Tubefilter: Famous Birthdays Surpasses 25 Million Monthly Visitors, Driven By TikTok Surge. “Famous Birthdays, a social media influencer encyclopedia of sorts — as well as a chronicler of the most popular creators of the day — has seen a recent surge in monthly visitors that founder and CEO Evan Britton attributes to the rise of TikTok.”
Thanks to Esther S. for this one – I completely missed it. Ohio University: “Book Beat” airs again in Don Swaim Digital Collection. “The Ohio University Libraries’ Don Swaim Collection, featuring over 700 audio interviews of well-known authors from ‘Book Beat,’ the nationally produced CBS Radio News program, is now digitally available online—including digital transcripts of the syndicated news program. From 1982 through 1993 ‘Book Beat,’ hosted by OHIO alumnus Don Swaim (1959), ran daily snippets of the candid taped interviews of famous authors such as Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, John Irving, Ray Bradbury and many others.”
Sightlines: Years of ‘In Black America’ Radio Series Digitized, Made Public. “Covering a breathtaking swath of the African American experience — education, style, economics, social issues, sports, families, culture, literature, science and politics — ‘In Black America’ has featured interviews with luminaries including writer and photographer Gordon Parks, Sr.; dance pioneer and choreographer Alvin Ailey; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; architect John S. Chase, the first black architect licensed in Texas; poet Nikki Giovanni; and author Maya Angelou.”
New-to-me, from Open Culture: How Dick Cavett Brought Sophistication to Late Night Talk Shows: Watch 270 Classic Interviews Online. “Just as the avuncular presence of Ed Sullivan helped ease middle America into accepting Elvis Presley and The Beatles, the aw-shucks midwestern charm of Dick Cavett made Woodstock hippies seem downright cuddly when he had Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby, and Joni Mitchell on just after the legendary music festival in 1969. He had a way of making everyone around him comfortable enough to reveal just a little more than they might otherwise.”
Variety: Michelle Obama Sets Launch of First Series on Instagram’s IGTV. “Michelle Obama is turning to Instagram’s IGTV video platform with a new series aimed at inspiring young people to plan for college careers by chronicling the experiences of first-year students.”
BBC: New Year Honours: 1,000 addresses published in error. “A list of more than 1,000 addresses of New Years Honours recipients, including those of senior police officers and politicians, has been accidentally published by the government. The file was uploaded to the official website, but has since been removed.” I suspect Elton John is not happy right now.
CNET: Taylor Swift is still the most influential person on Twitter in 2019. “It’s hardly a surprising result given that Swift came out on top last year, even though she only tweeted 13 times in total. This year she’s seriously upped her Twitter game, crossposting almost everything to Twitter that she also posts on Instagram and Tumblr — her favored social media platform.”