Twitter, FaceTime, Facebook Live, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 2, 2019


Mashable: Twitter suspends accounts that sell automated follow/unfollow services. “Twitter has suspended three prominent social media companies that enable clients to rapidly follow and unfollow accounts using the Twitter API. This is a popular strategy for increasing followers, but a practice that’s largely seen as spammy.”

Neowin: Apple apologizes for FaceTime bug, fix coming next week. “Apple got into hot water earlier this week when it was discovered that there is a massive security flaw in FaceTime, which allowed people to eavesdrop on others in group calls even if the recipient had not attended the call.”


The Social Media Hat: How to Create 26 Pieces Of Content From A Facebook Live. “What if I told you that a single one-hour video that you broadcast live to Facebook will generate dozens and dozens of pieces of content that you can use to fuel your content marketing efforts both on your blog and on every other major social network?” When I read the title I knew this article was either going to be absolutely amazing or written-in-five-minutes crap. It’s amazing.

How-To Geek: Here’s How to Save Your Google+ Data Before It Shuts down on April 2nd. “Pour one out for Google+, the latest Google social property to be axed. There aren’t many who care to keep their Google+ history saved—that’s part of why it’s dying!—but if you want yours, here’s how to download it.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Build a Chatbot without Coding. “Building truly intelligent chatbots requires the knowledge of something like Python and high-level libraries such as CoreNLP. By the same token, creating dummy ones for simple tasks does not require any coding skills. In fact, by the end of this, you will have learned how to launch your own chatbots on the Web.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Nifty YouTube Channels for Learning a New Skill or Strength . “Even if you aren’t in school anymore that doesn’t mean you should stop learning. On the contrary: today’s always-connected world makes it easier than ever to learn about any topic you can imagine. Whether you want to learn a new language, a physical skill, or anything else, the internet can help. And due to the added visual element, YouTube is one of the best places to learn something new.”


Fortune: Sarahah Founder Says New Anonymous Messaging App Won’t Devolve Into Toxicity. “Sarahah gained a huge following as an anonymous messaging app in 2017 until the inevitable happened — users started to bully and harass others. Now, Zain-Alabdin Tawfiq, Sarahah’s founder, is hoping to keep the toxicity at bay with a new messaging service under Sarahah’s umbrella. That free app, Enoff, unveiled on Thursday, is intended to combat harassment, among other things, rather than foster it.”


The Register: Our vulture listened to four hours of obtuse net neutrality legal blah-blah so you don’t have to: Here’s what’s happening. “The hearing, held in Washington DC, went on for hours. In fact, it went on for so long that one judge jokingly asked one of the lawyers whether he had brought some pizza with him. It was not easy going: the hearing was so intensely focused on specific legal definitions and precedents that parts of it were virtually incomprehensible.”


The Mercury News: How to 3D print your own Rodin. “For all the hype over three-dimensional printing, it’s done little to revolutionize the world of manufacturing. An innovation out of two Bay Area labs could change that. The new method creates near-instantaneous objects that are smoother, more complex and far more elegant than current 3D printers produce. Called Computed Axial Lithography, it was conceived by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Berkeley.”

Nieman Lab: Individually, people aren’t great at judging news sources. En masse, they’re almost the same as professional fact-checkers. “Building on a draft paper from last year, psychologists Gordon Pennycook and David Rand have a new study showing that people across the political spectrum rate mainstream news sources as more trustworthy than hyperpartisan and fake news sites — and that ‘politically balanced layperson ratings were strongly correlated with ratings provided by professional fact-checkers.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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