Quartz: The one-man army working to make Quora better for Q&A obsessed Indians. “It’s not quite Facebook or Twitter in India, but Quora has built up a seemingly engaged and loyal following in the country since 2010, a year after it was launched by two former Facebook employees, Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever. Today, the platform gets over 20% of its traffic from India and Indians constitute the second-largest user base for the US-based company.”
ArchivesAware: October 4th Is Ask An Archivist Day!. “On October 4, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants.”
Digital Trends: Askedoo, A Q&A Live-stream App, Will Remind You To Never Take Google For Granted . “It’s tough to envision a world where our questions aren’t answered with one simple Google search. But sometimes, the search engine has you going past the second page only to realize you’ve reached a dead end. This week, we have an app specifically created for answering your questions in an unconventional way: Live-streaming.”
TechCrunch: Google reveals the top things people want to find out ‘How to’ do. “Google has a new website compiled using search data and built by its News Lab, working together with Xaquin G.V., an interactive visual data journalist. The site uses data related to searches made by users about ‘How To’ do things, which represents a massive amount of activity on Google, it turns out.”
Google Blog: All your questions answered on Google Maps and Search. “When deciding where to go and what to do, we often ask ourselves lots of questions before making a decision. Soon, you’ll be able to ask those questions, get the answers you need, and even answer other people’s questions about places on Google Maps for Android and mobile Search.”
A perspective on Reddit you rarely see in the media – and did I mention how much I enjoy The Atlantic? Is Reddit the World’s Best Advice Column? “r/Relationships is fascinating, and not just because the subreddit is a miles-deep reservoir of roiling drama. It’s also, by the food-fight standards of online discourse, a finely oiled machine. A team of volunteer moderators categorizes each post—there are many hundreds on a typical day—into groupings like ‘infidelity,’ ‘breakups,’ or ‘non-romantic,’ makes sure each is tagged with the ages and genders of the parties involved, and patrols the comment sections diligently for incivility. Astonishingly, the whole mechanism manages to dispense fairly level-headed advice.”
The Iowa Museums, Archives, and Libraries Emergency Response Team has launched IMALERT. “The IMALERT Hotline … can connect staff with the information and expertise needed to respond to, and recover from, any level of incident from a leaking pipe to a major flood. Through the team’s vast experience in conservation, preservation and emergency response and recovery, help is available to assess damage to collection materials, make recommendations for recovery, assist with decision making on drying out buildings, and demonstrate salvage techniques and/or help organize the initial salvage operation.” I can’t tell if this is Iowa-only or not. It doesn’t say Iowa-only. I hope not; it’s a great idea.