Bram's Brain

Welcome to my tumblr. I like to stay relatively well-informed and somewhat over opinionated.

10 Things All Twenty-Something Postgraduate Urbanites Need To Know


So you’ve recently graduated college, and you feel like you’ve been thrown into a completely new and independent adult life. Your parents aren’t paying your rent anymore and you finally have your very own full time job as a social media manager for a major kitchen appliance conglomerate….

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Instagram Blog: Thank you, and we're listening


Yesterday we introduced a new version of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. These two documents help communicate as clearly as possible our relationship with the users of Instagram so you understand how your data will be used, and the rules that govern…

Undecided Voter Pretty Sure He’s Some Kind Of Idiot


How One Well-Connected Pseudonymous Twitter Spread Fake News About Hurricane Sandy

by Andrew Kaczynski

The twitter user @comfortablysmug is one of a handful of pseudonymous Manhattan professionals who keep their widely-followed Twitter voices separate from their careers. His bio describes him as “My Interests: Finance, Gin, Politics, Books, Food, Fine Clothing, Meeting Strangers #Mitt2012” and links to a Romney campaign donation page of the sort that credits bundlers for the cash they’ve brought in.

His 6,000 followers include political and business reporters, and he’ll occasionally tweet of getting a drink with Business Insider’s Joe Wiesenthal; once with BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith. 

And in the chaos around Hurricane Sandy, he veered into new territory: Trying to trick his media followers, and their followers and readers in turn, with fake news. He reported, falsely, on a total blackout in Manhattan, on a flood on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and other things that didn’t happen.

Two of his tweets garnered more than 500 retweets. One drew a rebuke from ConEd’s official Twitter account.

Twitter’s self-correction mechanism — rebukes and rebuttals from knowledgeable sources — shut down each rumor, but not until at least one, the flood claim, had bled widely into the television media. 

@comfortablysmug didn’t respond immediately to an inquiry, via Twitter direct message, as to his motives.


Get Glue check-ins make me want to throw my laptop against the wall.  I hate auto tweets and no one cares what tv show you are watching.

Recap: The week in print and digital news

Instagram Blog: Instagram @mentions now translate to Twitter


It can be cumbersome sharing a photo to Twitter and @mentioning someone whose Twitter username is different from their Instagram username. Today, we’ve rolled out a change that will make sharing to Twitter more seamless.

For photos shared to Twitter, Instagram now translates @mentions for users…

Just watched American Experience: LBJ. So crazy that all of that stuff was 50 years ago. Do you ever stop and realize that we are living in 2012. It’s the present, but its the future, man.

Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three will make his first public appearance in Arkansas since being released from prison.

The Story of Bill and Barack