WWI, OSHA Training, Facebook, More: Saturday Buzz, April 14, 2018


Northampton Borough Council: Museum creates digital memories of the First World War. “A First World War digital archive including images of museum objects and family stories relating to Northampton has been created by Northampton Museums and Art Gallery. The archive can be found on Instagram and Flickr, where viewers can browse through a range of objects, photographs, documents and oral histories and share their stories and experiences with others.”

JD Supra: Need An OSHA-Authorized Trainer? Check Out OSHA’s New Online Database.. “Need an authorized instructor to train your team? OSHA has launched a new online database of trainers who provide 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA outreach training courses. The site…is searchable by location and provides contact information to email or call each trainer.”


Search Engine Journal: Facebook Users Have to Re-Confirm App Permissions Every 90 Days. “Anyone who signs into apps with their Facebook credentials will now have to re-confirm data permissions every 90 days. This is a result of changes made to Facebook’s user access tokens. A access token is granted when a user chooses to sign into an app with their Facebook login information.”

Instagram will let you download your content after criticism about portability
. “Yesterday we reported that Instagram lacked data portability, knocking the app for the absence of an equivalent to Facebook’s Download Your Information too. Now an Instagram spokesperson tells me ‘We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.'”

SEO Roundtable: Google Launches “More Results” Button, Drops Next Button & Ads Load Beneath Organic Results. “Earlier this week we reported Google expanded the more results button test to more users, well, now it is officially live for all searchers. Google confirmed it went live last night on their Twitter account saying ‘we’ve launched a new “More results” button that makes it easier & faster to get more search results on mobile.'” More ads? I’m having AltaVista flashbacks…


The Guardian: How can I store my digital photos for ever?. “Making digital documents last for ever therefore involves two processes. First, you have to keep moving the data to new storage systems before the old one fails or becomes unreadable. Second, you may have to keep converting documents to whichever file format becomes dominant before the old one is abandoned.”


The Drum: With Zuckerberg on the ropes, Yahoo aims to displace social media as a home for news. “With social media platforms suffering a new crisis in trust, and accusations that their algorithms create an echo chamber of similar political views, Yahoo is looking to grow its reach by appealing to users who seek a diversity of news sources in one place. It plans to expand its news gathering operation and extend its network of publishing partners. Having so far had a heavy reliance on desktop traffic, Yahoo News hopes that under the ownership of Verizon it can increase its presence on mobile, with its strategy based on apps specialising in news, finance and sports.” This is not a terrible strategy. It would be even better if Yahoo polished up its search tools a bit and dedicated itself to source transparency unlike some other news aggregators..

Harvard Business Review: Why Email Is So Stressful, Even Though It’s Not Actually That Time-Consuming. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the crush of email. In fact, one study showed the average professional spends 4.1 hours per day responding to work messages. During a recent time tracking exercise, I discovered I’m actually at the low end of the spectrum, spending about 1.35 hours per day on email. But psychologically, it carried a disproportionate weight: regardless of how much time I spent, it seemed like I was always stressed about the unanswered messages in my inbox.”


CNET: Shadow profiles: Facebook has information you didn’t hand over. “Facebook lets you control your data — that’s the idea Mark Zuckerberg returned to over and over this week as he testified before US lawmakers. But some in Congress weren’t impressed with that response, including Rep. Ben Lujan, a Democrat from New Mexico. To learn more about what information Facebook collects beyond what users knowingly hand over, Lujan asked Zuckerberg on Wednesday about something called ‘shadow profiles.’ ”

Engadget: FTC makes clear ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers are illegal. “Those stickers on gadgets that say you’ll void your warranty if they’re removed? You’ve probably come to expect them whenever you purchase a new device. The FTC has just made clear, however, that those warranty notices are illegal when it fired off warning letters to six companies that market and sell automobiles, mobile devices and video game consoles in the US. It didn’t mention which automakers and tech corporations they are, but since the list includes companies that make video game consoles, Sony and Microsoft could be two of them.”


Knowledge@Wharton: Should Facebook Go Freemium?. “With Facebook under heavy fire over its handling of privacy issues and its iconic head having been grilled by Congress over two days, the company is surely groping for ways to appease critics without derailing its money-machine model. In this opinion piece, Ravi Bapna, a professor at the University of Minnesota, suggests that a two-tiered service mode — including pay-for-service — could solve a lot of the social media company’s pressing problems.”

Nieman Lab: NewsWhip’s new research center will be a hub for its disinformation research. “NewsWhip is mostly known as a data company that offers social media metrics to publishers, brands, and agencies, but as of late it’s been doing more research into hyperpartisan publishers and fake news — the company recently helped us out with this research, for instance….Now the company is launching a hub, the NewsWhip Research Center, that will serve as a repository for its research into how social media affects the ways people engage with stories.” Good morning, Internet…

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