TikTok, Smartphone Video, Study Tools, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 13, 2022

Hi! I’ve started a TikTok:

But if you don’t like TikTok I’ve started a YouTube:

I expect my video content will be about how to Gizmos work, though if I find something cool to talk about I’ll do that too. You never know.


Ars Technica: TikTok wants to be Amazon, plans US fullfillment centers and poaches staff. “In the past few weeks, TikTok has posted a series of job listings that, as Axios reported, mark TikTok’s first major move into US e-commerce—unpredictably, by building Amazon-like fulfillment centers.”


Social Media Examiner: Creating Quality Videos With Smartphones. “Want to produce professional-grade videos without a costly camera? Wish your Reels, TikTok, and YouTube videos looked amazing? In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create quality videos using your smartphone.”

WIRED: Tips and Tools to Help Students Study, Take Notes, and Focus. “WITH A NEW academic year rolling around, students of all ages will be looking for help and guidance with their work—and there are a wealth of options on mobile app stores and the web to help you succeed. Here we’ve picked out some of the best apps and services across multiple categories, including time management, homework help, note-taking, and more. Put them together and you’ve got a comprehensive toolkit for making sure that this year is a good one.”


NPR: The White House is turning to TikTok stars to take its message to a younger audience. “When President Biden hosted a celebration with lawmakers on the South Lawn last month to mark the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats’ signature spending package, there was an unique group of guests joining them. More than 20 influencers — content creators with devoted followers on platforms like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube — received special invitations.”

Iran International: Iranians Protest Song Receives 95,000 Submissions For Grammy Award. “The song ‘Baraye…’ — which means ‘For the Sake Of’ in Persian — received 95,000, or over 83 percent, of the 115,000 total submissions for the award following a campaign on TikTok urged users to nominate the song, which is the de-facto manifesto of the protests.”

MakeUseOf: Why People Watch YouTube Videos at Faster Playback Speeds. “YouTube launched a feature called video playback speeds in 2010 to allow users to control how quickly or slowly they want to watch their preferred content. Ever since more users have increased their playback speeds when watching videos, and here’s why.” Guilty of 1.25x.


CNN: Russian-speaking hackers knock multiple US airport websites offline. No impact on operations reported. “More than a dozen public-facing airport websites, including those for some of the nation’s largest airports, appeared inaccessible Monday morning, and Russian-speaking hackers claimed responsibility. No immediate signs of impact to actual air travel were reported, suggesting the issue may be an inconvenience for people seeking travel information.”

Internet Archive Blog: Internet Archive Files Final Reply Brief in Lawsuit Defending Controlled Digital Lending. “On Friday, October 7, the Internet Archive filed a reply brief against the four publishers that sued Internet Archive in June 2020: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House.”


University of Washington: Analysis of #BlackLivesMatter social media content points to the power of positivity in online activism and large-scale social movements. “Drilling down into the dataset according to date enabled the team to identify instances where emotions spiked, presumably in connection with events. For example, anger and sadness peaked in tweets with pro-BLM hashtags in the days following Floyd’s death and prior to the first weekend of protests. Positivity, meanwhile, rose in the days leading up to that weekend and afterward became the most frequently expressed emotion through the rest of the month.”

Illinois State University: Going Open Access: A tale of two journals. “While Open Access can provide solutions to some issues in scholarly publishing, there is no universal solution that is best for every journal and publisher. Two prominent journals, which transferred to Open Access (OA) in very different ways, can help illustrate how it can be implemented differently depending on the needs of the journal, publisher, authors, and readers.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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