Twitter for early warnings

Imagine not having the Twitter firehose of comment and news. This study shows that Twitter has good information value.

Sudha Ram’s Big Data Research Rejects Twitter as Frivolous – Bridget M. Kuehn, Management Information Systems, Univ of Arizona (Nov 19)

“Now, scientists are finding that Twitter data—especially when combined with other real-time data streams like environmental sensors or data from fitness apps—also have the potential to provide early warnings about chronic disease, emergencies, adverse drug reactions, or even safety problems like prescription drug misuse.

Ancillary Copyright and Hyperlinks

This would be the end of the Web we know and love — What Happens If Hyperlinks Get Copyright Protection In Europe?, Lisa Brownlee, Forbes (Nov 9)

The European Commission is examining the law governing hyperlinks — “What is being discussed, essentially, is ancillary copyright. Ancillary copyright includes the right of copyright owners to charge a fee for hyperlinking to and excerpting from their works. From a practical standpoint, this law would affect any news aggregator linking to and excerpting works from European content sources, not just EU based aggregators.”

Digitizing early newspapers

many countries have digitization programs for their newspapers. The DPLA in the US is investigating making access to all papers from one place.

DPLA Announces Knight Foundation Grant to Research Potential Integration of Newspaper Content, DPLA

In other countries — “Other national digital libraries including Trove in Australia and Europeana have undertaken efforts to make full-text newspaper discovery a priority. Europeana recently launched Europeana Newspapers by aggregating 18 million historic newspaper pages. The intent of the DPLA staff is to engage the state newspaper projects, as well as Trove and Europeana Newspapers, over the next year as we consider the viability of a US-based newspaper aggregation. DPLA will also engage with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) community to discuss how IIIF may play a role in centralized newspaper discovery.”

What’s Canada doing?

Google Scholar and OAPEN

Google Scholar is indexing Open Access books at OAPEN, nearly 2,500 in number.

Google Scholar Indexes Open Access Books, Press Release, Knowledge Unlatched (October 28, 2015)

Read more about it at Knowledge Unlatched – starting with this excerpt from the page about benefits to readers.

Knowledge Unlatched has made it possible for anyone in the world with an Internet connection to read books published through the Knowledge Unlatched project for free. A PDF Open Access version of unlatched books has been posted on OAPEN and HathiTrust immediately upon publication. The Open Access version does not not carry DRM restrictions.

Pinterest in-Pin search

New and better searching at Pinterest – very “organic”. Use the zoom to bring up images that are similar.  Often these are the same image but saved to other boards, or they are similar design at an individual board.  Either way, it adds to visual searching as a search option.  Fun

Pinterest’s New Visual Search Results Won’t Have Ads, Ginny Marvin, Marketing Land (Nov 10)

The new in-Pin visual search adds an entirely new layer to discovery, and flips traditional keyword-based search on its head. It will likely have broad appeal to retailers and brands looking to reach users as they show active interest in specific items.

The new Firefox

The new Mozilla Firefox received 4 1/2 stars from PC Magazine.

Mozilla Firefox, Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine (Nov 4)

BOTTOM LINE: With plenty of new features, including tracking protection in Private Browsing mode, integrated video calling, and even an app store, Firefox reigns as our favorite Web browser.

Some of the features to look for:

  • Offers tracking protection in private browsing – maybe we should be using that
  • Has built-in video chatting
  • Has reading mode – that means it makes those hideously cultered pages readable! “When you land on an article page, a book icon appears at the right of the address box; turning on reading mode is a simple matter of clicking on this.”
  • Supports tab groups
  • And so much more

And it was found to be as efficient as Chrome.

What’s happening to Twitter?

The Atlantic has had more than one article about Twitter. This month it is The Decay of Twitter (Nov 2) by Robinson Meyer. Earnings have been sagging, which, signals failure – distressingly so.

Somehow we are supposed to decode —

And what has specifically gotten pressed is the balance of spoken-word habits and written-word ones. “The rot we’re seeing in Twitter is the rot of participatory media devolved into competitive spheres where the collective ‘we’ treats conversational contributions as fixed print-like identity claims,” she [Bonnie Stewart]  writes.

I’m going to sit in sidelines and watch Twitter either gain the edge again as is, or morph into something else.