Twitter, DuckDuckGo, WWI, More: Morning Buzz, June 12, 2014
Poynter has an interesting article on a browser extension called Trooclick, which basically calls BS on articles as you read them if there are errors or what it calls “glitches.” “The way Trooclick works is relatively simple to explain but harder to execute: it analyzes the text of the webpage you’re on and compares it to their database of facts and figures to see if anything is related between the two. If there is a match, they see if the data they’ve collected is different from what you’re reading. If that’s the case, it alerts you to the glitches.”
From Hootsuite’s blog: 5 Ways to Find Trending Topics (Other Than Twitter).
DigitalGov is offering a free webinar on analyzing search term data on June 24th. “We’ll explore how to create a semi-automated report for analyzing large amounts of search data on a regular basis. It’s semi-automated because a human still needs to review the data for changes and new trends, but this process can save a lot of time once you have a solid understanding of the data and the spreadsheet functions in place.”
DuckDuckGo and Yummly are teaming up for recipe searches.
DDOSes are getting so bad that TechCrunch posted a roundup. The latest victims include Feedly and Evernote.
Read Write has an article on OpenStreetMap and how it aims to beat Google.
Pinterest “guided search” is coming to the Web.
The University of Kansas is going to tweetenact the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. “Students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas, as well as local community members, have taken on the Twitter personas of significant and minor participants in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which occurred 100 years ago in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914. These characters will tweet as though the events were occurring in real time.” Most of the action takes place on June 28, but it’s already started now a little bit. Look out for hashtag #KU_WWI.
Speaking of Twitter… TweetDeck had a bit of a meltdown yesterday.
Cornell wants you to map your backyard …. for SCIENCE!. “[Cornell’s] new citizen-science project, a website called YardMap, lets people quickly and easily make free maps of verdant places such as their home or a local cemetery, marking out lawns, trees and other landscape features over a satellite view. Researchers use map data matched with bird sightings, which can be submitted using the eBird tool on the site, to study the impact of backyards on migrating birds as they crisscross North America.”
It starts today, I understand, and Google wants to help you keep up with the World Cup. Good morning, Internet…
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