CNET: Mike Pence parody site tops Google search results for his name. “If you type Mike Pence’s name into Google, you may get the impression that the US vice president is running for president. (If you actually click on one of the first links that pops up though, a website called Mike Pence Is President, you’ll realize it’s just a big joke.)”
The Digital Fix: Forbidden Planet open up their archives and share previously unseen photos from their in-store signings.. “Forbidden Planet have made available for the first time a treasure trove of images from their instore events – including photos of some of their most famous guests. You can now find full details, including photographs, flyers and posters, from all of our events from 1978 to 1989, including signings with Mark Hamill and Dave Prowse, James Doohan, Nick Rhodes, Jon Pertwee, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey and many, many more.” More content will be available in the fall.
Mashable: Google launches Cameos, a new celebrity Q&A app for search. “Google’s making it easier for celebrities to control what appears in their search results. Thursday, the search giant released a new app called Cameos, which lets celebs record vertical full-screen video answers to commonly searched-for questions about them.”
Tubefilter: YouTube In Hot Water Again After Search Results For Tom Hanks Lead To Conspiracy Theories. “Even as YouTube continues to take action against videos that promote conspiracy theories, its search results continue to be infested with outlandish video. The latest controversy related to the video site’s algorithm concerns the search results for celebrities like Tom Hanks, where content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory was briefly promoted to the top of the page.”
BusinessWire: Friends of Lincoln Collection Launches New Website (PRESS RELEASE). “Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc., has launched a new website serving as a gateway to thousands of digitized Lincoln era letters, photographs, newspapers, books and other items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Also, it will soon post searchable archives from the 1,900+ issues of Lincoln Lore. First published in 1929, Lincoln Lore is a nationally recognized magazine for scholarly articles, interviews, book reviews, and announcements of local and national Lincoln-related programs and events. The resource, currently published four times a year, is intended for scholars, teachers and students of all ages.” I wasn’t going to confirm that the site was about Abraham Lincoln, but then I thought that SOMEBODY out there might think it was about Lincoln Logs… so yeah, this is about Abraham Lincoln.
Refinery29: Instagram Is Changing How We Define A Public Figure, Not Necessarily For The Better. “In Thomas Rhett’s single ‘Life Changes’, released this past April, the singer croons about the life stages people experience as they grow older. For the most part, Rhett references generic moments that could belong to any generation: Arriving at college and not knowing what to major in; falling in love and getting engaged; and having kids. These are so unspecific they verge on being boring. But there is one standout pop culture mention that could only belong to the current generation of social media natives.”
Mashable: U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch kindly reminds Google that he’s still alive. “Just a friendly reminder that Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is very much alive and not at all dead, despite what your search engine may have recently suggested.”