Since we have been heavily involved in training businesses on how to use different social media platforms over this past year, and we get questions regularly on particular topics, we have decided to create Teaching Tuesdays!! Each Tuesday we will answer questions that YOU, our readers have asked. The questions can relate to Facebook, Blogging, Pinterest, Twitter, Linked In, etc. (more…)
As you know, Nu expression is all about communication! After all, how else can a company be successful in their marketing efforts without it?
But what happens when communication goes wrong, even when it has the best of intentions? (more…)
With the growth of established social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and new ones such as Pinterest and Google+ appearing weekly, it seems, keeping yourself and your family safe while using social media is more important than ever. Social Media, and the internet, is much like the saying about Las Vegas. What happens here, stays here. Social media has made it easier for a stalker to know more about his potential victim than ever thought possible. But you don’t have to be a victim. Here are 5 tips that can help you be safe, yet still have fun using social media.
1. There’s no such thing as truly private
Whatever you post, update, tweet, or share has the potential to be grabbed, copied, scanned, or otherwise taken and saved by someone else and then posted on another site without your knowledge. Status updates, tweets, and other social media posts are also subject to subpoena by law enforcement agencies. So, be careful what you say in your posts.
2. Big Brother is still watching you
Did you know that the Library of Congress has archives of every public Tweet? Until recently, we didn’t know that either. But it’s true. In 2010, Twitter donated its digital archive of public tweets to the Library of Congress. This archive covers from the very beginning of Twitter in 2006 to the present. We’ll say it again. Be careful with what you say in your tweets.
3. Hide Your Age
Emily Post would have said that it is not polite to ask someone their age. Well, in the socially networked world we currently live in, it’s not smart to tell the world your age, either. If you feel like you have to let everyone know your birthday, that’s fine. Just don’t share your year. Doing this makes you much more vulnerable to identity theft.
4. Keep Work and Family Separate
If you have a high-profile job, or one which requires interaction with less-than-honorable persons, this one is a biggie. One suggestion is to have separate accounts for your personal and professional lives. If you have a Facebook profile, create a fanpage for your professional business/name. Create a separate Twitter account for your business/work. If someone posts about your family or personal life on your professional page/account, delete them, and then explain to the poster how you don’t feel that it’s appropriate.
5. Default ≠ Safe
Don’t make the assumption that just because a site has certain default settings that they are the safest settings for you. Take time to go through the settings on the social media sites you frequent. Don’t have your updates set to “public”. Sometimes, even “friends of friends” can be a little too public for some people. Customize your privacy settings to what you are comfortable with.
Hopefully, you’ll find these tips helpful in making your online presence more secure. If you need help managing your online presence through social media, we are experts! Contact us today to setup a social media consultation.
Do you want to increase fan engagement on your business’s fanpage? Are you taking full advantage of the different ways to post status updates on Facebook? Facebook offers multiple ways to engage with your fans and followers. When you update your status, you’ll see the following options:
Most users are familiar with a few of the options here. We’ll give a brief overview on each one.
- Status - This is the one that most everyone is familiar with. Just type what you want to say in the box and click “Post”. If you are struggling with ideas for your status updates, check out our new app, Postabulous. It can help you create status updates that will generate comments on your page.
- Photo - Status updates that contain photos generate more traffic and comments than any other type of update, and it’s not even close. If you’re at an event, take a photo and post it to your page. If someone interesting visits your location, ask them if you can take their picture and put it on your fanpage. People are much more likely to comment on a photo versus an update that is text only.
- Link - If you want to drive people to your website or blog, or you just see something interesting on the internet and want to share it, use the Link option. Also, when you post this, ask your followers to Like the link as well.
- Video - If you have a video you want to highlight, use the status update to show it to your fans. Also, ask your fans to Like the video. Getting your fans to Like a video or link increases your visibility and gets it in front of a bigger audience.
- Question - This feature is a very good method of getting interaction from your fans and followers. You are limited only by your imagination. Ask your question and provide possible answers for fans to choose from. However, you do want to make sure that you don’t allow anyone to add answers, otherwise you could suffer some embarrassment as one company did recently.