The Feed: Nicole Santos Wants to be Your Friend

Facebook Bug: If you haven’t noticed, there have been a lot of Facebook spam bugs going around lately. I got this message from my sister on my wall last week: “Go kill yourself. Vote for Nicole Santos. I hate you and the only way to remove all these posts is by disabling this below.” Jesus, what did I do to make my sister so angry, I thought, and who is Nicole Santos? Well I wasn’t the only person with this question, because this Nicole Santos worm affected tens of thousands of Facebook users before the bug was fixed. But Nicole Santos lives on, because of course everyone on the interwebz had to make it into another memetastic viral sensation: the Nicole Santos-devoted Facebook page quickly gained over 20,000 “likes”; an Etsy user is selling “Vote for Nicole Santos T-shirts”; there is a YouTube Nicole Santos parody rap song that already has over 7,000 views. As it turns out, Nicole Santos is an innocent high school student in California who is running for vice president of her class. She isn’t sure why a hacker used her name for this bug. Hopefully this hack/meme fiasco doesn’t hurt her political career.  Gawker


Social Network Sorcery: Semil Shah says that social media is a form of magic, that social media sites let people create and broadcast illusions. If you’ve ever read The Feed, you know I obviously agree, but I’d say he’s too soft on the issue. Social media is not just some cute magician’s trick, it really has changed the way my generation and society in general functions, probably for the worse.  Everyone gets stuck in the labyrinth of smoke and mirrors that is social media — the gap between reality and fabricated online “reality” grows wider and wider, and what is troublesome is that this doesn’t seem to bother people enough. TechCrunch


Speaking of Social: Which TV shows are the most social? No, not social as in which one is most popular and has the most friends, social as in social engagement. I know, ugh. When I watch TV, I just watch it. I am not simultaneously tweeting or FB chatting about it, but apparently that’s exactly what a lot of people do. Check out the top 10 most social shows. Mashable


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