Edwardian-Era Postcards, Rex Hospital, NARA, More: Saturday Buzz, July 30, 2016


Now available: an online archive of Edwardian-era postcards. “Described by researchers at Lancaster University as the social media of its day, with features of Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Messenger and SMS texts, the ‘hands-on’ database includes 1000 postcards, written and sent between 1901 and 1910, together with transcriptions and carefully researched historical data about the people who wrote and received the fascinating cards.”

Digital North Carolina has digitized a collection of newsletters from Rex Hospital, at one point THE hospital in the city of Raleigh. “Three of the newsletters — the Rex Messenger, the Rex Hotline, and Pulse — focus on general hospital staff, employees, and friends. The Messenger is the oldest newsletter in the collection, spanning 1977-1998. It includes extensive pieces on the history of the hospital and covers the hospital’s centennial celebration in 1994.”


NARA and Google have teamed up. “…we are pleased to participate in Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, contributing thirteen interactive online exhibits that tell the story of presidential elections in the United States. These specially curated exhibits feature historic photos, documents, videos, and stories related to the history and evolution of elections, how we amend the Constitution, political cartoons and campaign memorabilia.”

Hey, the Olympics start in, like, ten minutes. If you’re not interested in the sports, Google can help you explore Rio. “With its beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscape, Rio de Janeiro is a city that appears on every traveler’s bucket list. Now, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can now explore the ‘Marvelous City’ and its rich cultural heritage even if you can’t make the trip. We partnered with eight of Rio’s top cultural institutions to create an interactive online collection of some of the city’s most famous art exhibits and landmarks on Google Arts & Culture. Bem-vindos ao Rio!”

Twitter has been teaming up with a lot of traditional sports for livestreaming, but it’s getting into virtual sports too. “Twitter reached an agreement with ELEAGUE, a professional eSports organization formed by Turner Sports and WME | IMG, to provide live-streaming coverage of the semifinals and championship featuring Valve gaming title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.”

Twitter has an updated ads manager. “We’ve been hard at work on a new Twitter Ads Manager that we’ll be rolling out to all advertisers globally in a public beta over the coming months. This new tool provides a central workspace to plan, manage, and report on campaigns. Now you can easily view and optimize performance at multiple levels – campaigns, ad groups, or promoted Tweets and other ads.”


From Krishna De: How to easily host multi person live streams on Facebook Live using Huzza.


Facebook wants to build apartments. “Facebook is getting into real estate. This week, the company proposed building 1,500 apartments near its campus in Menlo Park, California, 15 percent of which it would set aside for low-income families. Urban planners and local developers call it a generous gesture that could bring sorely needed housing to the area….But many locals, including former Menlo Park mayor Steve Schmidt, aren’t on board with the idea.”

Hey, it’s Saturday, so Here’s more Google Maps wackiness for you. “A pair of bewildered tourists left Venetians feeling vexed when they drove their rented Fiat into the pedestrian-only city along the Grand Canal; they responded by claiming that the true culprit was Google Maps. The two tourists drove their blue Fiat over a pedestrian bridge and then 200 meters up the Grand Canal, after which they nearly ran over a pedestrian in front a grocery co-op before they were surrounded by a crown of furious people, reports La Nuova Venezia.”

The DNC and RNC got a lot of livestream love on YouTube. “More 9 million people saw YouTube’s live steam of the conventions, the Google-owned site said Friday. YouTube staples, The Young Turks and Complex magazine, each had live broadcasts on their channels originating from Google’s spaces on media row in both Cleveland and Philadelphia.”


Based on the news stories I’ve seen, sadly, this is very needed: HIPAA For The Social Media Generation: Teaching Privacy In Med Schools. “Many medical students are required to participate in HIPAA training programs, but medical schools today face a unique set of challenges. That’s because the current generation of medical students was raised online. Their phones are always on hand and their understanding of privacy may vary from what instructors and future employers will expect. In response, medical schools need to update and underscore the importance of HIPAA compliance education in the classroom.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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