Phys.org: Detecting dangers with crowdsourcing

Phys.org: Detecting dangers with crowdsourcing. “By the time officials in Flint, Mich., declared a state of emergency in response dangerously high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water in mid-December of 2015, residents had been complaining to each other about discolored and foul-smelling drinking water for more than a year. That time lag, between residents identifying a potential hazard and government officials taking action, shocked Pooja Chandrashekar, A.B. ’18, a biomedical engineering concentrator at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.”

NDTV: Reddit Is Testing Country-Specific Home Pages That Highlight ‘Geo Popular’ Content

NDTV: Reddit Is Testing Country-Specific Home Pages That Highlight ‘Geo Popular’ Content . “Reddit is exploring a new way to make its front page more relevant to its readers. The social aggregation and discussion website is testing tailored home pages based on a reader’s location in select places, Gadgets 360 spotted on Wednesday. The company has confirmed to us that it is indeed testing ‘geo popular’ home pages.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

TechCrunch: Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map. “Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and Android users globally.”

The Verge: Reddit continues to reshape itself by adding location tagging

The Verge: Reddit continues to reshape itself by adding location tagging. “Reddit has been quietly transforming into a more mature social network, and today it’s adding another small but critical piece: the ability to add location tags to posts. The feature will launch on mobile and is powered by Foursquare’s directory of locations.”

Think Disaster: a basic twitter geocode search how-to

This is from last December, but a) I think it’s important and b) it was blogged by someone whose interest is in disaster prep and response: a basic twitter geocode search how-to. “I just re-wrote and simplified my instructions for creating a fast, simple twitter geocode search, as my previous blog post has links in the instructions that don’t work anymore.”

Google: Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps

Google: Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps. “‘Where are you now?’ and ‘What’s your ETA?’ Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, you’ll be able to share your real-time location with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop.”