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It’s about friggin’ time. Dealing with the death of a loved one is painful enough, but compound that with cyberbullies bombarding you with cruel and insensitive material during this time is downright evil.

Zelda Williams, daughter of the late great Robin Williams experienced online bullying to the nth degree in the wake of her father’s suicide. She was targeted for not posting enough pictures of her father. Several Internet trolls sent graphic photoshopped images along with crude remarks. Some even went as far as to say she was responsible for his death. Naturally, Zelda decided to sign off the social media site after experiencing this.

“I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.” - Zelda via Twitter

“In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary…I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too.” – Zelda via Instagram

Zelda is hardly the first person to feel the wrath and be abused by online haters. However this time, Twitter took notice and released a statement claiming a review of their policy was in the works. Read it below.

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Anyone with any sort of notoriety has felt the sting of Internet trolls. The more popular you are, the more online haters you’re bound to have. Lily Allen certainly knows how that feels like. Controversy surrounded her “Hard Out Here” video when she premiered it, with some accusing her of being racist. Naturally, that incident inspired her to write “URL Badman.”

“I wrote that after I put out the video for ‘Hard Out Here’ and everyone said I was racist,” she said. “I was really alarmed by that reaction. I stand by that video, and I know what my intention was, and I’m sorry that people interpreted it in a different way. A lot of that negative stuff came from females and the feminist blogger scene. What really pissed me off was the misogynistic, hipster, male bloggers that went after me in a completely different way. And I just thought, ‘Fuck you, I’m going to write a song about you.’”

She takes on these “keyboard warriors” that can’t spell in “URL Badman” off her Sheezus album. The video, directed by The Sacred Egg, shows the 29-year-old English musician singing in the background as she calls out her virtual enemies. The narrative is simple but quite powerful and sadly true. Check out the clip below.

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Ronald McDonald Gets A Makeover

In: Donovan, Random Reads
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He’s still got his trademark red shoes but Ronald McDonald recently received a makeover. Albeit not a drastic one, but a new look nonetheless. Begone tacky unflattering yellow jumpsuit ;) For me, he still looks as creepy as ever.

Why the new look? Prep yourself for an onslaught of selfies from the redheaded spokesperson. McDonald’s stated its famous clown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The company says Ronald McDonald won’t have his own Twitter handle, but that it will post photos and videos of him on its existing social media accounts.

It’s a turnaround from recent years where the company slowly faded Ronald to the background under criticism for using him to market to children. With declining sales, the fast food giant is hoping a higher profile for Ronald will boost weak numbers. Check out his new two-piece look below.

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Dragbook Brings the Queens Togetha’

In: Nic, Totally GAY!

A missed market has been filled with the new and fabulous Dragbook where finally all of the queens and fans of the queens can get together on one social media platform!

In the style of Facebook (some website you might have heard of), an easy to create online profile gives you access to the newly started community base for drag queens, for fans of drag queens, and people playing looky loo from the corner. Whether you’re at Micky’s every week, are Willam’s number 1 fanclub moderator, know every Li’l Kim lyric (WAIT, SHE’S STILL A WOMAN?!), or have watched Drag Race once and wanna’ know the scoop on the scene, Dragbook is looking like the new place to come.

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Instagram Takes On Vine With Video Update

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech

Clearly, Facebook-owned Instagram viewed Twitter-owned Vine as a huge threat. With its latest update, the popular photo-sharing app is now getting into the video business. While to most people, this move clearly takes aim at Vine, Instagram co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom told ABC News that video sharing was always part of the original plan. “But we left video on the shelf,” Systrom says, “All we’re doing today is bringing it back into the product.”

find out how it will differ from Vine after the jump

Twitter Celebrates 7th Anniversary

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech

just setting up my twttr.” That’s how it all began on March 21, 2006 when Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the very first tweet. Seven years later @ replies and hastags are the norm. Admittedly, I’m not the most rabid user of the microblogging service, but it’s hard to imagine life without hashtags. Don’t you agree? Side note: When did this (#) change from number sign to pound key to the ever so trendy hashtag?

With over 200 million active users, and more than 400 million Tweets sent out every day, Twitter, like it or not, is here to stay. As for the most re-tweeted Tweet in history, that honor goes to President Obama. On election night, his “Four more years.” had more than over 800,000 re-tweets.

To celebrate the company’s anniversary, key moments in their history are highlighted in a cute video. From natural disasters (Japan earthquake) to global events (London 2012 Olympics) and even Oprah Winfrey’s first Tweet are included. With regards to the latter, the OWN network founder gets a caps etiquette lesson from none other than Shaquille O’Neal. Check out the clip below.

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A while back, I wrote an article that I titled, Online Anonymity: The Secret Bully. In the post, I talked about how I had noticed how people are so quick to write awful things online, harass people, or bring others down because they can hide behind their anonymity. This is called the “Online Disinhibition Effect“.

This week, PBS Offbook released a video documentary special called Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech. In the description of the video, they explain, “As most of us have seen or experienced, the internet can bring out the worst behavior in people, highlighting some of the cruelest and most hurtful aspects of humanity. Issues such as bullying online and trolling have garnered a lot of attention recently, prompting questions about who does, and should, regulate the internet, and what free speech means online.”

Watch the interesting video below to see several opinions about the issue and to really get a rude awakening as to the type of repulsive behavior that is going on online.

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Since Instagram (owned by Facebook) disabled its integration with Twitter cards last week (what was used to display images within Twitter messages), Twitter has just this week announced the ability to post photos will filters through their own app. Bam, Instagram! (slash I still love Instagram – lol).

I haven’t yet used the new photo feature myself, but along with the announcement, Twitter released a short one-minute video showing how it works and what features are available to you. There are eight different filters to choose from and users have the ability to also crop, zoom, and auto-enhance images.

Today, Twitter also released a video titled “2012 Year On Twitter,” highlighting some of the big events of the year and how that translated into trending topics and popular hashtags. “From the Pope to Pelé to PSY, Twitter welcomed new voices from every corner of the planet,” the description of the video reads. “Moments of serendipity and just plain awesomeness came to life in 2012 on Twitter.” Watch both the “Photo Filter” video and “2012 Year On Twitter” below.

Watch the two videos on the new feature after the jump…

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