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Weird Wide Web: the week in online oddities

The internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

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WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

Pinterest makes private boards

Pinterest is finally responding to a request which  has been frequently lodged by users, by creating the option to make private boards.

The company is touting it as a way to collect gift ideas for loved-ones on the sly in the run up to Christmas, plan a special event, or work on a project “you aren’t yet ready to share with the rest of the world”.

To create a secret board from the web, visit your profile and scroll down to the bottom. Then, click Create a Secret Board. You can also click Add+ on the top right-hand corner of Pinterest to select Create Board and turn the Secret button to On.

Twitter resets gazzilion passwords – admits probable overreaction

If you were one of the people who woke up this week to an hysterical email from Twitter, in which it explained that your password had been reset due to hacking, you might be interested to hear that the company has – somewhat belatedly – admitted that it overreacted.

Twitter said it “unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised” and apologised for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

Yeah, yeah. We’ll never get those minutes back.

Awful. Just awful.

Soon you can get an email address that forever links you with bestiality in the minds of your family, friends, and colleagues.

We have absolutely no idea why you would want to do so… but the option is there.

Meet Drunk Nate Silver

Nate Silver is a US statistician, sabermetrician, psephologist, and writer. He’s also much cleverer than me, and probably you, and has proved this by using his superbrain to correctly predict the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in this year’s US presidential election.

Therefore, we were obviously delighted to see that, after his resounding success this week, he let his hair down and got a little tipsy*.

*not true

… but if that were true, this is how things might go: Meet Drunk Nate Silver.

Our favourites:

Drunk Nate Silver points at the night sky. The star he is pointing at flickers then dies.


Drunk Nate Silver strolling around a casino, whispering “you’re on a roll” in strangers’ ears.


*not really

More from the intoxicated mathwizard here: @drunknatesilver

United front

Hold on to your breakfast.

Facebook has made a new page “Facebook.com/Us” that collects everything about you and your significant other puts it altogether in one saccahrine, cyber mashup of your lives together.

It follows on from the existing ‘friendship pages’ (which, as far as we can figure out, serve no purpose whatsoever) and will now both embarrass those in relationships and reduce newly-singles to bitter tears.


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