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Lover of Social Media/Networking, Digital comms, technology, computing, blogging, gadgets, music, and art. Modifying a written novel.

Tumblr says published Child Pornography had missed filters

By |2018-12-01T17:07:12+01:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Tumblr the microblogging social networking site has been around for many years. It was founded in 2007  and its been noted before that it has a large amount of pornographic content on it.  But Child Pornography? Just not on!  Tumblr says published Child Pornography had missed filters. Slipped through they say.  Which is why you won't see the Tumblr app on the App Store because it has been banned.   Why its still up is beyond me, they are fixing it they say. It wasn't that long ago (Sept2018)  when the microblogging site Tumblr stated that it has new guidelines to address the site being used for Deepfake porn and Creepshots.  Which I'm not looking at to see if these new rules have worked but if you google deepfake and Tumblr there are pages with those names.  Of course, I do not want to click on those either but I wonder if they have cleaned that up too. Tumblr posted a statement on their policy with regard to Deepfake and Creepshots Harassment. Don’t engage in targeted abuse or harassment. Don’t engage in the unwanted sexualization or sexual [...]

Instagram are removing fake likes and comments

By |2018-11-20T14:13:55+01:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Instagram announced yesterday that they are going to be reducing Inauthentic activity on Instagram, in other words, Instagram are removing fake likes and comments. It seems that social networks are getting fed up with 3rd Party apps, which of course as social media managers we need them for analytics and to check how we are performing on our social media accounts with apps like Skorr or Kred.  All About Numbers But it seems that we are okay on that Instagram are just targetting third-party apps which help people to artificially grow their audience, which in fact is good news for those of us who work hard for our clients to give and receive authentic likes and comments, because really fake ones are targetted so its just a numbers game. We have seen Instagram recently removing fake accounts from the app, which is great, there are just too many of them.  Okay, it means that we might have lost or will lose some followers but we don't need them if they are fake let's be honest. Instagram says that they want people to enjoy the app [...]

How to use group chat in WhatsApp Tips and Tricks

By |2018-11-17T18:00:26+01:00November 17th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Let's start with the basics before we get to the Whatsapp tips and how to use group chat in WhatsApp. What is WhatsApp Whatsapp is a Facebook-owned messenger system with over 1 billion users, it’s the most popular messaging app in the world. You can send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, locations, great groups, and oh yeah make and receive calls.  All for free.  (for now) Online Communities or Chat Groups As a community manager on many platforms in my 10 years in the social media business, Whatsapp has always been a favorite for its ease, randomness and more personal niche community groups. Groups for businesses - to build trust by providing value and allowing customer and clients to get to know your business,   You will never find a better space devoted to discussions around your business or brand and which allow you to be directly involved in these conversations. Every brand should be investing in creating a community now, its the way forward. And for pleasure - networking groups or hobby groups - to connect to like-minded and sometimes different people [...]

New TripAdvisor is a Social Network

By |2018-11-15T16:17:57+01:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

TripAdvisor has relaunched what they call social-assisted travel. Which they say enables members to get relevant recommendations and inspiration to plan your perfect trip. Which you can now do by now following friends brands influencers and travel experts. Wow, so the New TripAdvisor is a Social Network It's about time really - they had it all there, they are the worlds largest travel site - everyone knows TripAdvisor.  I often wondered just how difficult could it be to add following friends and a social feed.  Well, as of yesterday the 13th November 2018 this awaited launch happened. The New TripAdvisor is a Social Network Lets take a look When first logged in this is what I saw - Welcome to the all-new Tripadvisor! I decided to sign up with a new account to see how it worked now, and so far it's seamless, no problems at all. I signed up with my Google account so I didn't even have to put in new passwords. It immediately used the profile picture that I have on that account. So you will have to add or [...]

What is the USB-C and why do I need to know.

By |2018-11-15T16:03:56+01:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

The USB-C is fast becoming the standard for charging and transferring data from our peripherals. All of the new phones, tablets, laptops are including them now, so I thought that it’s time I told you. What is the USB-C and why is everyone talking about it. The USB-C doesn’t look like the standard USB plug you know and love, you know the one you try to put it in the right way round and fail most times! This one actually looks more like the Micro UBS connects with its tiny physical connector and rounded edges. And it has two great things going for it first it's reversible – so it doesn’t matter which way you plug it in and second these USB Cables can carry much more power, so they can be used to charge large devices and charge faster.  Actually, they are twice as fast as a USB 3 at 10 Gpbs. What is the USB-C The USB-C has actually been around for quite a while when its first specifications were published in 2014 but for some reason, it's [...]

