It's time for spring cleaning, and for more than just your house — it's also time for a checkup & cleanup of services that have access to your social media accounts.
Do you connect your Facebook or Twitter accounts to apps or free services you've forgotten about or don't use any more? Lots of free services offer the option to use your existing social media accounts to register, that look like this one:
Here's what Nick Bilton says in the NYT Bits Blog:
Whether you realize it or not, dozens — if not hundreds — of apps and services have access to your social accounts and can see everything you’re doing online. Tweets, Likes, your location, are all there for the taking. What’s worse, there’s a pretty good chance you unwittingly gave them permission.
I noticed that hundreds of old apps have access to my Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn accounts.
It was time to do a little cleanup.
Just like the spring cleaning rule that says, “If you haven’t worn it in six months, throw it out,” you should use the same edict with your online data: “If you haven’t logged in to an app or site in six months, revoke its access.”
Sometimes when you upload a photo to your library's Facebook page, it ends up cattywumpus, sideways, or even upside down. This usually happens because the camera or phone was turned in order to take a vertical shot, as opposed to a horizontal one.
Good news — you don’t have to settle for that; here's how to fix it.
If we don't take care of the customer, maybe they'll stop bugging us.
Need to contact tech support at Facebook? It's a challenge to connect to the right customer service person — you can waste hours circling through a maze of self-help prompts and navigating 150+ contact forms.
The course is freely available to anyone who has access to a mobile device (tablet or smartphone). Take advantage of this free course that offers you a chance to build your awareness, knowledge, and skills at your own pace!
Creators of the course say they're "interested in exploring ways that libraries and library staff can use mobile technologies to deliver library services, to engage with their communities and for their own professional development."
Here's a list of all 23 Mobile Things (apps & social networking tools for both Android and iOS mobile platforms) covered in the course:
Want to add a note or a quote to a Pinterest board, or add an image to increase "likes" and "shares" on a Facebook posts — but can't find a photo, SomeEcard, or LOLcat to use? Try Quozio; it "turns meaningful words into beautiful images in seconds."
Quozio is a free (no account, no sign-up, no email address required) online image generator that's easy to use:
Those of us who use iGoogle regularly have already seen the bad news — Google plans to shut down this popular service on November 1, 2013. (See Google's Support Page for details on why they've chosen to retire it.)
If you're an iGoogle user looking for alternatives, here are options to try:
Pinterest is one of the hottest social networks of 2012. It's a virtual pinboard where you can organize and share images & videos, and browsing others' Pinboards is a fun way to discover new things & get inspiration from people who share your interests. Joe Murphy calls it "Web bookmarking meets photo sharing meets visual to do lists."
Create an account for your library to "curate" content for your library's customers! Pinterest is currently invite-only, but it's easy-peasy to request an invite from Pinterest or anyone else (like me) who's already using it. Get step-by-step instructions on setting up your account here: How to Get Your Nonprofit Started on Pinterest.
Get inspired by these libraries' boards to promote your library's programs & materials: