IFTTT Launches New “Maker” Tier

IFTTT is launching a new “Maker” tier. “In November of this year, we opened our partner platform and launched Applets. Since then, we’ve grown in every way — more users, more partners, and more Applets. We’ve also seen the number of people using our developer tools and services grow to over 200,000. We know this passionate and creative group, our Makers, are eager to use the powerful Applet building tools we launched for partners last year. So today, we’re excited to announce that the Maker tier of the IFTTT platform is open!”

Cornell: Law Library database makes more legal scholarship available

Cornell: Law Library database makes more legal scholarship available. “The Cornell Law Library is partnering in the development and management of LawArXiv, a new online database of legal scholarship that aims to make important research more widely available to scholars, legal researchers and the public. LawArXiv is a free, open access repository for legal scholarship, maintained and owned by legal scholars and law librarians.”

Furman Center Launches New Floodplain Data Tool

Furman Center, NYU: Introducing FloodzoneData.us, Presenting Data on the People and Housing in the U.S. Floodplain. “FloodzoneData.us is a new data tool presented by the NYU Furman Center describing the people and housing located in the nation’s floodplains. The interactive map and data downloads make information available at the state, county, and Census tract levels…. The NYU Furman Center’s FloodzoneData.us combines housing and population data with FEMA maps of the 100-year floodplain (the term for areas with a one percent probability of flooding each year) and the 500-year floodplain (areas with a 0.2 percent probability of flooding each year).”

Wired: Facebook Claims It Has a Better Way to Prove Ads Work on Facebook

Wired: Facebook Claims It Has a Better Way to Prove Ads Work on Facebook. “Facebook’s first-ever State of the (Measurement) Union event in New York City today is meant to mollify marketers still worried about issues with transparency. The plan? Convince them that metrics don’t matter at all.”

New Yorker: Social-Media Creation Myths

Well, *I* thought it was funny. From the New Yorker: Social-Media Creation Myths. “Twitter is a beautiful, magical bird trapped in the body of a Web site by a jealous underworld demigod. The billion billionth time that Twitter is refreshed, the bird will return to her original form and ascend to the sky, borne aloft by a billion billion joules of subtweets.”

The Guardian: Underpaid and overburdened: the life of a Facebook moderator

The Guardian: Underpaid and overburdened: the life of a Facebook moderator. “Psychologists say that the emotional toll of looking at extreme imagery, whether violent terrorist acts or child sexual abuse, can be punishing. Workers exposed to such content should have extensive resiliency training and access to counsellors, akin to the support that first-responders receive. However, testimony from those working to keep beheadings, bestiality and child sexual abuse images off Facebook indicates that the support provided isn’t enough.”

The Next Web: Snapchat launches a design studio for custom geofilters

The Next Web: Snapchat launches a design studio for custom geofilters. “Snapchat introduced the ability to let you create your own Geofilters – effects that are only available in specific physical locations – early last year, but you had to be familiar with design tools like Photoshop or Illustrator in order to make anything decent. Fret no more: you can now create your own filters from scratch right from your browser.”