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    When Hannah Stouffer turned 19 earlier this month, she got an extra special birthday present that she'll remember for a long time: she reunited with her birth mother!

    Stouffer was adopted (through a closed adoption) when she was just a baby. All she knew was her hospital and city of birth and that her mom was 15 years old when she gave birth and probably a ninth-grader. And all she wanted to do was "meet her and thank her." So she took to Twitter:

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    The teen years are a time when you're expected to make dumb mistakes. Back in the day, we were able to do and say stupid things and -- if we were lucky -- learn from them and move on to become better people. Yeah, not so much anymore thanks to Twitter and Facebook.

    "Sarah" isn't the first teenager -- and she won't be the last -- to learn the hard way that one thoughtless tweet could possibly ruin her life, despite the fact that she's only 14 years old. The young girl, whose social media account has since been deleted, reportedly made the grave error of sending American Airlines a ridiculously reckless tweet. She pretended she was a terrorist who was planning a major attack. Uh, 14 or not, you could say the airline took her message very seriously.

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    If there's any doubt in your mind that Katherine Heigl has money on the brain, you haven't been paying close enough attention to her life -- and who can blame you for that? The actress, who recently (and annoyingly) claimed she hasn't made a lot of money in the past few years, is now putting her lawyers where her mouth is by suing the pharmacy chain store Duane Reade for $6 million. Perhaps you're wondering what the store did to make her so mad? Did its employees purposely wax the floors with olive oil when they saw her coming? Nope. But whoever is in charge of the store's social media accounts did have the audacity to post a photo of Katherine carrying Duane Reade shopping bags as she exited an NYC store on its Twitter and Facebook pages and insist the 35-year-old actress actually shops there. So, $6 million for telling the truth -- has she gone mad?

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    Um, can someone please explain to me what in the heck is going on with Leah Calvert these days? Not too long ago, she insisted she was super happy and that things were going great in her marriage to Jeremy Calvert.

    But after seeing a couple of cryptic tweets she's posted in the last couple weeks, I'm starting to wonder if there's more going on there than meets the eye. I mean, someone or something is definitely bothering her or she's having some sort of major epiphany or something.

    Check it out.

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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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    It's a tale as old as time ... girl meets boy, girl falls in love at first sight, girl forgets to get his contact info or even his last name, girl uses Twitter to track down her "future husband." Wait, what? OK, maybe love stories have been around for as long as humans have existed, but this whole technological side to romance is pretty new.

    Emily Domesek was on a flight from Dallas to Calgary when she met Clauco, a dashing stranger in a blue sweater who was "born in Torino & lives in soho." The DIY lifestyle guru (she runs the site P.S. - I Made This) couldn't stop thinking about Clauco after the flight, but had no way to contact him. So she tweeted to American Airlines (and her nearly 55,000 followers) with the hope that they could help track him down.

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    Are you following Stephen Colbert on Twitter? You may think you are, but if you're following The Colbert Report, you're actually following a Comedy Central promotional account, which posts tweets with no oversight from Colbert or his show -- Colbert's personal account can be found at StephenAtHome. This is possibly an important distinction if you were one of the thousands of outraged Twitter users who got so offended by a "racist" tweet from Colbert on Wednesday night, a #CancelColbert hashtag began trending.

    Or maybe it doesn't matter who actually posted the tweet. The point is, despite Colbert referring to his "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation" for the Asian community, the tweet wasn't worth the outrage. No one got mad when he said the line on the show, so why should a tweeted version be so different?

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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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    Time surely flies when you are having fun. Twitter knows what I'm talking about! Everybody's favorite 140 characters or less based social media vehicle turned eight this week. That's right, eight years old! I kind of can't believe it. Before we know it, Twitter will have morphed into a truculent adolescent, all wearing black tee-shirts featuring Norwegian Black Metal bands and also they will probably stop washing their way. Sigh, ah to be young.

    Twitter itself is celebrating its birthday by inviting users to discover their #FirstTweet. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, but essentially click a link and get your first tweet. Mine is pretty much the greatest thing ever. "Just stumbled into this latest techno-trend...*sigh*". The best part of that too-cool for school tweet? It was two full years late to the Twitter game. Good job, Stokes. Way to stay relevant. 

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