Oklahoma Child Care Jobs, Reddit, Twitter, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 14, 2021


News on 6 (Oklahoma): Local Nonprofit Launches New Statewide Early Childhood Job Board. “A Tulsa nonprofit has launched a new online job board designed to help childcare facilities across the state find qualified workers. The new database allows job seekers to find an opportunity and childcare facilities to find the right candidates…. The database is free for employers to post open positions and for people looking for a job in childcare.”


TechCrunch: Reddit is quietly rolling out a TikTok-like video feed button on iOS. “From Instagram’s Reels to Snapchat’s Spotlight, most social media platforms are looking toward the TikTok boom for inspiration. Now, even Reddit, a discussion-based forum, is making short-form video more pronounced on its iOS app.”

CNET: Twitter once again pauses verification program to improve application process. “Twitter on Friday said it’s once again hitting pause on its verification program. The company reopened public applications for verification in May after a four-year shut down as it reevaluated its application process. Now, it appears the company has already run into more roadblocks.”

The Verge: Twitter is changing the contrast of buttons again after complaints of eye strain. “Twitter is readjusting the contrast on its buttons following feedback about its design updates from earlier this week. Some people have reported eye strain, headaches, and migraines due to the higher visual contrast in the colors of buttons and links, as well as the new font, Chirp.”


River City News: Three NKY Kroger Stores Part of New Pick-Up Partnership with Google Maps. “According to a news release, when groceries are ordered from Kroger via the grocer’s app, users will have the opportunity to add the order to Google Maps. When it is time to leave, Google Maps will send a notification which will let the user share the arrival time with the store.”

University of Texas at Austin: Archive of Tony Award-Winning Theater Designer Kevin Adams Comes to the Harry Ransom Center. “The archive of award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams has been established at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, a key research destination for the study of theater and performance history.”


New York Times: Trade Judge Says Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos. “Google infringed on speaker-technology patents held by Sonos and should not be allowed to import products that violate Sonos’s intellectual property, a judge said in a preliminary finding by the United States International Trade Commission.”


Carnegie Mellon University: CMU Misinformation Researchers Zero in on Climate Change. “To more effectively combat misinformation, climate change communicators need to focus their messaging on key conspiracy theories that gain the most traction, according to two researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. In a recent paper, CMU’s Aman Tyagi and Kathleen M. Carley look at the polarization of climate change beliefs on social media, and offer targeted approaches toward reshaping beliefs.”

Brookings Institution: Nigeria’s Twitter ban is a misplaced priority. “Political activists have the most dominant voice in the conversation while institutional actors and organizations have some of the smallest. While Nigerian citizens and activists continue to use the platform, the Nigerian government has effectively shut itself out from the conversation with only the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, still maintaining a presence on Twitter.”


Boing Boing: Fantastically surreal TikTok films about pay telephones. “Solopist makes wonderfully surreal short TikTok films all about pay telephones. The series reminds me of 2600 magazine’s ‘Payphones of the World’ backpage photos, only less real.” Are you a fan of BUTTERED SIDE DOWN or YOU SUCK AT COOKING? Here ya go. Good afternoon, Internet…

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