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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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    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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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have officially crossed the line in the "what constitutes oversharing in the social media world" debate. Have you heard about the latest trend taking Instagram by storm? The #AfterSex selfie.

    As if the selfie culture weren't pervasive enough, now we're getting inundated with pictures of couples in post-coital bliss, and just to make sure that we're aware of what activity the naked people in bed were just engaged in, they're tagged with #AfterSex.

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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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    A mom who tried to use social media as a tool to teach her daughter about the perils of social media may have ended up getting a lesson herself. Kira Hudson just wanted to show her tween daughter how fast things that get posted online can spread, but the whole thing kind of blew up across the net and in her face.

    Hudson posted a photo of her daughter on Facebook last week. The girl can be seen holding a sign that read, "3/18/14: Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it's on the internet."

    The picture was accompanied by the caption, "My 12-year-old daughter doesn't understand why she can't have an Instagram or Facebook account ... Please 'like and share' ... She just doesn't get it!"

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    There's a special feeling of dread you get when you get the email or push notification on your cellphone that someone has tagged you in a picture on Facebook. Why is it that it's more often than not a terrible photo of you, and all you want to do is respond and say, "That's not me! It's my ugly twin!"?

    Or you know, maybe it's a picture of you out doing shots off the bar the night before you called in "sick" to work, and then your boss sees it. Whoops. Anyway, Facebook may be about to take stalking to a whole new level thanks to a program called DeepFace, and yes, it's as creepy as it sounds.

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    No matter how modest or camera-shy you may be, there's no escaping the selfie. From the dictionary to Halloween costumes and even a horrible song being played on Top 40 radio, it's everywhere. And it's much more evil than we initially thought. Apparently, it's the reason so many more people under 30 years old are hitting up their local plastic surgeon's office to request 10 percent more nose jobs, 7 percent more hair transplants, and a 6 percent more eyelid surgery, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

    In fact, the survey found one out of three plastic surgeons say they've seen an increase in requests for procedures like these related to patients being "more self-aware of looks with social media." Like, #OMG!

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    The entire world is watching as authorities and news organizations try to get to the bottom of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, so of course, hackers are latching onto the tragedy to try to scam unsuspecting Facebook users. The new malware, which could land on your Facebook News Feed at any given moment now, uses fake news alerts and videos to lure you to click.

    According to The Independent, "The posts contain videos that look legitimate and claim the plane has been found in various places, from the Bermuda Triangle to having been spotted at sea, with many stating its passengers are 'alive' or 'saved.' Many of the links are prefixed with the words 'Breaking' or 'Shocking video' to grab people's attention." Ugh.

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg ...

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