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American Legion, Letterform Archive, Facebook Apps, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 14, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

American Legion: American Legion museum launches online exhibit space. “The Emil A. Blackmore Museum of The American Legion is excited to announce the launch of a completely online exhibit space. Designed to highlight key facets of the American Legion story, the museum’s online exhibits display materials from the library and museum collections, focusing on the national level of the organization. Museum staff developed the exhibit space using tools from Omeka, an open-source web-publishing initiative designed to display library, museum and archive collections and exhibitions online.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Letterform Archive makes striking typefaces available to public with online archive. “So far, 1,500 of the collection’s more than 60,000 pieces have been digitized. Browse the site, and you can find all manner of tags, posters, mailing labels, advertisements, business cards, book covers and letterhead. There is a booklet from Sri Lanka from 1959, a bound book from Russia from 1912 and a loose leaf from a Spanish Quran from 1150.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Facebook launches Tuned, a messaging app for couples. “Facebook has released a new app for couples to share a private space online, ‘even when you’re apart.’ Tuned allows couples to share photos, notes, cards, voice memos, music from Spotify and even their moods. There’s also a daily diary feature.”

Inoreader: Convert Almost Any Webpage Into RSS Feed With Inoreader’s Web Feeds. “Whenever you see a web page with a series of updates, be it news articles, blog posts, classifieds, product updates, weather alerts, practically any series of HTML links, Inoreader should be able to present it as an RSS feed. This feed will then be continuously updated, and any new links added to the list will pop up as articles inside Inoreader. Just like any regular feed.”

Neowin: Google’s Hangouts Meet is being rebranded to Google Meet. “Google Hangouts has been dying a slow death. It was first reported that the service was going away in late 2018. ‘Classic’ Google Hangouts was meant to be phased out in October, but that was delayed until June, and it’s meant to be replaced with Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. As it turns out, the Hangouts brand isn’t working out, and Hangouts Meet is becoming Google Meet.”

USEFUL STUFF

Science Alert: What Did Hubble Capture on Your Birthday? New NASA Tool Lets You Find Out. “Every hour, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Hubble is busy doing something. Which means the telescope’s back catalogue would have something cool for every day of the year. For Hubble’s 30th anniversary, NASA has created a fun feature. On the space telescope’s website, there’s now a function that allows you to type in the day and month of your birth, and see what Hubble captured on one of your past birthdays.”

Search Engine Journal: Social Media Account Verification: A Complete Guide. “A verified account on any social platform will give you the same result: a stronger online presence. However, getting your account verified on each platform is different. So, how do you get this coveted blue checkmark on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? How do you get Google’s blue shield or Pinterest’s red checkbox? Read on to find out how to get your social media accounts verified.”

Electronics Weekly: Build a Google Home with Raspberry Pi. “With a minimal amount of hardware and setup, you can create a functioning home assistant linked to your Google account and controlled by voice commands. Follow the steps below to install the Google Assistant SDK on your Raspberry Pi and set it up to listen for voice commands.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Social media influences architectural design. “Instagram culture is redefining architectural design across the country, in both commercial and residential spaces. In recent years, architecture and design firms have been introducing a new concept referred to as ‘Instagram spots’ in their designs to keep up with the growing social media trends.”

TechCrunch: Twine aims to end social isolation with its video chat app for deep conversations. “A new startup called twine wants to help people feel less isolated and alone. Though the project has been in the works for around six months, it’s launching at a time when people are struggling with being cut off from family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting government lockdowns and self-quarantines. Described simply as a ‘Zoom for meeting new people,’ twine is a group video chat experience where people are encouraged to have meaningful discussions that spark new friendships.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Daily Sabah: Turkey to require social media giants to appoint local representatives. “Turkey will require foreign social media companies with high internet traffic to appoint a representative in the country to address concerns raised by authorities over the content on their platforms, a Reuters report said Thursday, citing a draft law. Companies that do not comply with the new measures could face having their bandwidth halved after 30 days by court order and then slashed by 95% if they hold out another 30 days, a draft law seen by Reuters showed.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Techdirt: Oncologists Say The Absolute Best Information They’re Getting These Days Comes From Twitter. “t’s become sort of a common refrain among many that social media is only good for spreading misinformation and disinformation. I’ve even seen some people claim that social media is to blame for misinformation spreading about COVID-19. This is not to say that such information doesn’t exist, and isn’t being spread, but it ignores how much useful information is being spread as well.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Hi Tara,

    Thanks for your incredible research and yes I love you too.

    Johns Hopkins has a newly updated website which focuses on COVID in the US

    https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map

    Carl Friedberg
    President, Comet &Company
    165 William St New York NY
    Office (212) 233-5470
    Cell (917) 861-7819

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