The Verge: The dream of the ‘00s lives on in gossip blogs. “Mostly, the internet is worse now than it was 20 years ago — but at least it looks better. Now that ‘going online’ is more often a job than a hobby, the internet looks appropriately sleek to match: by adults and for adults, by professionals and for professionals. Platforms have different personalities, from the cutesy quirk of Etsy to the clean, friendly usability of Slack. But, in general, if a website is popular, if it is large enough to be the primary income source for its creators, it is both navigable and beautiful in a minimalist, Scandinavian-boutique-hotel sort of way. The look of a website is intentional and made by a well-paid committee. Very little about the internet’s appearance, short of a bug quickly remedied, is an accident.”
Facebook launches ‘Hunt for False News’ debunk blog as fakery drops 50% . “Facebook hopes detailing concrete examples of fake news it’s caught — or missed — could improve news literacy, or at least prove it’s attacking the misinformation problem. Today Facebook launched ‘The Hunt for False News,’ in which it examines viral B.S., relays the decisions of its third-party fact-checkers and explains how the story was tracked down. The first edition reveals cases where false captions were put on old videos, people were wrongfully identified as perpetrators of crimes or real facts were massively exaggerated.”
Library of Congress: Science Blogs Web Archive. “This guest post is an interview with Lisa Massengale, Head of the Science Reference Section, with contributions by the Web Archive’s creator Jennifer Harbster, a Science Reference and Research Specialist for the Science, Technology and Business Division from Oct. 2001- Dec. 2015. Along with her reference duties for the Library’s Science Reference Service, she created Everyday Mysteries an online collection of fun and scientifically interesting questions and answers about everyday phenomena. Jennifer is the author of the Saving Science Blogs which provides additional information about the collection.”
ProBlogger: Everything You Need to Know About Inserting and Editing Images in WordPress. “While there’s no absolute rule that bloggers need to include images, most bloggers will include at least one eye-catching image in each post (normally at or very near the start). However, it’s easy to make mistakes with images. We’ve already covered how to obtain images legally so you don’t accidentally infringe on someone’s copyright. But in today’s post, I want to go through the process of uploading and inserting images.”
Blogger Blog: It’s spring cleaning time for Blogger. “To make room for some exciting updates coming soon to Blogger, we’re simplifying the platform to enhance the blogging experience for all of our users.” Every time I see Google talking about “spring cleaning,” I worry they’re about to kill something off. Does not appear to be the case here. Yet.
DigitalA11Y: The Great Accessibility Blogs Roundup. “We identified the influencers in the accessibility space & made this comprehensive list of accessibility blogs. As the accessibility space is very dynamic keeping updated about various accessibility techniques, tips & tricks will be the key for success & we hope these blogs will come in handy.”
ProBlogger: When DIY Blogging isn’t for You: 5 Alternatives to Self-Hosted WordPress. “Many of the world’s largest blogs and websites run on self-hosted WordPress. Thousands of plugins and themes are available – many for free, although there are lots of premium options too. And a self-hosted blog gives you full control and plenty of flexibility. But for some bloggers, self-hosted WordPress might not be the best choice.”