Make Professional Animated Videos with GoAnimate

Professional Animated Videos with GoAnimateI love animated videos so when I was asked to try out the Professional Animated Videos with GoAnimate I jumped at the chance.

We all know that video is a very important part of Social Media Marketing – it really can increase your engagement on social media.

However, although I love creating videos  I am pretty useless at making them myself, I usually have a little help – however much I enjoy it. So this for me is a great challenge and if I can do it anyone can.

Professional Animated Videos with GoAnimate

First of all its really simple to sign up and get started – there is a 14 day free trial and then there are 3 plans

  • Go Publish
  • Go Premium
  • Go Team

Professional Animated Videos with GoAnimate

I was lucky enough to be given some time with one of the plans to test this out (disclaimer)

How to make videos with GoAnimate

You first click MAKE A VIDEO and select a theme – there are 18 themes to choose from – I’ve only actually looked at 2 so far and I’m loving it.

Themes

  • Business Friendly
  • Whiteboard Animation
  • Business as Visual
  • Common Craft
  • Comedy World
  • Lil’ Peepz
  • Stickly Business
  • Cartoon Classics
  • White Houserz
  • Anime
  • Ninja Amine
  • Space Citizens
  • Chibi Peepz
  • Chibi Ninjas
  • Space Peepz
  • Stick Figures
  • Wildlife
  • Lil’ Petz World

Go Animate Tutorials

The great thing about GoAnimate for me is that every type of video has a full tutorial, so you can get started right away without having to spend time reading about the functions and options or watching lots of videos on “how to create animated videos”, you can just get stuck right in.

go animate

Backgrounds

You get to choose your backgrounds from a huge list, the only thing here is that I would have liked a search function rather than having to scroll through lots of backgrounds to find the right one for me.  Most of the other images have a search so I’m not sure why backgrounds don’t. Edit – you can search backgrounds but maybe not when you are doing the tutorial. You can also change your backgrounds at anytime.


Characters

There are a vast choice of characters which are fully customisable – what you can do with these are amazing – its almost like a character creation in a game, you can change hair styles – clothes – facial expressions, stances and so on.


Voice

You can add your own voice – from a mic recording or you can upload a file that you have previously recorded. There is also the option to have text to speech with many accents and choices.


Actions

You can search actions for your characters – to make them walk, jump, run, laugh etc.


Props

You can search for props – like furniture – things to hold – pens, mobile phones and such like.


Text

Again – many different fonts and actions to choose from – including how the enter or exit the screen.


Camera

You can change camera angles at the click of a button.


Music

A choice of music to add to your video.


Preview

You can preview at any time along the time line or at the end and go back to editing.


Save and share

You can then just save or you can save and share. You can share to a number of networks – including a direct upload to YouTube or you can get your embed code


I’ve really enjoyed playing with Goanimate, and to show just how simple it is to use – here is a code that I got from my very first video that I literally made in about 3 mins – with no idea in my mind about what to do the video about – its only a test so don’t judge me lol  Its so quick and easy I think in no time you can look like a professional.  I’m sure you’ll do better than me though – love to see your videos – tag me @michelledh 

test one by Michelle D Harris on GoAnimate

After about 20 mins playing around with options I then went on to make my second video – with a little more thought – and this even though still a bit basic considering all that you can do with Go Animate I was pretty pleased with it – took me about 15 mins!


This one I put on YouTube directly from the site, so quick and easy – you do need to remember to pop over to YouTube and add the tags and settings though.

I’m going to continue trying Go Animate out and hopefully show you better and better videos. I’d suggest you try it out – you get 14 days for free, which as you can see from my first 2 attempts is plenty of time to see if you like making Professional Animated Videos with GoAnimate.

How B2B businesses are handling Social Media

How B2B businesses are handling Social Media

How B2B businesses are handling Social MediaReal Business Rescue have created the following infographic to show exactly How B2B businesses are handling Social Media.  Most businesses realise now that Social media marketing isn’t just the next big thing and its not just for B2C businesses either.

Top business to business companies are proving that they can increase brand recognition, locate more clients, improve brand loyalty and increase brand authority by interacting with their target audience, which in turn increases traffic to their websites creating more sales.

There are many B2B businesses that are using social media successfully but many B2B organisations are still struggling with time management and social media strategies because they don’t understand social media and standard marketing isn’t working anymore. This leads to many businesses moving to outsourcing professional social media management agencies who do know what they are doing and will set them apart from their competitors as leaders in their fields.

