Abuse on Twitter and the Internet

What was once hailed as a marvelous, open communications platform. The Twitter about page says “We created the Twitter platform to foster communication on a global scale, because we believe the open exchange of information can be a compelling force for good in the world.” But for many people it has become a platform for unrelenting abuse and scurrilous speech. What has happened to the actress Leslie Jones finally attracts headlines, but will it lead to real control? Not likely. Twitter may try but this virulence of rabid users has a way of getting past controls. It infects comments and communication channels everywhere – including the comments on this Globe article.

Maybe Twitter can’t be fixed, Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail (Jul 20)

Dark Web

Just in case you want to delve into the dark web Tech Republic tells you how.

How to safely access and navigate the Dark Web, Dan Patterson, TechRepublic (July 11)

“The Dark Web, the deep web, and darknet, are spooky-sounding phrases that refer to websites that mask their IP address and can only be accessed using encryption-friendly tools like The Onion Router. ”

This article seems to equate dark web and deep web. I prefer use “deep web” for the hard-to-find, legitimate resources published in databases that have not been indexed by the search engines..

But the Dark Web  is truly an underworld – “The United Nations, FBI, and CIA use the encrypted internet to monitor terror groups like Daesh and keep tabs on criminal profiteers. Corporate IT departments frequently crawl the Dark Web in search of stolen corporate credit card information and compromised accounts.”

How to build a web alert

Tremendous article by Tara Calishain at Research Buzz on how she built an “information trap” (ie a web monitoring program) on a subject she knows little about for a client, her husband using methods for building vocabulary. In this she shows the selective use of several advanced Google search features as well as Google Trends. She records it all in her One Note folder. Lots of pointers for novice and expert.

Anatomy of an Information Trap, Part I: Starting From Scratch, Research Buzz (July 12)

Google travel tools for mobile user

Making travel arrangements on a mobile device just got easier through Google’s features to improve filtering of hotel searches, and new alerts for airfare.  These will be seen first in the US – then internationally.

Google offers new hotel search filters, deal labels and airline price tracking, Greg Sterling, (Jul 12)

Of interest: “Google has said that mobile visits to travel sites now represent 40 percent of total travel traffic. Responding to this shift in consumer behavior.”

Chrome Shortcuts

Shortcuts, if you can remember them, save time.  You’ll have no trouble picking three shortcuts to use with the Chrome browser from CNE — 21 Chrome shortcuts you need to know by Matt Elliott.

Mac users, use the Command key; Windows user, use CTRL.

Three I’ve picked as a Windows user:

  • CTRL W – close a tab – much easier than clicking on the tiny x. Then CTRL Shift T – reopen the last closed tab
  • Backspace – go back a page rather than clicking on back arrow. (Tho I couldn’t get shift-backspace to work for going forward).
  • CTRL L – go to address bar to enter new url

A new education paradigm

Some synergies to the Microsoft – LinkedIn union are beginning to show in the area of education.  LinkedIn owns Lynda, a source of many courses for acquiring skills – and of course Microsoft delivers skills building courses. Much more might be made of this.

Education looms big in shared dreams of LinkedIn, Microsoft by Zara Kessler, Bloomberg News via Seattle Times (July 5)

With LinkedIn’s data at hand, Microsoft could control the currently fragmented corporate-training market, education consultant Michael Feldstein suggested to Quartz. On-the-job training has changed, with the employer now “pushing the training cost back onto the employee, in a sense, and demanding more evidence of work-readiness at the point of hire,” said Jeff Strohl, director of research at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

There are new educational paradigms emerging. It won’t mean the end of university undergraduate degrees, but it will but more onus on the individual to take on self-training and acquire a few badges to build skills and show initiative and persistence.

Digital Archiving

Digital archiving has reached an urgency as more records begin in digital format, and older ones are digitized. Jan Zastrow in Information Today introduces Top 10 Digital Archives Blogs (July 5)  There is much for the archivist or records manager to investigate here and some for the individual interested in personal archives and genealogy..

Here’s a list of bests to help you sift through the noise—online journals, blogs, and RSS and Twitter feeds—to keep you abreast of what’s happening in the quickly evolving world of digital archives, electronic records, digital preservation and curation, personal archiving, digital humanities, and more. Some are sponsored by august institutions, while others are more informal, idiosyncratic offerings from thought leaders in the industry. A caveat: These are all U.S.-centric, English-language sources, which do not span the universe of ideas about digital cultural heritage globally (for that, get started at the World Digital Library; wdl.org).

Evernote’s surprise

Evernote shocked its user base with an emailed announcement that it is raising the price of Plus and Premium without adding features, and that Basic users will be restricted to using the app on only two devices. Annoyingly Evernote never states the rates in its emails. It took Taylor Martin at CNet to unpack what this means for users.

Is Evernote Premium’s new price worth it? (July 1)

This is a very useful guide showing prices and features – and providing guidance to Basic users. I do use the app on more than two devices – but I think I can get by with using online access. He does point out that there is always OneNote, a very easy to use clipping and note taking tool – and it is free.

At LifeHacker, Thorin Klosowski has a guide to How to Jump Ship From Evernote and Take Your Data With You. He describes how to export notes, but more specifically, he shows how to move everything to OneNote or to Apple Notes.