You may recall a while back when Twitter made some noise in the GeoInt social media search space by cutting off access to their firehose of data to Snaptrends (See story from Oct 20), this followed a similar blocking of access to Geofedia, another social media harvesting system frequently used by Police and law enforcement. Well, the story continues as it has been reported now that Twitter is blocking access to all law enforcement and cutting off geospatial data access to all law enforcement and intelligence centers! [Read more…] about Twitter Stops Providing Geospatial Data Firehose of Tweets to Law Enforcement for Surveillance
Indeed there’s plenty of “experts” out there today… heck, you may be one yourself! But when it comes to LinkedIn, Neil Schaffer is indeed savvy. So, I took note of this free resource that Neil has provided to help you be even more productive with LinkedIn for your business. There’s many benefits to using Linkedin and it really doesn’t require much time or effort, just work smart not hard.
About the book… Download this free eBook to get useful information that is just as relevant for employees getting trained on LinkedIn as it is for professionals, executives and business owners trying to derive more value from their LinkedIn profiles.
Let me share with you a little bit of coolness under the topic of “coming soon”… this for those of you that are planning on hitting the annual ESRIUC in San Diego this June (yes June and not July like you might be used to!). Thanks to the Echosec crew (an Esri small business startup program business) here in town for sharing with me a very slick, “coming soon” bit of functionality that really rocks! I can’t divulge everything but this example map produced very quickly (like in seconds in total) gives a look at some speedy analysis (a heat map in this case) that was run on social media activity taking place around the Fort McMurray, Alberta town that is currently under siege by a wildfire – Note: if interested, the Canadian Government is currently matching all Red Cross donations!
Sharing photos via Flickr is an awesome way to archive and share photos, I’ve been using the service almost since Day 1. The now free service provides a great way to easily upload photos over mobile while it is also to have a backup of your photos hosted in the cloud. Flickr makes it a little tricky to locate your feed, however, it really is there!
A little something fun for you Foursquare / Swarm fanatics (like me). The foursquare checkin service makes available data feeds which can be handy for mashing up or sharing. Foursquare also notes that The iCal (ICS) and Google Calendar formats are especially nice for importing and displaying your entire Foursquare check-in history in your Calendar on your computer. Feeds are made available in RSS, KML, ICS, and GCAL formats. To access from a web browser simply login to your account and jump to https://foursquare.com/feeds/
Sharing information is fast and simple (perhaps too easy) and for many, it really is quite tempting to over-share, however, while doing so you may also be giving up loads of personal information without even realizing it. Case in point, Facebook. Facebook is by far, the most popular social network out there where people are giving up their personal information or their friends are giving it up. There’s a number of things that could be happening with your posts or posts about you on Facebook that may be giving up more information than you really are comfortable with.
Social media accounts require constant upkeep to keep your customers engaged. Luckily, there are a number of well-designed apps that keep you on schedule and support you in your social media endeavors:
I’m a big fan of social sharing, however, I’m also a huge fan of having access to my data, in particular, data shared along with location information. Most social sharing services support location tagging, however, they don’t really make it easy for you to access or even download your location history. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible though! I’ve done a little digging into the popular services and have managed to find a number of hacks and tricks for accessing some of these data. One handy trick is enabled by using the very awesome IFTTT tool.
Cook up an IFTTT recipe to archive your location history from Foursquare! [Read more…] about Unlocking Your Social Media Location History
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.
Looking at Twitter for some added exposure and marketing? Consider The new, Twitter website cards – note, you’ll need a Twitter ads account in order to get started. So, what are website cards? To help you connect Twitter’s valuable users with your site, you can use an ad unit called a Website Card with your Tweets.