Twitter, YouTube, Illuminated Manuscripts, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, March 21, 2014

Twitter has released a tool that lets you see anybody’s first tweet. Mine is really boring. (“Figuring out Twitter,” June 20, 2007)

Duke University has created a library guide to the crisis in Ukraine. Some of these are university-specific but hit all the tabs.

With the huge amount of content that’s uploaded to YouTube every minute, I’m stunned that the site has only 200 “super-flaggers”. “While the site already allows users to report videos containing possibly suspect content, it’s likely the material highlighted by those in the flagger program is fast-tracked to the YouTube team for evaluation. In addition, the Web giant has reportedly set up the system so that the flaggers can highlight content ‘at scale,’ instead of selecting one video at a time.”

So this guy in Sweden developed a Google Maps hack that shows you locations “urban jungle-ized” or maybe “swamp-ized.” This would not run in Linux but I got it to run in Windows. I also discovered to my amusement that if a business interior is available, it’ll “jungle-ize” that too…

Facebook is signaling yet ANOTHER drop in organic page reach. Bad for page owners, certainly, but TERRIBLE for those of us who try to use Facebook as an information service.

The British Library has updated its Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. “Recently updated, CIM (as we like to call it) now boasts a total of 4,277 manuscripts and some 36,163 images. These range from a 4th/5th-century copy of Cyprian’s Epistles, perhaps brought to England by Theodore of Tarsus and Hadrian of Canterbury (Add MS 40165A), to a collection of facsimile manuscript pages produced in 1873 by John Obadiah Westwood, a palaeographer and entomologist (Egerton MS 2263) – with a lot in between.”

Social Media Examiner hipped me to a very sweet looking curation tool called Dragdis – . Haven’t tried it yet. Good afternoon, Internet…

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