Idaho, Twitter, Instagram, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, May 27th, 2015


A Brooklyn cemetery has launched a database of Civil War veterans. “The online biographies are part of a Memorial Day exhibit that opened Saturday at Green-Wood Cemetery. More than half a million people are interred at the landmark cemetery that dates to 1838. Almost 5,000 were in some way involved in the Civil War.”

Georgia State University has launched a new online archive of Works Progress Administration maps of Atlanta, Georgia. “The collection contains over 950 maps from several map series documenting Atlanta in the late 1930s. These include the 1940 Report of the Real Property, Land Use, and Low Income Housing Area Survey of metropolitan Atlanta, a 1936-1938 Atlanta Cadastral Survey, and a partially incomplete series of Fulton County land use maps from 1937-1940.”

The state of Idaho has launched a new tool for employers to keep track of employees’ driving records. “The Driver Record Dashboard allows companies to build and manage an unlimited list of drivers by entering vital information such as the driver’s name, license number or birthdate, in one online location. ITD partnered with Access Idaho to build and maintain the subscription-based service, in which no tax dollars or state funds were used.”


Handy: How to use Google Hangout for screencasting.

Search Engine Journal offers tips to build your Instagram following. Very extensive, with several resources pointed to.


Apparently the Secret Service has already visited someone over a tweet directed at Barack Obama.

The top CEOs in the world are tweeting more and Facebooking less. “The study, which looked at social media use by CEOs running the top 50 companies on Fortune’s 2014 Global 500 rankings list, found that 10 percent of those CEOs are on Twitter, up from just two percent in 2012. LinkedIn was the most popular network, with 22 percent of CEOs on the platform, up from just 6 percent in 2012.”

Twitter’s Periscope app is now available on Android. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.

Google is trying an experiment to let you share URLs by sound. “Tone, which is now available in the Chrome Web Store, uses sound to transmit the information and uses the speakers and microphones now typically available on any laptop. Because it’s audio-based, it has some interesting limitations: the information doesn’t carry very far, for example, and any wall will block it.”

A Twitter ‘bot monitors for mentions of Lyft and Uber driver experiences. Oddly hilarious.

Uh-oh: looks like the YouTube Kids app might have some problems. “Two consumer groups, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, are alleging that the app includes a number of videos that are inappropriate for children, including ones that reference sex, alcohol and drug use, child abuse, pedophilia and more.”

Pinterest has started offering “cinematic pins”. “…the new mobile ad product enables brands to create moving Pinterest advertisements. And because the motion is controlled by Pinterest users, the company says, the experience won’t be annoying … like, for instance, autoplay video ads.”


How many people are on the Internet? Check this out. “The number of Internet users has increased from 738 million in 2000 to 3.2 billion in 2015, according to a new report from the International Telecommunication Union. That’s a seven-fold increase that brought Internet penetration up from 7% to 43% of the global population.” Good morning, Internet… all 3.2 billion of you….

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