Music, Reddit, Facebook, More: Fat Friday Buzz, April 11, 2014

Twitter isn’t happy just rolling out a design to look more like Facebook, it wants to act more like Facebook too – with bunches of new ads.

The Tate has launched a digital archive of Audio Arts magazine. This magazine was actually distributed on cassette. “The uniquely formatted magazine collected more than 1,640 interviews with artists, critics, and other art world illuminati including Marina Abramovic, Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, John Cage, Tacita Dean, Sarah Lucas, Nancy Spero, and Rachel Whiteread, among many others.”

Reddit has started showing trending subreddits. That could be a fun exploration tool…

The British Library has begun a big Hebrew manuscript digitizing push with an initial 45 manuscripts. “With the Jewish Passover approaching, we are also thrilled to launch digitally the Golden Haggadah (Add. 27210), one of the finest surviving Haggdah manuscripts from medieval Spain and the British Library’s most famous Hebraic treasure.”

Facebook is cracking down on newsfeed spam. “Today we are announcing a series of improvements to News Feed to reduce stories that people frequently tell us are spammy and that they don’t want to see. Many of these stories are published by Pages that deliberately try and game News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would. Our update targets three broad categories of this type of feed spam behavior.” I would like to think that this means that non-spammy Facebook pages will get more distribution, but I’m not holding my breath.

Want to buy Google Glass? You’ll have your chance… for one day only…. next week!

The 2014 selections for the National Recording Registry have been released. And it includes… the THEME FROM SHAFT! Can you dig it?

The Connecticut Digital Archive now contains photographs from the New Haven Railroad Glass Negatives Collection. “There are 148 photographs of New Haven Railroad cars — baggage, parlor, dining, sleeping and coaches — from the early 1900s. Many of the exterior views of the cars are accompanied by an interior view, like the photograph above of parlor car 2153.”

Welp, support for Windows XP has officially expired. If you insist on still running it, here are some hints to make it safer.

And if you did switch, but you’re finding yourself bereft, here’s a nice article on running XP programs with Linux Mint and Crossover.

The temples of Angkor are now on Google Street View. Or temple view.

Could be useful! 10 Free Project Management Applications.

And here’s some Friday fun for you: iconic album cover locations in Google Street View. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Bing, Twitter, Stanford, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, April 8, 2014

Google is apparently trying to trademark the word “glass.” Seriously? Seriously? Feh.

More Google: it has launched a “Know Your Candidates” tool in India.

Fast Company has an article on the “ideal length” of various social things — tweets, Facebook posts — and other items like seminars and domain names. On the one hand when I think of short good Facebook updates I think of Frank Coniff. On the other hand does this mean I can’t post cat stories anymore?

Interesting: Four alternative browsers based on Google Chrome. Read the comments (Lifehacker is unusual in that it’s almost always worthwhile to read the comments).

Twitter is rolling out its redesign — and my, isn’t it Facebook-y.

More Twitter: you can now search for Tweets by date? I apparently completely missed this —

Boing Boing looks at CC attribution and Flickr, and fixing something that’s broken.

Stanford University has started an online archive of civil rights photos. I say “has started” because the new online archive has 200 photos in it, and the online archive has over 200,000. More photos will be added in phases.

Bing is apparently testing a (slightly) different search results design. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Boston, Twitter, eBay, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, April 5, 2014

TechCrunch has an interesting article on Sitedrop, a Dropbox tool. “After signing up for Sitedrop and authenticating with Dropbox, the files in your shared folder are visible online through a custom subdomain, where they can be displayed in lists or in a more visual format, like slideshows. The service also supports previews for files created by Photoshop (which Dropbox does not), making Sitedrop popular among the creative set, including photographers and designers.”

The city of Boston has a new online local band database. “[Tim Oxton] hopes Noise Atlas becomes a tool for not just Boston bands, but touring acts looking to fill bills with appropriate support or headliner. He envisions Noise Atlas as a tool for promoters, musicians, journalists, and pretty much anyone seeking out music. And stresses that the site is an ongoing work-in-progress — by no means is this a finished project.”

Desktop users can now enjoy emojis on Twitter. LET THE EMOJIPOCOLYPSE BEGIN!

Vine now has private messaging.

This is a little outside my remit, but hey, it’s Saturday: eBay has a new category for virtual currencies.

Google has provided a sneak peek at its new do-it-yourself smartphone. “With different block components that users can affix and detach from a basic frame — such as keyboards, cameras, batteries and speakers, for instance — Project Ara allows radical personalization in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.”

Weekend fun from Amit Agarwal – how to send personalized e-mail using mail merge in GMail.

Microsoft has released details for the final security patches for Windows XP. “According to ZDNet, the “Critical” Windows XP fix addresses problems in Internet Explorer versions 6-9 and 11, though it doesn’t apply to Internet Explorer 10. Meanwhile, the second update is marked “Important” for all versions of Windows, including XP.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Dancing, Predicting, Oregon, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, April 5, 2014

Now available: a database of cleared plant leaf images. (Cleared leaves are leaves that have been bleached to make their vein structure more visible.)

Beyond Search has a quick writeup on Similarsitecheck, which — guess! — lets you look for similar sites.

