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Monthly Archives: January 2012

//January

Google updates privacy policies – worried much?

By | January 28th, 2012|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Google announced a few days ago that they are updating their privacy policies. They are now also sending out emails to everyone with a Google account, how much more upfront can they be and still people think they are hiding something. The changes come into effect as from the 1st of March but already people are voicing their concerns on Facebook and Twitter. One person said they will feel like they are being watched all the time, they said this publically on a twitter account with many followers :) Google amalgamated all policies into just one privacy policy, to make it easier for everyone. They say that they are creating one experience  - You log into Google Account and all of your accounts become one -  your Gmail - Search - You Tube and Calender.  In short, all of the information from these Google products will be shared with each other, to enable Google to understand us better and to help our searches be more accurate and target us with better ads. I love Google - Google+, Youtube, Gmail, and everything that goes with [...]

It wasn’t me! Twitter admits to unfollowing for us

By | January 22nd, 2012|Categories: Internet Tools, Social Media|Tags: , , , , |

Twitter has confirmed that there is a known issue which seems as if it is unfollowing our followers. Well, what they actually say is that it just appears that your friends have been unfollowed but really they haven't.  However this doesn't explain why you cannot dm users that you know that you were following previously. The first comments on this page from this Twitter support blog are 6 months old, of which there are 345 comments - so I assume thats how old the post is but still we have this problem. People say a fix is to reload the twitter.com page, it doesn't show those users as unfollowed anymore. I haven't tried this yet. However, its good news to know that Twitter to acknowledge the fact, as its pretty embarrassing to say - I didn't unfollow you, it must have been twitter - yeah sure! Mind you, now its a good excuse to use, if say you unfollowed someone by mistake or in the heat of the moment! ha!  No, of course I wouldn't do that! This unfollowing is not a new issue, [...]

How to find an RSS feed on a Blogger Blogspot blog.

By | January 21st, 2012|Categories: Tips for Bloggers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The reason for this post is that I wanted to add someones RSS feed to my new reader and for some reason they don't have it displayed on their blog and this is how I found it What is an RSS feed - This is a very detailed blog about what is RSS on Problogger, everything you need to know is there about RSS feeds. How to find an RSS feed on a blogspot blog. Blogspot, thought they would make this difficult to find for some reason as,  most blogs or websites you would just type /feed or /rss something like that at the end of the URL but blogger in its wisdom decided to use this.... /feeds/posts/default?alt=rss So all you have to do is just add that to the end of the blogspot url like this... http://lv-loves.blogspot.com http://lv-loves.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss This is my cousins awesome blog btw, about love, laughter, movies, books, reviews, and beauty, things she loves basically :)  You can check that is it correct by typing that into your search bar, if its correct you will see something like [...]

SOPA and why popular websites are joining the blackout

By | January 18th, 2012|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act - A proposed Bill to stop or restrict access to sites that host pirated content. Sopa is basically looking for a way to finally completely shutdown all torrent sites such at Pirate Bay. Good you say...... So then why are so many social media or websites and search engines supporting or joining the black out protest against SOPA and PIPA  which is the Protect IP Act the companion bill. Sopa Blackout Sites such at Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Minecraft, Twitpic, Flickr, Tumblr, Umgur, Boing boing, and many other sites are opposing the acts saying that American companies being asked to censor the internet. Its Big Brother.They say, the internet will be fully censored, people won't share anything and if they do, search engines, websites, ad networks and providers are to withhold their services.  Pirates would include anyone that is infringing copyrights. Thus will be the end of the internet as we know it.  So the sites are protesting this now to raise awareness while SOPA is on hold. List of websites supporting the SOPA blackout  The RedTape Contronicles say this  SOPA's [...]

Have you signed up for Pinterest yet?

By | January 14th, 2012|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Pinterest is your virtual Pinboard or Scrapbook. Pinterest is well-funded by a this group of  successful entrepreneurs and investors: Jack Abraham (Milo), Michael Birch (Bebo), Scott Belsky(Behance), Shana Fisher (Highline Venture Partners), Ron Conway (SV Angel), Kevin Hartz (EventBrite), Jeremy Stoppelman (Yelp), Hank Vigil, and Fritz Lanman. I've just signed up for this, even though it was apparently launched in March 2010 - (which was why I couldn't get my usual user name)  but it is still in Beta and invitation only or by requesting an invite Pinterest now also has an iPhone application My Pinterest users name is techieminx  Create your Pinboards in Pinterest You pin pictures, video or links to your boards, which can have whatever categories you like. You can use your own links or pictures, or someone elses, always making sure you give credit to the original source. It very simple and easy to do. Choose if you want to Add a Pin -  You choose from your own pictures/video's stored on your PC or iPhone.  Upload a Pin - Here you put the URL of the picture/video you wish to display. Create a Board - You create a Board to put your Pins. Look at [...]

