Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

In the past 10 years, “sponcon,” the business of getting paid to promote a company via your social media, has spread pandemic-like. Sponsored content may be obnoxious (and even morally questionable at times), but it's plenty legal—as long as influencers cop to the fact that they're being paid. The Federal Trade Commission says that if influencers have received money, gifts, or anything else that could affect how users view their mention of a brand or product, they should disclose it prominently in the post. Few do. Unsurprisingly, the agency isn't actively monitoring individual influencers. And the short life of stories on Instagram and Snapchat means it's even easier for covert #ads to simply disappear. Welcome to the weird—and booming—industry of …

25 Times Tinder Went Full Weird And Pun Crazy

Stay safe out Tinderers. You never know who could be lurking behind that next right swipe. It could be an irreverent word-vomiting monster with the punny maturity of a bored child. These particular Tinder moments did not fail to deliver on the laughs. If you’re looking for more Tinder gems, check out this list of funny, sad, and just dumb moments from the app.  1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25