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Child Abuse Convictions, The Telegraph, Facebook, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, June 6, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

The state of Indiana has put a child abuse registry online. “The registry created by Kirk’s Law debuted Monday. It shows convicted child abuse and neglect offenders.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Telegraph (UK) will publish a daily edition on Snapchat. “Daily editions, which will run seven days a week, will showcase the work of The Telegraph’s reporters, columnists and visual journalists and seek to provide users with a clear picture of the news that matters to them.”

TechCrunch: Facebook now lets you find and contact your government reps right from your posts. “Facebook has launched a new feature that makes it easier for users to share their views with their elected government officials directly from a Facebook post. In the ‘Compose’ window that pops up when you prepare to write a post, there’s now a new option that lets you search for and add your representatives’ information to your post.”

The Next Web: Facebook celebrates Pride month with rainbow reaction, frames, and filters. “It’s Pride month, so Facebook is adding several new features to help you celebrate and support the LGBTQ community.”

Digital Trends: Remember The Facebook Poke? Well, It’s Back In The Form Of A ‘Hello’. “We hate the be the bearers of bad news, but it’s true, friends. The Facebook poke might be making a reappearance. It’s the renaissance we never asked for. While it will be rebranded, at its core, the new greeting is not much different than its predecessor. It’s now called a Hello, and it basically lets people know that you want to talk, but aren’t quite creative (or invested) enough to actually, you know, say something.”

USEFUL STUFF

PC World: 3 Google Slides tricks to engage your audience. “Despite its austere appearance, Google Slides has some powerful features that can liven up your presentations and help you keep your audiences riveted. Here are three to start using on your next slide deck.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NPR: Videotapes Are Becoming Unwatchable As Archivists Work To Save Them. “[Mary] Kidd and the others are archivists and preservationists, and they’re part of a group called XFR Collective (pronounced Transfer Collective). Most work professionally, but they volunteer their free time to do this. And while the mood is light, there is a sense of a deadline…. That’s because research suggests that tapes like this aren’t going to live beyond 15 to 20 years. Some call this the ‘magnetic media crisis,’ and archivists, preservationists, and librarians like the ones in the XFR Collective are trying to reverse it.”

Miami Herald: Portsmouth police officer preserves department archives. “Patrol officer Christina Meyer lives in a home built by her great-grandparents, which she said fostered her lifelong interest in history. She studied anthropology at the University of New Hampshire before becoming a police officer and was the only one to answer a recent call for someone to curate the Police Department’s historical artifacts.”

Engadget: Instagram CEO downplays criticism that it copied Snapchat. “If you’ve gotten Instagram and Snapchat confused recently, you’d be forgiven: Even Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom acknowledges that there are similarities between the two services. Instagram might have taken inspiration from Snapchat, but Systrom claims that there was no copying involved.” Wow.

RESEARCH & OPINION

Forbes: Social Media Confusion Post-London Attack Emphasize Need For Incident Protocols On Twitter, Facebook. “I live in London Bridge so the events that took place on Saturday were unnerving but also galvanising in a couple of areas; 1) social media has become more of a curse than a blessing during a crisis and 2) more can (and should) be done by the big platforms in times of crisis before governments step in (as Prime Minister May subtly hinted at on Sunday morning).”

Stanford: Tool Without A Handle: Mutual Transparency In Social Media. “As with other posts, I write from the perspective of information technology as ‘tools.’ It’s been an implicit theme of this blog since the beginning that Internet tools work best when seen as such; when designed to further personal agency, accountability and intention. Even if it is not descriptively complete, it is normatively useful to consider Internet technologies as “tools you use,” not “a place you go.” Social media platforms should, in this light, be oriented towards enabling sharing by users that is directed and mutual, and less towards enabling promotion of content presumed popular.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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