Red Cross, Street View, Cyndi’s List, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, February 26, 2016


The International Committee of The Red Cross has opened a new multimedia archive. “This new online platform will give the public direct access to 153 years of the organization’s audiovisual history. The searchable platform, which is available in both English and French, contains more than 93,000 digitized and downloadable photos, around 1,700 films and videos and over 1,000 audio recordings.”


Google Street View, now with sports venues. “After taking users into the sea and up to the top of Mont Blanc, Google has updated Street View with loads of breathtaking views inside some of the world’s most famous sports stadiums, arenas and tracks.”


Did you miss Cyndi Ingle’s Webinar on how to use Cyndi’s List? It’s free online through March 2nd.

The blog Fuzzy Notepad has a terrific breakdown of a lot of “under the hood” Twitter stuff. “One of Twitter’s problems is that it’s tilted a little too far towards the vim end of the scale. It looks like a dead-simple service, but those humble 140 characters have been crammed full of features over the years, and the ways they interact aren’t always obvious. There are rules, and the rules generally make sense once you know them, but it’s also really easy to overlook them. Here, then, is a list of all the non-obvious things about Twitter that I know.” An good comments too.

Not thrilled with Google Chrome? MakeUseOf walks you through the quickest way to migrate to Firefox.

Facebook’s got a big new mobile ad unit, and VentureBeat’s got all the skinny. “Being rolled out this month, Canvas ads appear as sponsored posts in Facebook’s newsfeed. The difference in this ad unit appears when you tap the post. Instead of taking you to an external site, you’re taken to a Facebook-hosted full page take-over experience, where you can flip and scroll through original content. Canvas is also optimized for mobile and loads faster than Facebook’s other mobile ad units.”


The Sunlight Foundation is looking for crowdsourcing help to suss out which Democrat “superdelegates” are also lobbyists. “Not everyone who does what most of us would think of as lobbying is registered as a lobbyist. Individuals only have to register if they spend more than 20 percent of their time lobbying, and the number of registered lobbyists has actually declined as the disclosure requirements increased. Instead, these individuals might now describe themselves as a ‘policy adviser’ or ‘government affairs specialist,’ and there is little enforcement against those who don’t register but still perform lobbying activities. ”

Facebook is having an issue with employees crossing out “Black Lives Matter” on its signature wall. “In a private memo posted on a company announcement page for employees only, Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that employees have been scratching out ‘black lives matter’ (sic) and writing ‘all lives matter’ on the company’s famous signature wall. The company, whose staff is only 2 percent black, is facing the issue head on.”


A pro-ISIS group is threatening Facebook and Twitter over their anti-terrorism actions. “…this more pro-active stance to try to drive ISIS off of mainstream platforms appears to have caught the attention of a group of ISIS supporters who have posted a video online which includes what looks to be a direct threat against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, showing their faces being riddled with bullet holes.”

Good heavens. So many people have died while trying to take selfies that Mumbai is establishing “No Selfie Zones”. “Mumbai police have identified 16 dangerous selfie spots across the Indian city after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell in to the sea while taking a photo of herself.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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