...and find out whether they're actually registered sex offenders.

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    A deadly accident occurred in High Point, North Carolina, when a woman was using her cellphone to take selfies and post messages on Facebook while driving. The weight of that sentence should be enough to make people stop and think and not use their phone while driving. But the sad reality is too many of us do, and still will no matter what we tragic stories hear. Please let this be a reminder never to use your phone while driving. This woman made that fatal mistake.

    Thirty-two year-old Courtney Ann Sanford was driving down the highway at around 8:30 in the morning. The car she was driving crossed over the median and crashed head-on into an oncoming truck. The crash caused her car to go off to the side of the road and catch on fire. The truck went on to crash into a tree. A second before the crash, Sanford posted "The happy song makes me so HAPPY" to Facebook.

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    I've been writing online for a long time, and I thought I'd address a few questions I've had over the years about how the sausage gets made. Excuse me if this is a little insidery, but I wanted to talk a little about how and why we're now inundated with "You Won't Believe How This Smiling Baby Will Change Your Life!" and "35 Funniest Sidewalk Signs of All Time" posts on Facebook and Twitter.

    There are a few types of web content, the most prevalent of them being "online journalism." I wrote a book about it, and it's what I've been doing for most of my professional career. And I'm part of the problem. Let me explain.

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    When we post pictures of our kids on Facebook we tend to get a bunch of likes and some comments on how adorable our kids look. But when Tara Taylor posted this cute photo of her 3-year-old daughter Rylee she got much more than that. She got a diagnosis from two friends who advised her to have Rylee's eyes checked out because they were concerned about the glow in her left eye.

    Thankfully Tara took the advice because when she saw a doctor, Rylee was diagnosed with a rare disorder that could have made her blind.

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    On April Fool's Day, I read a post that had me shaking in my Ugg boots. It basically described changes to Facebook that would allow users to see who had viewed their profiles.

    Thankfully, it was just a prank post, so amateur cyberstalking may continue undeterred. Because really, do you want your ex or your crush or your high school nemesis knowing that you occasionally check out their pages out of sheer, morbid curiosity?

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    Facebook's ever-changing privacy policies have long been a gripe for users, but it looks like the social media behemoth is finally doing something to make people aware that they don't, in fact, need to share every detail of their lives with the entire Internet.

    Starting this week, some Facebook users who tried to share posts publicly got a little pop-up with a cute little dinosaur that asked if you really meant to share that with everyone, or would you rather choose the "right audience"?

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    Because all the things must now be documented on social media (dinner never happened if it wasn't Instagrammed), the latest trend to hit the wedding scene is hiring a social media wedding concierge.

    The W Hotel in New York City is currently promoting the new service, which will run you $3,000 to "borrow" one of W's social media experts for your big day. In a promotional email to the Huffington Post, they claim, "From live tweets and #hashtags to Vine videos and Instagram filters, W's Social Media Wedding Concierge will document the 'I Dos' and encourage guests to utilize a dedicated wedding hashtag for every one of their posts."

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    It's hard to imagine there was a time when you could break up with someone or be broken up with and then never, ever have to see his horrible, beautiful, heartbreaking face again. Ah, what a comfort it must have been to be able to cry for a day, talk it out with friends, and then know you could move on. There was no high-tech way of keeping tabs on that person, and even if you heard through the grapevine that he had a new girlfriend or wife, you could make it through life without viewing 100 photos of her and knowing hair that shiny actually exists outside of a shampoo commercial.

    Boy, are those days gone. It's now pretty much possible to locate and stalk every boyfriend you've had since kindergarten. Not that you plan on doing this, of course, but here are 7 websites that have made it super easy for "ex-boyfriend stalking" to become an international sport and for no one to ever fully get over and past the ... well, the past.

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