Privacy, Pinterest, Periscope, More: Fat Wednesday Buzz, May 6th, 2015


Now available for Chrome: a tool to analyze privacy policies. “PrivacyCheck automatically provides a graphical, at-a-glance summary of the ways in which a company plans to use personal data. The browser add-on scans lengthy privacy policies and rates the usage policies by highlighting easy-to-understand risk levels (shown in green, yellow or red) of 10 factors affecting a consumer’s identity security and privacy.”

More Periscope tools! Dextro’s new Streams project helps you find Periscopes by content.

Google has launched Google Collections. “Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.”

Jersey Heritage (that’s the island of Jersey, not the US state) has added over 300,000 records to its online archive.

Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center collection has been digitized. It’s not quite finished – it’ll be done this fall – but there’s already a large collection available for view. “In many cases, the online images will allow the viewer to see details that are not visible in person. Additionally, the database will provide a work’s background information and allow users to view two images side by side.”


I didn’t know there was a digital archive of 20,000 hours of orca sounds. And now someone’s making an archive of chicken sounds. And please, someone take the picture of the chicken being weighed and put it into some movie scenes, because THAT CHICKEN IS AN ACTION HERO.

Nice: building a Twitter bot to publicize updates to a database.


Online design tool / app / thing Canva has gotten a new round of funding and is Going to launch a business version. It would take a lot to pry me away from PicMonkey but I’m willing for them to try.

Google has fixed its blurry Google Images problem.

Snapchat is now letting users share news. “Today, the ephemeral messaging company rolled a new tool into its news portal, Discover, letting people instantly trade clips of news stories with personalized comments and emoji. Hold down a news story, add a comment, and send to friends.”


I’ve heard of sites getting the Twitter firehose, but I’ve never seen mention of a Tumblr firehose partnership (PRESS RELEASE) . “NetBase, the enterprise-scale social media analytics company, has secured a firehose partnership with Tumblr. This partnership will provide access to the feed of all public activity on the Tumblr platform. The partnership will grow NetBase index by more than 30 billion Tumblr posts by year-end and provide greater depth of insight and broader reach for brands and agencies.”

Gizmodo takes a look at the Internet Archive’s new design.

Pinterest is opening up to developers. “The company is rolling out a beta version of its development platform that will allow developers to tap into data of Pinterest users who connect their accounts to external applications. The company doesn’t plan to open the floodgates, but methodically bring in developers as part of a whitelist. Developers can sign up for that whitelist to build apps for Pinterest starting today.”

This should be interesting: someone is auctioning off his Facebook password.

Are you ready for campaign coverage via Snapchat?

Continuing its tradition of pooping on parties, Twitter kills the whole “play MS-DOS games in a Twitter card” thing.

Ugh. Apparently Uber may have been hacked. Change your password.

The Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project is getting an online database. “With the first phase complete, UVic has embarked on a new endeavour, in association with the BC Museums Association and in partnership with the Nanaimo Museum and the Cumberland Museum and Archives, to compile a publicly accessible database of Chinese Canadian artifacts held by local museums in B.C. for use by libraries and museums.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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