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Twiangulate powers journalism, non-profits and PR

Twiangulate: ‘Find experts and insiders. Discover which accounts are followed by key people in a scribe swarm, gossip empire, artful sphere or judicious gaggle. Understand clout. Determine which influentials and celebs follow an account using our “reach” search. Reveal a group’s favorites. Which accounts are most followed by members of a group, for example, theContinue Reading

Google launches subscription service for YouTube

Knowedge@Wharton – “Last week, YouTube launched the company’s long-anticipated ad-free monthly subscription service, YouTube Red — a move that may not only affect the streaming video giant’s content creators and users, but also ripple through a number of businesses run by YouTube’s parent company, Google. And the impact of the announcement could reverberate further: YouTubeContinue Reading

Firefox Now Offers a More Private Browsing Experience

“We’re releasing a powerful new feature in Firefox Private Browsing called Tracking Protection. We created this feature because we believe in giving you more choice and control over your Web experience. With the release of Tracking Protection in Firefox Private Browsing we are leading the industry by giving you control over the data that thirdContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Google’s A/B Testing Method is Being Applied to Improve Government Operations

Via – Google’s A/B Testing Method is Being Applied to Improve Government Operations – Alan Rothman discusses and documents a method of testing used in the private sector that also has significant in public sector applications – the process called “A/B testing.” Users are shown two nearly identical versions of something with one ofContinue Reading

Yale MeSH Analyzer – Free Web Search Tool

Searching for Excellence at the NAHSL Conference Blog Post by Hongjie Wang October 23, 2015 “The Yale MeSH Analyzer,” a new web-based search tool introduced at the [2015 North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries] meeting Contributed Papers Session by Holly Grossetta Nardini and Lei Wang, took us all by storm.  This excellent MeSH Analyzer saves timeContinue Reading

New free online repository –

“ is an online repository of publicly available contracts for large-scale land, agriculture, and forestry projects. The repository includes the full text of contracts; plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human rights, fiscal, and operational terms; and tools for searching and comparing contracts. Launched in October 2015, promotes greater transparency ofContinue Reading

View all the Web and App Activities You Conduct Using Google

TechInsider: “The tech giant collects various user data including search history, location, and voice searches to help improve its services and provide relevant ads. However, some users might be surprised to know they can easily take a look at all of the data Google has on them…To view this information, go to “My Account” thenContinue Reading

Google is recording your voice and questions

Quartz – Mike Murphy – Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive “Google searches are like a stream of consciousness. We plug every idle curiosity, every thought, and every question into the search engine. Google has always kept careful record of these searches, which helps sell ads. But GoogleContinue Reading

GPO MetaLib Search Engine expands coverage

“Welcome to MetaLib, a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)! MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online. To learn more, view additional brief or detailed search information.” See this link for theContinue Reading

16 Searches You Can Run on Wolfram Alpha That Don’t Work on Google

“There are all kinds of different ways to use Wolfram Alpha, and it’s often a better idea to load up the computational knowledge engine rather than your search portal of choice. Here are 16 of the most useful queries that Wolfram Alpha can handle but leave Google stumped…”

Commentary – the web is not a library, repository, a place

The Atlantic – If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can, by Adrienne LaFrance, October 14, 2015: “If a sprawling Pulitzer Prize-nominated feature in one of the nation’s oldest newspapers can disappear from the web, anything can. “There are now no passive means of preserving digital information,” saidContinue Reading

Paper – Characterizing the Google Books Corpus

Characterizing the Google Books Corpus: Strong Limits to Inferences of Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Evolution. Eitan Adam Pechenick, Christopher M. Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds. PLOS ONE – Published: October 7, 2015. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137041. “It is tempting to treat frequency trends from the Google Books data sets as indicators of the “true” popularity of various words andContinue Reading