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Granddaughter's tweet of sad grandpa spreads across the Internet

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An Oklahoma college student brought her grandfather some Twitter fame after she tweeted a picture of him appearing to be sadly eating a burger.

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According to Kelsey Harmon, she and her five other cousins were invited to dinner by their grandfather Wednesday, but only she showed up.

The Northeastern State University student said her grandfather, whom she calls Papaw, made 12 burgers for his six grandkids.

The tweet gained over 70,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

The story Harmon tweeted gained so much traction it made it to Twitter's "moments" page, which tracks trending tweets and compiles them into a feed.

The feed pulls the best tweets from the initial moment.

According to BuzzFeed, some people on Twitter found Brock Harmon, one of Kelsey Harmon's cousins, and one of Pawpaw's grandchildren.

It looks like Twitter went so far as to find a 2014 tweet in which Brock said he was hungry.

According to Kelsey Harmon, the spread of her tweet led to death threats for her cousins.

But Brock Harmon, perhaps after getting so many Twitter notifications, tweeted that he went to Papaw's burger dinner and that his grandfather forgave him.

By Friday, Kelsey Harmon tweeted a thank you to supportive tweeters and let them know she and Papaw were appreciative.

"I have had many laughs at the memes and funny posts of my Papaw. I've also had many, many messages telling my my post encouraged people everywhere to visit their grandparents, and that means so much to me."

Kelsey Harmon said she was asked about where to send donations, gifts and other free items, but that she cannot accept them as a college athlete.

"I'm not comfortable with giving Papaw's address out, so instead of sending him gifts...please just send prayers that he is happy," she wrote.

Kelsey Harmon also responded to those who said she tweeted the picture of her grandfather for attention and fame.

"My intentions were never to become 'famous.' I've done nothing worthy of fame. I truly only posted the picture of Papaw to show my appreciation. For those saying I'm craving attention, you are far from right."

She ended the post by letting readers know her grandfather is very loved.

Meme surfaces of dogs that look like objects

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A Twitter user in Portland, Oregon, took an observation about dog breeds and turned it into a meme.

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The user, Karen Zack, whose username is @teenybiscuit on Twitter, first compared ducklings to plaintain in November.

From there, Zack, who NPR reported works in media production, began comparing dog breeds to foods they appear to resemble.

Some are more obvious, like a Hungarian sheepdog and a mop.

But most of the time, Zack compares the dogs to baked goods, like muffins and bagels.

The idea to compare dogs to their food counterparts may have started when Zack observed how much Labradoodles look like fried chicken.

Inspiration may have come from a widely-circulated Tumblr post that makes the same observation.

BuzzFeed reported that others have also taken on the meme, comparing Pomeranians to pancakes and dalmatians to ice cream.

How to use the new Facebook reactions button

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If you've been on Facebook at all Wednesday, you've noticed there are more options for reacting to your friends' posts than the "thumbs up" symbol for like.

Facebook's highly anticipated reactions are here, and this is how to use them.

To access the five new reactions beyond the "like" button, users can hover over the "like" icon under a post as usual.

Six symbols will appear, and you can click on them to react to a post. When you hover over a reaction, a word will appear above it to let you know what the reaction means: "like," "ha ha," "love," "wow," "sad" and "angry."

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Users can change or remove the reaction by clicking it to the left of the comment button until it turns back into a like button. Click it again to remove the reaction completely.

Mobile users can tap and hold the like button and move a finger over the reaction they want to use.

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To change it, users can place a finger over the reaction they chose, which will be to the left of the comment button.

Here's a breakdown of what each symbol means:

Like: The original reaction to a Facebook post. With the new reactions, this just means you're fine with whatever post is shared.

Love: You really, really like a post. Or love it, even.

Haha: A post either made you laugh -- whether it was literally or just in your head -- or you think it's funny in some way.

Wow: You're amazed by this post. It was a cool recipe, viral video, an amazing sunset picture or something similar.

Sad: There's nothing to like about a post that makes you cry. A story about a friend's sick family member or pet warrants this reaction.

Angry: This is the closest that Facebook may get to the highly requested "dislike" button. If a post sparks outrage in you, react with this.

Facebook degrees of separation shows friends are closer than expected

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A recent study from the Mountain View, California, based social media company finds that there isn't much separating us from our Facebook friends.

 Facebook software engineer Sergey Edunov and data scientists Carlos Diuk, Ismail Onur Filiz, Smriti Bhagat and Moira Burke "used statistical techniques described below to precisely estimate distance based on de-identified, aggregate data," according to the study, released Thursday.