How B2B businesses are handling Social Media

The Challenges B2B businesses face on Social Media

One of the most interesting feature of this infographic is the challenges that B2B business face –  33% of B2B businesses to not have the time to spend on social media – 23% have a lack of understanding – 32% have no strategies in place – so budgets aren’t a top priority  or maybe they just aren’t using their budget correctly which is why they are finding it hard to get a good RIO.

In this infographic we will find out

  • The benefits of social media for the B2B business 
  • The tips social Media Sites of 2014
  • Social Media Adoption by B2B Businesses in 2014
  • Social Media Advertising for 2015
  • Types of Content Used in Social Media
  • Challenges for the B2B on Social Media
  • Are Marketers able to demonstrate RIO in Social Media
  • Social Media Tips

How B2B businesses are handling Social Media

 

We hope you enjoyed the infographic giving us more information on How B2B businesses are handling Social Media -.  Maybe it can help you understand where B2B businesses are finding the right results, and what networks they are making the most use of.  If you want to know about about what Fairydust Media can do you for you then  contact us

The Difference Between a Cyber Stalker and a Cyber Bully

The difference between a Cyber Stalker and a Cyber Bully What is the difference between a cyber stalker and a cyber bully – The differences are minimal except the cyberstalker is irrationally obsessed with finding out more information about you which they then twist and manipulate to get what they want and the cyberbully is usually referred to when a child or teen is involved like the bully at school – which is no less distressing.

Basically they are both under the headline of Online Harassment or Cyber Harassment and when this is repeated over and over to the victim it can be very distressing or annoying.

The difference between a cyber stalker and a cyber bully

Cyberstalkers

I found an interesting article today from net for beginners which described a cyberstalker and from  my experience, this is spot on – I would go to describe this person just as this.

Cyberstalking is a very serious form of online harassment. At one level, cyberstalking is much like cyberbullying, as it involves the sending of repeated annoying and unwelcome messages. But cyberstalking goes far beyond cyberbullying in terms of motivations and tactics. Cyberstalking involves a disturbed obsession with the target, and a perverse desire to control that target in some way, even by attacking the target’s family members. Cyberstalkers do not wish to just torment someone for an adolescent power rush… stalkers want to force the target into some kind of submission, and are willing to involve other targets to achieve that disturbed result. 

CyberStalkers might involve your place of work, sending emails telling them how awful you are – stalking places where you like to relax or play a game, the networks you frequent and even your friends or colleagues, picking on them too.   They might screenshot what you say to threaten you or produce nasty pictures of you posting these to other networks to scare you into shutting up or doing what they want.  This can go on for months and months, or years if they are truly deranged.  Sometimes they don’t even think they are doing wrong!?

It is normal to have disagreements with people, maybe row with them, or lash out in anger if they have hurt you in someway but we make up and its forgotten for the Cyber Bully or Cyber Stalker, it doesn’t stop they are OBSESSED.

Cyberbullies 

Sometimes called Technobullying  – Bullies tend to be someone you know or knew even your ex best friend – They spread rumours, lies, send threats, even go as low to blackmail people or steal identities.

This is how Stop cyber bullying describes cyberbullying

“Cyberbullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.

Bully.co.uk says this

Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through your mobile phone.

Complaints to Bullying UK show that most vicious gossip and rumours are spread by people who were once your best friends so it’s best to keep secrets to yourself. Only tell people things if it wouldn’t embarrass you if other people found out about them. Posting false and malicious things about people on the internet can be harassment.

Anyone who makes threats to you on the internet could be committing a criminal offence. It’s against the law in the UK to use the phone system – which includes the internet – to cause alarm or distress.

Are we forgetting trolls? 

Even though Trolls are still included in the Online Harassment area – I don’t think Trolls are in the same league as Cyber bullies or Cyber Stalkers – Trolls just prance around the internet – trying to start arguments or provoke an emotional response from you.  This is why the saying goes DONT FEED THE TROLLS because trolls, will usually just move on to the next target if they don’t get a response from you, you have bored them.  No Fun for them.  Where as Cyber Stalkers, are much worse, much more obsessed and disturbed they keep on and on, looking at your profiles trying so hard to find something to catch you out with or checking to see if they have got to you.

