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Facebook, NSA, Bing, More: Saturday Buzz, June 28, 2014

According to an article in A.V. Club, Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a giant psychology experiment.

Mashable breaks down the World Cup numbers.

Wait a minute. The NSA did a transparency report? Based on this TechCrunch article I would say it’s more of an opaquity report.

The Philippines now has an online library locator.

What did Lance Armstrong’s drug scandal have to do with Twitter? University of Louisville researchers tried to figure it out.

Microsoft will no longer be sending security notifications by e-mail. Big thanks to Mike G., who forwarded the — uh, e-mail — he got about this. “Readers of Shavlik’s Patchmanagement.org list-serve are pointing to a new Canadian antispam law that takes effect on July 1 as the cause. The law, described here and here, is aimed at curbing unsolicited e-mails. It prohibits the sending of electronic mail to recipients unless they have consented to receiving it.” Microsoft is offering RSS feeds as an alternative.

Bing has updated its search to make Twitter content easier to find. “With Bing’s latest round of new Twitter-related search features, users now can perform hashtag searches to find topics trending on the social media platform, as well as search for specific Twitter handles and celebrity-related tweets.”

Are social search engines back? The International Business Times has an article on startup ttwick.

The Library of Congress has a cool story about the Georgetown Law Library’s project to digitize early legal dictionaries. Good morning, Internet…

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David Byrne, Kickstarter, Pennsylvania Roller Coasters, More: Sunday Morning Buzz, May 18, 2014

David Byrne thinks Google is Evil. Read the article and then wonder if Google will dare fling a C&D at him for the logo job.

Which UK and US universities are the most infuential on Twitter, according to THE? http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/top-100-most-influential-uk-and-us-universities-on-twitter/2013373.article

From Amit Agarwal – Getting more advanced GMail filters with Google Scripts.

Bing has added more “Snapshot” information, this time for food and drugs.

Copyblogger has posted an extensive article on its lessons from running a Kickstarter campaign.

What should you post on Pinterest? Apparently it depends on the day of the week.

Yow. Yahoo Likely to Slip Below 10% Search Share Next Month. “In July 2009 when the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal was first announced Yahoo had 19.3 percent of the US search market according to comScore data. Microsoft had 8.9 percent. Now the numbers are almost exactly reversed and Google’s share is 3 points higher than in 2009. So much for strengthening competition.” I guess the question “Is Yahoo a search or a media company” is pretty much moot; it better be a media company or it’s doomed.

Google Play, now with PayPal support.

Facebook continues its quest to belt sand all my nerves with the addition of an ‘Ask’ button. “Now, when Facebook users peek at friends in their network on desktop Web browsers, they’ll see an ‘ask’ button on a profile’s top-left ‘about’ box when pertinent information has been left blank. (These ‘ask’ buttons also appear when clicking through a user’s profile on mobile browsers.)”

Pennsylvania’s amusement park safety records are going online. “Just four inspectors in the department’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards cover 800 ride operators. Reports last year showed flaws in how the department handles inspection records, said Michael Rader, executive director of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.”

The British Library wants your help tagging its comic art.

Google has released a Hangouts extension for Outlook. Good morning, Internet…

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IE, Heartbleed, Denmark, More: Monday Buzz, April 28, 2014

This is definitely the headline news of the morning: there is a zero-day security issue in every version of Internet Explorer. Every one. Including the ones in XP that won’t get patched. “Attacks taking advantage of the vulnerability are largely targeting IE versions 9, 10, and 11 in something called a ‘use after free’s attack. Essentially, the attack corrupts data as soon as memory has been released, most likely after users have been lured to phony websites.” If you are using IE (and I hope you aren’t) your best bet is to switch to some other browser until Microsoft issues a patch.

A little outside the normal ResearchBuzz stuff but it showed up in my Google Alerts yesterday morning and I really liked it. Rhode Island School of Design professor Clara Lieu has been doing an “Ask the Art Professor” column for a year now, and in this blog post summarizes all the available columns. There are about a hundred of them, and while some of them are very specific to art (“How Can I Learn to Draw Noses?”), many of them were relevant to the creative process in general. Professor Lieu’s column continues and is now available at the Huffington Post.

I love me some screenshot/screencast tools. Lifehacker has a writeup on one called TinyTake. Windows only, alas.

Wisconsin fishermen have a new resource for finding particular fish species. A new tool lets users search for 160 species by county or habitat types.

I’m still following Heartbleed. If you’re like me and are taking both a practical and nerdy interest in it, you’ll like this article from Rubin Xu on how he stole a server’s private key using Heartbleed.

More security: apparently a person figured out how to DDOS a site using Facebook Notes, but Facebook isn’t going to give them a bug bounty. (“…the conclusion is that there’s no real way to us fix this that would stop ‘attacks’ against small consumer grade sites without also significantly degrading the overall functionality. Unfortunately, so-called ‘won’t fix’ items aren’t eligible under the bug bounty program, so there won’t be a reward for this issue.”) The other large post on this very new blog is an overview of how a site can be DDOS’d using Google Spreadsheets, which they also won’t be getting a bug bounty for….

Lifehacker has a handy tip for finding all those forgotten accounts with a simple e-mail search. Using specific vocabularies in search is very, very handy.

BetaList has a link to GMail tool Sortd, which sounds almost too good to be true. “Sortd is a smart workspace for Gmail that lets you manage your work, tasks and email all in one place (right inside Gmail). Drag important emails out of your Inbox onto a set of personalized priority lists, where you can see a birds-eye view of everything you have on the go.”

From the design end of things: 7 Things I Wish Every Search Box Did. “Great search experience is all about speed and relevance. You want to provide the right result for minimum effort. Your product needs a search engine that thinks like your users, and one that understands from a few letters exactly what is being searched for. How do you do that? Here’s 7 ways.”

WOW: the entire country of Denmark has been replicated in Minecraft.

Joyce Valenza takes a quick look at Vellum, a New York Times experiment for content discovery on Twitter. If I didn’t have Nuzzel I’d be all over this. As it is, it’s interesting.

Ever wonder just how big Big Data is? Check out this Mashable article on the lengths a woman went to in order to hide knowledge of her pregnancy from the Internet. It went a lot, lot further than just not mentioning it on Facebook. Good morning, Internet…

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Facebook, Twitter, Google, More: Friday Night Buzz, April 25, 2014

Useful from MakeUseOf: 10 Common Web Tasks You Can Do Without Signing Up. Had not heard of many of these. Tasks include sending mail, joining a video call, and file conversion.

Facebook has acquired fitness app Moves.

More Facebook: it has launched the FB Newswire. “According to Andy Mitchell, Facebook’s director of news and global media partnerships, FB Newswire is intended to help journalists and editors discover and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in their news content, as well as find primary sources to inform coverage of big events.”

More More Facebook: The NYT ruminates on Facebook’s “existential crisis”. (There’s a Gwyneth Paltrow “uncoupling” joke in here somewhere but I can’t find it.)

So apparently Google Glass isn’t really on sale for everybody yet. (And I still don’t want one.)

Meanwhile, Forbes calls Google’s Glass Explorer Program a social experiment that backfired.

From Buffer: The Scientific Guide to Pinterest Marketing. I need “The Scientific Guide to Getting Pinterest in the First Place.”

Also from Buffer: Advanced tips for using Twitter. I actually got sucked into this one and did some following housecleaning. I was following people who hadn’t posted since 2009, which was a little silly…

Oooh, okay: 5 Free Apps for Taking Great Notes. Good evening, 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):

http://www.itworld.com/it-management/410122/how-make-facebook-page-rss-list-6-easy-steps

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.

Facebook, E-Books, Instagram, More: Friday Morning Buzz, January 3, 2014

Google Operating System looks at Google Answers with comparisons.

The New York Times is apparently unveiling a new look next week.

Facebook is being sued for allegedly scanning private messages. “According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, Facebook scans the contents of private messages including links to other websites ‘to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users.'”

Interesting: Twitter generated a map showing how New Year rang in across the world with Twitter activity.

FamilySearch keeps on adding those records. “Notable collection updates include the 799,816 images from the new U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820–1897, collection, the 579,177 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899–1940, collection, and the 532,591 images from the new U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800-1906, collection.”

TheNextWeb predicts what to expect from Google in 2014. There’s a lot in here about Android and Chrome, but a smarter search is only considered “Likely.”

More Google: would you pay $600 for Google Glass?

Woo hoo! 25 sources of free public domain books.

YouTube will be demonstrating 4K video at CES next week, along with its own royalty-free codec.

Amit Agarwal is helping start my 2014 off right with a cool article on using custom CSS to pretty up Google Custom Search on your Web site.

TechCrunch looks at Pic a Moment, which lets you enter in a time and place and see the Instagram photos taken there. “This is less about getting a sense of what a spot may be like, the way you might by browsing through a collection of check-in photos on Foursquare, for example, and more about being able to research and draw from a collection of public photos related to some event, like a music concert, sporting event, or some sort of breaking news happening.” Sadly, it’s only an app and not a Web site. Good morning, Internet…

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