Tag Archives: Social Media

5 Things Parents Can Do to Help Teenagers Succeed Online

15 Jun

According to Dr. Georgette Constantinou there a few things parents can do to help their teens succeed online. If you follow these steps you will end up on the right path.

What parents can do to help teenagers succeed online:
1. Understand social media – which ones do what?
2. Warn them about strangers – common sense translates
3. Review privacy settings – what are they?
4. Know about apps like Poof that hide other apps
5. Set limits of usage – how much per day?

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Reddit Is Calling Your Name

23 May

When was the last time you used Reddit? Recently Stephen Herron reminded me of the site’s powerful knowledge base. According to Wikipedia, “Reddit is an entertainment, social networking, and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links.” Basically the site is user-generated content and people promote stories by voting on them.

Discover news stories and links instantly on Reddit. The site is divided into hot, new, rising, controversial, top, gilded, wiki and promoted content. You can also use the site to find minute details on things like, “Why did Van Halen say no brown M&Ms in their concert contract back in the early days?”  If you just check out Reddit’s front page you will get lost for hours in content and perhaps learning something along the way. As a note for parents, the site can be rather sarcastic and cavalier at times.

Reddit is user generated content voted by it’s users
http://reddit.com

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What is Freebooting?

3 May

What is freebooting? Why does it matter? How can you do your part to stop it? The definition of freebooting is the act of downloading a form of media that someone else made and uploading it as their own. Another way to put it, it’s a process of stealing someone else’s creative content on a social media platform like YouTube, and passing it off as your own on another like Facebook. You basically cut of the branding or edit a video to make it your own. Check out this YouTube video by Brad Burke of SwankyBox that explains the impact of freebooting. What do you think about it?

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When’s The Last Time We Talked?

2 Aug

How do you keep track of the last time you spoke to one of your friends? In this day and age, you probably have many circles of friends – work, personal, organizations and school. How often do you touch base with your friends? Do you forget to contact them for ages? I can imagine your friend may wonder, “Are we even friends anymore?” Now there is a social application called TinyBlu that allows you enter in the last time you spoke to someone. If you don’t text or email them again, you will then get an email notice that reminds you to get a hold of them again. I like the fact that you can quick visual of each friend’s mood based on when you last contacted them. Thanks to Stephen Herron on the find.

Manage your social life:

  • Check the last time you hung out with a friend
  • Get a reminder when you lose touch with someone
  • Maintain regular interactions with important people

http://tinyblu.com/

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Social Media Done Right With Buffer App

18 Feb

Do your posts get buried at bottom of the stream? Why not automatically and continually post your thoughts throughout the day with the Buffer App? The next time you think of sending a post, save it to Buffer and it will schedule them for you so it’s sent sporadically.

The website says, “Buffer makes your life easier with a smarter way to schedule the great content you find. Fill up your Buffer at one time in the day and Buffer automagically posts them for you through the day. Simply keep that Buffer topped up to have a consistent social media presence all day round, all week long.”

Free account gets you:
+ 10 posts in your Buffer
+ 1 Twitter account
+ 1 Facebook account
+ 1 LinkedIn account
+ Free browser extensions
+ Free mobile apps
+ Use your Bit.ly

http://bufferapp.com/

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Do A Jig, Find A Cowboy

31 Aug

Looking for answers? Leading Hands recently pointed you to Quora as an interactive way to get your burning questions answered. The creator of Delicious has now launched Jig, a social media Q&A website. If you are a fan of bookmarking your favorite websites for the world to see, then why not do the same with your questions and answers.

Jig is a site that enables you to socially post questions in a Facebook/Twitter format. You post your “Needs”. You can follow other users. You can “Suggest a Solution”. The best part is searching the site for answers. Jig is the social way to discover and share knowledge.

https://www.jig.com/

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yfrog Shares the Conversation

20 Jul

Give your tweets a face with yfrog! If you are looking for an easy way to post some tweets with photos or simply just another platform to send messages, then yfrog is it! You don't need to register, you can just connect your existing Twitter account.

http://yfrog.com/

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Social Media Conference Finder

27 Sep

The best way to get on the band wagon with social media is to attend a conference. The biggest issue is trying to find a great event and then finding the budget to attend it. Have you heard of the Social Media Conference Directory? Forget spending hours of searching through dozens of websites when you can find all the information you need about social media, user experience, web design and open source conference in one place. Try out the Lanyrd!

Find great conferences to attend
http://lanyrd.com/

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Social Media Security Plan

25 Sep

Is your company or organization looking to get involved in Social Media? If so, then you need to develop a solid social media plan. In my mind, staying secure in is the key to successful strategy. Below are key points you need to know to build a thriving social network for you business.

TOP TEN SOCIAL MEDIA PLAN STEPS
1. Immediate Threats – document what is the worst case scenario and how to respond to it
2. Marketing Benefits – what are the goals and how can you make $
3. The Devil You Know – establish what users/topics will be taboo
4. Social Media Policy – all folks who participate need agree to the rules
5. Training Is Key – teach all social media users how to use it
6. Set Limits – how many tweets will you make in a day?
7. Educate IT Staff – often seen as a security nightmare, get tech on same page
8. Keep Computers Secure – Confirm anti-virus and malware software installed
9. Privacy Practices – what not to say and what not to do
10. Open Communication – at all times all team members need to be collaborating

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Web 2.0 Suicide

26 Jan

Are you sick of Twittering? Last year Miley Cyrus pulled the plug on her Twitter account after months of speculation. Social Networking is like exercising. You need to consistently workout 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes a session. The more you exercise, the better your results. If you don’t have time to commit to social networking, then you can now easily pull the plug.

A new website called the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine will erase your social networking account instantly. All you do is login to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace account and within minutes your site is history. In the past, the process involved logging into each account, finding the delete this account button, and moving through the prompts of the networking begging you not to leave. Now all you have to do is login this online application and end your accounts forever.

http://suicidemachine.org/

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