From Columbia University (man, ResearchBuzz is very research-y today, isn’t it?): Using Google Street View to Understand Pedestrian Injury Risk. “We just published an article in the American Journal of Public Health in which we use Google Street View to identify characteristics of streets and intersections associated with pedestrian injuries and fatalities. … Higher counts of pedestrian injuries at intersections were associated with the presence of nearby billboards and bus-stops. Injury incidence per pedestrian was lower at intersections with higher estimated pedestrian volumes.”
Thoughtful piece from Julie Taylor in South Africa publication Business Day: The appeal of online exhibitions. “Art and museum curators’ fears about online exhibitions being a ‘competitive replica’ of the real thing — and thus dissuading in-person visits — have proved to be unsubstantiated. THIS is a critical point for curators: that real and virtual exhibits very often have different audiences. Virtual exhibits were originally seen as complementary to real exhibits, but it may be better to understand them as independent entities.”
More Twitter: apparently e-cigarette ads on Twitter go far and wide. “While the Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on the sales of e-cigarettes to people under 18, as we are beginning to understand the health effects of the substitute to smoking, a recent study by researchers at Drexel University and the University of Southern California suggests that e-cigarette marketing on social media is about as containable as second-hand smoke.”
Wow, um, okay. According to The Guardian, Google is testing solar-powered drones to deliver high-speed Internet. “Based out of the site near the town called Truth or Consequences, Project SkyBender is using drones to experiment with millimetre-wave radio transmissions, one of the technologies that could underpin next generation 5G wireless internet access. High frequency millimetre waves can theoretically transmit gigabits of data every second, up to 40 times more than today’s 4G LTE systems.”
Dave Winer continues his role as self-appointed Cassandra (and I do not mean that in a pejorative way) with his essay Anywhere But Medium. “If Medium were more humble, or if they had competition, I would relax about it. But I remember how much RSS suffered for being dominated by Google. And Google was a huge company and could have afforded to run Google Reader forever at a loss. Medium is a startup, a well-funded one for sure, but they could easily pivot and leave all the stories poorly served, or not served at all. I’m sure their user license doesn’t require them to store your writing perpetually, or even until next week.”
News Whip took a look at how US Presidential candidates are using Instagram. “We compiled data on Democrat and Republican candidates with a verified Instagram presence*. Analysing their activity over a 53-day period from 1st December 2015 to 22nd January 2016, here are some of the key insights.”
Researchers: the more selfies you post on Instagram, the more likely you are to have romantic relationship conflict. “With an online survey of 420 Instagram users between the ages of 18 to 62, the researchers found that Instagram selfie posting is associated with and predicted by an individual’s overall body image satisfaction. … However, Instagram selfie posting behaviors were found to be associated with increased Instagram-related relationship conflict. The researchers defined Instagram-related conflict as jealousy and arguments occurring due to either or both partners’ Instagram selfie posting behaviors.”
Apparently people trust Google for news more than they trust actual news outlets. Where do people think Google gets its news? Flying elves? “One reason for the disparity could be the way news outlets package stories for specific platforms. Headlines that have been optimized for search engines are usually short and fact-based (hence the trust), while headlines shared on other platforms—social media in particular—can be more open to interpretation. Facebook is now the top traffic referrer to publishers, ahead of Google.” People hate clickbait. STOP THE PRESSES.