Qatar National Library, BBC Programme Explorer, Street Fashion, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, May 30, 2020


Qatar National Library: Qatar Digital Library Sheds Light on the First Communications Revolution in the Gulf. “…in the 1860s, Britain sought to build a commercial telegraph line all the way to its most important colony, British India. As a result, the Gulf became one of the most important communication corridors of the British Empire. A series of historical documents held by the British Library and now available on the QDL reveal how the proposal to extend Britain’s telegraph line through the Gulf was first made in May 1860. That month, John Wortley de la More, an entrepreneur in the telegraph industry, outlined his plans to extend the existing lines further through Persia and the Gulf by establishing a link first from Baghdad to Basra, and then from Basra to Karachi, British India’s westernmost port (in modern-day Pakistan).”

SportsMole: BBC launches Programme Explorer tool. “The BBC has launched a new service called ‘Programme Explorer’ to allow users to quickly search its archive of programming. The new feature scours more than 200,000 pieces of content across iPlayer, Sounds and News and allows results to be filtered according to media type and availability.”

i-D: This new digital archive of STREET magazine is a timeless lesson in style. “Since 1985, Japanese fashion magazine STREET has published the best global street style on its pages and forged links between the different subcultures and style tribes that govern the trendiest corners of London, Paris, Tokyo and beyond. Three decades later, a lot has changed in the way we capture street style (and smartphones have all but replaced cigarettes) but its founder and Chief Editor Shoichi Aoki, the genius mind behind FRUiTS magazine as well, is still just as committed to documenting these trends. ‘I had noticed that there weren’t enough photographers documenting street style in the world back then,’ Shoichi says of the magazine’s origins. ‘I did not know about Mr. Bill Cunningham at the time, but I knew that there was good street fashion in Paris and London.'”

University of Cincinnati Libraries: Working for a Living. New online exhibit features Labor Collections in the Archives and Rare Books Library. “Labor history concerns the lives of workers and their various and diverse struggles for workplace democracy, improved working conditions, collective bargaining, and their relationship to changing forms of work and economic production. A new online exhibit features the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library labor collections. Part of the Urban Studies Collection, the labor collections include records from Cincinnati’s AFL-CIO Labor Council, the Regional Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers, the Barbers’ Union Local 49, International Brotherhood of Painters & Allied Trades Local 308, and others.”


CNET: How to find quoted replies and retweets on Twitter: Try this 10-second trick. “You can tag a bot like Quoted Replies in a reply to the original tweet, which will then generate a link, but that means you have to let everyone know you’re lurking around a particular tweet. Not ideal. While there are other ways to get the job done, here’s one of the easiest ways to search and find all of the quoted replies and retweets for a particular tweet.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Use Google Analytics to Eliminate Uncertainty. “To explore how to use Google Analytics to eliminate uncertainty, I interview Chris Mercer on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. Mercer, as he likes to be known, is the world’s leading authority on Google Analytics and the founder of He has extensive courses on Google Analytics, Tag Manager, and much more. Mercer explains the methodology of measurement marketing and how it can inform your marketing decisions. He also shares his A.C.E. Method for measuring the customer journey and three useful Google Analytics reports to get you started with measurement marketing.” The podcast is accompanied by an extensive article.

Lifehacker: How to Schedule Tweets on Twitter’s Website. “Twitter finally added the ability to schedule tweets from its website. People have requested this feature for the better part of a decade, and you can now schedule all of your brilliant thoughts and witticisms throughout the day instead of just posting them at weird hours of the night. Though Twitter’s tweet scheduler is pretty straightforward, it does blend in a bit with the normal Twitter UI, so you might not even notice it’s there at first.”


Slate: What Twitter Should Have Done Differently From the Very Beginning. “In order to understand how a private company largely built on the idea of freedom of expression has found itself embroiled in a national free speech controversy, I spoke with Blaine Cook, Twitter’s former lead developer, who worked at the company from 2006, during its founding, through 2008. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed Twitter’s founding principles, the importance of moderating online communities, and Cook’s take on the company’s latest move.”

Edinburgh News: World War veterans and relatives invited to share stories for Military Museum Scotland project . “Veterans of both world wars and their families are invited to share their stories with the Military Museum Scotland for a new project. ‘Boots on the Ground’ will record video interviews for a DVD to teach children about first-hand accounts of the wars in schools around the UK.”


Reuters: Exclusive: Google faces antitrust case in India over payments app – sources. “India’s antitrust body is looking into allegations that Alphabet Inc’s Google is abusing its market position to unfairly promote its mobile payments app in the country, five sources familiar with the case told Reuters.”

CBS News: NSA warns of new cyberattacks by Russian military hackers. “A notorious hacking team backed by the Russian government has been exploiting a serious flaw in commonly used email software, the National Security Agency (NSA) warned Thursday, issuing a rare advisory that publicly attributed attempts to utilize the software flaw to a nation-state actor.”

The Register: Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia’s election? There were no hacks. “On November 4th, 2018, now-Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp announced an investigation into his rival Democratic party, accusing the organization of trying to hack the US state’s voter registration system…. On Friday, ProPublica and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) found ‘no evidence of damage to (the Secretary of State’s office) network or computers, and no evidence of theft, damage, or loss of data.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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