1940 Census, Newspapers, Google, Kickstarter, James Taylor, More: Afternoon Buzz, May 9, 2012

GREAT NEWS from the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project! “The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project announced today the availability of a free, searchable index of 1940 U.S. census records for six U.S. states, including Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire. Records for these states are now searchable by name, location and family relations thanks to the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide.”

Pretty smart! A site (a few sites actually) for finding fitness classes while you’re travelling.

An IMDB for creative content and people? Sounds like fun. “So say you’re watching a video online and want to know who created it without having to go to their page, then click on the username, find their original web site/blog or Twitter handle etc etc. That’s where Credictive comes in. In a similar manner to the way Pinterest will tell you where an image was re-pinned from, that’s what Credictive wants to do.”

I’m loving Kickstarter. Check out this project to archive newspaper Web site front pages and make them searchable.

Google Hangouts is now available to everyone. Kind of shocked at how much traction this isn’t getting.

More online records in Utah. “As part of an overall effort by the Utah Department of Commerce to improve citizen access to information, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) launched an upgraded database that provides scanned copies of disciplinary and non-disciplinary orders levied on licensees. The online records are accessible back to 2005.”

Hotel search engine Room Key has left beta.

TPM on the Google/Safari drama: “Google is reportedly in talks with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the amount of a fine the agency may give the search company for evading the default privacy protections on Apple’s Safari browser, the default Web browser found on all of Apple’s products, from Mac computers to the iPad and iPhone.”

Speaking of Google, last week it mapped Lynn University.

Ever want to learn how to play Fire and Rain? Want James Taylor to teach you? Here you go. Good afternoon, Internet…

About Tara Calishain

Covering the world of search engines, databases, and other online information collections since 1996.

Posted on May 9, 2012, in morningbuzz. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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