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Use Those Facebook Friend Lists!

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Ever wonder what to do with professional contacts that are trying to become your Facebook friends? If you have mainly used your page for close friends and family, I understand your trepidation. But, what if I told you that you could separate out all your friends into lists and then decide what that list of friends had access to. For instance, your professional friends may have access to your info tab, but not your pictures or wall posts. This allows them to see links to your blogs or websites, but not what your other friends post on your wall.

HERE’S HOW:

  • Set up friend lists to separate out personal and professional contacts.
    • Go to Friends tab.
    • On the top you will see the “Create a New List” button. Click on it. If you don’t see it, click on the tiny “create” button at the bottom of the left hand menu.
    • Decide on a name for your group.
    • Add friends. Either one by one or use “select multiple friends.”

ONCE YOU HAVE SET UP YOUR LISTS, YOU CAN NOW REVIEW THE SECURITY SETTINGS.

  • On the top of your Facebook page, go to “Settings” and click on “Privacy Settings.”
  • Click on “Profile” and start customizing.
  • Ex: To stop your people from seeing photos that you are tagged in, click the drop down menu and go to “customize.” If you go to the bottom you will see an “Except These People” area. Add any person or friend list and they will be unable to view any pictures that you are tagged in.

A SNAPSHOT IN TIME

House Fire

I ran across this picture, and couldn’t help posting it on here. This is actually the street view for a house on Google Maps.  Apparently, when the satellite picture was taken firefighters were busy trying to put out the flames.

I’m imagining giving directions. “Take a left at Main St., we’ll be the house on the right with the flames leaping out…you can’t miss us. Just google it.” So…I’m guessing if you are googling this address, you might want to do a little call ahead to see if anyone’s home.

(This photo is a part of a collection that has been put together by Jon Rafman, from the series A Collection of Google Street Views, 2008-Present.)

Although this picture is quite dramatic, my friend also has a great Google Maps street view. Her home was captured in

Christmas HouseDecember so it always looks like Christmas. She looks like one of “those” people…you know the ones…that leave their Christmas decorations up all year because they are too lazy to take them down. I’ve nominated her home for the Christmas party this year, that way when everyone Googles her home for directions, she will appear just SOOOO festive!

I often get questions about privacy when I am speaking on social media and Google Maps always comes to my mind. Sometimes I wonder if all that is left of privacy is the assumption that it even still exists. The fact that anyone, at any time, can see my house on Google Maps is pretty big brother if you ask me. Believe me, I am quite aware that privacy is a concern, and in fact I teach a lot of people through my workshops about how to set up their privacy settings on Facebook or other social networking accounts to be in control of what others are seeing. I just wonder how private any of us can really be anymore or if it is just an illusion. Share your thoughts in comments with us.

WHAT THE HECK IS A HASHTAG??

I run across of lot of people who have started a Twitter account and walked away because they don’t see the value in the platform.  I find myself telling them over and over again that in order to make Twitter effective you have to make the jump to another desktop application. My favorite is Tweetdeck, but there are others out there like Twhirl and Seesmic.

Tweetdeck

Once you begin using one of these applications, you will notice that you are now able to organize your tweets and you’ll get a lot more out of your Twitter time.  You can view multiple customizable columns. You can also create a group, for example, before I go speak at a conference I like to find out who the other speakers are and begin following them. I will place them all in a group titled “Speakers for ABC,” now their tweets and their tweets only fill up that column.

Another way I use the columns is by choosing to search for a hashtag. You may be saying…”Hashtag??…Whatcha talkin’  bout Willis?” (P.S. If you are a Gen Y-er you have no idea what I just said…so I’ve included a short video for your viewing enjoyment!)

So, back to hashtags. Hashtags are basically an agreed upon acronym or word that anyone on twitter can use to follow topics of interest to them. A hashtag always starts with a # and then any word or combination of letters follows. For example, when Iran was experiencing the riots, people who were tweeting about it included #Iran in all of their tweets. This allowed others, myself included, to do a search on #Iran and see everything that was being said. EVERYTHING. Regardless of whether I was officially “following” the tweeters on Twitter or not.

