TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Engadget: Facebook is financing a massive solar farm in Texas. “Facebook is investing heavily in a massive solar farm in Texas as it rumbles towards its goal of running entirely on renewable energy by the end of next year. Renewables company Longroad Energy has started building the Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, Texas.”
Bing Blog: Bing turns 10!. “On June 3rd 2009, we debuted to the world with a fresh approach to search – one that was anchored around the mission of empowering people through knowledge – helping you do more, not just search more. A lot has happened since then, so we wanted to take a moment to look back and celebrate you – the people who have transformed the pursuit of answers into understanding, perspective and action.”
Twitter Blog: 6.2m Tweets on EU elections as voters turn to Twitter for conversation. “As the dust finally settles on the EU elections, let’s reflect on the Tweets, topics, themes, and trends that got people talking on Twitter over the campaign. It’s been an exciting, loud and engaging few weeks, where Europeans not only came out in force at polling stations, but also on Twitter.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Free Genealogy Websites to Find Your Ancestors. “Paid ancestry sites tend to have a higher profile than free. That doesn’t mean that the free ancestry sites aren’t worth using, however; just that they’re difficult to find. Here are several totally free genealogy websites to research your ancestry without spending a dollar.”
How-To Geek: The Best Way to Organize Your Emails: Just Archive Them. “We recommend using OHIO (Only Handle It Once) to triage your emails. An essential part of OHIO is archiving emails you need to keep—get them out of your inbox! Here’s why archiving is critical—and why you shouldn’t bother with folders.”
Search Engine Journal: How to Get Backlinks with Resource & Links Pages . As I have noted before I am not a big SEO fan, but I’m a big fan of resources pages! “Having performed every type of link building imaginable, there is one method that consistently outperforms all others: Creating a Resource Center and populating it with useful resource pages.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Dope Magazine: Social Media and Social Justice . “DOPE Magazine spoke with several organizations created to promote social justice by advancing equality for people disadvantaged because of race, citizenship status and religion. While they all agreed on the importance of social media in advancing their causes, they also used specific examples to explain how the benefits don’t always outweigh the drawbacks.”
Dezeen: Architype builds eco-friendly archive for Imperial War Museum’s collection. “The Imperial War Museum has a new archive in Cambridgeshire, England, called the IWM Paper Store, which is the most airtight building in the world. The IWM Paper Store in Duxford was designed by sustainability specialist Architype to hold the museum’s most sensitive collections and records.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
CNET: Twitter makes students dumb, study finds. “Using Twitter to teach literature is producing lower test scores, a study has found, especially for usually high-performing students. Performance on a standardized test score was reduced by between 25% and 40% of a standard deviation, the paper (PDF) published this month said.” I admit I’m pretty surprised by this.
CBS News: Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds . “Russian Twitter trolls have attempted to fuel the anti-vaccination debate in the U.S., posting about the issue far more than the average Twitter user last year, a study out of George Washington University has found. The ‘sophisticated’ bots shared opinions from both sides of the anti-vaxxer debate, which took the U.S. by storm and prompted tech companies to crack down on the spread of misinformation surrounding vaccinations.” Good evening, Internet…
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