Networked through LinkedIn

This article may have more than you want to know about Reid Hoffman, founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, but the man has some fascinating interests.

The Network Man, by Nicholas Lemann. New Yorker (Oct 12)

There are a few facts about LinkedIn

  • over 380 million members
  • in April, LinkedIn bought Lynda, the online education company
  • over 500,000 new pieces of writing are posted each month by members
  • all LinkedIn profiles are partly public

And there is much more about Hoffman and his vision.

Everything about Reid Hoffman—his business, his political activities, his philanthropy, and his social life—is based on a premise about how the economic world will work from now on.

Career and employment will be through Internet-enabled networks.

Work is already becoming more temporary, sporadic, and informal, and this change should be embraced. Many more people will become entrepreneurial, if not entrepreneurs.

Social Media Primer

Newbies on social media will get value from Mary Ellen Bates short primer on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn – Social Media for the Rest of Us (Slideshare, Oct 5)

Social media isn’t just for Millennials and marketers… it’s a great tool for the rest of us, too. Mary Ellen covers the basics of the key social media networks for the Boulder Flatirons Rotary, Oct. 7, 2015

Looking for new Librarian of Congress

The USA will soon have a new librarian of congress. James Billington, after nearly 30 years as the nation’s librarian, will be retiring this month at the age of 86  .

Can Anyone Save the Library of Congress?, Nancy Scola, Politoco (Sept 29)

There will be much for his successor to do.

The challenges in modernizing the Library of Congress are daunting. The institution has neglected to digitize many of the country’s founding documents; George Washington’s papers are online, for example, but Thomas Jefferson’s largely aren’t. The Copyright Office, housed inside the library, is largely paper-based, full of row upon row of musty card catalogs. A highly publicized project to archive every Twitter message—announced five years ago—has yet to materialize. And a spring report from the Government Accountability Office found that the Library could not calculate how many computers it has.

Deep Web Search

NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are tackling together the “Deep Web”, to access and search online databases and other stores that aren’t indexed by the search engines.

NASA Sets Its Sights on the Real Final Frontier: The Deep Web, Big Think

This short piece links to others with more information – the NASA press release on Deep Web Search and an article in Fusion. Curiously, NASA and DARPA are calling the project Memex – the same name Vannevar Bush used for his imagined information storage and retrieval device. NASA’s reason is to be able to search and access scientific data being collected by its spacecraft.

Thanks to Michael for this tidbit.

Mobile Apps and Voice

Panelists at SMX East discussed the future of search. In reading about the three themes, keep in mind that future is never longer than a year. They are mobile apps and voice – these affect everyone, and attributio – which is a matter of attributing sale of a product to a source or agent.

Looking Ahead: The New Search Landscape, Casie Gilette, Search Engine Land (Oct 1)

Mobile apps, attribution and voice search were the main themes, but of course, the topic of where Yahoo and Bing fit in was brought up. The biggest takeaway was the split of Yahoo/Bing (i.e., Gemini) and how that may end up hurting each company in the long run.

Singhal on Google

Google’s search chief Amit Singhal described a Google search future that is mainly mobile. He spoke about – Now on Tap — a facility “which is being released as part of the latest Android mobile operating system – lets users get related information about whatever is on their handset’s screen with a single button press.”

Google search chief Amit Singhal looks to the future, Leo Kelion, BBC (Sept 29)

Image recognition is another area receiving Google’s attention. Good

Resource list for researchers

The Helen Brown Group has constructed a page of Expert omnibus research sources: 10 of the best (Sept 24). These serve a variety of research interests – people, businesses, finance, philanthropy. A master list of resources picked by experts and practitioners is always an excellent starting point and reference. However, not all will be absolutely uptodate. For example, the Aspire Research Group’s collection still includes Google Reader. Pick and choose as you can to develop your own list.

Guarding against personal photo theft

We know we must take precautions to protect ourselves from identity theft. This new online handbook – Stop Internet Image Theft –   warns us about personal photo theft.

Personal photo theft and online distribution is a growing problem. The rise in social media often means more of your photos are readily accessible and there is unfortunately a growing trend of distributing private images of former partners as a means of revenge.


This kind of incident can have a real impact on the lives of the individual affected and their family so it is vital we not only raise awareness of the issue but also provide guidance on resolving and preventing this.


In our guide, found here –, we cover the practical steps any victim (or family member helping a victim) can take.

The guide was prepared by Who Is Hosting This, a service that can help determine who is hosting the offending content (photos, videos etc).

Using aggregators

Staying current with news in your field is still most easily done through picking up RSS feeds from websites. Bauke Roesink asked 108 people with blogs or websites what they used. Thirty-nine percent answered Feedly, partly because they like the interface, and because this was the main choice when Google Reader closed. As we see from the results and the comments from the people interviewed, there are many other methods and tools. Pocket and IFTTT are two that received frequent mention.

The best RSS Reader / Aggregator, PSD to WordPress (Sept 24)

Roesink provides a clear and brief introduction to RSS and aggregators. The comments gathered from the respondents are rich in suggestions for tools and approaches. There is much to explore in this article.