How to enable the new Blogger or Blogspot new threaded comments

By | January 12th, 2012|Categories: Tips for Bloggers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bloggers on Google's Blogger blog sites have been asking the question for a long time, when will we get threaded comments like you can have on websites such as wordpress. Now they can, today Blogger announced they have made another improvement to Blogger and that is that they new support threaded commenting. Threaded commenting makes it much easier to see whether someone is actually just commenting on the blog or in fact replying to another comment. This makes it much more likely for people to leave feedback on a blog as they can submit there on view on someone else's response to your blog post. For instance - on my blog problems with twitter on the iphone 4s Bob might comment - This solution didn't fix it for me, its still not working. Janice can now reply to Bobs comment  - You must be doing something wrong, as it worked for me and hopefully Bob has clicked notify by mail of any updates to comments on this post - then Bob will see it and he could even reply back. [...]

Don’t give up! New Year’s Resolutions [Infographic]

By | January 10th, 2012|Categories: Internet Tools|Tags: , , , , , , |

It seems that New years resolutions are made to break, a little bit like rules! We seem to set ourselves impossible tasks or too many at once. We are 10 days into 2012 now... How are you doing with your 2012 resolutions? If you said you were going to Eat Healthy Food and went out for a huge steak and chips this weekend, does that mean you've failed as this infographic suggests?  No, of course not - it just means you tripped up along the way. Besides you can have a treat now and then, ok it was a little early into the year, but don't give up! If you have chosen more than one resolution such as... Get Fit Loose weight Give up Smoking Get a better job Leave Facebook Join Google+ ...just decide which one is the most important and stick to that for 6 months or so, then maybe tackle the next one.  You will just go crazy trying to do them all at once and probably give up completely.  Choose the easiest first like joining Google+ :) Keep [...]

How to get Facebook’s new Timeline and What the heck is it?

By | January 8th, 2012|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Can't wait to get Facebook's New Timeline ? You will have it very soon, don't worry! However if you have been chomping at the bit since the launch of Timeline in December for your Facebook Profile to change and can't wait any longer you can get it right now. Before we go into that, some are still asking - What is Facebook timeline?  Facebook timeline is a new profile layout that will show your Facebook activity from the time you joined Facebook. In a Time... Line!  Clever?  So, now your Facebook friends can look through your whole Facebook networking history not just what you posted today or last week.  Fun or Scary?  You may want to change some settings, I will show you how. I'm surprised actually that some of my most safety conscious friends are loving the new timeline. This is Mick Say's Timeline...He's from the Online Marketing Academy - I'm sure he won't mind me showing you what it looks like. I do like the fact that you can have a cover picture (the large picture at the top) it makes the page look much more professional and [...]

Switch to Pink Facebook Hoax Spreading Fast

By | January 8th, 2012|Categories: Scams|Tags: , , , , , , |

Message appearing on Facebook claiming to change your Facebook Pink, is a survey scam There are ways to switch to a Pink Facebook using Chrome which you can Google for but there is a link spreading on Facebook at the moment, which is a hoax. Title - Switch to Pink Facebook (Limited Time) The link here is the same as all survey scams - when you click it, it spams all of your friends facebook walls telling them of the good news, that you have a pink facebook, which you don't realise until its too late. You are asked to first fill in a survey for verification but of course, nothing happens, they now have lots of information from you and the scammers have been paid for their efforts in scamming you. If you see this on your wall delete it, and tell the person to inform followers that it is a scam, and follow these instructions to remove a facebook scam. Always check out suspicious links before clicking it, IF IN DOUBT DON'T CLICK ! Update : There are now other scams - [...]

iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner does your housework

By | January 5th, 2012|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |

iRobot was founded in 1990 (then called IS Robotics) by Rodney Brooks, Colin Angel (CEO) and Helen Greiner.  The company was originally involved with space exploration by robots and worked with organizations such as NASA where they developed a robot for lunar exploration. Cool huh! However in 1997 after they had developed at AutoCleaner for someone else, a team was gathered to build the world's first affordable home floor cleaning robot. Since 2002 iRobot have sold over 6 million home cleaning robots.  6 million? What sort of people have these? They must be just used in offices or hotels, places with large open spaces, I can't see how it would work in cramped spaces with lots of furniture... There is even a Roomote - a Roomba itunes app that is used to control your iRobot, Roomba! Although check what the description says on the app store before you download. I would love to know if you have one of these, hoover robots! Hoover trivia When I was younger in Britain vacuum cleaners were called hoovers as The hoover company was the leading manufacturer of many household goods especially [...]