How to configure Facebook chat

Facebook chat allows you either be online or offline, and also it allows you to be either appear online or offline to certain lists or to certain friends.

To switch chat off to all friends, go to the chat bar at the bottom right of the screen and bring up the chat list.

Select the cog

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You will then be given the choice of ��Chat Sounds��, ��Advanced Settings�� and ��Turn off chat��

Select Turn off chat

You will now be given three choices as to what configuration you want your chat to be in

Select the top option

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Select OK. Chat is now disabled to all your friends.

 

Turn off chat for all friends except …

You can configure Facebook chat so that you appear offline to everyone except people in a list that you have created and you are allowing to see you are online or people you have named individually.

To configure this

Go to the chat bar at the bottom right of the screen and bring up the chat list.

Select the cog

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You will then be given the choice of ��Chat Sounds��, ��Advanced Settings�� and ��Turn off chat��

Select the Turn off chat

Start typing the name of the List or person you want to allow to see you online. What you will see is your friends avatars start to appear, keep typing the name until you see the list or person and select the avatar.

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Select OK. You are only visible online to the list or friend you have selected

 

Turn off chat for only some friends …

You can turn off and on Facebook chat so you appear online to some of your friends but not others at the same time.

To do this

Go to the chat bar at the bottom right of the screen and bring up the chat list.

Select the cog

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You will then be given the choice of ��Chat Sounds��, ��Advanced Settings�� and ��Turn off chat��

Select the Turn off chat

Start typing the name of the List or person you want to allow to see you online. What you will see is your friends avatars start to appear, keep typing the name until you see the list or person and select the avatar.

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Select OK. You will appear offline to those that you have named in person or are in a list that you have selected.

 

You can also configure chat by going to the Advanced Settings and selecting your configuaration from there

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Google Plus Profile Dimensions 2013

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Google may have changed the dimensions of the cover image to make it bigger and bolder for 2013, but the dimensions of the profile picture remains the same 250 X 250, the only change being it now is round rather than square .

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Google plus cover image dimensions 2013

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Google has changed the dimension of Google plus cover image. They have changed from the long panoramic view, that was 940 x 180, into a bigger and bolder image that takes up almost half the screen

The new Google plus cover image minimum dimensions are
480 x 270

The largest Google plus cover image maximum dimensions are 2120 X 1192

 

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Poynt – a useful app for those that travel

What is POYNT ?
POYNT is a free local area search application that allows you to search for businesses, restaurants and cinemas in your location. The POYNT app works on the GPS signal from your smart phone enabling you to have a concise and accurate listing of facilities and businesses closest to you. There are four different categories that you can search: Business, restaurants, map it and movies.

The Business Search is powered by Thomson Local and Bing and gives you the listing of your enquiry along with further results closest to the business name, not the category of the business, which can be misleading. By highlighting a result it will give you the business name and address along with the distance from you, if you select your highlighted result a separate menu gives you more options:
Call the phone number: no need to try and write it down or copy and paste
Save location: is just like adding it to favourites or creating a bookmark
Map listing: will show whereabouts your search item is on a map from you
Map route: will give you directions from your location to your search item
With all search categories you can also add the details to your address book and email them to a friend

The Restaurant results are powered by Thomson local, Bing, opentable.com and toptable, but instead of looking for just a business name it lets you search for restaurants nearby your location, restaurants by cuisine and also restaurants by name. The add to calendar facility is incorporated within this menu allowing you to make the booking and add this to your smart phones calendar. All without leaving the application.

The movies search is comprehensive as it lets you search by movie title, for the nearest cinema and by not only giving the name of the cinema address and postcode along with the distance from you, it also gives you what movies are playing, the run time, start times, certification and you can preview trailers of the movie in low medium or high quality. There is a buy tickets facility but this option may not be available at some cinemas. When you go into the secondary menu it gives the additional option�� See Theater Details��, this gives the address, phone number, number of screens and features. The features is good as this will let you know if it has special facilities; handicap means that it has wheelchair access and disabled toilets etc and hearing allowing for hard of hearing to use minicom. You can also add the cinema details, obtain a map from your position to the cinema and add it to your calendar of your smart phone.

You can change the settings to personalise features in the options and settings menu which allows you to change mapping and navigation from Blackberry maps to Google maps mobile, menu interface (icon display), how many search results display per page, font size and to change from metric to imperial for distance and weather units.
Poynt is a good app to have if you are travelling or visiting an area you are not familiar with but with any app that uses GPS the battery life will soon deplete. The free app is available for blackberry, Iphone and android handsets and are available to download at the respective stores. It is also available to download for free at
http://www.poynt.com/

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Add Pinterest buttons and widgets to your website

Pinterest business pages allow you to promote your Pinterest page on your website in a number of ways from the simple Pin button to a widget displaying a selection of your boards or a specific board to your audience.

To configure any of the buttons or widgets go to

About > For Businesses

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Then there are four choices of buttons and widgets

  • Pin It Button
  • Follow Button
  • Profile Widget
  • Board Widget

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The Pin it button allows you to have an image that anyone who selects the ��Pin it�� button will be taken to their Pinterest account where they can Pin the image you have specified in the URL you have provided. This is a good way to create a visual impact of what you do as a business

To configure the Pin it button

Select whether you want the Pin it count: above, beside your pin or not at all Insert your page URL Insert your image URL of the image that you want user to Pin Write a description of your image or product or service that you are promoting pinterest-pin-it-Button-redboxmultmedias

The Preview button allows you to view the image and text you have added. The text to be embedded onto website will be generated for you to copy and paste on to your website. The image will not appear on your site just the Pin it button.

