If you guys don't do my "Funeral Ideas" Pinterest board justice at my funeral, I will haunt you so hard *pinning ideas to "Haunting" board* — Tragic Ally (@TragicAllyHere) January 9, 2017Turns out funeral pins are a thing. Just search for funeral pins in Twitter – some tweets are in jest, sure, but not all. I didn’t get swept away in thoughts of my own funeral. I did, however, begin to think of other Pinterest boards that might exist. Here are some eye-catching Pinterest boards. They're work safe.
There’s a lot of great content on the Web. There are movies, music and TV. News, sports, blogs, and politics. In fact, there are more than 38 trillion individual webpages on the Internet.
With numbers like that, there’s bound to be some misinformation out there. One of the most prevalent — and most enduring — kinds? Internet hoaxes. Whether they’re lighthearted pranks or malicious scams, hoaxes have been fooling unsuspecting Internet users for years.
Here’s everything you need to know about Internet hoaxes, and what you can do to steer clear of them.
Internet hoaxes can come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Some are just for fun, like this year’s half-cat hoax. Others try to trick you out of money or information, like the poverty blogger who turned out not to be so poor.
The just-for-fun hoaxes aren’t all that harmful. The worst thing that’ll happen if you get tricked? You’ll look a little silly in front of your more Internet-savvy friends and coworkers. Some of the most well-known hoaxes of this year were actually pretty funny. There was Jimmy Kimmel’s ”Twerk Fail”, the man-eating python in India and dozens of YouTube pranks.
Some, of course, weren’t quite so funny — like college football star Manti Te’o’s fake-deceased girlfriend, or the viral videos of the “Knockout Game”. And other hoaxes had more serious consequences. Blogger Linda Walther Tirado received criticism when unsuspecting Internet users gave her more than $60,000 after reading her maybe-not-entirely-true article on living in poverty. Waitress Dayna Morales started a similar scandal when she faked a bad tip and subsequently received thousands of dollars in donations.
So – how do you avoid hoaxes that attempt to tug at your heartstrings in exchange for your money or your personal information? Don’t be so quick to trust everything you read online, and do a little research.
There are plenty of websites devoted to debunking Internet hoaxes, including Snopes.com and HoaxBusters.org. If you think something you find online might be a hoax, try to find it on one of those sites. They’ll likely have information about the accuracy of the story, how it got started and whether or not it’s harmful. The sites also contain information on phishing scams, viruses and other kinds of malware.
Simple Internet searches can also help you find out more about potential Internet hoaxes — especially if you’re not exactly sure what you’re dealing with. Hoaxes are usually covered by mainstream media, so just searching some key terms on Google may lead you to more information.
One thing to keep in mind? It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re concerned that a story you read online may not be true, it’s better to be skeptical and do your research — whether it’s your money, your personal information or just your pride on the line. Never give money or information online unless you can verify that the source is legitimate, and be careful when opening emails and clicking links from unknown sources.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great for staying in touch with — well, pretty much everyone. Your college roommate. Your best friend from elementary school. Your grandparents.
But big, popular sites like Facebook and Twitter might not be the best place for people who want to connect with others with similar interests. That’s where niche social networks come in.
They’re popping up everywhere on the Web: social networks that bring online communities together over specific interests. There are social networks for books, crafts, animals, comics, sports and more, and they have thousands — sometimes even millions — of users.
What do the best niche social media sites have in common? According to PandoDaily, they provide both an interactive community of peers and reliable, relevant information on a topic. Here are a few you should know about:
Book Group Online is exactly what it sounds like — an online book group. But unlike your neighborhood book group, Book Group Online (or BGO, as it’s known to members) has thousands of members and covers dozens of topics. Users can find discussion groups by time period (21st-century fiction, 20th-century fiction, pre-1900 fiction and more) and genre (Crime, Thrillers and Mystery, Fantasy and Myth, Historical and Romance, Horror, and Science Fiction). There are also sections for non-fiction and children’s literature, and members can vote on and discuss a group read each month.
If you’ve ever felt tempted to make a Facebook or Twitter page for your dog, this social network is for you. Dogster is both an online magazine and a community for dog-lovers.
There are up-to-the-minute articles about canine health, dog news, breeds, training techniques and more. There are galleries full of puppy pictures and a database of dogs up for adoption, searchable by ZIP. And there’s an online forum where you can ask questions, get advice, communicate with other dog-lovers and even make a profile for your dog.
If you’re more into networking with feline friends, check out Catster, Dogster’s sister site.
Map My Run is the perfect social network for anyone interested in exercise, whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or just starting to get in shape. The site and mobile app allow users to map out routes for runs or bike rides, track data from workouts and even log and analyze the foods they eat.
But what sets Map My Run apart from all the other workout apps on the market? It also allows you to share your exercise routine with friends, so you can see what others are up to, cheer on their progress and even motivate yourself a little extra. You can find fitness events, join local running or cycling groups and even link to your Facebook account.
The Internet is full of advice about parenting, both good and bad. But CafeMom is one of the best sources for parenting information out there — and it’s a popular social network, too.
Moms (and dads) can create a CafeMom account to access informational articles about childcare and parenting as well as videos, games and forums on everything from current events to love and marriage. Parents can use the “Groups and Conversation” function to find nearby parents with same-aged children or similar interests, or to get advice and hear personal stories.
