Social media’s “Doomscrolling Reminder Lady” in her favorite corners of the internet

Here at Mozilla, we’re the first to admit that the Internet isn’t perfect, but we’re also quick to point out that the Internet is freaking magical. The internet opens doors and opportunities, allows people to connect with each other, and allows everyone to find their place – their own corners of the internet. We all have an internet story worth sharing. In My corner of the Internetwe talk to people about the online spaces they can’t get enough of, what we should save on Pocket to read next and what sites and forums shaped them.

This month we talk to Karen Hothe reporter behind the Fate Scrolling Reminders Bot reminding her 71,000+ Twitter followers to drink water, sit up straight, and stop scrolling with doom.

Photo credit: Kristin Foster

What’s your favorite corner of the internet?

Color Slack reporters. I play too Wordle every day – my sister got me involved a few weeks ago.

What is a deep dive into the internet that you can’t wait to go back to?

After I finally see “Everything Everywhere All At Once” in theaters, I will read every article written about the film, directors and stars.

What is the one tab you always regret closing?

I wrote an e-mail presentation to the New Yorker on my master’s thesis, but never sent it out of nerves. A staffer ended up writing on the exact subject several months later, and it was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Public Service.

What can’t you stop talking about on the internet right now?

Ongoing hate crimes against Asian Americans; how to work in the media industry is particularly strange and often overwhelming right now; how the US continues to fail in its approach to COVID-19; and my sweetest dog Max, who doesn’t care what I do for work or how many Twitter followers I have. I also tell many people about Goodwill Auctions and plan to launch a newsletter about it soon.

What was the first online community you interacted with?

A Sailor Moon fansite where I read episode guides, then a lot of time on Neopets, Teen Open Diary and LiveJournal.

What articles and videos are in your pocket waiting to be read/watched right now?

It’s such a mess. A huge backlog of John Oliver, Planet MoneyAnd This American life Episodes; features from The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Atlantic and Bloomberg Businessweek; and several business explainers on inflation, supply chain issues, hiring and what Elon Musk’s offer for Twitter it really means.

When was the last time you caught yourself doomscrolling and what did you do to get out of it?

When the The political news has arrived. I tweeted out loud reminders to myself and others about how getting enough sleep would give me more energy to read thoughtful articles and do my job today rather than staying up late reading analysis and bad opinions.

If you could create your own corner of the internet what would it look like?

A feed like Chirping, but with more guidelines and safety and moderation features. The commentary communities of the old Deadspin and The toast. The excitement and pure joy of Tom Lum’s video on bees that perceive time. Tips on Twitter by Nicole Cliffe. The tone and style of Matt Levine and Rusty Foster’s newsletters. The New York Times Styles 2020 Desk Gift Guide (and a lot of any editor/writer Choire Sicha e graphic designer Tracy Ma dream, they are both geniuses). More wellness options for time management and concentration. And lots of pet photos.

Karen K. Ho is a freelance journalist and business writer who divides her time between Toronto and New York City. She has been published in outlets such as TIME, GQ, Men’s Health, Glamour, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Columbia Journalism Review. She is also the creator of the Doomscrolling Reminder Bot.

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