follr a digital identity website

Follr a digital identity website

downloadFounders Stephen Fells and Mark Wayman call Follr a digital identity website.  Follr is a personally branded website that can be used as your initial point of contact, like you would use a business card but digitally.  Follr suggest that they solve the problem of our ever changing social identities getting lost and fragmented by storing all of our content and professional or personal information, ie our digital identity.

So, I signed up for a free trial of follr in October to test and see what it was all about, I set up my profile, added my links, followed/friended a couple of people – its seemed great, but at the time work was really busy and it was put on the back burner.  In that time, it went very quite and I thought there would be a big buzz about it, reminding me to go there but Mark Wayman told me they were getting things to perfection before shouting, I think it now time to shout! This network is cool!

What are the features of Follr

News Feed – The same as Facebook or Twitter – with a status update section, where you can post to follr or 3 social networks. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – not sure why not the rest or at least Google+

Private Messages

Profile – You can add a very comprehensive profile here – the usual details but then a large Summary and Biography I’m not sure how many words as I didn’t get to the limit – you can fill these in or you can just merge with your LinkedIn account and they take the information from there. You can added your resume or again just take it from Linkedin.

Settings – Check out the settings page as there are few things you can change here such as your META information.

Home – On your home page will be your profile and messages from your social media networks.

Social and Links – Add your social media networks and all of your links.

Themes – Your Theme can be changed, in colour, font and box size.

Documents – Add Photos Videos and Documents

Tags – You can add tags about yourself so that If someone is looking for an accountant, a website designer or plumber they can search for that tag and see a list of people or businesses listed in order of highest Follr score.

Follr Score – The follr score comes from your Links, Tags, Connections, Networks and Vouches – seems to be a very accurate way of working out your score, but you need to remember to fill everything in.

Vouches – Just like LinkedIn and other sites people can vouch for your skills.

My Story – Tell the story of your life — birth, travel, relationships, homes and life changing memories!  –  Mine just includes work and schooling at the moment that is taken from LinkedIn.

Events – Maximize your events – Set up Event Details – Send Email invites. Manages these events and attendees right from the site.

Connections – There are many ways to find and add connections.

Statistics – Whose visited your profile – clicks and downloads

Just today Follr launched a rewards program – so that if you invite someone to Follr using your special link and they want to upgrade to the the pro-version you get rewarded earning credits that can be applied to a professional upgrade or a custom domain name. My link is http://follr.me/Michelledh/refer

From the rewards program pages you can Tweet, Facebook, Google+ or post on LinkedIn directly a generated message like… 

I use follr.com to manage my reputation. Free to use or save 50% on Follr Pro with my link – http://follr.me/Michelledh/refer via @follr

Still unsure what this means? – Follr a digital identity website

The point in follr is that we can create and collect our own digital identity from the data that is already spread around the internet about us. We use so many different social media networks, websites and platforms because not one does everything we like or has the niche following that we need, people are segemented, spread around as is our identity thats why we now need follr a digital identity website.

Check it out – add me http://follr.me/Michelledh and if you do please do vouch for me.

How Buffer dealt with being hacked

buffer-app-logoThis weekend Buffer was hacked; spam tweets and facebook status updates were seen about weight loss on facebook pages, profiles and twitter feeds but did Buffer hide and hope no one would notice? No , they did the exact opposite.  Infact how Buffer dealt with being hacked has ended with everyone thanking them for their swift work and notifications.

We have been a follower, fan and user of buffer for over two years now – Our sister blog Techieminx posted at the time Buffer added facebook back in August 2011. Founders Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich have always been very vocal, engaging, and friendly on the top social networks and they have always put the customer/client/business first.

To Buffer:

(n)Buffering is it to space out your tweets, if you cannot be online all day or you’ve read a post at midnight but you know that no one will want to read it then, so you can buffer it.

How Buffer dealt with being hacked

Buffer has actually given everyone a lesson in customer service, and of course they took advantage of social networks to their full potential.  Yes, their business is on social networks, but this is how everyone should deal with a problem – face it head on and be honest and open about it.

We first noticed the problem when a spam message appeared on our facebook profile page, at first we wondered what we had clicked for this to happen and we set to find out where it came from, the only thing that it pointed to was Buffer, so we quickly unauthorised Buffer from our networks.

Minutes later we saw a tweet from Buffer

Hi all. So sorry, it looks like we’ve been compromised. Temporarily pausing all posts as we investigate. We’ll update ASAP.

and a message from their Facebook page from Leo.

Hey everyone! We greatly apologize for this big mess we’ve created. Buffer has been hacked.

You can do the following to end this asap:

– Change your password on Facebook or Revoke Buffer as an app.
– Delete the spam posting from your FB timeline. 

Again, hugely sorry for this, we’re working hard on resolving this right now! – Leo 

After that came an email to all users…

Hi there,

I wanted to get in touch to apologize for the awful experience we’ve caused many of you on your weekend. Buffer was hacked around 1 hour ago, and many of you may have experienced spam posts sent from you via Buffer.

I can only understand how angry and disappointed you must be right now. Not everyone who has signed up for Buffer has been affected, but you may want to check on your accounts. We’re working hard to fix this problem right now and we’re expecting to have everything back to normal shortly.