I read a post about Troll Threats By Casey Quinlan recently which in the end points out that trolls want is our silence and what we need to do is to feed them until they burst – which I found amusing and that some retribution could come of it – and in this case it did make a lot of sense. However, I personally wouldn’t call the Lindy West troll a troll at all, I would call this guy a Cyber Stalker as he not only stalked her in the article everyday for 3 years to call her names using various networks even email – but he also created a fake account in the name of her Dad to hurt her even further – he wasn’t going away by being ignored – in the end the lady confronted him and well, to cut the story short here he admitted to her after she confronted him.

I think my anger towards you stems from your happiness with your own being. It offended me because it served to highlight my unhappiness with my own self.

I have e-mailed you through 2 other gmail accounts just to send you idiotic insults.

I apologize for that.

The difference between a cyber stalker and a cyber bully

I’m not sure if all Online Harassers are broken, some just think its funny, its not funny – and no one in their right mind would continue a vendetta for months and months or years as we’ve read unless they are mentally challenged in someway – they should seek help before they get into trouble, put in jail or to hurt a victim so much that they end their life. Cyber Bullying and Suicide

If you are being harassed online, which ever name you want to put on it please please tell someone – if you are young then tell a parent immediately – do not be afraid, the time has come now where almost everyone has been or knows someone that has been through this, we all know that they are evil and you are the victim.

Read, What to do if you are being bullied 

Don’t let bullies destroy your self-esteem. No one deserves to be harassed. Cyberbullies’ cowardly and destructive actions are often more about their own problems than they are about you. When bullying gets you down, talk about it with someone you trust who can build you back up.

There are a number of websites that you can go to for help and support.

The best advice I can give is to BLOCK and REPORT everything you see about you, and keep a diary of things that you do see, or hear but hopefully if you have blocked them and don’t go looking they won’t win. Its against most networks rules or terms of use so reporting them to the network or website can get them kicked off of the sites. (If they are especially disturbed or obsessed they will just create a new account to keep harassing people online but you keep blocking) It doesn’t matter what The difference between a Cyber Stalker and a Cyber Bully is or even a Troll – the same applies, its all wrong.  Its not you its them!

Good Luck and don’t them them get to you!

 

Beyond the Wave – an interactive movie by Lelo for Valentine’s Day

6.BeyondTheWave_PlayTogetherLelo, the leading sex toy brand has today released Beyond the Wave – an interactive movie by Lelo for Valentine’s Day.  This is the first time a sex toy company has released a mainstream movie.

Before you dash off thinking this movie is going to be an advert for sex toys and porn its not, so far from it, infact its the complete opposite to what you might expect –  please read on.

Beyond the Wave – an interactive movie by Lelo for Valentine’s Day

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You could say that Beyond the Wave is a love story but its actually more than that, its deeper. Lelo’s intention with this movie is to bring couples closer together on an emotional level.  To remind us how to enrich our relationships even when times are hard and to not take each other for granted.   It shows us how important it is to actually communicate and to spend time with someone and to understand where they are coming from.  Which is rather different to the attention that is focused on BDSM – “Bondage and Discipline, Sadism and Masochism” which we see with 50 shades of grey – which by coincidence is also out this weekend for Valentines Day with much controversy. I know which one I’ll be watching.1.BeyondTheWave_Casper&Wei_Ling

This film Beyond the Wave is set in China in an apocalyptic world where women and men are divided, in a world without love where men and women actually choose to live apart. However a rare meeting gives one man hope of understanding his partner’s perspective.  I believe thats where the interactive part comes in – what choices will they make?

The movie stars  Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow), Emilie Ohana (Paris, Je t’aime) and newcomer Zhu Wei Ling.

It all sounds very clever, exciting and intriguing I can’t wait to see the interactive trailer.

Beyond The Wave – Official LELO Movie Trailer

PlayTogether™ experience

The most exciting part is of course that Beyond the Wave also hosts an extended interactive trailer which is called the PlayTogether™ experience where couples are encouraged to put their mobile phones away and to enjoy interacting with each other and the movie to create their own story through their own choices, it really sounds like fun and a little bit scary too. The only interactive experiences of this kind I’ve had has been using the mobile phone, with apps such as Blippar so this will be different.

So are you glad you stayed to find out about Beyond the Wave – an interactive movie by Lelo for Valentine’s Day? Let me know what you think.

