Zooniverse, Facebook, Twitter, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, April 25th, 2015


I had no idea there was an online museum of fishing flies. “There are a lot of great photos for those who like to study flies. This fellow also frames flies with pictures of fishing and outdoor scenes, and the section displaying these creations is quite impressive.”

Facebook has a new app called Hello. Call your friends, call local businesses.

Zooniverse has a new crowdsourcing project – it needs your help spotting chimpanzees.


If you have an Android phone, you can send directions from Google desktop to your phone.

Do you spend too much time goofing around on Facebook? What if you had to pay for it? Timewaste Timer is “a Chrome plugin and service that will take $1 from you every time you spend more than an hour on Facebook per day. All you need to do is install the extension and put $20 on a virtual deposit account.”


Apparently many of Twitter’s top executives don’t tweet that much. “The typical executive at Twitter has tweeted less than once per day since they joined the social network, and two have sent less than one tweet a month, according to analysis by Si Dawson, a web developer from Wellington, New Zealand.” I think you can get a lot of use out of Twitter without tweeting at all, just using it as an information-gathering tool.

Digital Public Library of American and HathiTrust are teaming up to support open e-book standards. “The Humanities Open Book grant program, a joint initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is exactly the kind of program we wish to support, and we stand ready to do so. Under this funding program, NEH and Mellon will award grants to publishers to identify previously published books and acquire the appropriate rights to produce an open access e-book edition available under a Creative Commons license. Participants in the program must deposit an EPUB version of the book in a trusted preservation service to ensure future access.”

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer called its layoffs a “remix”. Not sure what she’s going for here, unless she’s trying to — no, I got nothing.

Facebook’s video views are up to 4 billion a day. Yow! This is up from 3 billion… in January.


Ever wonder how much paper it would take to print the Internet? Here ya go.

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