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5 Great Google+ Features

5 Great Google+ Features

After all the begging and the waiting, I finally got an invitation to Google+ and frankly, I must say that I am very impressed with what they have done so far! And though many people are comparing Google+ to... Read more »

10 Ways Leaving Facebook Changed My Life

10 Ways Leaving Facebook Changed My Life

I would like to share with you the 10 ways in which leaving Facebook have changed my life, maybe you would be inspired to leave as well, or maybe you would reconsider your Facebook use! Read more »

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: Facebook And Beyond (part 3)

After my mother and I went over the previous two parts of this series (part one, part two), I left her for a week to try and experiment with what she learned and I was really proud of what she achieved. Never mind that she now checked the pictures of friends of friends of people I never heard of, but she was now curious about who is that girl that is commenting on my brother’s profile, and what are all those weird messages of psychics and farm animals that keep on showing up on her homepage. She also informed of a ‘new’ use that she has found for Facebook for she has ‘discovered’ that by clicking on events on the homepage she will be able to see and plan for everyone’s birthday and she was excited about learning that little tidbit on her own.

While I could have delved deeper into Facebook explaining applications and games, I choose to leave that for a different day and focus on taking her a bit outside of Facebook on this day, focusing our time on two things; Gmail and Skype.

As I Write This Email … Send My Love To You

Creating a Contact List Helps

Getting my mother to understand the concept was very simple now that she was familiar with Facebook messages. The only part that she didn’t get was how she was supposed to figure out the address of people that she wanted to get in touch with, and I replied with simply “just ask on Facebook”. With that out of the way, I inputted all the addresses that she will be using into her contacts so that she can access them easily by selecting their name from the “To:” field.

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: Making Friends (part 2)

In the first part of this series, we created a computer environment that requires little to no intervention by the users to get them from powering on their laptops to accessing their profile on Facebook. Using this setup, my mother had more focus on what she needed to learn and deal with, sometimes we forgot how much is required in order for us to navigate a website such as Facebook. Unless we break down the website into its smaller and simpler elements, the first time computer users will be presented with a very high learning curve and might be inclined to give up in frustration over how much they need to grasp before they are able to do anything with a computer.

So to deal with Facebook I broke it down in order of importance for my mom:

  • Sending and accepting friend requests
  • Viewing photos
  • Checking and replying to messages
  • Using the Facebook Chat

Friend Requests

Facebook Navigation

A Facebook without friends is like an empty canvas; there is only so much you can do with a Facebook with ‘zero’ friends. So the first thing we tackled is adding some people to my mother’s Facebook. We kept it limited to close family and friends so that my mother doesn’t have to worry about what she shares, and also I went ahead and changed the privacy settings for her Facebook explaining to her that only the people who she adds and accepts as friends will be able to see what she does on Facebook.

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: The Prerequisites

My mother is one of those people, she has been holding out from learning how to use a computer or browse the internet for the past 20 years, but now that everyone is just sending their photos through email and Facebook rather than through post, and they send each other message through the internet rather than through voicemail she has been getting more and more interested and I decide that it is time to bring her up to speed on the net. So in these posts, and hopefully some follow ups, I will be introducing her to the various parts of the net and I’ll be sharing with you various parts of what we have learned together. The aim is to create a method for teaching those computer holdouts how to use computers and the net and making the internet interesting, enticing and relevant for them using social media.

10 Must-Know Advantages & Disadvantages of Social Media

Only a few technology-loving, mind-stimulating and idea-generating individuals out there are still unplugged with social media. I am sure those too will join soon as well since social media is not just a platform for easy and simple advanced online marketing, it is also the revolution of our century! Many people have tried to capture […]

HOW TO: Maintain Your Social Media Presence after Quitting Your Job

HOW TO: Maintain Your Social Media Presence after Quitting Your Job

How do employees keep their social media contacts and presence after quitting their jobs? Read more to find out!

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Warning: Your Naked Photos, Too, Might Be Posted on Facebook!

Warning: Your Naked Photos, Too, Might Be Posted on Facebook!

Brokenhearted, drunk and fueled with jealousy after his girlfriend suddenly pulled the plug on their relationship, Joshua posted his ex-girlfriend's pictures on Facebook, for millions of Facebook users to see and was made legal history for being put in jail for doing so!

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Social Media Sobriety Test: Don’t Drink & Tweet!

Social Media Sobriety Test: Don’t Drink & Tweet!

How many times did you get back home drunk and started tweeting or updating your Facebook status without really knowing what it is that you are typing away? Have no fear, the sobriety test is here!

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Trick or Treat Going Social [Tricks Inside!]

Trick or Treat Going Social [Tricks Inside!]

Impressive Art!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year: What other holiday are you encouraged to be stupid and stuff yourself silly – well other than that ‘thing’ in the last week of June and St. Patrick’s day… which makes up my top 3. Year after year, Halloween has been getting more and more […]

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HOW TO: Backup Your Facebook Account

HOW TO: Backup Your Facebook Account

Cloud Backup Service

It's quite devastating to lose your Facebook profile, and it's quite annoying trying to recreate your Facebook profile from scratch even if you have a copy of everything that is on it. 2 tools to backup reviewed.

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HOW TO: Download An Entire Facebook Photo Album

HOW TO: Download An Entire Facebook Photo Album

The FacePAD option

One reason for the success of Facebook's photo album is the extreme ease in which a user can upload their photo on the website so even grandparents and little children are able to do it without a hitch. Now even entire family photo albums exist solely on the website but there is one feature that just seems to be missing from their...

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