Women Historians, Yahoo Messenger, Google, More: Saturday Buzz, June 9, 2018


The Chronicle of Higher Education: Female Historians Try to End the I-Didn’t-Know-Any-Women Excuse for Men-Only Panels. “Following in the footsteps of other disciplines, a group of female historians unveiled a searchable online database on Tuesday listing their peers’ areas of expertise and contact information. The site — called Women Also Know History — is meant to make it abundantly easy to find female historians to invite to speak at conferences, quote in articles, or add to a syllabus.”


TechCrunch: Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel. “It’s the end of an era for Yahoo Messenger, one of the first instant messaging apps on the market. Today, Oath (which also owns TechCrunch) announced that it would be winding down the service on July 17 as it continues to experiment and consider how and if it can have a relevant place in the messaging landscape amid huge domination from Facebook and others in mobile apps.”

SEO Roundtable: Google: Sometimes We Pick Up Wrong Dates & Display Them Wrong In The Snippets . “Google’s John Mueller addressed the ongoing issues and complaints about how Google displays dates in the search results snippets and how sometimes, maybe more often than anyone wants, the dates in the snippets are wrong. John said most of the time they are not an SEO trick, it is just Google picking up the wrong dates from maybe content in the article, maybe a comment date or something else – but most often, it is not some sort of spam tactic.” If you’ve done any kind of date-based search with Google News, you’ll know Google has had an issue with this for a long time. Not sure why it’s coming up now. I do not think it’s any kind of spam trick.

Google Blog: Close encounters of the fishy kind. “Much of the ocean is severely overfished with some species teetering on the brink of collapse. By harnessing big data and artificial intelligence, Global Fishing Watch, a platform founded by Google, Skytruth, and Oceana, provided the first near real-time view of large-scale fishing activities around the world. Launched in 2016, it has proven to be a critical tool for fish population management and in protecting critical marine habitats. Today we’re adding two new data layers to increase transparency and awareness around fishing activity, in order to ultimately influence sustainable policies.”

The Next Web: Adblock Plus now blocks social media tracking for Chrome & Firefox. “Adblock today announced it was joining the fight against social media tracking by allowing users to block what has become so ubiquitous on almost every site out there. Specifically, the tracking which Adblock Plus now aims to thwart is that which originates from social media buttons.”


File this one under given-value-of-useful, but it’s pretty neat. Hyperallergic: Create Your Own Art Catalogue from LACMA’s Collection. “Ever wander through a museum and fantasize about organizing your own exhibition, rearranging a gallery, or putting together all the artworks you love most into one room? A new tool developed by the Hyundai Project at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) allows you to imagine what this might look like. With Collator, you can compile and publish your own book (or catalogue, if you will) of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection.”


The Atlantic: People Are Changing the Way They Use Social Media. “Research shows that people become closer to each other through intimate self-disclosure. But there’s only so much connecting social-media platforms can do if people are too concerned about privacy to use them for the full breadth and depth of human communication. Paradoxically, these tools that were built to bolster relationships may, by their very nature, be keeping people at a distance from each other.”

New York Times: While You Were Gawking at Snapchat Posts, One Artist Was Listening to Them. “While Snapchat is primarily used as a visual application, an unusual collaboration between its engineers and an artist, Christian Marclay, has produced an exhibition based on the sounds in posts created by the app’s users. ‘Sound Stories’ is to run June 18 to June 22 at La Malmaison in Cannes, France, as part of this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.”


Dark Reading: New Colorado Breach Notification Rules Signed Into Law. “Under the new law, if an individual’s personal information is part of a breach, he must be notified within 30 days after discovery — no exceptions. In addition, the law, passed with bipartisan support, broadens the definition of personally identifying information to including health care and financial data.”

CNET: Facebook kept sharing users’ friend data in special deals, report says . “Facebook stopped letting other companies access your friends’ data in 2015 — right? That’s what Facebook said in March, after the social media giant came under fire for reports it had let third-party developers access data on all of a user’s connections. But The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Facebook cut special deals with some companies that let them continue to access data on its users’ friends.” This is my shocked face.


BBC News: Could an emoji save your life?. “Emoji might not be your first line of communication in a disaster… But researchers feel they could make a difference during emergencies like earthquakes, where every second counts. Now, an international group of scientists are lobbying for an earthquake emoji to be added to the Unicode set – the standard group of icons available on digital devices worldwide.”

Texas Tech Today: Self-Presentation Style on Facebook Linked to Suggestive Well-Being. “Despite the platform’s well-publicized problems, the positive possibilities of Facebook use intrigued Texas Tech University researchers Eric Wonseok Jang, Erik Bucy and Janice Cho in the College of Media & Communication. Jang and colleagues wanted to investigate how self-esteem influences subjective well-being when user posts on the social media platform vary between a true self-presentation style and a strategic style.” Good morning, Internet…

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