A non-profit has launched an online database of alleged misconduct by the Oakland California police. “Police Beat publishes stories and interactive graphics twice a week from 1,368 lawsuits and complaints filed against Oakland PD and settled out of court from 1990-2013. Almost 400 of those cases detailed violations of Oakland citizens’ civil rights.”

Man, look at all the people clinging to Windows XP. Have you switched yet?

The New York Public Library has digitized thousands of hours of videos from the Jerome Robbins collection.. “The Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image contains over 24,000 dance films and tapes, and the selection of its holdings now available through the new online portal includes items that span the history of the genre, from the earliest films of the late nineteenth century — such as Thomas Edison’s hand-colored 1897 film Annabella — to the latest HD recordings of modern artists and contemporary productions.” Unfortunately a lot of it looks like it’s not viewable online, probably due to intellectual property issues.

Computer scientists at Stanford has developed a method to help predict which shared photos will go viral.

More predicting: can Twitter be used for economic forecasting?

Good article from Lifehacker — read the comments, too — on tools and apps to make the most of Flickr.

The folks at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission have added photos to the Web site. Over 1100.

The ACLU has has launched an NSA documents database. “We have made all of the documents text-searchable to allow users to investigate particular key words or phrases. Alternatively, the filter function allows users to sort based on the type of surveillance involved, the specific legal authorities implicated, the purpose of the surveillance, or the source of the disclosure.”

Mmmkay. You can now search Yelp with emoji.

Well crap! You can’t send SMS through Google Chat anymore.

Hey, Google Glass is two.

More Google: You can now share your GMail theme. Good morning, Internet…

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Bing, XP, DuckDuckGo, More: No-Foolin’ Afternoon Buzz, April 1, 2014

If you happen to groove on April Fool’s Day, Lifehacker is aggregating a prank list.

Phil Bradley lists some interesting search operators for DuckDuckGo. I didn’t know about the QR code one.

Why yes, I AM still worried about the XP transition, and this article isn’t helping any. “To take fullest advantage of the situation, black-market vendors selling new XP exploits have been stockpiling them, waiting to release them until after Microsoft is no longer monitoring and repairing security flaws. Though third-party security firms will continue to update anti-malware programs for XP, users not running or updating such software could be permanently vulnerable to an ever-growing set of exploits.”

Search engine Bing has has extended its “Snapshot” feature.. “Snapshot brings together information that you need at a glance, with rich connections to deeper information on the people, places, and things you care about made possible by our deep understanding of the real world. To accomplish this, Bing now tracks billions of entities and perhaps more importantly, the billions of relationships between them, all to get you the right data instantly while you search.” The examples on the blog post included real estate listings, people, and universities.

I’m not even sure I can wrap my head around this: Google+ is as popular in the US as Twitter? Seriously?

Speaking of Google+, it is now showing you how many times your profile and content have been viewed. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Mocavo, Facebook, Timelines, More: No-Foolin’ Morning Buzz, April 1, 2014

Today’s April Fool’s, and I don’t play. I’m sure I’ll have a Fool-ish roundup tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s a little something to get you started: Google’s Pokemon Challenge.

Oh, why not: 9 weird Chrome extensions. I like the Doge one.

The Isle of Wight County Press is getting an online archive. “Working with Island web company Matrix Create, we have digitised the extensive archive of Isle of Wight County Press editions, dating back to our launch in 1884.” This is a pay archive.

Should Apple buy Yahoo? Here’s one take. Oh, ick. Ick ick ick ick ick ick.

How does Dropbox know when you’re sharing copyrighted stuff without actually looking at the stuff? Here’s the explanation. Interesting read.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has added a bunch of new features to celebrate its 300K databases.

Google and Facebook are being sued over “incomprehensible” privacy policies.

More Facebook: if you have too many things set to public, Facebook may give you a “Privacy Checkup.”

The MIT Technology Review always has fun articles: The Anatomy of a Forgotten Social Network: “The most significant difference between Tumblr and its bigger cousin, Twitter, is that there is no limit to the size of the posts that users can create. By contrast, Twitter imposes the famous 140-character limit on all of its posts. Tumblr also supports multimedia posts, such as images, audio, and video.” (Tumblr and Twitter are cousins?)

Michigan State had an interesting writeup about a timeline creation tool called Tiki Toki. I’m gonna have to check this out.

There’s always great stuff on the Social Media Examiner. How Boolean search improves your social media monitoring. Good morning, Internet…

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How to Turn Your Facebook “Likes” Into RSS Feeds

As you probably know doing ResearchBuzz is not my real job; I love it but “love” and “pays the electric bill” are sometimes quite a ways apart.

However I have been consciously working to become more efficient in my information gathering and writing (you may have noticed that the daily ‘Buzz has been a lot more consistent since last December) and I have been trying to set aside more time to write.

That came to fruition this month when I wrote my first article in a long time. It was for IT World and it’s called
How to make a Facebook Page RSS list in 6 easy steps. You can read it here (it’s free):

If you use Facebook for resource gathering, Facebook’s throttling of how many Page posts reach fans can be very frustrating. In the article I outline a way to turn your “Liked” Facebook pages into a set of RSS feeds that you can easily monitor without worrying about what Facebook is going to decide to put in your newsfeed.

I hope you like it. And I hope I get the opportunity to write more articles like this.


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