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Twitter, Google Images, YouTube, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 23, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

NBC News: Twitter is testing new ways to fight misinformation — including a community-based points system. “Twitter is experimenting with adding brightly colored labels directly beneath lies and misinformation posted by politicians and other public figures, according to a leaked demo of new features sent to NBC News.”

Search Engine Land: Google adds new image license metadata for licensable image label. “Google has launched a new structured data element for image license metadata that allows Google Images to show a licensable image label in the search results.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: YouTube for Beginners: How to Set up Your Channel. “The more people consume content on YouTube, the more advertisers pay to put their messages there, and the more influencers (even micro ones) make money. And while the golden days of YouTube money-making have somewhat passed, the opportunity for individuals and brands to effectively market themselves on the platform is still very real.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: Twitter’s messy verification process is making candidates wait. “On Friday morning, Jeff Sites, a challenger to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, didn’t have a blue verification badge on his official Twitter page. Sites had announced his campaign months earlier, so he should have been verified months ago. It caught the eye of one volunteer named Nancy Levine, who has been monitoring Twitter’s plan to verify all 2020 candidates, and has been lobbying Twitter on Sites’ behalf specifically. After speaking with Levine, The Verge contacted Twitter to inquire about the nature of the delay; within hours, the candidate was verified.”

Artforum: New York Public Library Acquires Archive of Sound Art Pioneer Maryanne Amacher. “The Brooklyn-based nonprofit Blank Forms has announced the formation of the Maryanne Amacher Foundation and the donation of the American composer and sound artist’s archives to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The material, which was assembled shortly before Amacher’s death in 2009, includes more than one-thousand reel-to-reel tapes, a collection of writings, annotated drafts, project notes, performance materials, concert posters, and ephemera as well as some custom-made electronic music tools, which will be cared for by the foundation.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Hypebot: Every Possible Melody Has Been Copyrighted, Stored On A Single Hard Drive. “In a unique effort to combat the high volume of dubious lawsuits flying back and forth in the music industry today, on team of musicians has recorded every possible melody onto a single hard drive, and then put each melody in the public domain.”

Slate: Meet One of the Earliest Victims of Internet Bullying. “Like me, [Alex] Lunney graduated from high school in 1996. We were both born between Generation X and the millennials (Generation Catalano, as Slate has called us), a cohort that entered high school with limited internet access at best, but used it frequently by the time we were in college. But Lunney’s relationship with the internet is unique even for a member of our mini-generation. He was one of the first high-profile victims of cyberbullying, though we didn’t use the term back then—it wasn’t enough of a thing to have a name.”

Global News: Personal information of nearly 360,000 Quebec teachers exposed in data breach. “The personal information of nearly 360,000 teachers in Quebec may have been stolen in a data theft, the Quebec government confirmed on Friday. Quebec’s Treasury Board took stock in the wake of the ongoing investigation by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) into identity theft of people working or having worked as teachers.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ubergizmo: This 3D Printer Lets Preschoolers 3D Print Their Own Toys. “If 3D printing has always come across as being more of an “adult” hobby, think again because the folks at 3Doodler have recently announced the launch of a new 3D printer that is being aimed at preschoolers. This will allow kids to 3D print their own little toys in a fun and safer way, while encouraging the development of motor skills.”

Newswise: Citizen scientists discover a new snail, name it after Greta Thunberg. “A new to science species of land snail was discovered by a group of citizen scientists working together with scientists from Taxon Expeditions, a company that organises scientific field trips for teams consisting of both scientists and laypeople. Having conducted a vote on how to name the species, the expedition participants and the local staff of the National Park together decided to name the mollusc Craspedotropis gretathunbergae. The species name honours the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change. The study is published in the open access journal Biodiversity Data Journal.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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