- Good weather for moving: Here are some lovely wind and ocean current maps that make great use of maps technology. What can you do with your environmental data?
- Moving van: Moovit crowdsources data from transit users all over to help you master public trans in many cities.
- Outside the box: New Pew data looks at racial diversity on social networks, and finds Instagram the best blended when it comes to diversity. With data from Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
- Foam peanuts: Wikipedia went after a PR firm that advertised its skill at retooling your Wikipedia page, a violation of terms. The firm said that was unfair.
- Gift box for your book: AK Booster is a software research tool that can help your book stand out better on Amazon.
- Box frame: Keep getting your fat fingers in the pics of the beach? If you have an iPhone, use Crop Video. Here's how.
- Moving day: Here's how to create a robust editorial calendar for your content using Google Calendar. Shh: This is how I do it.
- Unpacking what works on FB: Detailed data on what works best for hotels and resorts on Facebook might help you do better if you're communicating about a hospitality biz, restaurant, campus or other place-based entity. I like the nuances teased out in this survey.
- Big-box stores: Watch out for Tumblr and Pinterest, gaining on the big guys for online retail customers.
- Movers and shakers: Want free, fast video transcription? Hack it on YouTube.
- It's a wrap: Pete Seeger, who died this week at age 94, should be your social media role model. When asked on Fresh Air why he didn't play up his role as father of the American folk music, he described his own kind of crowdsourcing this way:
No, I would've known it was a lie. My main purpose as a musician has been to get people singing and get people to make music by themselves. And it's the only reason I keep singing is because I'm a skilled song leader now. My voice is 50 percent shot. I can still shout in the high notes, but my low notes are very wobbly. But I can still get a crowd singing. And so when they're singing, they don't bother listening to me. They're having a lot of fun. And that's my main purpose. I want to show people what a lot of fun it is to sing together.
Here he is doing just that at President Obama's inaugural. Watch the crowd shots to understand his impact, and look at the hundreds of comments on his obituary to get a sense of someone who knew how to touch an audience: