MnDOT Digital Library, Google, Twitter, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 5, 2023


Minnesota Department of Transportation: MnDOT Library launches digital library. “The MnDOT Digital Library is a public repository of publications produced by MnDOT, including documents originally created in a digital format and those that have been digitized. It features 12 collections that include research reports, State Aid publications, annual reports, photographs, state highways maps, photographs and historical publications.” Currently over 2200 items are available in the library with plans to add more.


CNN: Google workers in London stage walkout over job cuts. “Hundreds of Google employees staged a walkout at the company’s London offices on Tuesday, following a dispute over layoffs. In January, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced it was laying off 12,000 employees worldwide, equivalent to 6% of its global workforce.”

Mashable: Twitter cuts many app developers’ API access, even those willing to pay $42,000 per month. “When Twitter rolled out the pricing for its paid API tiers last week, many indie developers announced they would have to shut down apps they had made for the platform…. Now, the Elon Musk-owned company has seemingly cut off API access to even some of the largest Twitter-based apps – including some that wanted to pay the exorbitant new fees which start at $42,000 per month.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Make Your Social Media Content More Accessible. “Want to reach more people on social media? Looking for a guide to make your social media content more inclusive and accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities? In this article, you’ll discover how to produce accessible captions, videos, images, and ads for social media content so you can market to more people.” VERY thorough.


Little Black Book: Belgium’s Biggest Christian Health Funds Turns to OnlyFans to Fight against Disinformation . “The campaign aims to make young people not only resilient to deception but also to position CM as the partner for reliable information that tells them where things stand. To make this point, they created a content series on OnlyFans, a platform that differs from other social media due to its uncensored nature and often sexual focus. Under the name ‘OnlyFacts’, false views and tips are addressed and replaced with reliable health advice.”

New York Times: Want an A in His Class? You Better Go Viral.. “In January, Matthew Prince, a public relations executive at Taco Bell who teaches at Chapman University in Southern California, was telling 80 students what to expect from his influencer marketing course as he walked them through the syllabus projected onto a screen at the front of the lecture hall. This semester, he said, things would be a little different: If anyone in the class could create a TikTok video that received one million views before he did, the final exam would be canceled.”


BBC: Genesis Market: Popular cybercrime website shut down by police. “One of the world’s biggest criminal marketplaces used by online fraudsters to buy passwords has been closed down in a global law enforcement crackdown. Genesis Market sold login details, IP addresses and other data that made up victims’ ‘digital fingerprints’. Often costing less than $1, the personal information let fraudsters log into bank and shopping accounts.”

Gizmodo: More Ex-Tweeps Sue Twitter for Alleged Illegal Layoffs. “Twitter owner Elon Musk is facing yet another lawsuit claiming he was too busy trying to fire half the company he didn’t give his former tweeps the legally required two months of notice. On Tuesday, ex-Twitter contract workers filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the blue bird app and their former employer TEKsystems Inc. The former contractors claim Twitter did not grant them the mandatory 60 days advance notice before laying them off.”


PsyPost: Having camera on during online classes increases social appearance anxiety, which decreases learning of students. “Three experiments on university students and young people showed that having one’s camera turned on during online classes increased social appearance anxiety and decreased learning. Participants who had a chance to view themselves on screen reported even higher social appearance anxiety. The study was published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.”

The Verge: Why journalists can’t quit Twitter. “The other day, the company’s old press email address started responding to reporters’ queries with an automated 💩 emoji. Musk tweeted about it, and reporters soon gleefully confirmed it with screenshots of their own. The company was symbolically shitting all over them, and journalists couldn’t get enough of it.” I’d like to teach the world to sing / in perfect harmony / and also how to use some feeds / ’cause RSS is free. (Burma shave.) Good afternoon, Internet…

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