Facebook, GIFs, Quora, More: Saturday Buzz, November 1st, 2014

Thank you to everyone who sent me notes of NaNoWriMo encouragement. I wrote over 1000 words this morning after waking up with an idea in my head, and I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Wish me luck.

Ever wonder How many people are on Facebook? “…the site announced that its monthly active users cleared 1.35 billion — roughly equal the population of China, and 9 percent larger than that of India. By these numbers, nearly 20 percent of the world’s population logs into Facebook once a month.”

More Facebook: it has updated its Graph API.

You can now filter by animated GIF in Bing’s image search. And no, I do not think this will hurt Giphy at all…

… but I am worried about Bing itself after reading about restructuring at Microsoft. Really hope some large company readdresses the idea of search in a skunkworks-type environment instead of holding it to Googlish standards right out of the gate. There are so many search problems that have not been solved.

Nice! The British Newspaper Archive has reached 9 million pages.

Possibly useful: How to view the source code of a Chrome extension.

Apparently Quora blocks The Internet Archive’s crawler. Of course Quora is a private company and can do what it likes, but I admit I’m a bit disappointed.

YouTube now supports 60 frames per second.

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  1. Hi, Tara,

    Just wondering if you’ve made a start on NaNo yet. Random plot idea with thrillerish overtones. A research librarian stumbles upon – and connects – apparently unrelated bits of information that conceal a powerful secret.

    No, you don’t have to use that. Just something to get you thinking if you’re stuck.

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