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Arizona, Hogwarts, Bob Dole, More: Sunday Afternoon Buzz, April 19, 2015

NEW RESOURCES

The Dole Institute has launched an online exhibit of Bob Dole’s WWII letters. “The Dole family donated the letters, which document the military experiences of Bob Dole and his brother, Kenneth Dole. The exhibition currently showcases a selection of letters written between Bob Dole and members of his family beginning from the day before his first day of school at KU in September 1941 through his time in recovery at the Percy Jones General Hospital in April 1947. Additional letters will be released on an ongoing basis.”

Geologic maps for Arizona counties are going online.

Search Engine Land has started a new award – the “Landy”. “Search Engine Land is proud to launch a new industry awards program, “The Landy Awards” (#TheLandys) to recognize individuals, agencies and internal marketing teams within the digital marketing community who have demonstrated excellence in executing organic and paid search marketing initiatives.”

USEFUL STUFF

From Ubergizmo: How to edit PDF files for free.

No, you don’t have to use Photoshop or Paint: there are many many great free photo editing services and apps. Have I mentioned lately how much I love PicMonkey? They don’t pay me a dime. In fact, I paid them several dimes. But I really like them.

It’s not really useful, but it’s Sunday, so cut me some slack. Are you still waiting to be sorted into your Hogwarts house? This Twitter bot will do it for you randomly along with supplying a weird rhyme. Also, when I saw the URL for the story I linked to I snorted tea out my nose. Ow. Thankfully it was cold tea.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tumblr’s iOS app has been updated.

Twitter has launched a new home page. “It’s notable the company showcases broad categories rather than the trending topics it popularized, for instance. Although trends are Twitter’s bread and butter, showcasing the range of topics the platform can cover on a general basis, rather than whatever is trending at any given moment, could help ease new users in by positing the page as a general hub for news.” It’s so interesting to me; Twitter is easy to use, but if you want research or information out of it, it’s difficult to use well/efficiently.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Have you tried Wolfram|Alpha’s tool to analyze your Facebook account? If you haven’t you better hurry up. “By now, millions of people have used Wolfram|Alpha to analyze their own activity and generate detailed analyses of their Facebook friend networks. A few years ago, we took data generously contributed by thousands of “data donors” and used the Wolfram Language’s powerful tools for social network analysis, machine learning, and data visualization to uncover fascinating insights into the demographics and interests of Facebook users. At the end of this month, however, Facebook will be deprecating the API we relied on to extract much of this information.”

Ask Slashdot asks: What features would you like in a search engine? Good afternoon, Internet…

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