Greek American Music, LGBTQ Comic Books, Google, More: Sunday Buzz, May 27, 2018


Pappas Post: Philadelphia Historical Society Preserves City’s Greek Musical Heritage. “In recent years, the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia has been on a long-term mission, collecting countless photographs and other materials for a digital library to preserve the city’s rich Greek heritage and history. But it is not just any digital library; it is a historical record being put together through public photo submissions that tells the story of more than 100 years of Greek music in Philadelphia.”

University of Washington: Students’ Superpower: Bringing LGBTQ Comic Books To Light. “‘Representation matters. It’s a cliché, but it’s definitely true,’ said Le Button. Button and Aydin Kwan, both Information School Master of Library and Information Science students, have combined their academic knowledge with their personal interests in LGBTQ representation and comic books for their Capstone project. Together, they have created a database and website that will help readers, librarians and booksellers discover comics that tell a wide range of LGBTQ stories.”


SEO Roundtable: Is Another Google Update Happening In May?. “Mid-may we reported of a Google update brewing that led to more fluctuations around May 17th or so. Now I am seeing some chatter and signs from the tracking tools of an update happening today, May 24th. Some of the chatter is around this update is that it is sporadic, that one hour the results are all different and the next, the search results are back to normal.”

TechCrunch: So long, StumbleUpon. “All told, 16 years is a pretty good run in the social media world. After launching in 2002, website discovery platform StumbleUpon is shutting down on June 30. Over its existence, the service racked up 60 billion stumbles for 40 million users, cofounder Garrett Camp wrote in a Medium post this week.” Wow, first Digg, now this.

ZIZ Online: National Archives Not Only Launches Website, But Launches Lasting Memories And Aspects Of History. “The new website launched by the St. Kitts and Nevis National Archives can be seen as a launching of lasting memories and aspects of the Federation’s history utilizing technology, says Governor General, His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP.” Never heard of St. Kitts and Nevis? Here ya go.


Mashable: Here’s what your Twitter timeline would’ve looked like 10 years ago. “Speaking of Twitter, what happened in your 2008 feed? You can take a look at what your timeline would’ve looked like ten years ago, based on the accounts you follow now, in a neat link spotted by technologist Andy Baio.” Nifty trick from Andy Baio.

Gizmodo: How to Download Your Data With All the Fancy New GDPR Tools. “In order to comply with the law, companies large and small are introducing data download tools. But actually transferring your stuff from one platform to another is still more annoying than it should be—you still have to deal with bulk downloads and conflicting file formats, and most platforms haven’t made really good portability features yet. Although they’ve made it possible for users to download their data, actually porting it over to the service you want to use is pretty much up to you. And for some services, like Facebook, there’s not a meaningful competitor waiting for you to make the switch.”


Scroll .in: Government plans to monitor individual social media users to gauge opinion about official policies. That’s not creepy at all. This is India, BTW. “With less than a year left for the general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government hopes to deploy a ‘social media analytical tool’ that will create digital profiles of citizens, ostensibly to gauge their opinions about official policies, according to a bid document issued last month by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The government hopes to use this information to target individuals with personalised campaigns to promote ‘positive’ opinions and to neutralise ‘negative sentiments’ about government schemes. The tool, according to the specifications of the bid document, should have the capacity to monitor a range of digital platforms: Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and blogs. The tool should also be able to ‘listen to’ email, the document says, though it is not clear how this can be achieved without violating users’ privacy.” What is this, the anti-GDPR?

Times Colonist: New tools to dig digitally into Island papers’ past. “Historians and genealogists interested in people and communities north of Vancouver Island’s Malahat summit are gaining two new tools from Vancouver Island University. VIU Library and Special Collections is embarking on a project to reproduce in digital format early editions of the Nanaimo Daily Free Press (1874-1928) and the Cowichan Leader (1905-1928).”


Wilson Quarterly: Searching For Privacy In The Internet Of Bodies. “It’s the year 2075 and the newest generation doesn’t remember life before AI. Even more frightening, they don’t know the meaning of personal privacy – at least not in the way their grandparents remember it. Someone is always watching you, whether it be the government, your employer, insurance companies, the bad date you had last week, or some random hacker. Personalized surveillance is just a fact of life now. Nothing lives or dies without being monitored.”


New York Times: A Generation Zer’s Take on the Social Media Age. “Adults seem to think the internet is nothing more than a breeding ground for unproductivity and detachment from the ‘real world,’ that social media offers only a platform for cyberbullies and child predators. They mock us for our so-called ‘addiction,’ calling us a self-involved, attention-starved generation. But if you ask any intelligent young person — two adjectives that are not mutually exclusive — they’ll tell you all about what the information superhighway really means to us.”

US News & World Report: Study: Social Media Usage Linked to Underage Drinking. “ALCOHOL-RELATED SOCIAL media posts appear to influence youth alcohol consumption, a new study says. The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, examined associations between young adults’ drinking behavior and the photos and posts of alcohol-fueled parties and behaviors that fill their feeds on social media sites. Despite the pervasive use of social media among young adults, the study says, little is known about its effect on drinking patterns.” Good morning, Internet…

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