The Secret of Online Communication: Talk Like a Human Being!

Here is a scenario – you are walking into the offices of a large, successful company. You step over the threshold, walk through the lobby, and approach the receptionist. She meets your gaze and smiles warmly. You: I really like your products. But I have to ask – will they work underwater? Receptionist: Thank you for your interest in our products. Your request for information will be submitted to our marketing department. We will be in touch with you shortly about your request. Does this sound … [Read more...]

Facebook for WordPress

Facebook for WordPress enables you to make your site social in a couple of clicks. No coding needed. How to Install Install Facebook for WordPress either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the plugin to your server (in the /wp-content/plugins/ directory). After activating the plugin, you will be asked to set up your Facebook app (via https://developers.facebook.com/apps), with step-by-step instructions. That's it. You're ready to go! You should see the settings page … [Read more...]

Facebook Buys Instagram

You might have heard by now that Facebook has acquired Instagram for nearly a billion dollars in cash and stock.  Incredible, isn’t it. Astonishingly, Facebook users already upload an average of more than 250 million images daily, making it the most popular photo-sharing service on the Web. But it's not the best by far and not the most mobile, which is Facebook's biggest weakness. The company's own mobile application is not as easy to use as Instagram, and sharing photos can be downright … [Read more...]

Canadian Social Media Stats

If you want to learn how Canadians are communicating and interacting online, look no further than social networking sites. According to Ipsos’ most recent Report on Social Networking, 60% of online Canadians, or one-half (50%) of all Canadians now have a social networking profile. To put that in perspective, that’s over17 million people across our country. While the number of Canadians on Social Networks may have only grown by 4% since 2009, the frequency of Social Media use amongst Canadians … [Read more...]

Is Your Business on Facebook?

If not, it should be!   With over 800 million users you need to be where the traffic is. An effective Facebook business page won’t just tell your viewers how good your business really is and include a few sales pitches – instead, it will convey some of the personality of your business. Facebook is a phenomenon that has grown exponentially in a very short time and continues to do so. It was originally used mostly by college students to keep in touch with high school pals, but now recent … [Read more...]

Scan your Newsfeed for threats with Norton Safe Web

Most people need to click on a bad link to find out the hard way that it should never have been shared, and only after the damage is done do they realize their mistake. Fear no longer .... Symantec, makers of the popular Norton Anti-Virus software for PCs  have created Norton Safe Web, an application that scans your current news feeds to see if they contain links that are unsafe for you or your friends to click on. It’s a free and easy way to ensure that a little curious clicking won’t get you … [Read more...]

How to stop Facebook from sharing your location

Did you know that every time you compose a post on a mobile device or desktop computer, you will see a tiny gray location in the lower left of the status box. What happens is Facebook grabs your location via GPS or Wi-Fi router, and attaches it to your post, so your friends can enjoy a more in-depth stalking experience. Funny I don't remember opting in to that?   After digging through your privacy and account settings, the option to turn off location-sharing isn't available. Don't worry it's … [Read more...]

The Inappropriate Status Update

Sometimes writing blogs I get the opportunity to store up all the bitterness I collect day-to-day and spew it forth under the guise of ‘Opinion’. Today is one of those days. There are few things I find more pathetic and distasteful than people who misuse Facebook by posting inappropriate status updates or using Facebook as a weapon to hurt people. Status updates are great (they’re probably my favorite thing about the social networking site), but sometimes they offer serious TMI. FACEBOOK is … [Read more...]

The (Google) Plusification of Facebook – Smart Lists

Recently Facebook announced enhancements to lists, including the release of “smart lists.”  This new functionality helps to auto-generate lists for users, a task that was somewhat tedious in the past. Access your Smart Lists via your home page under your profile photo, in the left column. Note the notification notices beside each list. These are your real time updates conveniently sorted and viewable by a simple click! Facebook smart lists provide automated friend lists and populates some of … [Read more...]

The (Google) “Plusification” of Facebook

Although today we will be talking about Facebook's new Subscribe Button, this will be part of a series as we follow Facebook's attempt to rival new competitor Google+. Facebook's been "hard at it" with their new Inline Profile Controls, improved Smart Friend Lists and most recently the Subscribe Button. We'll talk about other new features in upcoming blogs. Facebook's new Subscribe Button - It's all Good! You can now use your personal profile to share public updates with a large … [Read more...]