Whether you’re looking for online book groups or people who love dogs as much as you do, you can find a social network for nearly anything you can think of. Niche social networks are a great way to find friends across the globe with similar interests — and a great way to ask questions, get advice, and share what’s important to you.
With more and more people using the Internet to shop, online delivery service has improved in recent years. Instead of waiting weeks, shoppers can have their packages at their doorsteps in just one or two days — or even overnight, if they’re willing to pay a little extra.
Online delivery isn’t bad. But according to Jeff Bezos, it’s about to get a lot better.
The Amazon CEO made an appearance on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes to announce his company’s newest venture: Amazon Prime Air. The innovative service will use unmanned aerial drones to deliver Amazon Prime orders to customers.
The idea? To have packages delivered just 30 minutes after a customer hits “buy” on Amazon.com.
After the reveal, Amazon posted a video demonstrating the idea. The 80-second clip, which already has nearly 7 million YouTube views, shows a customer making an order on Amazon and selecting “Prime Air 30 Minute Delivery.” Then, it cuts to an Amazon warehouse, where the customer’s order is packaged and picked up by a tiny aircraft, which quickly drop the order off at the customer’s doorstep.
It’s as easy as that. Make an order, select Amazon Prime Air as your delivery option, and receive your package via futuristic robot drone in just half an hour. Bezos even unveiled the kind of aircraft Amazon plans to use: an 8-rotor “octocopter” that has the power to carry heavy packages over long distances.
The technology needed to make Amazon Prime Air possible already exists — but Bezos predicts that the service won’t go live for several years. That’s because, technology aside, there are some limitations.
First, there’s the legal. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bans the use of unmanned commercial aircrafts in the U.S. — that includes the drones Amazon intends to use. The FAA is likely to reverse that ban eventually, but Amazon will have to wait for the administration to set regulations for commercial drones. For now, the FAA is working under a September 2015 deadline.
Then, there’s the logistical. How well would unmanned drone delivery really work? Critics have expressed concern about the possibility (or even probability) of lost drones, misplaced deliveries, and collisions with buildings, people or animals. The drones will have to be smart enough to respond to both environmental factors and system errors to prevent mishap.
Limitations aside, Amazon Prime Air is a real possibility. In fact, it’s likely that something like this is inevitable — and undeniably attractive to consumers. Sophisticated GPS technology can reduce the possibility of lost deliveries, and electronic beacon systems can ensure that packages get exactly where they need to go on a property.
Amazon’s not even the first to try something like this. Earlier this year, Domino’s Pizza debuted the “DomiCopter,” a drone that delivered pizza by air. And in 2012, the infamous Tacocopter aimed to deliver taco orders via unmanned drone. The only difference? Those were mostly marketing stunts, while Bezos promises that Amazon Prime Air is a serious program.
The bottom line? The technology’s there — the law just needs to catch up. Once it does, you could be getting Amazon orders delivered to your home in just a matter of minutes.
You probably have Internet access at your workplace. You might even be able to get online at your local library, school or coffee shop. And that’s great – but nothing beats Internet access at home.
Why do you need Internet at home? It’s a matter of staying connected. When you can get online at home, you’re connected to a world of possibilities. Research. Education. Entertainment. Organization. For work and play, home Internet access just can’t be beat.
Are you thinking about setting up an Internet network at your home? The first thing you need to do is check out home Internet service providers and decide which one is best for you.
The home Internet service providers available to you will depend on your location. Different providers use different kinds of technology, and they all have different coverage areas.
Do you live in a small town or remote area? DSL, dial-up and satellite are all great options for rural home Internet service providers. DSL and dial-up are available anywhere with access to a telephone line, and satellite only requires a clear view of the southern sky.
If you live in a big city or highly populated area, you’ll likely have more options for home Internet service providers. Fiber-optic and cable Internet use newer technology — while they’re not usually available in rural areas, they’re often offered in larger cities.
Depending on where you live, you’ll probably have at least a few Internet service providers to choose between — and you’ll definitely have your choice of plan. How do you know which one is right for you?
Find the best ISP for your home by considering what you need from your Internet service. Will a lot of people use your network, or just a few? Are you online all day, every day or only occasionally? Do you do a lot of high-bandwidth activities like streaming and gaming, or are you more of a casual browser? The more you do online, the more speed and power you’ll need from your Internet plan.
Your options are practically unlimited with home Internet service providers.
Research. With home Internet access, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips. You can use online resources to look up everything from the professional to the personal. Projects for work. Medical advice. Health and beauty tips. Home services.
Education. Whether you’re taking classes, your kids are in school, or you just love to learn, home Internet service providers can help. You can find answers to just about any question, as well as how-to guides and tutorials for any skill, online.
Entertainment. No matter what you like to do for fun, you can find it online with home Internet service providers. Movies. Music. TV. Books. Photographs. Magazines. And if your choice of entertainment isn’t online, the Internet can help you find it — you can explore activities near and far, plan trips and more.
Organization. Whether you have a huge family or you live alone, staying organized is a big help. With home Internet access, you can make plans and to-do lists, sync your schedule across all your devices and make appointments.