2. As Stalin learnt in June 1941, it’s not official unless it’s Facebook official. The twice-named Time Person of the Year found out the hard way not to trust your supposed friends, and so it would likely be his recommendation to be clear how public your relationships are. If you choose Open Relationship, however, then you’re just asking for it.

  3. Sometimes, compromise really isn’t best.

    The funniest #CivilWarCentrists tweets



  5. FOMO can “can wreak havoc on our finances when we attempt to keep up with a million imaginary lifestyles while ignoring our own real bottom line.”

    Is social media bad for your finances?


  6. The most shocking part of this story was learning there is a vegan strip club in Portland.

    Kevin Griffis, spokesman for Cory Booker, on his latest scandal

    Twitter follies: Cory Booker is no Anthony Weiner


  7. Not a typo: Social media might actually be making us… smarter



  9. Today in bad ideas.



  11. In a real-life setting — say, a bar, where you’re quasi-anonymous, anyway — shouting nasty threats at someone you disagree with is likely to earn you a mouth full of broken teeth. Real life has consequences, which is why in cyberspace, it isn’t unreasonable to expect our most public forums, especially Twitter and Facebook, to facilitate contentious discourse while actively policing the kind of ugly hostility that the internet’s veil encourages.

  12. Where do Twitter’s racist users live?

    A mapping project by students at Humboldt State University called the Geography of Hate uses Google Maps to illustrate the hate-filled language spit out into the Twitter ether. 

    So where do these hate-speech spouting users live? Well… everywhere.


  13. Tonight, President Obama will address Congress and the nation in his fourth State of the Union address, which is set to begin at 9 p.m. EST. If you won’t be in front of a television — and even if you will be — be sure to follow along via social media. Here’s how:  

    • Before the speech: At 7:30 p.m., chat live with White House reporter Paul Brandus on The Week's Facebook page. He’ll give you the lowdown on what to expect from tonight’s address.

    • During the speech: On Twitter, subscribe to @TheWeek's list of key political players, which includes both reporters and politicians who will be tweeting about the address. Separately, you’ll want to follow the hashtag #SOTU.  

    More: A social media guide to the SOTU