Shira Ovide

New York

Writer of The Tech Friend newsletter

Education: Haverford College; Columbia Journalism School

Shira Ovide writes The Tech Friend newsletter. Sign up here. She is the strategy editor for Help Desk, The Washington Post's team of journalists who focus on the impact of our digital lives and empower us to corral technology to serve our needs. Before joining The Post in October 2022, Ovide wrote the On Tech newsletter for the New York Times. She has also been a technology columnist at Bloomberg Opinion and wrote about technology, finance and the media industry for the Wall Street Journal. Ovide lives in New York.
Latest from Shira Ovide

The voices left out of Elon Musk’s free-speech agenda

Elon Musk has said little about what Twitter should do to give people a voice when their own governments do not want people to have it. Look at China and Iran.

December 6, 2022

Buying stuff in apps is broken. Try this instead.

Fights over app store rules written a decade ago are making more apps impossible to use, costing you money, and compromising what you can do on your phone.

December 2, 2022

The busy person’s guide to saving money on holiday shopping

If you don’t have hours to spend coupon hunting, here are manageable online shopping tips to save money, time and sanity this holiday season.

November 29, 2022

How to shop online and be kinder to the planet

Here's advice on being a climate-conscious shopper this holiday season. Perfection is not required.

November 25, 2022

There will never be anything like Twitter again

The struggles of Facebook and Twitter spell the end of the central ideal of social media as a common gathering places for all to gather and listen.

November 22, 2022

Take control of your technology with The Tech Friend newsletter

The Tech Friend newsletter will bring you straight talk and advice to help make technology better serve you and our world, from Shira Ovide.

November 15, 2022

Top Twitter executives set to get $120 million in golden parachutes

Parag Agrawal, Ned Segal and Vijaya Gadde will get lucrative payments after being fired by Elon Musk. Mass layoffs are expected at Twitter.

October 29, 2022