The 404 578: Where we believe the children are the future (podcast)

Wilson's powers to predict the future must be waning because he didn't warn us about the illness keeping him bedridden during today's episode of The 404 Podcast. Luckily Caroline McCarthy is back from SF and she joins us on today's show!

Caroline McCarthy

Wilson's powers to predict the future must be waning because he didn't warn us about the illness keeping him bedridden during today's episode of The 404 Podcast. The universe seems to work itself out, however, because CNET News reporter Caroline McCarthy is back from her sojourn to San Francisco, and hopefully on a semi-permanent basis this time!

She joins us this morning to discuss a couple social networking stories on her CNET News blog, The Social, including Twitter's "auto-follow" bug, Facebook automatically adding profile pages, and McDonalds teaming up with Facebook!

If you could force anyone on Twitter to follow you, who would you choose? A recent bug in the Twitter platform turned that wish into a fantasy yesterday when it was discovered that members could add any follower to their account simply by tweeting "accept" and the "@" symbol with a corresponding user name. As a result, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Evan Williams both found themselves following the mundane details of random hackers around the world, although Caroline tested the bug herself with Mr. Kutcher's account with success as well.

Fortunately, an update posted on the Twitter status blog reports that engineers are working diligently to remove the bug and set the Earth back on its axis.


Facebook is also moving forward with its location-based technology platform, starting with a partnership with McDonald's that lets fast food patrons check-in at any of the golden arches restaurants. The app also posts exactly which menu items you order so your friends will know exactly how much you hate your body.

The female presence on The 404 is seriously lacking, so we're taking this rare opportunity to get Caroline's perspective on six gender stereotypes that science proves are true. Most of them smell like bull, but there seems to be some truth in the idea that women apparently can't navigate directions.

Now before you start sending in hate mail, we should mention that these are all statements do not reflect the personal beliefs of the hosts of The 404 or CNET or CBS or anyone but Cracked, who wrote the article. In it they cite one study that found boys carry an innate ability to see a third dimension which contributes to increase spatial ability compared to girls by a radio of 4:1.

In a supposedly unrelated story, Caroline tells us she failed her first time at the DMV on her driver's test, although she claims that it had more to do with her lack of practice than her gender...apparently this list of stereotypes isn't the only thing that smells of bull!

We love having Caroline on the show, but she won't come back unless you call 1-866-404-CNET and beg her to do so! You can also e-mail us at the404(at)cnet(dot)com and we'll forward your grovel to her, so get to work! With any hope, Wilson will be out for the rest of the week so we can have her back again!

Just kidding Wilson, get well soon!



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