First created in 2009, Pl@ntNet is a social network for plant lovers, as well as a plant identification app.
Once a user makes an identification (or marks the plant as unknown), they submit their photos to the Pl@ntNet community. Thousands of professional botanists and flora-philes scan the stream of new observations to verify a species, or suggest a new one. If a person confirms your observation, a little green “crowd” icon appears. Your score rises as more people validate your labels, although a few users are certified to train the algorithm without community validation.
I haven’t used this yet but I’ll definitely check it out. I also love iNaturalist. It’s not really a social network, but it can identify both plants and animals.
A Tumblr porn ban will go into effect December 17. The new policy follows the recent child pornography incident the platform suffered.
The company shared that some accounts have been using third-party software to artificially grow their audience.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss what’s behind Google shutting down its Google+ social network platform, plus they explore a new report saying an iPad Pro with a USB-C port is coming in October.
A message from friends warning your Facebook account may have been hacked made the rounds over the weekend. It’s a scam.
Twitter user Emma found that by muting specific text strings she could fix Twitter and block suggested features that make Twitter annoying.
The social network Path is shutting down on October 18th because apparently no one uses it any more.
Timehop has been hacked and the company says personal data for 21 million users, including cellphone numbers, was taken.
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what Snapchat is doing with its new APIs to promote its social network, plus they share their thoughts on a developer’s complaint about the state of Mac hardware.
Facebook is launching its own dating service some time this year so you’ll soon have a new way to find Mr. or Mrs. Right and share more personal information with the social network.
Check out these resources to know what to do if you see suicide or self harm-threatening messages on social network services.
There are no ads—targeted or otherwise—and no tracking users of any kind, such as data mining.
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss how Facebook works to hold our interest, and talk about ways to limit how much the social network tracks us.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Instagram’s new Show Active Status feature, plus John explains the confusing state of Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K owners.
If you aren’t keen on Instagram’s new feature that lets the people you follow see when you’re active in the app, here’s how to turn it off.
Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Google’s new hardware announcements and voice control, plus they have some thoughts on the new social network service XikiHub.