Facebook, Reddit, Reptiles, More: Friday Buzz, January 10, 2014

Searches for “Facebook” correspond to unemployment? “The unemployment rate is more correlated with Google searches for ‘facebook’ than with any other search term.”

FUN WITH AMIT AGARWAL: Web scraping Reddit with Google Scripts. “Reddit, unlike most websites, allows web scraping as long as the crawler scripts make no more than one request every two seconds to the Reddit servers…. You don’t even need a developer account or an API key to perform scraping on Reddit.”

Under construction: an online digital library of MRI scans of children with normal and abnormal brains.

Twitter is apparently playing with a Twitter account that will DM you achievements when cool things happen with your tweets.

Have you heard of The Reptile Database? “The Reptile Database has become a collaboration of hundreds of scientists and hobbyists around the world who study reptiles. Currently, the database includes 9,900 species of reptiles, including another 2,800 subspecies.”

Google has added a feature that allows Google+ users to mail each other even if they don’t know their addresses. (You can opt out if you don’t dig it.) I’m kind of surprised about this – I thought you could to that anyway. Guess I wasn’t paying attention… I still don’t get Google+

ReferenceUSA has launched (press release) a new tool with historical business information. “ReferenceUSA leverages Infogroup’s database of 25 million businesses to launch the first-ever online historical data tool, with information dating back to 2003. The new module provides business, employee and industry trends by year and geographic area all in one database that is accessible through public libraries.”

Mathew Ingram writes on GigaOM about turning the information stream into a managable flow.

Now available: a new online database aggregating best practices for blood transfusions. “The database currently holds over 640 systematic reviews, 3285 randomized control trials and 60 economic evaluations and these numbers are set to increase as new information is added on a monthly basis. The Transfusion Evidence Library can be found at and is free to access for UK blood services and NHS staff. It will be available on subscription for other interested parties.”

ReadWrite reviews Jelly and was not impressed. Good morning, Internet…

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