Create Professional Designs for Cyber Monday or Black Friday Sales

By |2018-11-06T17:33:07+01:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

I love design apps, you can create professional designs at the click of a button.  I've been a big fan of Canva for many years but I often use different apps or platforms for many reasons - so when Fotor asked me to take a look at their app and they would give a few months free to test it out - I, of course, said yes.  I thought what a better time to show you how to Create Professional Designs for Cyber Monday or Black Friday Sales So let's get into it What is fotor.com  Fotor is a Photo Editor And Design maker all rolled into one, which you don't often have.  Usually, I will edit the images somewhere else and then go to another app to create the design. Photo Editing with Fotor On the editing side - you can edit, colour, size, light and there are HDR effects for more advanced editing. There are a stack of different filters to choose from And they have touchup features so you can give yourself a makeover or add different effects [...]

Social Selling – Top Tips

By |2018-10-18T16:50:26+01:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Social Selling - Top Tips? Why do would you even need top tips for social selling?  A refresher maybe? Sometimes we don't know what we don't know.  Someone famous said that I'm sure. The buzzword(s) "Social Selling" didn't really become popular until as late as 2016.  However, we'd been using it long before it was given that catchphrase, so much so you might be confused to what Social Selling actually is.   But don't panic - if you have any presence on social media for you, your brand or your business you are probably doing some form of Social Selling.  For instance, if you have a Twitter account, a Linkedin Page, a Facebook page, an Instagram account, a Google+ page (let's not discuss that) and are a savvy social being then it will mostly come naturally to you but you still need a strategy and you need to turn up. What Social Selling is not Social selling does not include one-way messages. Posting updates to Social Media and then leaving is not Social Selling. People say I want more likes, more followers [...]

Twitter admit to sharing DMs with developers

By |2018-09-21T21:42:43+01:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Wow, its seems in an attempt to scrap back some trust from its users -  Twitter ADMIT  to sharing DMs with developers. They are holding their hands up saying we messed up and we are sorry - kudos to them for that I guess. I hate Twitter DMs there is always so much spam so the devs must have had so much to sort through - Twitter says - the DM's were not used for anything, I'm not sure how they would know that.  Why didn't anyone say - hey why am I getting these?  I thought that Twitter we going to sort out DMs before but they didn't, maybe this was something to do with that? Twitter bug, mistakenly shares DMs Many people logged to to Twitter today to be confronted with this message. On Monday, September 10, we identified a bug that may have sent one or more of your Direct Messages or protected Tweets (if your account was protected at the time) to Twitter developers who were not authorized to received them," read the message. "The issue has persisted [...]

If you use Whatsapp you must use Two-Step Verification – Learn How

By |2018-09-17T17:06:28+01:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|

Most platforms offer Two-Step verification now and if you are offered it I would always say - do it. 2-Step verification offers another layer of security to your account making it very hard for your accounts to be taken over.  If you use Whatsapp you must use Two-Step Verification. Why is Two Step Verification so Important now?  Its apps like WhatsApp the cybercriminals are targeting because we use it without thinking.  We are getting savvier with our online security and yet we are still falling for various scams.  This is because hackers are trying everything to get into our accounts. They are using very clever phishing emails, text messages, and other scams. We want our logins, usernames, and passwords to be safe and 2 Step verification is a great start. What is Two-Step Verification  With 2-Step Verification or two-factor authentication, 2FA you add an extra layer of security to your account, known as multi-factor authentication in the tech world. This layer is very important now and you should try to use Two-Step Verification everywhere Once set up, when you sign in to your account there will be [...]

Brands – make sure social media influencers are following the rules

By |2018-08-18T23:26:49+01:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|

Influencer marketing is on the rise, brands just love influencers to show off their products. Brands - make sure social media influencers are following the rules because influencers are going to be in big trouble. They are not stating they are being paid. Which includes gifts to show products on their social media platforms. The rules state that - any reward received for an endorsement, is made clear. And this week we have seen many reports that The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have begun investigations. These investigations are to find out whether celebrities and influencers on social media are making paid promotions sufficiently clear. Brands - make sure social media influencers are following the rules We know they are not. I know of many posts that have been paid for or given gifts for promotions that have not been stated. People don't either don't want to say or don't realize that any payment, free gift or perk means that the post is now an ad and it needs to be labeled as such.   Seriously though most influencers now are sharing [...]

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