Microsoft, Social Media, Coldplay, More: Friday Morning Buzz, May 15th, 2015


This is one of those new-to-me. It’s a guy who is using WordPress as a CMS to archive his grandfather’s and his own photographs. Yesterday he put up a set of prints from Cypress Gardens in the 30s. If you like vintage/archival photography, don’t miss it. He’s got a Flickr collection, too.

The FTC has launched a new resource to help victims of identity theft. “The new website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process and helps them understand which recovery steps should be taken upon learning their identity has been stolen. It also provides sample letters and other helpful resources.”

An online archive of British conscientious objectors of World War I are now online. “There are heartbreaking stories in the archive, including William Harrison, a teetotal vegetarian and Christian pacifist, who was arrested in 1917, sentenced to hard labour in Wormwood Scrubs and Newcastle, and not freed until six months after the war ended, in April 1919. Joseph Alfred Pearson from New Brighton, who abandoned his beliefs after brutal treatment while he was held at Birkenhead barracks, was sent to France and died near Ypres: his mother refused to accept his death-in-service memorial scroll and plaque.”

The band Coldplay has launched a new online archive. “Perhaps the most exciting part of this treasure trove for fans is the ‘first official Coldplaygigography,’ which lists every show that the band has played (more than 900) and allows users to upload their own photos from the concerts.”

A new app lets you lets you read news based on how much time you have.

Now available: a database of brain cell types.

Microsoft has released a new tool for making time lapse videos. “On Thursday, Microsoft released Microsoft Hyperlapse, a new set of products that create smooth, stabilized time lapses from first-person videos. For consumers, Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile offers the chance to turn any long video – from a bumpy bicycle ride to a family stroll in the park — into a short, distilled version that you can easily share with friends and family.” Windows Phone and “some” Android phones.

A Professor at the University of Utah has launched the Social Media Alternatives Project (S-MAP). “The S-MAP is a growing collection of alternative social media site interfaces, privacy policies and terms of service. In addition, the S-MAP hosts interviews with alternative site makers, as well as commentary on the state of alternative social media. The site is freely available to public.”


Amit Agarwal has created a tool to let you see who said what first on Twitter. Probably not surprisingly, I was the first one to use “ResearchBuzz,” on June 20, 2007.

From Practical eCommerce: 17 Tools to Schedule and Analyze Social Media Content.

Wow: from TNW, The 18 Best Blogging and Publishing Platforms on the Internet. I didn’t even know there were 18.


Facebook is teaming up with a group of publishers to allow them to publish straight to Facebook. “The social network will partner with BuzzFeed, The New York Times, NBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC News, National Geographic, Spiegel and Bild, helping them to create fast, interactive articles on Facebook, with stories loading more than 10 times faster than standard mobile web articles.” Whether or not you actually see them is another story.

Google has updated its transparency report. “…the report shows that we’ve received 30,138 requests from around the world seeking information about more than 50,585 users/accounts; we provided information in response to 63 percent of those requests. We saw slight increases in the number of requests from governments in Europe (2 percent) and Asia/Pacific (7 percent), and a 22 percent increase in requests from governments in Latin America.”

At least one court has indicated that Facebook photos can be used as evidence. “A survivor of a robbery identified the Toledo man who shot him and killed another by the shooter’s Facebook profile page. An Ohio appeals court affirmed the shooter’s life sentence, finding that despite claims social media posts can be faked, posts can be used as evidence.” Good morning, Internet…

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