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Google Search, Teenager Slang, Instagram, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, September 25, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Gizmodo Australia: Google Is Getting Some New AI Search Features. “Google is celebrating its 20th birthday this week, and is taking the opportunity to announce some new search features which aim to improve the experience for users, as well as keep them using it for longer. Unsurprisingly, they all utilise integrated AI and have a strong focus on mobile. Here is what you’re going to be seeing in the near future.”

Quartz: The Oxford English Dictionary is opening its gates to teenage slang—via Twitter. “As a historical dictionary, the OED is interested in the meaning of words and also the changes in usage over time. To help produce its comprehensive record, OED has launched an appeal to teenagers to tweet or write in about the latest words that they’ve been using.”

The New York Times: Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company. “Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram, have resigned and plan to leave the company in the coming weeks, adding to the challenges facing Instagram’s parent company, Facebook.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: The Best Free Image Hosting Websites. “Facebook or Instagram may be a great place to share your pictures, but sometimes you need to do more than just share your photos with friends and family. Let’s take a look at our favorite free image hosting websites for all your other needs.”

Lifehacker: How to Play Google’s Text Adventure Easter Egg in Chrome. “Who doesn’t love a good round of Zork? While you are unlikely to be eaten by a Google Grue, you can play a text adventure in the company’s Chrome browser. It’s a clever little Easter egg that’s actually kind of fun, if you have some time to kill. Better still, the game isn’t just some marketing BS for Google products; it actually gets a little tricky, and you might find yourself turning to others for help—and then explaining to them, as we’re about to explain to you—how to find the game in the first place.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Columbia Journalism Review: A master class in how to verify a video using digital tools. “DIGITAL MEDIA HAS MADE IT EASIER than ever for malicious actors to distribute fake news, including video, but at the same time, it has also made it easier for journalists to debunk or verify that news using tools like Google Earth. The BBC’s Africa bureau provided a real-life lesson in how to do just that in a Twitter thread on Monday, about a video that started to circulate on social media in July of this year. The clip appeared to show two women and two children being blindfolded and then shot multiple times, and the shooting appeared to have been committed by soldiers in Cameroon (A warning: Although the most gruesome part of the video has been edited out, it may still be disturbing for some viewers.)”

The Guardian: Blue Peter digitises every episode for 60th anniversary. “The BBC is marking the 60th anniversary of Blue Peter next month by digitising all its old episodes so viewers can find their favourite moments to share online.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ars Technica: Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work. “Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can’t quite be automated with an algorithm yet. In the US, the most common such platform is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, but other platforms are prominent in other parts of the world. Proponents of this kind of work say that these quick, simple tasks allow people flexible hours to make money, or help ‘fill in the gaps’ for the un- and under-employed. But a new study (PDF) from the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) questions whether these platforms are as good for society as the Silicon Valley investors and digital evangelists claim.”

Elon University: Megan Squire: Deep dive into data sheds light on toxic online commmunities. “For her work in the area of open online communities and open source software, Squire has generated international acclaim as a global leader in the area. In 2004, Squire launched FLOSSmole, an online effort to gather, share and analyze data from free and open source software projects that has offered insight into how computer programmers interact with each other and online communities.”

Design for Diversity Learning Toolkit: Honoring the Dead: A Digital Archive of the Insane Indian Asylum. “This case study describes the development of a digital collection focused on a federal detention facility for Native Americans, and the various challenges and stakeholders involved in the development of the project.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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