Twitter, App, Hashtags, More: Sunday Buzz, May 11, 2014

Indiana University researchers have developed a tool to try to tell whether a Twitter user is a bot or not. You have to authorize your Twitter account to use it, but once that’s done it looks like you can check any public account. I checked my Twitter account and it looks like I’m 27% bottish in their estimation. On the other hand, @StealthMountain, which is a one-function bot (and looks like it might have stopped working in January) is only 50% bottish.

Is Google going to enable remote administration tools for Chromebooks?

Lifehacker has a writeup on Background Burner, a Web-based app for removing background from your photos.

The Yahoo 2013 Annual Review is now available on Tumblr.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has added 1000 Navy Cruise Books.

Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, has written an open letter to Eric Schmidt — Why We Fear Google. It’s in English.

Heartbleed report: over 300,000 servers are still vulnerable.

App.net has laid off its entire staff but continues to function. I have an App account but I’ve never really gotten into it.

FamilySearch has added another complement of genealogy records. “Notable collection updates include the 2,152,718 indexed records from the new England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913, collection; the 132,560 images from the Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1950, collection; and the 693,403 images from U.S., Washington, County Records, 1803–2009, collection.”

Evernote and LinkedIn are teaming up. “LinkedIn members can scan a business card using Evernote’s mobile app and then directly connect with this contact on LinkedIn to maintain the new relationship. Evernote’s card scanning service is fast, reliable, and literally world-class, with support for seven languages.”

The Library of Congress has launched the Civil Rights History Project Portal. “The Civil Rights History Project Collection consists primarily of recent, never-before-seen interviews with people who participated in the civil rights movement. It contains several hundred items consisting of video files, videocassettes, digital photographs and interview transcripts.”

Hongkiat offers a guide to hashtagging on various social networks. I’m still figuring out Instagram (feel free to say hello or recommend a good Instagram account for me to follow) and found this guide very useful. Good morning, Internet…

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About Tara Calishain

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

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