The Best Articles in Social Media
The most useful articles and videos in Social Media from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Social Media Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Social Media by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- What is External Validation And When It Becomes Unhealthy
- How to Dox Yourself on the Internet
- How to talk to conspiracy theorists—and still be kind
- Extremely Hardcore
- The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok
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How to talk to conspiracy theorists—and still be kind
Experts and r/ChangeMyView subreddit moderators offer 10 tips to debunk conspiracy theories convincingly—and kindly.
How to Dox Yourself on the Internet
A step-by-step guide to finding and removing your personal information from the internet.
How to see who viewed your TikTok profile
Only you can see who viewed your profile, but if you turn on the feature, then you're also consenting to let other people see that you've viewed their profile.
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TikTok creators use AI to rewrite history
A viral trend imagines alternate timelines in which Western imperial nations never came to power.
TikTok is now banned in Montana
It’s voided if ByteDance sells TikTok off.
Fire Mark Zuckerberg
When Mark Zuckerberg announced in October 2021 that Facebook would now be known as “Meta,” many people fell for several astonishingly obvious lies. As I said: Zuckerberg has absolutely no clue what he…
I Got a Bluesky Invite. Here’s Why Elon Musk and Twitter Should Be Worried
The exclusive, invite-only social media app Bluesky has positioned itself as a non-toxic Twitter. Is this the beginning of a new era?
What’s it like on Bluesky right now, anyways?
A weather report from the buzziest (and most chaotic) of Twitter’s potential successors.
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Twitter is Fragmenting
People want to be fragmented now
Influencer Parents and The Kids Who Had Their Childhood Made Into Content
“Nothing they do now is going to take back the years of work I had to put in.”
How the Great Recession paved the way for influencers to inherit the earth
How the Great Recession paved the way for influencers to inherit the earth.
Substack Notes could be the Twitter killer we've been waiting for
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The rise of the TikTok scold
Why advice-peddling influencers are so into shaming you right now.
These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Social Media.
What is External Validation And When It Becomes Unhealthy
Learn more about external validation. Why we crave it. Why it can be a good. And how to heal from constantly needing external validation.
The Battle for the Soul of Buy Nothing
How an idealistic community for exchanging free stuff tried to break away from Facebook and ended up breaking apart.
The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok
Or how, exactly, platforms die.
Three months, thousands of layoffs, one ego
Social media likely isn't harming your child's mental health, according to the evidence
We’re told the internet destroys children’s mental health - but Stuart Ritchie read all the relevant studies and saw little to support the claim
«Everyone who understands basic statistics knows that, for “correlation-isn’t-causation” reasons, you’re not allowed to imply that one thing causes another just because they happen at the same time.»
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Complex systems, wicked problems. Society, technology, science and more. @Columbia professor. @NYTimes columnist. My newsletter @insight http://www.theinsight.org
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Co-founder of Neil Patel Digital. New York Times bestselling author, top 100 entrepreneur under 30 by Obama, and top 10 marketer by Forbes.
Feminist Digital Killjoy. Investigative Tech Reporter @Republikmagazin und http://DNIP.ch. With 🇷🇺🇺🇦 roots.
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MIT Technology Review
Our in-depth reporting on innovation reveals and explains what’s really happening now to help you know what’s coming next. http://technologyreview.com/newsletters
Rest of World
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We are the Nieman Journalism Lab, part of @niemanfdn at Harvard. We're trying to figure out the future of news.
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