Social Media Archive

  • If you’re new to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you may have heard of "tagging" but are not really sure what it means.  Simply put, tagging identifies someone else in a post, photo or status update that you share.  A tag may also notify that person that you have mentioned them or referred to them in a post or a photo, and provide a link back to their profile.

    Tag, You’re it – what does it mean to be “Tagged” on Facebook and other sites?

    If you’re new to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you may have heard of "tagging" but are not really sure what it means. Simply put, tagging identifies someone else in a post, photo or status update that you share. A tag may also notify that person that you have mentioned them or referred to them in a post or a photo, and provide a link back to their profile.

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  • Facebook privacy settings can be so confusing.  Facebook seems to change their settings frequently and the myriad of options can be overwhelming.  Recently a friend realized that he had been sharing his Facebook posts not just with his friends, but with everyone on Facebook.  When your posts are public, there is an increased chance that you will show up in Facebook search, and that your information is exposed to people you don’t know.  So here is a suggested 5-minute Facebook review to make sure that you are only sharing with your friends.

    5 Minute Facebook Privacy Checkup

    Facebook privacy settings can be so confusing. Facebook seems to change their settings frequently and the myriad of options can be overwhelming. Recently a friend realized that he had been sharing his Facebook posts not just with his friends, but with everyone on Facebook. When your posts are public, there is an increased chance that you will show up in Facebook search, and that your information is exposed to people you don’t know. So here is a suggested 5-minute Facebook review to make sure that you are only sharing with your friends.

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  • A relative of mine asked me recently, "What can I do if I don’t want to see someone’s updates on Facebook, but I’d rather not unfriend or block them?" Here’s how to make it seem like you have unfriended a person.  First, you will prevent their updates from showing up on your news feed (the page you see when you first log into Facebook). Then, you can prevent them from seeing your updates.

    How to Distance yourself from a Facebook friend without Unfriending

    A relative of mine asked me recently, "What can I do if I don’t want to see someone’s updates on Facebook, but I’d rather not unfriend or block them?" Here’s how to make it seem like you have unfriended a person. First, you will prevent their updates from showing up on your news feed (the page you see when you first log into Facebook). Then, you can prevent them from seeing your updates.

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  • I recently received a question from a reader about Facebook privacy: "How can I be hidden in the sharing list when I share something from a public page?  (By sharing list I mean the list of who has shared a post, that everyone can see.)"  Only people who would have reason to see your posts in the first place would see that you have shared something from a public page. Your best bet - look for the globe! For details, read on.

    Who can see what I’ve shared from a public Facebook page?

    I recently received a question from a reader about Facebook privacy: "How can I be hidden in the sharing list when I share something from a public page? (By sharing list I mean the list of who has shared a post, that everyone can see.)" Only people who would have reason to see your posts in the first place would see that you have shared something from a public page. Your best bet - look for the globe! For details, read on.

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  • When a friend asked me about Keek, I thought they were asking about Kik, the messaging app.  But Keek isn’t Kik and Kik isn’t Keek.  Keek is a social media site and app focused on sharing short video clips.  Think Facebook, but with video updates instead of text or photo updates. And oh yeah, little to no privacy.  You may not have heard of Keek, but with 24 million users and growing, your tween or teen may be "keeking" already.

    What is Keek?

    When a friend asked me about Keek, I thought they were asking about Kik, the messaging app. But Keek isn’t Kik and Kik isn’t Keek. Keek is a social media site and app focused on sharing short video clips. Think Facebook, but with video updates instead of text or photo updates. And oh yeah, little to no privacy. You may not have heard of Keek, but with 24 million users and growing, your tween or teen may be "keeking" already.

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  • Did you know that you (and that means your kids) can watch YouTube videos using Kik Messenger? An observant and concerned reader contacted me about this.  For those parents who have taken the time to restrict the YouTube app from their kid’s iPod touch, iPad or Phone, but have allowed Kik Messenger, you may want to take a closer look at this.  There is more to Kik than just sending messages to friends.

    YouTube videos on Kik with Kik Cards

    Did you know that you (and that means your kids) can watch YouTube videos using Kik Messenger? An observant and concerned reader contacted me about this. For those parents who have taken the time to restrict the YouTube app from their kid’s iPod touch, iPad or Phone, but have allowed Kik Messenger, you may want to take a closer look at this. There is more to Kik than just sending messages to friends.

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