To view the trailer and interactive experience, plus access exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, visit www.BeyondTheWaveMovie.com. Plus you can keep up to date with all the movie news on the movies official Facebook and Twitter accounts @BTW_MOVIE  and @VoiceOfTheWave.

Can you see who has viewed your Facebook Profile

Can you see who has viewed your Facebook Profile The question – Can you see who has viewed your Facebook Profile, is often asked – we’d like to know if our crush is looking at our Facebook account or if that stalker is viewing your pictures or comments on Facebook.  We want to know this so much that we are willing to believe scams that tell us that we can see who has looked at our Facebook timeline.

Can you see who has viewed your Facebook Profile

From the horses mouth ….. Common Myths About Facebook

Facebook doesn’t let people track who views their profile – Third party apps cannot provide this functionality – Facebook ask you here to report the app that is telling you that you can see who viewed your facebook profile.  The same goes for your timeline – you can’t see who views your timeline or your photos, posts anything.  Infact you should be very careful what you click on Facebook – as there are scams on Facebook like this one – Watch out for – PRANK site feednewz on Facebook

We also were asked about Twitter  Can you see who’s looking at your Twitter Profile?

InitialChatFriendsList

There are a view videos or blog posts that suggest you look in the source file for – InitialChatFriendsList – to see who is looking at your Facebook profile, but I’d say the clue is in the name. Chat Friends List – The source file gives you a string of numbers that are facebook profiles – of people that you have EVER chatted with or are able to chat with.  I’ve researched my list and the top 20 are definitely people that I have chatted with on Facebook chat – some a long long time ago – as you get further down the list there are people that I am just friends with.

I have seen people on other websites saying that people that they are not friends with have come up in their InitialChatFriendsList – I wonder if these people are FOLLOWING them rather than are friends with them.

Can you see who has viewed your Facebook Profile

How to check who is following you on Facebook

Go to your profile

  • Click Friends
  • Click More
  • Click Followers

We do know that there are many many apps or web services who claim that they can tell you if you mum is watching your every move on Facebook or that your Ex is watching what you do or say – but according to Facebook this is not at all possible and most of these apps or services just want your details so that they can either steal your Facebook password or information from you as they render you with a virus or some sort of malware. And if they could do this then they are braking Facebook rules so by using these apps you could maybe chance losing your Facebook profile – just report them and move on.

If you are concerned about who is looking at your status updates – then adjust your privacy settings or when you create a post make sure you post it only to friends and not public.  Yes, privacy is difficult in our technological age but these settings are there for you to use as best you can.

How to set your posts to only friends on Facebook 

Click on the drop down menu at the bottom of the status update box – on mine it says public as most of mine are set to public unless I change them.

Click Friends

facebook friends

 

You could even change people to acquaintances instead of friends (like mum or the ex) if for instance you don’t want to delete them from your friends but don’t want them seeing everything – and then you can post to all friends except acquaintances.

How to check the rest of your Facebook privacy settings

Click the arrow in the upper-right corner of any Facebook page

  • Click Settings
  • Click Privacy on the left
  • Click a setting to change or review it.

So, there you have it, if you have your settings sorted out you don’t have to worry about who is looking at your Facebook profile, because you don’t want them to see something you posted or to stroke your ego cos you know that guy you have a crush on is watching you –  you’ll just have to ask him out and be done with it, what’s the worst that can happen?

If you have any comments, ideas or questions please do post here in the comments or ask me on @techieminx on Twitter

I think this should help you to stop asking the question Can you see who has viewed your Facebook Profile – because no good can come of wanting to find out.

Malware Problem with Porn on Facebook

Yes, we now have malware Problem with porn on Facebook. Doing the rounds at the moment are pornography videos which you get tagged into with lots of your friends (which is called malicious tagging) to make you feel that this video must be okay then, but its porn so of course there is no need to alert you to this, as you wouldn’t click this would you.  Well, some people are.  It’s estimated that 110 thousand users could be or have been infected.

Thanks to Gizmodo we have an image of one of the videos that are tricking users

Malware Problem with Porn on Facebook

Malware Problem with Porn on Facebook

You click the linkOne way to spot it is that it seems that the videos show a shorting url of goo.gl not a video site.