Follow Button

The Follow button is used in the same way as any of the other social media buttons that encourage visitors to follow your brand that is on your website.

To configure the Follow button

Select Follow Button
Input your Pinterest user URL
For Full name put your business name or your branding name

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Select Preview �C this allows you to view the image and text you have added. The HTML text to be embedded onto website will be generated for you to copy and paste.

Profile widget

The profile widget allows you to display the latest 30 pins across all of your boards to any visitors that visits your website. This can be a useful tool as it can show the different products and services, latest projects etc.

To create the profile widget

Select Profile widget
Input your Pinterest user URL

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The advanced option allows you to customize the height and width of the widget and the pictures inside the widget

Select Preview �C this allows you to view the profile widget. The HTML text to be embedded onto your website will be generated for you to copy and paste

Board widget

The Board widget on Pinterest is similar to the profile widget the only difference being that instead of displaying your last 30 pins across the whole of your Pinterest account to your audience, you can display the last 30 pins of a particular board.

To create the Board widget

Select Board widget
Input your Pinterest user URL and the board name you want to display

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Select Preview �C this allows you to view the Board widget. The HTML text to be embedded onto your website will be generated for you to copy and paste

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Unlock the Foursquare Groundhog day 2013 badge

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To get the Groundhog day Foursquare badge have to follow visitPA on Foursquare and on the 2nd February when you check in to a venue anywhere in the world include ��groundhog�� in what you are upto.

The badge is active for a full 24 hours but be aware it is active on US EST, which is -5 hours on GMT

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Schedule posts on your Google plus page

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The Google plus social media platform has undergone some changes in the past few months one of the biggest being able to send an update to your Google plus page from your smart phone. One that has not been done yet, but sure it will in time, is being able to schedule posts to keep the content of your business page continuously updating.

You can however create a Hootsuite account and you will be able to schedule posts to your Google plus page, Facebook pages and Twitter account. The Hootsuite account does not allow you to schedule posts on the Google plus profile, your personal account, but you can have the mobile app to update your profile page when required.

The Hootsuite social media platform is available for all smart phones

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Twitter introduces Vine: create and share short videos

Twitter has introduced a new video sharing app called Vine that allows users to take upto a 6 second video, with sound, and share. Vine videos run on an infinite loop and automatically play when embedded in a tweet, with the sound by default turned off. Users can also add locations to the clip which for this uses the database from the location based social network – Foursquare.

The 6 seconds of video could be mistaken for an animated gif of pictures rather than a video as the 6 seconds doesn��t necessarily have to be from the same clip but can be made up of a number of clips that add up to 6 seconds i.e 2 X 3 seconds 3 X 2 seconds or 6 X 1 seconds.

Vine��s features include:

The app is free

Users have unlimited uploads

Shoot a video and instantly post videos on Vine and share on Twitter and Facebook

Find, follow, and interact with users close to your location

Explore trending posts

View featured hashtags

Editor’s picks of trending posts

User that want to use Vine don��t have to have a Twitter account to use the service but existing Twitter users will have a faster sign up process.

One major flaw with Vine, considering the amount of different smart phones that are on the market, is that it is only available for IOS. Given time Vine will be available for Android and other platforms. The app for Iphone and Ipod touch is available at the official Apple app store as a free download.

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Add a banner to your Twitter profile

Twitter allows you to brand your account with your own images and colours, so if you��re a company you can continue with the branding from your business cards and website etc across to your Twitter page.

The header image can be anything you want to use as a background image with your Real name, username, Twitter bio, location (if you have this on) and website address, being display automatically below your profile image. Dimensions for the header image are 1252 X 626

There is two ways to add or change the header image

The first way

Select View my profile page

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Go to the profile image. When you hover the Edit button will appear, select this

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You will then be brought to your profile page

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Select Change header, you can then browse to where on your computer the image is stored for you to upload it

Once the header image has been uploaded you can alter the lighting at the top by the scroll bar at the bottom, Left is darker at the top and right is lighter

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Select Save

Go to View my profile page and you will see your uploaded header image

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And the second way to add a header image

Go to the cog at the top right and select, the drop the down menu will appear select Settings

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Select Profile

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Select Change header, you can then browse to where on your computer the image is stored for you to upload it

Once the header image has been uploaded you can alter the lighting at the top by the scroll bar at the bottom, Left is darker at the top and right is lighter

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Select Save

Go to View my profile page and you will see your uploaded header image

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Have your own business? Don’t fall for this scam

Once your email address is out and in the public domain the amount of junk mail you receive becomes annoying. Where do they get your email address from? Well that��s quite simple, the company wishing to email you to promote the goods products or services buy a database, legally, from another company. The database can be provided by your internet service provider (ISP), mobile phone provider, any website you have subscribed to or even a credit check company, but it also allows other companies to send spam and try to gain your hard earned cash using underhand tactics.

This scam has been around for a while but keeps coming around every now and again and if you��re not internet savvy it can be easy to fall for. So what is it? The domain name scam

You��ll receive an email saying that a company in Asia are wishing to register your company name in Asia along with some ��Top level domain names�� through the senders company. It��s put so it looks like they are doing you a favour by letting you know that after checks they have found that the name they are registering is ��close to your company domain name and have you authorized this?�� They say that if you haven��t authorized this to contact them so they can resolve this as quickly as possible and if they do not hear back from you in 7 days then they will proceed with the registration.

The truth is, it is a domain name registration company in Asia who are trying to scare you into buying domain names. It will be your domain name except not ending in .com .co.uk but in a variety of different country domain names in Asia.

What do you do? Nothing it��s a scam. Don��t even reply or send a read report back as this shows that your email address is working. A follow up email will arrive a couple of days, again just ignore it.

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