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In short, there were a lot of statistics involved in calculating degrees of separation.

NBC News reported that there are only 3.57 degrees of separation between the average pair of Facebook users around the world.

The study said that among the 1.59 billion people active on Facebook, the degree of separation is 3.57.

Users can look at the study in detail at Facebook's research site and see their own degrees of separation.

The study also looked at the degrees of separation for founder Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Zuckerberg's average degrees of separation is 3.17 and Sandberg's is a low 2.92.

"In summary, we find that the world is more closely connected than you might think," the study said.

Kik app investigated after teen's death: What every parent should know

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Anonymous messaging app Kik is under heavy scrutiny because of its association with the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.

The Virginia middle schooler was messaging 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, a Virginia Tech freshman on the app.

CNN reported that investigators believe Eisenhauer and Lovell had an inappropriate relationship.  When she threatened to go public with their relationship, police believe he kidnapped and stabbed Lovell to death.

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Eisenhauer has been jailed and is charged with abduction and murder.

Another freshman, 19-year-old Natalie Keepers, was denied bail Thursday and remains in jail for being an accessory before and after the crime, as she allegedly helped Eisenhauer hide Nicole's body.

Here is what parents need to know about Kik to protect their children and teens.

Kik is an anonymous messaging app. It is unlike other popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp in that users can make a an anonymous profile. Users are identified only by a username they create when they sign up. The app press page says it is used by over 40 percent of U.S. teens.

Usernames can be searched. The site recommends users create a username that is hard to figure out, but many teens have their Kik usernames on their public Twitter pages and Instagram feeds. ABC News reported that users can search "Kik user" and find lists for usernames sorted by gender. Once a user discovers a username, they can message that person.

Parents need to be involved. The National Children's Advocacy Center encourages parents to talk with their teens about how they spend their time online. Speak with kids about how they use their mobile phones and limit who can locate them with location services and enhanced privacy and monitoring permissions from downloaded apps.

Teens need parent or guardian permission to use the app. Teens ages 13 to 18 need permission to sue Kik. Teens under 13 are prohibited from the app. "If Kik obtains knowledge that a user is under the age of 13, it’s our policy to permanently deactivate their account and delete their personal information," according to Kik FAQs. There is also no way to verify users ages.

Parents can disable the app.  There is a roundabout way parents can disable Kik and other apps from their teen's phones. On the iPhone, parents can use restrictions to limit specific apps and features, including installing apps, with the settings app under general and restrictions. Google Play apps can be disabled in the apps or application manager section of the device's settings app.

These are the most annoying Facebook posts according to each state

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The entire country is tired of your Facebook posts about your personal problems, if a survey is to be believed.

ADWeek reported that social marketing and PR firm Rantic Marketing surveyed Facebook users to find out what posts annoy them most.

The survey went to over 10,000 users, around 200 per state, who chose the most annoying post out of five types.

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The types of posts were personal problems, selfies, political posts, food pictures and baby pictures. Most states found personal problems annoying, with 21 ranking it as number one.

With the Iowa caucus Monday, it makes sense that Iowa is the most annoyed by political posts.

Selfies annoy nine states, including Louisiana, Washington and New Mexico. Political posts and food pictures are tied at seven states, and six states are annoyed by baby pictures.

Here is the complete breakdown of the survey results by state. It can be seen in a graphic here.

Alabama: selfies

Alaska: personal problems

Arizona: food pictures

Arkansas: personal problems

California: personal problems

Colorado: political posts

Connecticut: baby pictures

Delaware: baby pictures

Florida: food pictures

Georgia: personal problems

Hawaii: food pictures

Idaho: personal problems

Illinois: food pictures

Indiana: personal problems

Iowa: political posts

Kansas: selfies

Kentucky: personal problems

Louisiana: selfies

Maine: personal problems

Maryland: political posts

Massachusetts: personal problems

Michigan: personal problems

Minnesota: political posts

Mississippi: personal problems

Missouri: food pictures

Montana: personal problems

Nebraska: food pictures

Nevada: political posts

New Hampshire: baby pictures

New Jersey: baby pictures

New Mexico: selfies

New York: personal problems

North Carolina: political posts

North Dakota: personal problems

Ohio: food pictures

Oklahoma: personal problems

Oregon: baby pictures

Pennsylvania: personal problems

Rhode Island: personal problems

South Carolina: selfies

South Dakota: baby pictures

Tennessee: selfies

Texas: personal problems

Utah: selfies

Vermont: personal problems

Virginia: personal problems

Washington: selfies

West Virginia: food pictures

Wisconsin: political posts

Wyoming: personal problems

Facebook reactions are here: What you need to know

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Facebook is officially moving beyond its famous like button.

