Marine Mammals, Yahoo, Google Analytics, More: Thursday Buzz, June 23, 2016


What does the whale say? Now you can find out: an archive of marine mammal sounds has been put online. “The William Watkins Marine Mammal Sound Database includes approximately 1,800 complete master tapes, along with more than 10,000 extracted digital sound clips. The metadata files list the common and scientific name of the species heard on each recording, as well as the date and geographic location where the animals were recorded, and other information noted by the researchers.”

Yahoo has launched a new travel app. “Whether you’re planning a trip or want to try something different in your hometown, this iPhone app brings you the best results, gleaned from across the web, and combines Yahoo’s expertise in search, communications and content to help you explore the next U.S. city of choice. Just sign in with your Yahoo Mail email address and Radar will use the upcoming flight, hotel and rental car confirmation receipts in your inbox to help you get organized for your trip. Radar also provides snackable recommendations, from must-see sights to the best restaurants in town.”


Google will start sending warnings via Google Analytics when sites are hacked for spam. ” In the unlikely event of your site being compromised by a 3rd party, the alert will flag the affected domain right within the Google Analytics UI and will point you to resources to help you resolve the issue.” Considering the alerts I’ve gotten lately (and wrote about earlier this week, it ain’t THAT unlikely, unfortunately…

Dropbox is offering several updates. “Updates to the Dropbox app for iOS allow users to scan documents directly into the cloud storage service, and get started with creating Microsoft Office files from that app as well. The company also increased the ease and security of sharing files through Dropbox, and made it easier to preview and comment on files shared through the service.” There’s some updates to sharing that I quite like as well.

The Indigenous Digital Archive has received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and it sounds like good things are on the way: “Working in collaboration with the New Mexico State Library Tribal Libraries Program and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, we’ll start with a selection of open public records related to land and to the government Indian Boarding Schools. In our first phase we’ll create access to digital images of over 78 linear feet of government records that have not been readily available to the people and communities they relate to.”

IFTTT has launched a new recipe collection for marketers. Not bad, might give you some ideas.

Google has launched AdSense Labs. “AdSense Labs is the place to find, test, and provide us feedback on new features we’re working on. To learn more about this new tab, please visit the Help Center. The first two Labs we’ll be launching are Show fewer ads and Inline ads. Not all Labs are suitable for every site, so don’t worry if you don’t see a particular Lab you were expecting.”


Dan Russell at Search ReSearch has a marvelous post about how vocabulary shapes your search. “… the language of the past is somewhat different than the one we speak (and write) now. As a consequence, when you’re trying to search for historical content, you sometimes (often?) have to shift your language to accommodate the way authors in the past would have written. The motivating example was the long-known, well-loved brontosaurus. When I was a kid, that was the dinosaur of choice (unless you were a T-Rex fan). But, a finer distinction was made between the brontosaurus and the apatosaurus.”


There has been a public outcry in Israel after soldiers in that country were apparently ordered to line up and form a Google logo. “Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, visited the Hatzerim Airbase near Be’er Sheva last week. In his honor, soldiers were told to form up between two fighter jets in the shape of the company’s name. The formation was then photographed from the air.”

Alrighty then: Cats, dogs, Twitter, and Brexit. “The intense debate over the referendum, widely known by its shorthand, ‘Brexit,’ has pitted neighbors and relatives against one another. It has spilled over to Twitter, where in moments of tension users often turn to pet memes.”


Research suggests that there may be some benefits to letting teens “friend” adults on Facebook. “Friend requested by mom, dad and the math teacher? When teen and adult worlds collide on social media it can be weird and awkward at times, but research from Drexel University suggests these socially messy interactions can turn out to be valuable life experiences.”

Mashable: What search data can tell us about the “Brexit” vote. “Search data are particularly relevant as a Google study of search results in the run-up to the 2015 elections suggested there was more interest in David Cameron and the Tories than the pollsters predicted. Can search data similarly predict a result for the EU referendum Twitter revealed that predominantly Leavers are tweeting more frequently, with almost double the amount of tweets per week compared with Remain.” Good morning, Internet…

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