CoSphere, Firefox Relay, Wordle, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 13, 2022


Vancouver Sun: UBC prof creates social media hub to address climate and ecological crises. “Hearing that ‘transformative change’ is required to address the world’s climate and ecological crises can feel overwhelming. That’s one of the reasons why UBC professor Dr. Kai Chan and his team at the university created CoSphere, a new online social media hub where people can connect and learn how to take action for a sustainable future. While the site is up and running, Chan and his team are officially launching it on Monday.”


Mozilla Blog: Latest Firefox Relay includes bigger attachment size and filters for promotional emails . “Today, we’re adding user-requested features that deliver the emails that you care about which includes tickets to catch the train or watching your favorite band in concert, or getting the emails you want whether it’s getting shipping information or confirmation on the products you buy or updates to service and privacy policies.”

GameRant: New York Times Shuts Down Wordle Archive. “Wordle Archive was a service dedicated to the preservation of previous Wordle answers, allowing fans to dip into the backlog and play older puzzles, dating all the way back to the first one. However, the service has since been shut down at the request of the New York Times, as announced by an update on the application’s webpage.”


Mashable: 14 of the best ‘Wordle’ clones, because one word a day isn’t enough. “Our obsession has been endlessly analyzed and dissected. We’ve shared strategies and tips. It has been meme-ed and shared all over Twitter. It was even bought by the New York Times. And of course our insatiable appetite for the simple puzzle game has been the catalyst for multiple Wordle clones. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.”

MakeUseOf: These 5 Firefox Add-Ons Completely Transform Twitch. “Nobody’s under any illusions that Twitch is a perfect website, and there are plenty of Firefox add-ons which can help you to try and fix whatever problems you might be having with Twitch. Here are five of the very best for you to try.”


APTN News: Indigenous TikTok influencers spread good medicine through social media. “Canada’s Indigenous TikTok Creators are using their platform to educate mainstream Canadians on Indigenous culture and customs. Each is unique in their TikTok style. We chat with two TikTok Influencers about spreading that good medicine on social(s) and we discuss how they have been able to capitalize on TikTok.”

Getty: Sotheby’s Auctioneer David Redden Donates Archive to Getty Research Institute. “Working at Sotheby’s for 42 years, from 1974 until 2016, Redden is notable for the high-profile sales which he personally developed. A passionate collector himself, Redden created new auction categories out of popular collecting passions: space artifacts, sports memorabilia, comic books, arcade machines, and computer animation art. A portrait of both Redden and his milieu at Sotheby’s, the collection comprises personal files, slides, photographs, complete sets of auction catalogs, and related ephemera.”

CNET: Early MySpace Was the Peak of Social Media. “Founded in 2003, MySpace was the first social media platform for many people. Facebook was founded a year later, and despite its early restrictive membership practices, the number of Facebook users would soon accelerate past the number of MySpace users. MySpace is still around, but the number of site visitors — not even active users — has dropped to mere millions. Despite that, early MySpace was better than every version of Facebook. For those who remember early MySpace, it was a learning tool, it helped us form our identities and it expanded the music landscape.”


KnowTechie: Google cheats restaurants out of delivery fees, says class-action lawsuit. “Google has recently come under fire over some alleged practices surrounding food delivery. A class-action lawsuit has been filed claiming that Google is making unauthorized landing pages and taking a cut of fees charged by delivery services.”

Reuters: Google fends off Genius appeal in lawsuit over song lyrics. “Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday again beat back a lawsuit saying it misused song lyrics transcribed by popular lyric site Genius, persuading a U.S. appeals court to reject Genius’ claims. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Genius’ contract and unfair competition claims against Google should have been brought under U.S. copyright law.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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