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On Twitter, U R So Not My Valentine

Oh, Twitter trends. Without you, how would we know anything, about anything? How would we know that Jeremy Lin has taken the NBA by storm after crashing on his brother’s couch? How would we know that Adele’s Grammy performance was real-TV worthy, and Chris Brown’s was definitely not? And how would we know that Friday is the day we’re supposed give innocuous shout-outs to seemingly random groups of microblogging fiends?

How would we even know that today is Valentine’s Day, were it not for #FedValentines and the now-emerging meme of #candyheartrejects that is Twitter-trending across New York, San Francisco and the rest of the U.S. right now?

Well, I would certainly know — I’ve written about Valentine’s Day tech trends twice today already. And after this, I am done. Finito! But some of these popping up on Twitter right now are just too good to pass up:

#candyheartrejects “Since you don’t like Harry Potter, this won’t work”
Harry Potter™

You look way hotter in your profile pic. #candyheartrejects
Shawn Macdonald

Help! I am being held prisoner in a candy heart factory in China! #candyheartrejects

You get the idea. If you want to follow along yourself, you can click on #candyheartrejects in the trends section of your Twitter page, or run a Twitter search for the trend.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr/Valcuric)

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work