WikiBrains, Facebook, Yahoo, Sesame Street, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, October 1, 2013

Smiley Face in the Sky

Enjoying that free cloud storage space? What happens when you fill it up? Warning: PC World!

Check out this article from Joyce Valenza about WikiBrains. It’s like crowdsourced brainstorming. Enter a concept and get a bunch of other folks’ concepts. I didn’t know there was a Giraffe restaurant…

With the upcoming expiration of Windows XP, I’ve been thinking about what to do with the old PCs. How-To Geek takes a look at three lightweight Linux systems for old PCs

The LA Times takes a quick look at the various ways you can use the new Facebook search. The LA Times is one of my favorite papers. Good paper.

Prospect researchers, this is for you – Eight ways to engage alumni with Google Hangouts. (And if I’m off on this one, let me know — my APRA talk was a long time ago!)

Wondering what font is being used on a Web site? Chrome can tell you.

Yahoo has launched app passwords.

More companies are lining up to demand more dsiclosure on US data requests.

From OpenSource.com – resources for teaching kids about copyright. (And Creative Commons. And…)

Wow, Yahoo has bug bounties that are so crappy they’re almost insulting. “After reporting three cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities that could compromise a user’s account with what High Tech Bridge described as basic phishing techniques, Yahoo responded with its thanks within 48 hours. The research firm was rewarded with $12.50 per vulnerability, significantly lower than Facebook’s or Google’s lowest bounties, which come in at $500 and $100 for the lowest priority bugs, respectively.” What is that in pumpkin spice lattes?

Chew on this for lunch: Sesame Street now has its own Google Earth layer. Good afternoon, Internet…

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About Tara Calishain

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

Posted on October 1, 2013, in afternoonbuzz. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sandra McDonald

    Have you found any good replacement for an iGoogle homepage?

  2. Hey Tara. Awesome post as usual. Wearing my prospect research hat, the Hub Spot article on Hanouts is cool, and I’m definitely going to share that with my colleagues, but it’s more a tool for frontline fundraisers and folks doing alumni engagement. Researchers tend not to interact with alums as an official part of their role. We’re more typically behind the scenes. However, I’m always looking for ways to coach my frontline colleagues to use technology and social media to engage with our constituents. Researchers tend to be more tech savvy than our frontline colleagues. I’ll be sure to share this!

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