I have read all this stuff about stalkers regarding Facebook. If someone makes you a Facebook friend they are offering you an invitation to view their activity on this social network. I'm not really a big Facebook person but I got an account so friends from the past can find me. I usually go to F ... More >>
I'm a freshman in college, staying in the dorms. My roommate and I get along pretty well for the most part, except when it comes to her boyfriend. Don't get me wrong, her boyfriend lives across the country. But they Skype every day, loudly and gushingly, and after a while it really starts to driv ... More >>
Should you ever confront a person who looks nothing like their online dating pictures or who has otherwise distorted the kind of person they are? This has happened to me twice on recent dates, and both times I've cut the date short and never talked to them again. Is it ever okay to tell them why? ... More >>
I went out on a first date with a girl who is also a recently added Facebook friend. During dinner she kept bringing up things I had already read about on FB, but I lied and pretended like I didn't know because that's creepy, right? At what point am I allowed to admit I FB stalk her? A month? Lon ... More >>
Anna, Your previous advice regarding approaching ladies the right way online landed me a really fun date that turned into about 15 more, but now that we've had an argument or two I'm thinking maybe I should start over. How can I tell when it's time to break up when you're not even really "datin ... More >>
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Now that I finally got my blog going, everyone's telling me to get a Tumblr. I don't even know what that is and feel bombarded by all these social media programs! What are the benefits of Tumblr? Do I really need one?~AnnoydWhat do any of us really need, Annoyd, besides food, water, shelter, and ... More >>
I saw recently in the news that Courtney Love is being sued for tweeting. Could that happen to me, even if I don't have a lot of followers? If so, how can I avoid that?~Avoiding a TwasuitWell first, for those not intimately tracking Courtney Love's every electronic move like I am, let me provide ... More >>
The truth about Facebook applications like MyFacebookStalker and ePrivacy.
I have this friend who is a terrible texter/emailer/chatter. He uses sarcasm without winky faces, is terse on chat, etc. etc. I always find myself frustrated/offended/taking things the wrong way whenever I communicate with him electronically. What can I do to tell him that his e-talking sucks? E ... More >>
I just got a Facebook friend request from someone at my work whom I've never met. I don't even know what she looks like, but I've seen her name in email threads. If this were LinkedIn, I'd easily confirm, and I'm totally fine with friending folks at work when I've at least had a one-to-one email ... More >>
So the whole benefit of twitter (for me at least) is to be able to vent and talk shit about different aspects of Bay Area life, which usually ends up being the (local) music scene a lot. Now that I'm starting to build a following, the people that read my tweets are the ones I'm usually talking sh ... More >>
I just started seeing this new guy, and, of course, after a few dates, Googled him. I found out that he's kind of super rich and a big deal in his industry. In person, he's always really vague about what he does for a living. Also, I found a blog of his where he mentions his ex-girlfriend quite a bi ... More >>
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I have a friend who is convinced she has a myriad number of health problems - a thyroid condition, heart disease, etc. - based on self-diagnoses from the Internet. She eventually went to a doctor to see if any of these diagnoses were accurate and was told her concerns were unfounded. But she does ... More >>
My boyfriend and I have been unofficially dating for a year, and officially dating for about a month (Long story, commitment phobias, blah de blah). My problem is he won't update his relationship status on Facebook. All these slutty girls keep flirting with him, and I want to electronically stake ... More >>
I am seriously on the verge of friend-dumping someone because his use of social media is so douchey and self-promotey. He posted a link to his about.me profile three times in one week on Facebook, then LIKED it. Not to mention the constant (multiple!) tumblr promotion and the tweeting! My main qu ... More >>
Does professing your support for a cause online do any good? Or does it just make you feel like you accomplished something and keep you from actually doing anything in the analog world to realize the change you profess to want?~PhilanthropuhleezWell, Macolm Sadwell, aren't we glass-half-empty tod ... More >>
The girl I'm dating keeps blogging about me. We've been dating for about a month now, I guess. I am flattered, but I don't want all her blog readers up in our biznasty, if you know what I mean, even though she doesn't have a huge following or anything. Can I tell her to stop? She doesn't use my r ... More >>
I recently went on a few dates with a young woman and after the third date she found me on Facebook and sent a friend request. It's not as if I have any highly incriminating photos of me tongue kissing a Labradoodle (on Facebook), but it is quite a window into what I'm doing in any given week. I ... More >>
How do you judge when a conversation is more appropriate for texting or a phone call? For example, "Do you think red or pink go-go boots would go better with my plaid lederhosen?" is clearly a text question while "Can you explain Neitchze's view on nihilism and how it pertains to vegan Indian cui ... More >>
How can I tell if someone is flirting with me on Twitter? Emails and texts lack the intonation of verbal courtship, but Twitter totally slices the length. And interactions on Twitter always sort of seem like flirting because they're so cutesy/brief. Not to mention the ;)'s!Signed,TwitterpatedGone ... More >>
I got into a spat recently with a friend over my use of emoticons in texts and emails. My thinking is that there's no nuance when communicating that way, and I want to make sure that my sarcasm/flirtation/dismay etc. comes across. She says it makes me seem childish. Who's right?Signed,:-/I do lov ... More >>
Dear Anna,I recently had a small event at a local dive bar on a weeknight. So I sent out Facebook invites to a few people I knew who lived close by, including the ex-boyfriend of a casual friend of mine. Turns out, this friend was very hurt and betrayed by the idea that I'd invite her ex to an ev ... More >>
Dear Anna, I've got several friends who are great in person, but terrible on Facebook. They leave long, unwitty comments that nobody wants clogging their inbox. Is there any way to gently nudge them towards good comment etiquette? Or, failing that, persuade them not to comment at all? I don ... More >>
Dear Anna, How can a female Digger hold her own in the penis party that is the comments section on any given article on Digg? - InDiggnant I've got something you can hold alright, sweetheart, and it rhymes with Shipotle durrito! Just kidding. I can hold my own burrito, thank you very much ... More >>