Oaddo, British Library, Instagram, More: Friday Night Buzz, May 16, 2014

WHSV has a short story on Oaddo, a new search engine from Tim Borny. It’s in alpha – early alpha, no less – and looks a bit like a clustering engine. From the site page: “Oaddo uses a graph database to relate content and terms to one another. Graphs store data in nodes and relationships. In oaddo, content, terms, users, and more, are stored as nodes in the database. The relationships are the logical connections between them. Content is tagged with terms, users vote on content, users curate content and terms, etc. Queries can be written which will traverse the graph’s nodes and relationships in order to pull out rich information.”

EFF takes a look at the Web properties that are best at protecting your privacy. “Amazon was awarded two stars. It does, however, require a warrant to hand over user data, and was praised for repeatedly fighting in court to protect the privacy of its users’ book purchases. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.”

From Social Media Examiner: how to create a Google+ Community (to grow your business, but there’s a lot of good general information here.)

The National Science Board has created a new tool to show science and engineering trends. “The online database is at, and it allows people to find out what is happening with 59 indicators related to science, research and development, and education.”

The British Library has put up another awesome Web site: “The library’s new website unveiled Friday, features digital versions of 1,200 handwritten manuscripts, diaries and letters from Romantic and Victorian writers including Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and Jane Austen.”

The Wellcome Library will begin, this month, to digitize all its pre-1500 Western European manuscripts. “Our Western manuscripts are known to medievalists across the world, and cover a wide range of subjects, from learned medicine and surgery to magic, alchemy, botany, astrology and more. They also reflect a range of manuscript formats, from conventional bound codices to folding almanacs and scrolls. Texts are written in Latin, Greek, English, German, French, Dutch and several other languages, and many manuscripts are illustrated with drawings, diagrams, illuminated initials or even marginal grotesques.”

Google Glass + Bitcoin + nodding = all my money gone in about 12 seconds.

I was kind of wondering too: Why is Pinterest suddenly worth $5 Billion?

Oh, why not. Turn your Instagrams into sneakers. Good evening, Internet…

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