Category Archives: morningbuzz
More Google Reader alternatives: an assistant professor at Rice has turned GMail into an RSS reader by using rss2email. If the instructions for doing that scare you, you can use IFTTT instead.
The Library of Congress has announced a new free resource – an e-book called “Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving”. Useful for you genealogists out there.
QUILTERS IN ARIZONA! (I know there are at least a few quilters who read ResearchBuzz) — The Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame needs quilts and quilt information for its online database.
The Monday Note (which I have not read before but that’s changing right now) has a thoughtful breakdown on Marissa Mayer’s edict of no work from home. I didn’t agree with that policy (I thought she should have just identified the slackers and fired them) but this article may have changed my mind. Very interesting.
Phil Bradley takes a quick look at Zoom, a freemium Web conferencing service.
Google has announced Google Capture for Hangouts.
More Google: it has apparently officially discontinued the Blocked Sites feature. Wow.
Do you miss Instagram pix in your Twitter feeds? Now you can get them back with a Chrome extension.
Heh: this site lets you fake like you’re on Wikipedia. Good morning, Internet…
Google Reader: Will RSS be replaced by Twitter? This article actually links to two different view points which is a good thing, because the idea of Twitter being functional enough to replace RSS makes me foam at the mouth. The only time that Twitter came even close to being as useful as RSS was when the late, much lamented ListiMonkey was in play. So Twitter is not as useful as RSS now, and who knows how Twitter TOS changes will make it even worse?
More Google: Google has introduced Google Keep. It’s described like this: “To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand.” After Google cancelled Reader, you know what reading about Google Keep makes me want to do? IT MAKES ME WANT TO GO GIVE EVERNOTE A BIG HUG.
More More G: Google apparently blocked a 64-year-old lady for allegedly using automated queries. I have occasionally tripped Google’s “You are a robot” accuse-o-meter for running queries too quickly, but never been blocked. Meanwhile, Google Flight search now offers information for flights around the world.
From MIT: a very cool tool for tracking memes across television news.
Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes is getting a digital archive.
YouTube, now with over one billion users a month.
A new open source, Web-based office suite is on the way.
Happy 7th birthday to Twitter.
Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail, FINALLY something I can spell) has had its beta 1 release. Good morning, Internet…
Google Reader Roundup: Looking for a more specialized reader? Check out Bibliogo, which is described here as a free reader devoted to science and technology. Meanwhile The Next Web asserts that Google is straying from its original purpose, using an NCAA bracket as an example.
More Google: here’s another complaint about the current state of Google Alerts, which is really, really bad. And apparently there isn’t much response from Google. Meanwhile, there aren’t that many good alert services available anymore because most of them were wiped out by Google Alerts. So far I’m not very impressed with Mention. The Facebook mentions are okay but the Web mentions are really, really thin.
Also, Google has launched Google Drive Realtime API.
Archives.com has started free weekly livestream videos to provide information on genealogy topics.
Hmm. The Washington Post is going to raise a paywall — at least if you read over 20 articles a month.
Tools: A big pile of Power Point alternatives on EdCanvas. (Thanks Joyce.)
Here are Nine tools to improve social media productivity. I use two of these.
TechCrunch has an article about new online spreadsheet Fivetran. “Most people, for better or worse, use their spreadsheets as databases…” Guilty as charged.
Interesting: How to find the right Twitter user in a crisis. This article doesn’t address the topic so much as it outlines a recently-written paper that addresses the topic. (The paper is available online.)
Cool, I didn’t know about most of these: 20 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Twitter Power Users.
Fast Company notes some hidden gems in Flickr’s archives. Warning: timesink. Good morning, Internet…
Turkish Music, Twitter, Formspring, Genealogy, More: Monday “No, I Will NOT Shut Up About Google Reader” Buzz, March 18, 2013
Did you catch all of yesterday’s St. Patrick’s logos? Here’s a roundup.
PC World speculates on which Google services will be next to go. Someone please explain to me why Google killed Reader before Orkut. Meanwhile, CNN looks at other beloved products that died an early death. Are you SERIOUSLY comparing Google Reader to Guitar Hero?
More Google reader stuff: a new mailing list devoted to RSS sync is now available. This is for the more techie people. More techie stuff: look at all the hassle the poor Newsblur developer has had to deal with over the last several days. I am crazy impressed with how he, a one-man-operation, has handled it.
Google Operating System has some hints about a potential new service called Google Keep. The comments are about what you’d expect right now… the first thing I thought was “What, and kill Evernote?”
