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LinkedIn, Google, Louisiana First Lady, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, August 3, 2016

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

LinkedIn is getting into video. “LinkedIn will start first with videos created by LinkedIn ‘Influencers’ — an invitation-only group of 500 LinkedIn users who have significant numbers of followers and who regularly post content to the site — who will be making videos that are short, 30-seconds-or-less responses to questions put to them specifically or to the community at large.”

Google has a new Google Album Archive. “As you probably noticed, Google Photos doesn’t show photos uploaded using other Google services, so it can’t fully replace Picasa Web Albums or Google+ Photos. Google Album Archive lets you see, download or delete photos from Picasa Web Albums, Google+, Blogger, Hangouts, Google Drive and Google Photos.” I loved Picasa. Sigh.

One for your political lists: the first lady of Louisiana is now on Twitter and Facebook. (Gotta give her ups for her Twitter handle.) She’s also got a couple new sections on the state Web site.

USEFUL STUFF

Okay, I really need to get up to speed on Snapchat: 6 ways Hindustan Times is using Snapchat as a content management system. “Yusuf Omar, mobile editor at Hindustan Times, told Journalism.co.uk that his publication is taking that one step further, and is currently using Snapchat, the popular chat app, as a content management system in a bid to help both staff workflow and content creation.”

From EdTech: 5 Easy Steps for Setting Up Google Portfolios. “Technology is allowing students to express themselves in ways never imagined. One way to get students to think about the learning process is to have them create portfolios, which not only lets them exhibit their understanding of deep content for others to see, but also encourages them to reflect on their own progress and growth over time.” Nice idea.

CNET’s got a rundown on how to use Instagram’s “wow-this-looks-really-familiar” Stories feature.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

What an awesome, crazy, awesome story: How to YouTube Your Way to the Olympics.

This is kind of cool: an Egyptian museum is asking its followers to vote on an artifact of the month. “Elham Salah, head of the Museum Section at the ministry, said that the selected pieces of this month include children toys such as puzzles, a statue of Ra-Hotep and his wife from the fourth dynasty (2613 to 2494 BC), a piece of leather decorated with a hunting scene, as well as a collection of pots for cosmetics.”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

I’m not sure how much of this I agree with, but I hope it sparks some debate: Big Museums Need To Stop Hoarding Treasures Nobody Ever Sees. “Over the past three centuries, Western countries developed large, public institutions designed to house objects of cultural, historic, or scientific importance. Today our great museums contain some of the most beautiful and significant objects in existence. But as they continue to acquire more items they can neither afford to care for nor display to the public whom they are supposed to serve, it appears that many museums have turned into hoarders—on an epic scale.”

From Inside Higher Ed: The Academic Advantages of Twitter. “My mentor may be near a tipping point: either ready to abandon Twitter, or just on the verge of getting it, to use his word. Without wanting to sound like a hyped-up social media evangelist, let me see if I can help. What can Twitter be for academics?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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