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A Crash Course in Facebook Sharing

It seems like every nine months or so Facebook revises its privacy settings. Usually these routine changes aren’t severe, and often they just apply the way things are set up by default. But that doesn’t mean that it can still get confusing.

So here’s the crash course. These are top 4 relational types of communication you can do on Facebook. Sure there are plenty of fine-grained settings you can make on the privacy page; and – sure – you should make those.  But if you’re just trying to get a quick post up or make that critical status update, remember these …

ONE-to-ONE

The only truly exclusive communication on Facebook is personal messages.  Those are monitored, measured and composed using the little conversation-bubble icon in the nav bar.

Personal messages appear like a chat window, and they’re really a combination of email and chat.  If you have a friend (or friends) whom you’re talking to on message, it can happen in real time, like instant messages do.  What’s more, Facebook capitalizes on this and includes photo-sharing and emojis.

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Need to Know: Log out of Everything at Once

There are great benefits to being able to store information in Cloud accounts, ya know, instead of a local computer or device.  It can save you tons of room on your computer, and you don’t have to lug around portable hard drives to access all of those family photos that you want to share with Grandma. But it also has its drawbacks, even if you’re not a celebrity who stores embarrassing selfies on Instagram.

For example, if you log on from a friend’s device and forget to log out, your friend can access your account at any time. If you are having trouble remembering all of your dozens of passwords, or if you can’t keep track of what’s logged in where, a good way to get a fresh start is to go to each website and use its “Log out of All” feature.

Logging out of Everything at Once

Some of the more popular websites and applications that contain the “Log out of All” feature include Google’s Gmail/Google Drive, Apple’s iTunes, Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter.

Logging out of all sessions on G-Mail

1. Log in to Gmail. At the bottom of the screen, you will see a message “Currently being used in n other location(s).” Click Details.

2. Click Last account activity.

3. Click Sign out of all other sessions.

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Social Site Roundup: Getting Down to Business (Mostly)

When you think of social media, your first thought isn’t necessarily about business.  Of course, social media is big business.  On your end (the client side) you see the effects of business interest in the form of ads and promotions, and as much as these may be annoying, they’re the bottom layer of what makes it all work.

But it’s not just about ads and market-revenue.  There’s business going online that’s more personable and self invested.  From public awareness groups trying to spread the word, to small startups trying to drum up interest, everyone from the corporate conglomerate to the individual freelancer has a stake in getting seen … and getting seen in the right light.  The truth is, social media is so much a part of the professional world that it has successfully blurred the lines between private issues and public affairs.  For good and bad, social media = social attention.

In this ongoing countdown of current social movers and shakers, we’ll highlight some of the more popular avenues that businesses take, and that individuals take to show they mean business.

Facebook

icon_FacebookIt may seem like Facebook always gets top billing, and that’s because it is currently the undisputed leader of social media.  Even though there are various SM outlets geared toward business (See LinkedIn below), Facebook is still as likely a place for an employers to look when they want to assess a hiring candidate.

Employers can and will investigate your posts, pictures and activities – inasmuch as your privacy settings allow it.  Your likes and interests can tell someone what kind of activities you engage in, your political leanings and your relationships with co-employees, bosses and businesses as a whole. It’s not doom and gloom though. Most people have come to accept this and so there’s a good-sense movement that encourages people to be free on Facebook, but also be careful. Many go so far as to keep professionalism in mind, tailoring or even tweaking their profiles to show not only who they are, but in equal amounts their affiliations and abilities.

On the business end though, Facebook has become a hub of keeping up.  Businesses don’t have profiles the same way people do. Instead they have pages, just like a given book or movie or tv show.  Other people can like the page, and the act of garnering likes can translate to traffic to that page.  So what goes on it?  Usually there’s a banner heading for the company showcasing the brand, and getting the word out about a great product or service. Ahem …

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Social Site Roundup: The First Five Families of Social Media

It seems like just a few years ago that a social network meant the group of friends you had over for pie and vacation slideshows. Or perhaps your friends you chatted with over coffee in the mornings or over bowling shoes at night. Okay, maybe that’s more than a few years ago, but social networks have come a long way from babysitting coops and office parties.

Today a social media network is a similar to the groups of old, but much, much larger. Social media is a term given to various internet platforms and websites where groups of people interact with each other. Usually this involves connecting with people in some way – friends, followers, what have you – and then sharing information, pictures, website links or almost anything else across those networks.

This series of articles will give you a crash-course in the major social media platforms: what they are, how they’re used, and also who they are. The who is an important question because it may seem like there are more options for social sharing than there are blades of grass in the inzone. That’s why we’re starting things off with a rundown of the main social media families and their components as they exist today – as for tomorrow, who knows?

The Family Facebook

icon_Facebook The first website that comes to mind for most people when we discuss social networks is Facebook. There was even a movie about the creation of Facebook called – yeah – The Social Network.

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