Jewish England in WWI, Facebook, Trello Cards, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, December 31, 2018


BuryTimes: We Were There Too project to immortalise contribution of region’s Jewish community to WWI. “The We Were There Too project represents a permanent record of the lives of Jewish men, women and families between 1914 and 1918, and details their military service and efforts on the home front. First introduced in London in 2016, the project has now been extended to the North West thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant.”


CNET: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s 2018: We’ve changed, we promise. “It’s nearly the new year, which means time for some reflection on what’s happened and what’s to come. For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that means looking back on one really tough year. The 34-year old wunderkind struggled this year, in what’s been arguably the toughest in the 14 years since co-founding Facebook in his Harvard dorm room.”


Make Tech Easier: 8 Useful Tricks to Make Managing Trello Cards Easier. “Trello is an organizational tool that you can use in any number of areas in your life. Whether you need it for home organization, business systems, or any other set of tasks you have to keep on top of, there are so many ways to set up and use Trello boards to fit your needs. Trello is based on the Kanban system of organization, using moveable cards for each task that you need to complete. Each card can house a great deal of information about that particular task.”

MakeUseOf: The Internet Answers Your Craziest Hypothetical Questions. “Who would win in a fight between Elsa from Frozen and Spider-man from the Marvel universe? What would happen if we made an entire planet out of legos? The internet has all the answers to such ridiculous but intriguing questions.”

Learning in Hand: Fantastic Learning Activities with Google Drawings. “Every year Matt Miller hosts Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit, a free online learning experience. This year I chatted with Matt about learning activities that teachers can make with Google Drawings, and it was published as a video for the summit. Lots of educators tweeted the things they learned. Some even posted graphics and sketchnotes. I collected many of the tweets in the embedded wakelet below.”


The Atlantic: The Meme-ification of Asianness. “Early every Sunday growing up in Australia, Anne Gu attended Chinese school, the weekend classes where many children of Chinese immigrants learn Mandarin. There, she bonded with her classmates over their shared sense of obligation…. They kept in touch via group chat, exchanging jokes about life as first-generation Asian Australians. ‘Someone was like, it would be fun if we made a Facebook group, and we all agreed,’ Gu said. In September, she and her friends created a group and added ‘all the Asian friends’ on their Facebook friend lists. They called it Subtle Asian Traits, after a then-popular Facebook group among Aussie teens called Subtle Private School Traits.”

AP News: Russian teenagers use social media to rebel against teachers. ” The principal of a prestigious school near St. Petersburg summoned 16-year-old Leonid Shaidurov and 14-year-old Maxim Dautov in for a chat. Then he threatened them with expulsion, a criminal probe and being blacklisted from all Russian universities. Their crime? Setting up an independent student union. But Shaidurov and Dautov, children of the social media era, did not take the threats lying down.”

GeekWire: Interview: NYPL’s chief digital officer says public is better off when libraries are ‘risk averse’ about tech. “First: It’s not just about digitizing books. That’s the biggest misconception that the public has about the role of digital technology in libraries, according to the chief digital officer of what is arguably the world’s largest public library.”

Elle: Meet the Cozy Girls of Instagram. “A few years ago, back when Nashville was the filter of choice, cozy season Instagram looked something like this: a bird’s-eye view photo of a woman dressed in the comfiest of knits, relaxing on a bed with a steaming cup of coffee in hand and a laptop resting in front of her with a low-light filter edited on top. These photos may have met the dictionary definition of cozy—’enjoying or affording warmth and ease,’ according to Merriam-Webster—but they didn’t do it for me.”


Reuters: U.S. judge dismisses suit versus Google over facial recognition software. “A lawsuit filed against Google by consumers who claimed the search engine’s photo sharing and storage service violated their privacy was dismissed on Saturday by a U.S. judge who cited a lack of ‘concrete injuries.'”

BBC: Security firm hijacks high-profile Twitter accounts. “Several high-profile Twitter accounts have been briefly hijacked to expose alleged flaws in the service. The accounts of Eamonn Holmes, Louis Theroux and several others briefly showed messages saying they had been taken over by Insinia Security.”


CogDogBlog: Does Adding Accessibility Features Make the Good Ship Instagram Accessible?. “Even before a tl;dr (as if I do them anyhow), I am about as far from a web accessibility expert as my dog. But I’ve taken a curious interest since summer 2018 when Twitter made a big deal of announcing the addition of options to add alternative text to tweeted images. Fire of a few PR statements, get the stories echoed to the pious outlets of EngadgetWiredTechCrunchETC, and call it done. Never mind that adding this to your images means turning ON an option 15th in a list of preferences.” Good morning, Internet…

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