Times Colonist: New tools to dig digitally into Island papers’ past. “Historians and genealogists interested in people and communities north of Vancouver Island’s Malahat summit are gaining two new tools from Vancouver Island University. VIU Library and Special Collections is embarking on a project to reproduce in digital format early editions of the Nanaimo Daily Free Press (1874-1928) and the Cowichan Leader (1905-1928).”
Pappas Post: Philadelphia Historical Society Preserves City’s Greek Musical Heritage. “In recent years, the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia has been on a long-term mission, collecting countless photographs and other materials for a digital library to preserve the city’s rich Greek heritage and history. But it is not just any digital library; it is a historical record being put together through public photo submissions that tells the story of more than 100 years of Greek music in Philadelphia.”
SEO Roundtable: Is Another Google Update Happening In May?. “Mid-may we reported of a Google update brewing that led to more fluctuations around May 17th or so. Now I am seeing some chatter and signs from the tracking tools of an update happening today, May 24th. Some of the chatter is around this update is that it is sporadic, that one hour the results are all different and the next, the search results are back to normal.”
Mashable: Here’s what your Twitter timeline would’ve looked like 10 years ago. “Speaking of Twitter, what happened in your 2008 feed? You can take a look at what your timeline would’ve looked like ten years ago, based on the accounts you follow now, in a neat link spotted by technologist Andy Baio.” Nifty trick from Andy Baio.
Scroll .in: Government plans to monitor individual social media users to gauge opinion about official policies. That’s not creepy at all. This is India, BTW. “With less than a year left for the general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government hopes to deploy a ‘social media analytical tool’ that will create digital profiles of citizens, ostensibly to gauge their opinions about official policies, according to a bid document issued last month by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The government hopes to use this information to target individuals with personalised campaigns to promote ‘positive’ opinions and to neutralise ‘negative sentiments’ about government schemes. The tool, according to the specifications of the bid document, should have the capacity to monitor a range of digital platforms: Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and blogs. The tool should also be able to ‘listen to’ email, the document says, though it is not clear how this can be achieved without violating users’ privacy.” What is this, the anti-GDPR?
US News & World Report: Study: Social Media Usage Linked to Underage Drinking. “ALCOHOL-RELATED SOCIAL media posts appear to influence youth alcohol consumption, a new study says. The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, examined associations between young adults’ drinking behavior and the photos and posts of alcohol-fueled parties and behaviors that fill their feeds on social media sites. Despite the pervasive use of social media among young adults, the study says, little is known about its effect on drinking patterns.”
New York Times: A Generation Zer’s Take on the Social Media Age. “Adults seem to think the internet is nothing more than a breeding ground for unproductivity and detachment from the ‘real world,’ that social media offers only a platform for cyberbullies and child predators. They mock us for our so-called ‘addiction,’ calling us a self-involved, attention-starved generation. But if you ask any intelligent young person — two adjectives that are not mutually exclusive — they’ll tell you all about what the information superhighway really means to us.”