Darius Kazemi has put out a document/website/thing called Run your own social. From the introduction: “Since August 2018 I have run a social network site called Friend Camp for about 50 of my friends. I think Friend Camp is a really nice place, and my friends seem to agree that it has enriched our lives. I’d like to see more places like Friend Camp on the internet, and this document is my attempt to provide some practical guidance as to how you might run a social network site like this.” This is tasty and I’m figuring out a weekend I can devote to building one for patrons.
MakeUseOf: What Is TikTok and How Does It Work? . “Since these videos have been spreading like wildfire across the web, you’re probably wondering what TikTok is, how to make your own videos, and how to get most out of the app. So, in this article, you’ll find out what TikTok is, how it works, and how to use it.” Not the deepest dive ever, but a decent overview.
MakeUseOf: How to Make a Snapchat Geofilter on a Budget . “A Snapchat geofilter is a great way to identify a specific location, and can also be used to advertise an event or local business. Creating a geofilter isn’t as hard or expensive as it sounds. So, in this article we explain how to make a Snapchat geofilter on a budget.”
How-To Geek: The Beginner’s Guide to Google Sheets. “If you’re just beginning to use Google Sheets, its extensive features and add-ons can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to get you on the fast track to start using this powerful, free alternative to Microsoft Excel.”
How-To Geek: The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs. “If you’re just getting started with Google Docs, its extensive features and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft Word.” Very detailed starter guide. If I had a friend getting started with Google Docs, I would point them here.
Lifehacker: How to Start Your Own Podcast . “Podcasts are now firmly established parts of pop culture, and chances are you probably have a favorite (or seven) that help make your commute more bearable. And while every armchair broadcaster with a voice recorder app is eager to get in the game, creating a professional-sounding podcast isn’t as simple as it might seem. Here’s how to create, record, and publish your own basic podcast—and get people to listen.” This is apparently a regular Lifehacker article that’s been updated a couple times. It has TONS of information.
James Tanner, ALWAYS getting it done. Genealogy’s Star: The Ultimate Digital Preservation Guide, Part One. “The cumulative cost of preserving a physical record is considerable and increases over time. There is, of course among genealogists, in particular, a lot of hand wringing over the loss of records. But some loss is inevitable and inexorable. Due to technological advances, we can now capture a much greater portion of our collective human history. Because of the technology that allows documents and records to be digitally preserved, the cost of preserving an individual record has plummeted and now approaches zero. But however contradictory as it may seem, the cost of preserving large numbers of records is still substantial and as with physical stuff, the now converted digital stuff will decay, be destroyed, or lost in many different ways.”