Puppies, Graph Search, and Manti Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend | This Week in Social Media

Now you can argue with Facebook about where to have dinner

To the delight of indecisive couples around the globe, Facebook announced Tuesday its new Graph Search. “Graph search is not web search,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “It’s about graphing our part of the web.” Users can use the platform’s new social search function to seek out businesses and organizations that their Facebook friends support, like searching for nearby restaurants that friends like. The Graph Search function is still rolling out to users, but reviews have been so far underwhelming; PC World worries Graph Search “leaves little privacy,” and CNN calls Facebook’s newest feature “promising but incomplete.”

Father’s brilliant plan foiled by the Internet

Congratulations, Internet—we’ve done it again. Two little girls got a new puppy this week after their dad foolishly suggested that he would only give in to their pleas for a pet if the girls got 1 million Facebook likes. And we all know how the Internet feels about puppies. Less than seven hours after posting their plea, the sisters had amassed the staggering million likes necessary to guilt their father into adding a fuzzy new family member. After appearing on Good Morning America this Wednesday, the newly-famous family hit the shelters Thursday, bringing home an adorable pup—named Millie, of course, in honor of her million “likes.”

We’ve all been ‘Catfished’

But at least we know what ‘catfish’ means now. It’s difficult to tell this story succinctly, but here it goes:  On January 16, 2013, Deadspin writers Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey (an undergraduate student at Columbia) posted this article. The investigative report proved without a doubt that the heartbreaking story of Heisman candidate Manti Te’o’s late girlfriend—a heartbreaking story that rocked the world of sports journalism this fall, when she allegedly died of leukemia—was nothing but an elaborate hoax, despite having been widely reported as fact by the likes of basically every major news publication.  The scandal immediately erupted on the social web, particularly on Twitter—where, ironically, Te’o allegedly first met longtime girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who never actually existed. The only question that remains is whether or not Te’o was in on the joke.