The social media company began to roll out its new Reactions feature Wednesday.

In response to requests for a dislike button, Facebook is rolling out reaction icons for users to more uniquely share responses to posts on their feed.

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The reactions initially included six new emojis. In addition to like, users can respond with love, wow, haha, sad and angry. Each reaction is accompanied by an emoji.

The Associated Press reports that Facebook ultimately decided against a dislike button because it was deemed too negative and problematic.

Related: How to use the new Facebook reactions button

"We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun," Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said in a October 2015 post.

But for fans of the Facebook's signature like button, don't worry, it's not going anywhere. 

The automatic update will roll out to web users worldwide over the next few days. Smartphone users will need to update the Facebook app to see the new feature.

'Be like Bill' Facebook meme could be clickbait trap

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Many Facebook users have probably noticed their friends sharing an image of a stick figure in a winter beanie.

The image usually has bold text to the left of the stick figure and short sentences that follow a similar structure.

The text starts with “This is” and the name of a Facebook friend and ends with “Be like” followed by the name of the Facebook friend.

The meme is called “Be like Bill,” and Facebook users generate the images with

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But the image could pose privacy concerns, according to the Better Business Bureau.

KFVS reported that the Blobla generator contains the term, “You will allow us to use, edit your content with our service permanently, no limit and no recover.” And “The request to delete or correct the content will be carried out based on our decision.”

Other sites with similar generators or quizzes may use your Facebook account in ways you are not aware of, or steal personal information, such as bank account numbers.

The BBB offered suggestions for avoiding Facebook and other social media scams:

  • Hover over the link to see the true destination.

  • Watch for phrases like “you won’t believe what happens when…,” “shocking video” and sensational images or headlines.

  • Use these same methods to be sure your friends' profiles are not compromised.

  • Use Facebook or Twitter tools to report spam or scams.

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Have you seen this stick figure cluttering your newsfeed? WATCH OUT. You should check before you click. by Nichole Cartmell KFVS on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mother writes Facebook post in response to son’s bullies

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When MaryAnn Parisi’s son, Michael, told her he was getting used to his bullies, she took to Facebook to respond.

ABC News reported Parisi wrote a now-viral Facebook post after Michael’s teacher told her he was being harassed at a school assembly.

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 "Michael told his teacher, 'It's OK, I'm getting used to (the bullying),’” MaryAnn Parisi said. "That made me feel awful. It made me very angry because he shouldn’t be getting used to it. He should not be OK with it. Bullying is not OK. It's not acceptable and you do not get used to it."

The Connecticut mother figured she could give others insight as to what makes her 11-year-old so different.

“Michael was born at 26 weeks. Just over 3 months premature. I am not his biological mom. But in every other way, I am his mother. He spent the first 3 months of his life fighting to survive. Shunts, blood transfusions, etc. His mother left him 3 months later. He has survived failure to thrive and numerous other health issues to become the strong, healthy boy he is,” Parisi said. “There is not one person he doesn't like or love, including those who tormented him (Monday). He forgives and honestly, he forgets too. There is not one judgemental bone in his body.”

The mother of three then turns her attention to those who bully her son.

“You called him brace face today. Before you were picking on him because of his eating habits. Did you know he physically can not control the food staying in his mouth? Or how very bad his hand and eye coordination is? Those braces are just one of the many steps he will endure to help align his lower jaw that never fully developed so he doesn't spill his food or chew weirdly anymore. You don't have to like him, but you do have to respect him."

This might be long winded. I apologize for that. We all have children in our lives in some way or another, I challenge...Posted by MaryAnn Parisi on Monday, January 11, 2016

Man makes movie by interviewing himself 38 years in the future

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Writer and actor Peter “Stoney” Emshwiller was 18 years old when he sat down to interview his 56-year-old self.

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In a complete interview that Emshwiller plans to release as a movie called "Later That Same Life," a present-day Emshwiller answers questions that he recorded himself asking years ago in 1977. 

"I knew I was going to be super famous, so I interviewed my older self, recording tons of video, asking, answering and responding," Emshwiller said. "I'm super excited that I'm going to finish a project I started 38 years ago," he added

The bearded teenager asks the balding professional if he's married, if he's rich and what has happened with his family over the past few decades. 

The interview between the two is touching and almost seamless. Some have even called the recording "a time-travel talk show.

Emshwiller's project is being funded online.

Watch the clip below, and read more here.

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