Category Archives: Useful tools

5 Social Media Realities in November 2011

Social MediaWhether you are starting out in social media, or have been using it for some time, here are 5 useful tips that will help you keep ahead of the competition as we come to the end of 2011. Read the rest of this entry

Unfollow Twitter Accounts Properly

Unfollow-Twitter-AccountsEvery Twitter user, at some point, should review the people they are following and those that are following them. Following for the sake of following is Twitter’s equivalent of spam emails, and everyone hates spam. Here are some key points to consider when choosing who to unfollow. Read the rest of this entry

Facebook to Introduce Subscribe Button With 3 Features

Facebook Subscribe ButtonFollowing Twitter’s announcement that they will soon offer Twitter Web Analytics Facebook are to release a subscribe button. At first, this may not seem like a big deal, however this will have massive implications, which will ultimately benefit the world’s largest social network a great deal. Read the rest of this entry

Twitter Finally Introduces Web Analytics

Twitter AnalyticsFor no apparent reason, Twitter has not had an analytics system of its own. For years, those of use that have tried to justify spending time and resources on the platform have had to rely on third-party apps, with a sprinkling of guess-work, to convey the benefits. Twitter analytics will be rolled out to a small group of pilot users this week and then to the rest of us over the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry

Social Media Sharing Made Easier

Social media sharing toolThis is a blog that centres around social media, so it goes without saying that I use social media networks quite a lot. In isolation, each network I use is fantastic in its own way. I mean, they all have their little quirks. Facebook is annoying, Twitter is sometimes a bit too simple, barely anybody is on Google+ and don’t get me started on Reddit (their link submission tool is a real pain to use sometimes). Read the rest of this entry

Two Apps You Shouldn’t be Without

Evernote and DropboxThis is by no means a ground-breaking post, or even talking about anything new. But the number of people who I speak to that don’t use these two apps, yet could really benefit from them, has prompted me to write about them – Evernote and Dropbox. If you have both of these apps already, then I’m sorry. Please enjoy this picture of a monkey riding a dog for your troubles: Read the rest of this entry

Riots – don’t take away benefits, take away privileges

Police in ManchesterThis post is a little bit different to what I usually put on here, but I wanted to talk about the fact that everyone is pushing for taking away benefits of those involved with the riots.

On the face of it, this seems like a good idea, but it’s not. People still have to eat, and they still need cash. It’s not like there are tonnes of jobs out there for people who rely on benefits to find alternative means of income. They will just have to commit crime to survive if you take them away. Read the rest of this entry

Personalising your Google+ profile link

Currently there is no way of customising your Google+ profile link within Google+. This video shows how you can create a custom link (e.g. http://gplus.to/onlineastevens) as to opposed to having to use the long link that Google+ provides you with (e.g. https://plus.google.com/106408017039367948755).

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Adding Facebook contacts to Google+

You can’t avoid Google+ at the minute, everyone seems to be talking about it. In order to get the most out of the new social network you need some of your friends on there. This short video shows you how to add your Facebook friends to your Google+ contacts. You can add me on Google+ or, if you would rather, on Twitter.

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What I like most about Google plus – Circles

I want to get a couple of things straight before I start singing the praises of Google Plus. First of all, I LOVE Twitter. Absolutely love it. Secondly, I live with Facebook because it is the easiest way to keep up with people I know that are scattered all over the place. For me, Twitter is like eating cake; something I do regularly because I really enjoy it. Facebook is like ironing clothes, something I feel compelled to do to keep up appearances.

So now I’ve set the scene, here is an outline of the feature I like most about Google plus. Read the rest of this entry

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