Research: Using Google Street View to Understand Pedestrian Injury Risk

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.”

Editorial: The Appeal of Online Exhibitions

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.”

E-Cigarette Advertising All Over Twitter

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.”

Using Live Twitter Chats in Social Work Education

Found, in a roundabout way, on Tweet, Tweet!: Using Live Twitter Chats in Social Work Education. The abstract: “This article focuses on the use of Twitter and how it can be used to help students develop professional social work skills through live chats. An overview of the literature on Twitter in education is provided along with a discussion on New Media Literacies. A description of a live Twitter chat assignment with social work students is provided along with results from a survey assessing learning outcomes from the experience. Implications for social work education and suggestions for future research are also provided.”

Google Testing Solar-Powered Drones To Deliver Internet?

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.”

Using Social Media and Remote Sensors To Detect Flooding

Interesting: using social media and remote sensors to detect flooding. “Twitter and Flickr, along with remote sensor data, can be used to identify flooded areas, a team of university researchers say. It’s faster than using publicly available satellite images on their own. That imaging can sometimes take days to become available, the researchers say. It’s also easier to identify the flooded streets.”

Walt Mossberg: Twitter Is Too Hard to Use

Walt Mossberg in The Verge: Twitter is too hard to use. “To potential new users, it’s a real challenge to learn all of Twitter’s often arcane little features. And even for people who have been using the service multiple times daily for years, like me, it can be tricky to decide when to use which feature and in which situation.” In my Real Job, I do a lot of interviews, and we ask about social media use. Everybody uses Facebook. Almost nobody uses Twitter. We get more responses mentioning Instagram — and, increasingly, Snapchat — than we do Twitter. It’s become a running joke. We ask the interview if they use Twitter, they say no, and I look at the ceiling, sigh, and say sadly, “Nobody uses Twitter but me. And Snoop Dogg.” If Twitter hadn’t kicked so many developers to the curb there would be lots of ways to […]

Dave Winer: Publish Anywhere But Medium

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.”

Social Media Use Can Lead to Sleep Disturbance in Young Adults

Not terribly surprised to read that social media use can cause sleep disturbance in young adults. “Participants in the study spent 61 hours on social media per week and 30 percent had ‘high levels of sleep disturbance’ meaning sleep reduced due to social media including swiping through Instagram and taking part in arguments on Facebook or Twitter. In some ways, this behavior may be a form of self medication. The team sampled 1,788 U.S. adults between ages 19 and 32.”

World Leaders on Twitter

The Digital Policy Council has released its update of world leaders on Twitter (PRESS RELEASE). “The Digital Policy Council (DPC) released its sixth annual ranking of world leaders on Twitter as a means of communication and diplomacy within the political landscape. Mirroring last year’s trend, new sign-ups by heads of state remain almost negligible in 2015. Analyses as of December 2015 reveal that 83% heads of state worldwide are active on Twitter. A total of 139 world leaders out of 167 countries had accounts on Twitter set up in their personal name or through an official government office, which reflects a mere 1% increase over 2014.”

Researchers: Selfies On Instagram Predict Romantic Relationship Troubles

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.”

People Trust Google for News More Than the News Outlets Themselves

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.