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You Have Ten Seconds To Edit Your Facebook Comment. Get Cracking!

Facebook has updated its commenting system (again, sigh) and among the sillier of "improvements" is an edit feature that lasts approximately ten seconds. Lifehacker details how to edit your comment: Basically, just hit the delete "X" and it will reopen the text entry box, allowing you the opportunity to polish those precious words of yours. There's tons of caveats, however -- chief among them...

Angry Online Comments Spur Change of Venue Motion in Deadly Crash Trial

A young woman charged with vehicular homicide in Oak Harbor, W.A. has filed a motion for change of venue, "on grounds that pretrial publicity is prejudicial" to her case. At issue isn't the coverage from local media, but the comments left about her and her co-defendant on articles at the Whidbey News Times. The majority of the comments (which you can see here and here) are overtly critical...

Read This: Most Commenters Are Not 8-Years Old!

The reason I actually like commenters is that they're grown, thinking, playful adults, doing their own thing, with diverse opinions and backgrounds and therefore something to bring to the table. So you are grown up enough to own your behavior and treat people (at least pretty much) the way you'd want to be treated. That is why we have a successful commenting community of smarties: because you...

Facebook Wants to Comment on Your Blog

Third party commenting systems like Disqus and Intense Debate have had some success streamlining the commenting process on blogs and other sites by allowing users to sign up for an account and leave missives across a number of sites that support the system. But we sincerely hope those services have a backup plan, because they may just find themselves under the immense blue boot of Facebook....

'uProtect.it' App Hides Your Facebook Comments From Facebook

Facebook's customizable privacy settings may allow users to hide their comments from co-workers and ex-boyfriends, but a new tool called uProtect.it can conceal them from a much more ubiquitous observer: Facebook itself. Developed by Reputation.com, Inc., uProtect.it is a free app that encrypts all comments posted across Facebook, rendering them visible only to a select group of friends. After...

Putting Out the Flame War: Algorithm Identifies Rude Comments

Lately, we've been worried about the mask of anonymity that many Internet users don before they hop onto a comment thread and start spewing vile sentiments at their fellow users. Unlike day-to-day speech, which has its ingrained mores and relative codes of civility, the Internet is a whole new communication mechanism, where you don't need to look someone in the eye as you tell them that future...

Woman Travels 200 Miles, With Gun in Hand, to Kill Mean Internet Commenter

Share Dear Switched commenters: please think twice before verbally bashing someone online! We have to imagine that there are more people out there like 25-year-old Breana Greathouse, who traveled over 200 miles with a gun in her hand to kill someone who was mean to her on the Internet. Breana (which we've also seen spelled "Briana") was apprehended on Wednesday morning in Ottumwa, Iowa after...

The Sun Chronicle Wants Readers to Pay and Use Real Names in Order to Comment

The bad experiments in paywalls have begun. We knew we'd be seeing more newspapers and magazines charging readers to access some (or all) of their websites' content, and we knew that there would be a lot of crazy attempts to implement paywalls before anyone found a sustainable model (that is, if one exists at all). Local newspaper The Sun Chronicle, based in Massachusetts, has come up with one of...

YouTube Hole Exploited by 4Chan, Bieber Bears the Brunt

This weekend, the mischievous hackers that hang out on the boards at 4Chan uncovered and had a field day with a vulnerability in the comments system on YouTube. The exploit allowed the troublemakers to hijack a page by simply leaving a comment with specific HTML tags. The attack could come in the form of a banner laid over a video, a pop-up alert message or even redirect you to a different site....

Hollywood Is Drenched in Teal and Orange, Dropbox Comes to Android

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Filmmaker Todd Miro makes an impassioned plea to Hollywood: quit soaking every film in teal and orange. Culprits aren't just top budget action films like 'Ironman 2'...

Silence Site Comments with Shutup.css

Greetings to all of our devoted readers who steer clear of the comments section! We have a special gift in store for you today. We know that blog comments can frequently get out of hand, stray off-topic, or metastasize into book-length arguments between Internet polemicists. Sometimes you just want a mute button for all the garbage, and programmer Steven Frank has heard our plaintive cries. His...

Anonymous, Sexual Blog Comment Costs School Employee Job

HuffPo reports that a man in St. Louis lost his job at a local school after posting a vulgar response to an online poll, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last Friday asked readers the following question: "What's the craziest thing you've ever eaten?" Spotting a hanging curveball, the employee posted a one-word vulgarity, alluding to a certain female anatomical feature. Web site administrators...