Tom’s Guide: Google Chrome’s clever new feature will save you a ton of time. “Now this is a game-changer for Google Chrome. A new extension shared in the Chrome Web Store (that just got an update today, June 19) streamlines the process of sharing web pages.”
BetaNews: Web accessibility platform accessiBe secures $12 million to make the entire web accessible. “Web accessibility platform accessiBe announced that it has secured funding from global investment firm K1 Investment Management, LLC. The $12 million capital will be used to help the company grow its market in North America and improve its services for its customers and partners.”
MIT Technology Review: The race to save the first draft of coronavirus history from internet oblivion. “According to Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive’s founder, his organization is already collecting about 1 billion URLs a day across the web. Archiving the pandemic means trying to identify and collect the pages their ordinary efforts might otherwise overlook, relying on a network of library professionals and members of the public: local and international public health pages, petitions, resources for medical professionals trying to fight covid-19, and accounts from those who have had the virus. It’s not easy. ‘The average life of a web page is only 100 days before it’s changed or deleted,’ he says.
Inoreader: Convert Almost Any Webpage Into RSS Feed With Inoreader’s Web Feeds. “Whenever you see a web page with a series of updates, be it news articles, blog posts, classifieds, product updates, weather alerts, practically any series of HTML links, Inoreader should be able to present it as an RSS feed. This feed will then be continuously updated, and any new links added to the list will pop up as articles inside Inoreader. Just like any regular feed.”
Oooh, me likey. From BetaNews: Whoa! Brave browser can now show you web pages that no longer exist. “When browsing the web, it can be frustrating to encounter a 404 error. You know the page isn’t there, but you don’t always know why. Has it been removed on purpose, by accident, or was it never there in the first place? Well, Brave — the browser from Brendan Eich, a former CEO of Mozilla — is about to make 404 frustration a thing of the past, by giving you the chance to view the actual web page after it’s been removed.”
Library of Congress: In a Web Archives Frame of Mind: Improving Access and Describing the Collections. “In 2018, the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team embarked on a journey to streamline description of the Library’s voluminous web archives. As part of that continuing effort, the Library of Congress Digital Content Management Section is excited to announce the release of 4,258 new web archives across 97 event and thematic collections!”
Make Tech Easier: How to Find Out When a Webpage Was Published. “When you’re doing research on a topic, it’s vital to ensure your sources are up to date. If you’re writing an academic paper, dates of publication are often required in the citations. The majority of the time, getting the date is easy: simply look on the site and find the ‘published on’ date to find how recent it was. Things get a little more complicated when there is no date listed on the webpage. When this happens, how do you know when the page was published?”
Hongkiat: How to Apply Instagram Filters on Web Images . “Many love using Instagram and the filters that come with the app, to make their photos more interesting and beautiful. So far though, the use of these filters are restricted to use inside the app. What if you want to use Instagram filters on web images, outside of the app, like photos you want to put up in your personal blog or website?”
MakeUseOf: 5 Apps Better Than Browser Bookmarks to Manage Tabs and Save Links for Later. “Bookmarks are great to save links for later, but they do tend to pile up into clutter. These smart apps will help manage bookmarks better than the built-in browser feature and even get you through your read-it-later list.” A few additional suggestions in the comments, but I really like the idea of 30DayBookmarks.
Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine’s Save Page Now is New and Improved. “Every day hundreds of millions of web pages are archived to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Tens of millions of them submitted by users like you using our Save Page Now service. You can now do that in a way that is easier, faster and better than ever before.”
Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine: Fighting Digital Extinction in New Ways. “The average web page might last three months before it’s altered or deleted forever. You never know when access to the information on these web pages is going to be needed. It might be three months from now; it might be three decades. That’s how the Wayback Machine serves—making history by saving history. Now, the Wayback Machine is fighting digital extinction in brand new ways.”
How-To Geek: How to Share a Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides File as a Web Page. “With Google Drive, you can share any Google file (from Docs, Sheets, or Slides) online as a web page for anyone to see. You can even share simple HTML files to act as your site’s landing page. Here’s how to do it.”
MakeUseOf: The Scrapestack API Makes It Easy to Scrape Websites for Data. “Finding it time-consuming to visit all your favorite websites and read everything that matters? One solution is a web scraper, a software tool that gathers information you need from other sites. We’re going to look at the scrapestack API, a web scraping service that you can subscribe to. Once set up, you can use scrapestack to grab whatever data you want from other sites.”
MakeUseOf: How to Grab Someone’s Attention by Sending Full Screen Messages. “Ever needed to send a message to someone online and really wanted to get your point across? They might ignore a simple direct message on Slack, and an email might sit in their inbox for days. You need another way. If you’re looking for an alternative to get someone’s attention, why not try a full screen message? Through a simple service called BigAssMessage, you can easily make this a reality. Let’s take a look at it.” Simple and LOUD. Might use this to remind my husband when it’s time to roll the garbage cans out.