We’re posting continual updates on the Buffer Facebook page and the Buffer Twitter page to keep you in the loop on everything.

The best steps for you to take right now and important information for you:

  • Remove any postings from your Facebook page or Twitter page that look like spam
  • Keep an eye on Buffer’s Twitter page and Facebook page
  • Your Buffer passwords are not affected
  • No billing or payment information was affected or exposed
  • All Facebook posts sent via Buffer have been temporarily hidden and will reappear once we’ve resolved this situation

I am incredibly sorry this has happened and affected you and your company. We’re working around the clock right now to get this resolved and we’ll continue to post updates on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions at all, please respond to this email. Understandably, a lot of people have emailed us, so we might take a short while to get back to everyone, but we will respond to every single email.

– Joel and the Buffer team

Buffer kept their promise they kept us all informed with tweets and facebook messages, responding to everyone, which I must say was mostly people saying thank you for dealing with the hacking situation so quickly and thoughtfully – really brilliant job.  I’m sure that rather than harm Buffer, this is going to make more people want to get involved with Buffer, this could have gone so differently.

The last message on Buffers Facebook

Good news! The Buffer hack has been resolved! Please reconnect your Twitter accounts. No steps needed for Facebook.

I can’t tell you enough how grateful we are for the incredible support and encouragement you have all provided us for throughout this rough day.

We would love to answer any questions and have written an update on the latest status here:

Our Tweet to them earlier and their quick reply!

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I’m sure we’d all like to say, well done Buffer!

How do you know who to follow on twitter?

How do you know who to follow on Twitter?

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Do you find it as difficult as me to find like minded people to follow on Twitter ?
Yes, Twitter has a search and there are various websites and lists all over the internet, some of which are helpful, but it still takes a very long time to trawl through all of the people to find the right connections for you, if you are particular like me. 

How do you know who to follow on Twitter?

He are a few sites to check out.

Edit – 2016 – Some of these sites have changed slightly – but I’ve left them here for you to check out.
http://www.twellow.com/
http://listorious.com/  – I like this one for the name! cool 😉
Even Twitter has recently introduced the “who to follow” tool. I was very excited about this at first.  I thought it would be an easy way to follow people, its apparently based on people you follow with your interests and tastes, but sadly it doesn’t work for me, I think because I follow a vast variety of tweeters.
My absolute ideal way to follow people on Twitter is by personal recommendations, as your followers are the best people to know what you like or want. Also this way you get involved in little groups which is fun!  Occasionally I will go through my followers “lists” and pick out a few tweeters from there. #followfriday is also a good way but I still find myself checking masses of people out that aren’t really suitable for me. Slow but effective. 
The last way is by following people back, which I always try to do if they are real people, I want to connect with people and I don’t think you can if you do not follow them back. As someone once said to me, its difficult talking to someone’s back.
To choose who I follow back, I do a bit of investigation.  I click on my followers now and then to see who is new (as I don’t have emails to inform me of new followers).  I don’t want to follow  spammers or people who aren’t for me so this is a process in itself, so bare this in mind if people aren’t following you back.
Avatar:  First I see if they have an avatar – a real picture is best, and tasteful is my choice, if its a logo I will check further – but sometimes I just stop here. 
Followers to following ratio: If there is a big difference then its likely that as soon as you follow they will unfollow so I don’t often follow those people unless their bio looks really interesting, and if its too close, its probably an auto follow which suggests spam. 
Bio: Which brings me to the next part, The Bio – I always  look at this to see if it interests me, it doesn’t even have to be much to catch my interest. One person I followed once just had something like “if you are interested then Google me” I thought that was brilliant because I did of course.. Google them.
 
Location: I don’t really worry about the location but if its London I may be tempted over look the bio if its not clear. 
 
Web: If all of those interest me then I will look at their website, something should really be in that section even if its just a Facebook, LinkedIn or something relating to the person. 
Timeline:
Lastly I will look at their tweets, their timeline –  
1) because I’m nosy
2) to make sure they aren’t just tweeting to flirt, (I use my words here carefully ha!) this isn’t what I’m looking for.
3) to make sure they have actually tweeted and aren’t just using an auto follow bot.
4) to see if they engage, communicate, connect with people as I don’t want to follow people just promoting their business, blog’s, or self. (flooding or spamming)  I might  follow this tweeter if it looks like an interesting news or tech site but that’s the only reason.
After all that, every few weeks I will check out who’s unfollowed me, and well… unfollow them 🙂 unless I really like them or value their tweets. I use http://friendorfollow.com/  for this mostly.
Edit : 2016 and now I used CrowdFire App
Its all about what you personally want on your twitter, what you value, maybe you don’t want to follow many people or you don’t mind who you follow, this to me would soon get boring. 
Now that I’ve written that down it all looks a bit OCD but I guess we all have our ways of keeping track of who and how we follow people on twitter, it could get rather busy if you don’t watch what you are doing.
I hope that you’ve got some ideas from – How do you know who to follow on Twitter?

How do you control your followed or followers?

I know a lot of people now are keeping down their number of followed, some to a ridiculous amount,  but to follow too few people to me is pointless being a part of Twitter and to be followed back makes you feel like your opinion counts.