Liz Gannes

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Snark at Your Annoying Friends With a Handy Social Media Citation

You know those people who make social networks no fun? The annoying “friends” who pop up in your Facebook newsfeed every day with yet another changed profile pic, or who haven’t figured out that you stopped playing FarmVille ages ago and keep sending you requests?

Now you can tell them off in official-looking and (somewhat) lighthearted fashion, with a “Social Media Citation.”

The online store Knock Knock is selling the 50-sheet citation notepads, with common violations such as the inexcusable “‘liking’ your own status” helpfully listed.

But we social mediaites are a hard-to-please bunch — the offenses span all the way from “lurking” to “oversharing.”

(Also, a notepad? What am I supposed to do, take a picture of a filled-out page with my phone and email it to someone??)

Anyway, next time you need a gag gift:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik