Federal Agencies, National Park Service, Chicago Protests, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, January 26, 2017


The Sunlight Foundation is maintaining a list of Federal agencies which have been told not to communicate with the public by the current administration.

I have created a list of National Park Services accounts on Twitter. I think they’re all official; I had 225 of them at last count. If I missed any let me know.

The Newberry Library is building an archive of protest signs and other ephemera from the marches last weekend, though it looks like this endeavor is Chicago-focused. “To help facilitate the countless expected donations, Newberry just posted on Monday afternoon a guide for how people can go about donating their signs and other ephemera, including what info to include. Chicagoans who traveled to participate in the Washington D.C. rally are encouraged to donate their signs and other ephemera, too. Newberry also plans to introduce a channel on their site through which the public can upload their digital photography to share.”


The University of Southern California has added new content to its Visual History Archive. “Three hundred and ninety-six testimonies were added to the Visual History Archive as part of the archive’s latest update on January 23, including new collections and features. For the first time, USC Shoah Foundation’s Cambodian Genocide collection has been published in the Visual History Archive. The collection includes five testimonies of survivors of the genocide perpetrated in Cambodia in the 1970s by the Khmer Rouge regime, which claimed as many as two million lives.”

Facebook is goofing around again with a feature I don’t even know why it has – its trending topics section. “The social network on Wednesday announced a major revamp to its trending topics feature — that section on the right-hand side of your news feed that lists news topics that are popular on Facebook. Gone is the personalized interest-based list of topics. Now everyone in a geographic region will see the same trending topics.”

Facebook has also started testing what sound like really large, intrusive ads on Facebook Messenger. “The ads currently take up a lot of screen space on the homescreen, where they sit below your Favorites and above the Active Now section, which shows you which friends are online. This seems to make Messenger less user-friendly, as you have to scroll past these large, hard-to-ignore ads, just to use other key Messenger features.”


From Control Alt Achieve: 5 Emoji Learning Activities with Google Docs. “See below for details on how you can insert emojis into Google Docs, and five fun ideas for learning activities the involve emojis.”


Mark Zuckerberg says he’s not running for president. “‘No,’ Zuckerberg wrote in response to a question asking if he had any plans to run for president. ‘I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,’ referring to the limited-liability corporation he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, founded in 2015 to advance human potential and promote equality through major bets in education and science research. Zuckerberg did not immediately respond to follow-up questions about whether he’d explicitly ruled out a run.” I wish he had said he was focused on getting rid of utter fraud in Facebook’s advertising.


Bleeping Computer: Dropbox Kept Files Around for Years Due to ‘Delete’ Bug. “Dropbox engineers have fixed what appears to be a very ancient bug that during the past two weeks has resurfaced previously deleted folders for several Dropbox users. According to multiple support threads started in the last three weeks and merged into one issue here, users had complained about old folders that they deleted years ago, magically reappearing on their devices.” Good afternoon, Internet…


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