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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: Micro Blogs and Blogging Micro

The microblog. We get that it’s a short little burst of text, perhaps peppered with images or links. But why have these short bursts of information become so appealing?

The question implies that we have only recently decided that we like short bits of text and updates. This simply is not true. We have always enjoyed skimming headlines. There are far more headline readers in the heyday of newspaper sales than there were folks who read the thing from cover to cover.

We like to grasp the basic idea of something and then either move on or stick around and learn more. The microblog is simply a new way of reading headlines – lots and lots of headlines.

Why People Post and Follow Micro Blogs

You skim the status updates, images and tweets. Some things make you smile, some you flat out ignore and others catch your attention – what is she talking about here? Or perhaps what is he linking to that everyone thinks is so interesting?

Suddenly you’re doing more than skimming headlines. You’re digging deeper into the network. Perhaps you’re following links to read articles or pulling up older posts to get some background information when something catches your eye.

That may explain why headlinewe like to read the microblogs, but why do so many people enjoy writing them?

That part is a bit simpler to explain. The microblog asks you to throw out a quick note, summary or headline. You can then link to more information, but you don’t have to take the time to write everything up in your own words. You can just throw out a quick expression or mention and your job is all but complete. This is often the exact goal in office memos and journalism – making the microblogs a fit in many different areas.

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