Social Media Use Puts Travelers at Higher Risk of Identity Fraud – Some Tips

Some interesting research from LifeLock reveals that International travelers are at a heightened risk for identity theft, particularly for those who frequently post to social media!

Though certain locations have higher risks than others, regardless of the destination, LifeLock recommends that travelers plan ahead and pack light to help protect against losing valuables.

 Survey Finds International Travelers at Higher Risk of Identity Fraud [Read more…]

Tip – Optimal Dimensions for Images Shared on Social Networks

Yes indeed, we love social media just as much as the other guy and you can find us on most of the popular “must have” social channels. Images are a huge part of our social strategy, particularly as it is well known that a good image can really drive engagement. So how to optimize images (or maps) for a good social media strategy? Thanks to the good people at HootSuite, here’s a pretty handy list of the optimal dimensions for an image shared on  top social networks:

create a juicy image [Read more…]

10 Reasons Why You Should Love Twitter!

I gotta admit, I’m really tired of hearing from people that they think Twitter is simply a waste of time, or a stupid social network for boasting about your cat or where you eat or for sharing a selfie etc… Seriously, if you think that’s what Twitter is all about then you are missing out. And if you happen to be a “technology professional” and have that mind-set, I’d seriously also have to question your technology skills and the lack of an open mind that you bring to your work and your personal life. In short… crawl out from under that rock!

10 reasons to love twitter even if you hate it!

There’s many ways to use Twitter. There’s no right or wrong way to use it and the possibilities are seemingly endless. To say that using Twitter is silly and/or a waste of time is very short sighted. Read on for 10 Things you can easily do with Twitter that will make you love it, even if you hate it!

[Read more…]

Have you Checked For Google Results That Could Harm or Destroy you?

We all know this, people will Google you, and in particular, if you happen to be in the search for a new job, a contract, or other employment related position, the chances are very high (estimated at 75%) that the hiring agent, HR person, or contractor will Google you. So what will the find? Hopefully you’ve checked and hopefully you’ve worked hard to develop a positive online presence.

A recent article titled “5 Google Results That Can destroy your Career” addresses this topic and indeed it is a very good reminder. So what kind of results does the author warn you to be aware of? [Read more…]

The new Foursquare Learns What You Like, Becomes More Yelpy!

So, here it is, foursquare (R8) with a completely new look and feel. I’m still poking around with it and trying to figure out what’s up with the app. I have to admit, it really does feel more personalized, this thanks to the learning about me that the app wants to initiate – right from the get-go after the update you’ll be promoted to tell foursquare all about your likes, I assume so the app can make relevant recommendations.

foursquare

[Read more…]

Businesses and Social Media – Most Fail to Plan

I’m pretty active on social media – both for business and pleasure – and have been for a long time (about 8 years now I’m guessing). I admit that one of my own personal observations is that I often have failed to plan out my social strategy, rather, just diving in and doing it! Well, it seems I’m hardly alone as some survey findings of business users on social media are also failing to plan out their strategies.

[Read more…]

You Might Dump Facebook as a Social Platform When you Start Using IconoSquare with your Instagram!

Here’s an awesome tip for you Instagram fans! Are you looking for a fun and interesting way to view your Instagram activity, stats and more? Enter IconoSquare – was statigram – apparently, Instagram recently clamped down on third party apps using their API and they can no longer use the term “Gram” within their name so look for many apps to rebrand!

IconoSquare provides many useful stats revealed as an Infographic

IconoSquare provides many useful stats revealed as an Infographic

To use the app simply create an account by connecting IconoSquare with your Instagram account (ie. give them access to your username/password), then view photos from accounts that you follow, browse your own media, see popular stuff, view all the photos you “like” and more. What folks may really dig about the app are the stats, for example, you can easily see your media count, number of followers, your love rate, spread rate, lost followers and much more – quite nice!

Blogging, microblogging, media, social media or… Which for your business?

You may be wondering, which would be better for me or my business.. blogging, social bookmarking, a social media focus, or ?? A darned good question, particularly as all have a purpose, a time, a place, advantages and disadvantages. So, which one is best? There’s no simple answer here, however, keep in mind that any option you select will require time {lots of it} , patience, and a commitment.

social media sharing (Source: goodfellowcreative.com)

social media sharing (Source: goodfellowcreative.com)

[Read more…]

Social Media Guide For Parents (2014 Edition)

A valuable resource for parents was released today and it’s pretty darned nice – and useful! The social media guide for parents has been developed by the Liahona Academy (be sure to check out their website and the other valuable resources they provide) and is delivered as a free web-based resource and a comprehensive infographic – jam-packed with useful tips!

social media guide for parents

social media guide for parents

Some useful things pointed out in the guide include details of facebook’s new policy that enables kids to post publicly, and other tips and tricks regarding ways to safeguard user privacy.The guide also describes all the public social sites that are popular with teens and explains what they are and how they are used and they also suggest several social media monitoring tools.

[Read more…]