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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Facebook oversharing vs. privacy -- addresses and phone numbers?

Earlier this week, everyone became terrified. Facebook is going to be sharing our user information, addresses and phone numbers with external Web sites? No, Facebook hastened to reassure us. "People will always be in control of what Facebook information...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Gov. Rick Perry blocks journalists on Twitter -- really?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blocking journalists on Twitter. But not all journalists? Does Gov. Perry not grasp that anyone can still read his account? @GovernorPerry is not locked! It's visible to everyone! So this seems like a particularly inane...

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Why the Craigslist Killer matters

Last night, a bewildering number of people tweeted about and tuned in to Lifetime's Craigslist Killer movie, which tells the story of murderous med school student Philip Markoff and Megan McAllister, his unsuspecting fiancee. Why was this story so gripping?...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Time Person of the Year Mark Zuckerberg and the DSM -- making the world safe for narcissism

(Mark Zuckerberg - Paul Sakuma, AP) I know why Mark Zuckerberg is Time Magazine's Person of the Year. It's not because of his achievements, although they are legion, or because of The Social Network, although it was an engaging...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/06/2010

December is Enough Awareness Month

All this online awareness is making me red in the face -- and not because my face is raising awareness of Heart Disease. First there were Breast Cancer ribbons and Livestrong arm bracelets. Then we turned our Twitter avatars...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Wikileaks Cablegate is the accidental reply-all of international diplomacy

Don't worry, Hillary Clinton! Sure, people are calling it Cablegate, but I think there's a better way of spinning all these wikileaks. Something very similar happened to me earlier this week, when I accidentally hit "Reply-All" instead of "Reply" on...

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:49 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 11/11/2010

After the U.K.'s Twitter Joke Trial verdict, we need a sarcasm mark

Q: Did you hear the one about the guy who made a joke on twitter about blowing up an airport and then was taken to trial, found guilty, and had his appeal overturned? A: I guess I can't tell this...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:07 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Congratulation card for Harry Reid

Senate Democrat and Majority Leader Harry Reid defeats Republican Sharron Angle in the Nevada senate race, after she told him to "man up!" during a debate. Coincidence? I think not....

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:55 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/05/2010

Woman drives 200 miles to kill internet commenter?

When I saw the headline "Woman Drives 200 Miles to Kill Internet Commenter," my first thought was: "Dang, they stole the title of my memoir." The woman in question, Breana Greathouse, drove from Kansas City, Mo., to Ottumwa, Iowa...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Happy, National Punctuation Day?.!!,()&

Happy National Punctuation Day! Now this is a day I can get, behind! In honor of the day, here are the greatest punctuation marks: The semi-colon. Semi-colons are great; without them, you'd have no way of convincing the people...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)