A new Turkish music archive is now available and – it’s in ten languages, including English. “[Ibrahim] Şahin said that the archive would be followed from all around the world, adding: ‘One of the most important parts of this work is that we continue this activity in 10 languages. It will be online in Turkish and English, and we will [post information] about music events on the website. The reason why we also made it in English is that some parts of these notes have been interpreted as chants and aria music in churches. People of Armenian origin will be able to reach their own music thanks to this structure. We have received good reactions from these people and it makes us very happy.’” I browsed the archive a bit and not every last thing is in English, but enough so you can follow along. The videos were real slow-loaders, though.
Interesting: How Twitter has made me a new teacher.
This news got buried: Formspring is shutting down.
Genealogists! Can’t make it to RootsTech? Some of it will be streaming online. Good morning, Internet…
More Google Reader ruminating: should Yahoo revamp its RSS feed reader? (which I had totally forgotten about?) Also: Using IFTTT instead of Google Reader. Which would be fine except I would have to SET UP THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY TWO RECIPES. No thanks. (And that’s just my Web based reader. I use two desktop RSS readers. Yes I am pathetic; how kind of you to ask.) Meanwhile, Digg is making its own reader.
Creative Commons has announced a “School of Open” with courses focusing on things like copyright, Wikipedia, and using CC licenses.
Is the Register of Copyright going to call for reduction in copyright term? Holy bean dip. Life plus fifty.
Dropbox has acquired Mailbox.
An interesting study breaking down Twitter’s cliques and communities.
MakeUseOf has some creative uses for Dropbox (or whatever cloud storage you happen to prefer.)
Lifehacker breaks down permissions requirements for Chrome extensions. Good morning, Internet, and happy St. Paddy’s Day…
It’s gotten rather drowned out in the roar of disapproval over Google Reader’s fate, but Google is actually shutting down several products.
Speaking of running away from Google’s free services which may be axed at any minute, TechCrunch has an article about an alerts service called Mention, which describes itself as “Google Alerts on Steroids.” Checking it out.
HootSuite has launched a developer program.
Like Instagram? Check out 10 Instagram Companion Apps for power users.
The USDA’s “Food Desert Locator” is now the “Food Access Research Atlas” and as you might expect has gotten a revamp: “The new name better reflects what this tool shows us. Now, the Food Access Research Atlas has updated estimates of food desert census tracts using 2010 census data, and offers several additional distance measures to visualize access to supermarkets. For example, in the original measure, a household was considered to be facing an access challenge if it was more than 1 mile from a supermarket in urban areas of the country or more than 10 miles from a supermarket in rural areas. With the updated Atlas, users can also map low-income and low-access areas using distances of one-half mile and 20 miles.”
Is Facebook going to add hashtags to its Graph Search?
A new California bill would allow students to take open online courses for credit: “In short, the bill will allow CA students, enrolled in CA public colleges and universities, to take online courses from a pool of 50 high enrollment, introductory courses, offered by 3rd parties, in which CA students cannot currently gain access from their public CA university or community college.” Good morning, Internet…
Ranting, Pinterest, Twitter, More: Thursday Afternoon Furious About Google Reader Buzz, March 14, 2013
I am ridiculously upset about Google shutting down Google Reader. I’m trying to write an article about it, but right now there’s too much foam coming out of the keyboard and not enough measured thoughtfulness. I use Google Reader every day and that is not an exaggeration. I was working on an article called “How Google Reader Helps Me Use Facebook Without Punching My Screen in Frustration.” But Google Reader is not social and not sexy enough so out the door it goes. Between this and the issues noted with Google Alerts, I’m becoming very wary of Google in general and painfully aware of how Google can come in, launch a tool in a space, destroy all the competition (finding a good alert service is an exercise in frustration) and then exit the space or fail to support the tool.
Twitter now supports line breaks. And I’m left wondering: do we really need to break up 140 characters of text? Apparently so…
From Copyblogger: 12 Ways to Connect, Create, and Collaborate using Google Hangouts.
Thanks to whoever mentioned this on Twitter — sourcing is one thing Undrip is not good at, but anyway: Ampergram — spell stuff using Instagram photos.
If you’re getting annoyed that Java is hogging all the security vulnerability news, feel better: Flash is having issues.
Google is threatening (I mean warning) that the next-generation Penguin update is going to be really big. Oh goody.
Still trying to get it: The Heavyweight Guide to Getting Started on Pinterest.
More Pinterest: it has started an analytics platform.
Is YouTube going to get a rival? GOOD! Also, good morning, Internet…