There are a lot of popular hashtags out there so let me clarify a few for you.

#FollowFriday or #ff: On Friday, the Twitter community (all of us) sends out recommendations on who to follow. So you will see this hashtag followed by a bunch of names

#Eventprofs: One of my faves, focused on event industry professionals. They have Tweet Chats every Tuesday and Thursday and discuss a particular topic

#jobs: Great way to post jobs via Twitter

You can create your own hashtag, but before you do, it is always good to go to http://search.twitter.com to make sure it is not already taken. Once you find out it is still available, just start using it and promoting it.

Ok…get out there…start tweeting and hashtaging (my new word for the day).  🙂

September Workshops…Register Now!

Thursday, September 24th at UNF

Okay all, the next round of workshops are coming up! I went ahead and secured the UNF computer lab, so no worries if you don’t have access to a laptop…You don’t need one. Just bring yourself.

Social Networking for Beginners will be from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In this course you will learn how to use LinkedIn & Facebook for your business. We will briefly hit on Twitter as well.  For LinkedIn, we will focus on what is important in your profile, how to get recommendations and use groups to meet the people you need to meet. In Facebook, we will discover how to divide friends into different groups and give them different permissions. (Your professional contacts don’t have to see everything your friends and family have access to!) Also, I will teach you some tips & tricks about getting rid of all those annoying applications.

Social Networking for Intermediates will be from 1:30 pm – 4:30pm

In this course we explore how to use the search features effectively in LinkedIn, along with how YOU can become the subject matter expert for your industry. We will also build Facebook Fan/Business pages and get some great ideas on how to grow your fan base. Last, but not least, we will start Twittering. I’ll teach you why Twitter is really NOT a waste of your time if you are looking to market your business!

RSVP to me at April@Speakin-Up.com or 904.589.1234.

Cost: $75 for one workshop, $125 if you sign up for both (I’ll send you a Paypal invoice once you are registered.)

I’m running an additional SPECIAL this month as well. You get $25 off for each friend that you refer. So bring 3 people with you and you just got your spot for FREE! (I love Free…don’t you?)

Register at http://speakin-up.eventbrite.com/

Did You Know??

I saw this video posted on my friend, Robert Dempsey’s blog. It’s a must see.

You Ready To Love My Techie Side??

I have found the absolute coolest app for my phone…and I am not an iPhone user, so this doesn’t happen everyday! It’s called PdaNet and it allows me to use my phone to connect my laptop to wireless no matter where I am. This has been especially helpful as I travel, no extra airport charges or hotel room wifi fees. I have been using it for a month now and it’s saved me moula numerous times.
You can download the app and use it for free for a little while, I think a week, to test it out. After that, you can purchase it for $34. Best $34 I ever spent. No need for a wireless card now. One thing to double check first though, is whether you have an unlimited data plan for your phone because that is what it runs off of. I have a Sprint HTC Touch Pro and I am also able to talk on my phone while it is plugged in to my laptop with PdaNet running. It runs quick as well, no lag.
They have the app available for Windows Mobile Phones, PalmOS, Android, BlackBerry and, of course, the iPhone. Try it out…I’m pretty sure you will consider it a keeper. Enjoy!

I have found the absolute coolest app for my phone…and I am not an iPhone user, so this doesn’t happen everyday! It’s called PdaNet and it allows me to use my phone to connect my laptop to wireless no matter where I am. This has been especially helpful as I travel, no extra airport charges or hotel room wifi fees. I have been using it for a month now and it’s saved me moula numerous times.  htc2

You can download the app and use it for free for a little while, I think a week, to test it out. After that, you can purchase it for $34. Best $34 I ever spent. No need for a wireless card now. One thing to double check first though, is whether you have an unlimited data plan for your phone because that is what it runs off of. I have a Sprint HTC Touch Pro and I am also able to talk on my phone while it is plugged in to my laptop with PdaNet running. It runs quick as well, no lag.

They have the app available for Windows Mobile Phones, PalmOS, Android, BlackBerry and, of course, the iPhone. Try it out…I’m pretty sure you will consider it a keeper. Enjoy!