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Embed Social Media Posts in WordPress

It’s easy to embed posts from many popular social media sites into a WordPress post or page without using any special embed code or plugins — just add the link to the post in the WordPress editing screen in Text mode. It’s always better to keep things simple in WordPress, so it’s a good idea to use the built-in WordPress support rather than using plugins that need to be updated or embed code that may cause conflicts and makes the code on your post of page longer and more complicated to edit.

Instagram

If you’re looking at a single Instagram post in a browser, you can just copy the URL in the location bar and paste it into WordPress. If you’re looking at a page with multiple posts, follow the three dots to get an option to Go to post and then copy the URL from the location bar.

Beary (the oldest of the bears) read a very special story to the other bears #winthroppubliclibrary #stuffedanimalsleepover

A post shared by Winthrop Public Library (@winthrop_publiclibrary) on

Twitter

When looking at a page of tweets or a single tweet in a browser, the unlabeled More menu has an option to Copy link to tweet.

Pinterest

When looking at a group of pins in a browser, click or tap on a pin to open it and copy the URL from the location bar.

Facebook

When looking at a Facebook page in a browser, click or tap on the date/time link for the post and copy the URL from the location bar.

History Trends

This is a collection of the links related to the brief presentation on History Trends that I am doing at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference tomorrow.

Facial Recognition

Picasa and other image management systems have facial recognition that can help identify and tag people in photographs. Systems need to be taught who people are, but the software can be very useful with historic images as well.

Mass. Memories Road Show

Mass Memories Road Show — Official site where you can search and browse images “The Mass. Memories Road Show is an initiative of the Massachusetts Studies Project at UMass Boston, co-sponsored by Mass Humanities and the Joseph P. Healey Library.”

Mass. Memories Road Show Presentation — Great presentation by Heather Cole, Assistant Director of the Mass. Memories Road Show

“Wakefield Then and Now” Photo Contest

“Wakefield Then & Now” Photo Contest — Contest announcement

“Wakefield Then & Now” Photo Contest Winners — Announcement of the winning photographs

“Wakefield Then & Now” — Flickr set

Corner of Water Street and Wakefield Avenue — Record for a then & now set in the library catalog

Names

World War I Monument
Eastman Building, 1888 — Photograph of the Eastman Building in Melrose, Massachusetts, on Flickr

Jenny Greenwood — Photograph of the grave of Jenny Greenwood, 1851-1862, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Reading, Massachusetts, on Flickr

World War I Monument — Transcription of names and dates from monument in Hamilton, Massachusetts

Places

Revolution of 1689

Boulevard Diner — Worcester Lunch Car Company #730, 1936, on Flickr

Revolution of 1689 — Photograph of Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Marker on Flickr

The Historical Marker Database — Crowdsourced database of historical markers around the world with transcribed text, photographs, longitude and latitude, categories and more

Dr. P.H. Peach, Dentist
Dr. P.H. Peach, Dentist — Screenshot of old advertisement from a book in the Internet Archive on Flickr

Worcester History Images from the Internet Archive — Blog post

$5K homes in Mt. Pleasant, 1905 — From a set of historic images of Washington, DC by rockcreek on Flickr

Solving Mysteries

Hugh Butterworth — Flickr member phototrack123 and his wife buy old portrait photographs, identify the subjects and research the family with a goal of sending the photograph to descendents

Harry Montague as Captain Molyneux in “The Shaugraun” 1875 — Read the comments to see a group working together to identify the subject of this photograph

Unclaimed Persons — Volunteer genealogists work together to identify possible relatives for cases where the identity of the deceased is known but the next of kin is unknown

Mobile

MobileGenealogy.com — “Dedicated to news, reviews and information about mobile devices and genealogy software”

QR codes in use at the Powerhouse Museum — Linking exhibits to more information

Encyclopedia Virginia — Using Layar with the Encyclopedia’s geolocated content out in the real world

Wikitude — Another augmented reality browser that overlays information and images on your view of the world

Social Media and the Workplace

There’s an interesting article called From the Web to the Workplace in the current issue of the Boston Phoenix about the importance of social media skills in today’s job market. It highlights some of the adult education classes being offered in the Boston area to help people learn how to use blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to help them in their job search, and to develop skills using social media in the workplace.
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