When you click to watch the video and you are immediately directed to a fake Flash Player update which you have to update before you can view the video.  This is when the malware attacks, you click the link to update the fake flash player and you are allowing it into your device – and now you have downloaded the malicious software on your computer and it takes control by downloading other malicious software or files – you are now infected. Now the hacker can do what it likes, it might steal photos, or get your passwords, get personal information whatever they want to do, they have control.

Then it will take over your Facebook account and create the same updates with 20 of your friends in each time, which could be very embarrassing.

Hottest Leaked Snapchats Ever

Hottest Leaked Snapchats Ever

This comes not long after the cyberscam 10 hottest leaked snapchats ever which wasn’t anything to do with showing you naked pictures of girls but took you to fraudulent websites such as the survey scams or phishing scams.

Facebook say they are fighting hard against these types of attacks and other sorts of hoaxes – but there are so many – we can see why it would be difficult.

We need to be aware and not spread these scams, report them if we seem them, and warn others right away.

How to report a scam on Facebook – Click the Down Arrow in the top right cover of the post- Click Report Post

Let us hope that we can stop this Malware Problem with Porn on Facebook

5 tips you’ll wish you knew for Google Chrome

5 tips you'll wish you knew for Google Chrome I found out recently that people just don’t know all that you can do on Google Chrome, so I have put together this list of 5 tips you’ll wish you knew for Google Chrome.  Only 5 tips here but if people do find these useful I will post some more great tips for Google Chrome.

I love Google Chrome, since this web browser came out in 2008 I haven’t gone back – and it just gets better and better. I do use other browsers but I always use Google Chrome for everyday use.

Yes, Google Chrome has its problems like sometimes randomly crashing but this is usually due to running some conflicting software, which you can easily find out by type in the the address bar about:conflicts. Or problems such as “webpage not available” which we wrote about recently.

So, now to the tips, these are all using Windows on a PC – of course some of these you may already know but hopefully there will be something here that will make you think, darn, I wish I knew that before!

5 tips you’ll wish you knew for Google Chrome 

1 – Signing into Google Chrome

Always make sure you are signed in to Google Chrome, this will ensure that you get the best out of it. 

Not only that, once your setting are set up – no matter where you are or what device you are using your settings will always be there. This will include…

  • Bookmarks
  • apps
  • history
  • extensions

and many other features.

To sign in to Google Chrome – 

Click Sign in which is located the top right hand cover when on the Google page.

And enter the email address that you want to set your settings to.

To customize your sync settings – click the Chrome menu (the three lines) in the top left corner

Or type Alt+FAlt+E or F10

Click Settings

Here you will see – Advance sync settings Click that and tick what you would like to Sync.

5 tips you'll wish you knew for Google Chrome

2.  Incognito Mode 

I was asked recently how can I do private browsing in Google Chrome.

Incognito mode is private browsing – Google Chrome won’t keep  your browsing history or download history and cookies are deleted every time you close the browser.  So, its like looking at something for the first time.  You might want to use this to sign into two accounts at once or to check something that requires you to delete your cookies in normal mode.

To open a page in Incognito Mode –

Click the Chrome Menu (the three lines) and select New Incognito Window

Or simply press Ctrl+Shift+N

5 tips you'll wish you knew for Google Chrome

3. Multiple Users 

On Google Chrome you can set up the Browser to manage multiple profiles on the same device – these profiles can have their own sign up, settings, booksmarks etc.

A) To add a new user to Chrome

  • Click the Chrome Menu (You know where this is now)
  • Click Settings

See – People

  • Click Add Person (You can import their settings if they are already set up or you can just set them up from scratch as you did your own)

4 – To open a recently closed tab 

I’m always closing tabs by mistake, so this one is a life saver – and you don’t have to go searching through your history.

Click on a new tab

Click on the Chrome Menu

Click on recent tabs

Here you will see a list of the 10 most recent tabs

If you just want the last tab that you closed then just type

Ctrl+Shift+T

5 tips you'll wish you knew for Google Chrome

5 – Easily Add Bookmarks

Click the link in the address bar so that it highlights and drag it to the bookmark bar !

So, there are the 5 tips you’ll wish you knew for Google Chrome, did you know them? Were you hoping for something more or is there a function you are looking for you can’t find.  Write in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

An extra tip for you is – How to remove the Ask Toolbar from Google Chrome

If you haven’t yet got Google Chrome you can download it from here – Download Chrome

We also have more tips about various websites and social media on our sister site – FairyDust Media  please feel free to have a look.

Hope this helps