Facebook, Ireland, Vintage Ads, More: Fat Afternoon Buzz, October 17th, 2014

Now available: an online archive of letters from Irish soldiers during World War I. “The archive, is a collection of 453 letters from 56 servicemen who wrote to Dublin woman Monica Roberts in acknowledgement of practical gifts she sent to them during the First World War. It has been published in a fully searchable online database of text and images on”

The Daily Ranger of Wyoming has put its photo archive online.

The Law Library of Congress is going to offer free access to some historical legal materials from HeinOnline. “These materials can be accessed through their Guide to Law Online: U.S. Federal and are pulled directly from the HeinOnline database. Users can download files up to 20 pages per download.”

The New York Times has started an online archive of vintage ads and wants YOUR help transcribing/identifying them! “But the Times is inviting readers to do more than just view the ads. It’s also asking readers to help shape the archive by sifting through the ads, identifying them and even transcribing their text.”

The LSE (that’s London School of Economics and Political Science, kids) has launched the Woman’s Hour of Westminster digital archive. “The archive contains audio interviews with a number of key female politicians, such as Theresa May, Harriet Harman, Eleanor Laing, Hazel Blears, Mo Mowlam, Shirley Williams and Tessa Jowell, as well as administrative items such as Parliamentary Radio board papers and official correspondence.”

The state of Connecticut is asking residents to help it preserve World War I history. “Beginning later this month, state library officials will hold a series of community events at which local residents are urged to bring in family letters, photographs, diaries, recorded stories and other objects from the World War I period.”

How do the different social networks handle major events? “ShareThis quarterly report finds that Facebook commands a large lead in total sharing of major events, but Twitter and Reddit activity ramps up the closer you get to the event.”

Now available: an an online database for Fortune 500 company compliance codes. “In October, the University of Houston Law Center launched a new searchable database that retains compliance codes for Fortune 500 companies.”

I’m not a big fan of using free/open WiFi, but sometimes it’s the only way you can get Internet. Lifehacker’s assembled a list of national chains that offer free WiFi.

Facebook has launched a new “Safety Check” feature. Hey Facebook, if you actually let posts go out to all of a user’s friends instead of throttling everything maybe something like this WOULD BE LESS NECESSARY. Grrrr…

Hate the new Facebook stickers? There’s an extension for that. Good afternoon, Internet…

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