June 3, 2018 |

Latest data on social media use

Latest research from the Pew Research Center shows that since the Center began surveying the use of different social media in 2012, Facebook remains the primary platform for most Americans. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) now report that they are Facebook users, and roughly three-quarters of those users access Facebook on a daily basis. With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook.

But the social media story extends well beyond Facebook. The video-sharing site YouTube – which contains many social elements, even if it is not a traditional social media platform – is now used by nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults and 94% of 18- to 24-year-olds.
Read the full findings here: http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/01/social-media-use-in-2018/.

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April 7, 2018 |

How safe are you being online?

It is easy to get carried away with sharing information online, particularly on sites such as Facebook, as we tend to think of this as an audience of friends not foes (as a side note, I am sure most of you would also have read some of the recent media reports in regard to the on-selling of private information that users have supplied to Facebook).

However…not all your friends may have positioned their security settings to within their circle of friends and may well be sharing their information publicly and/or with people who are strangers to you– which means that if you make comments or share something with a Facebook friend to their page and this person has set their privacy to ‘public’ for all posting, then whatever you posted to that page can automatically be seen by anyone, anywhere.  A good example of how privacy may be unwittingly breached is my ticket to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (which was great by the way).


When I shared a photo of my ticket with my Facebook friends I ensured that my thumb obscured both the seat allocation and which session I was attending – and I posted it after I had seen the show, not while I was there. Why? Because even though I generally trust my friends and my settings are secure, had I shared the version on the right, then potentially ‘the world’ would know what I was doing and when – because I have no way of knowing who of my friends is sharing information publicly and/or with others who I do not know personally – so this situation means I had no control around where these details ended up and with whom. So if I had shown the ticket freely while sitting at the theatre, I would have unwittingly made it known exactly where I was on that day and where to find me should someone feel like robbing or accosting me – and depending on who in my circle knows where I live, that ticket would be an open invitation to my home being empty given I was at the theatre.  The same goes for airline tickets, yes it is tempting to show off your ticket Europe, but as far as I’m concerned, you may as well leave your doors and windows open while you are away!

So, without being alarmist, I suggest you fully acquaint yourself with all the options around security when using Facebook, just go to Settings then locate the Privacy icon and ensure you are in control of your own privacy and security. If you are unsure of what to select and why, please do some homework and Google articles, tips and tricks around being safe online.

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March 28, 2016 |

Protecting your privacy on Facebook

privacy-card-3x2If your friends are using apps (for example games like Candy Crush) on Facebook, they could be giving information of yours way without realising it, as people who can see your information can bring it with them when they use apps. However there is a setting you can use change to control the categories of information others can bring with them when they use apps, games and websites while Facebooking.

  1. Go to Settings on Facebook.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Scroll down to the box marked Apps Others Use and click on Edit.
  1. A box pops own listing the types of information (of yours) that your friends may be able to share. Deselect each option you do not wish to share, if not all of them.

Note: If you want to go a step further and stop apps or sites accessing data such as your Friends list, gender to other public information, locate the Apps, Websites and plugins box that is also under Apps, click the Edit button and select Disable Platform.  Be aware that this will disable your ability to use apps and plugins that offer to allow you to log in with your Facebook identity as well as disabling your ability to play games.

I suggest that if you are unsure of this information it would be a good idea if you take the time to read the Facebook help pages as well as doing your own Google research before changing any of the settings.

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January 4, 2016 |

Sensitively Dealing with Facebook Friend Requests

Most of us are probably now using Facebook in some shape or form as people young and old have embraced it as a way to keep in touch and share their lives. However there are times when you may receive a friend request from someone who you don’t consider a friend as such (for example a work colleague), and therefore don’t feel comfortable giving them access to all aspects of your private life, photos or activities.  This can be further complicated if you feel that refusing the friend request may also not be the right thing either as you do not wish to cause hurt or offence.

I have a simple suggestion: accept the friend request and then go straight to your friend list in Facebook and to the right of each person’s name you will see a button marked ‘Friend’.  Click that button and change it to Acquaintance.  This means when you next post anything to Facebook you can click the Friends button and select Friends except Acquaintances, which means that anyone marked as an Acquaintance will not see that particular post. Note that it stays on this choice until you change it again.  You can create Custom Lists of friends in the same way.






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November 4, 2013 |



Are you (like me) already over Bitstrips?

Utilising a Facebook app, Bitstrips allows users to create the cartoon strips of themselves and their friends in a humorous situation.  It is simple and free and allows people to create a likeness of themselves.

But if you’re sick of seeing this so-called latest Facebook sensation you’re in luck because there is a way to block  them from your feed.

All you have to do is click the downward arrow in the top right-hand corner of a Bitstrips Facebook post and select the “hide all from Bitstrips” option.

And by the way…if you keen on using it keep in mind this app asks for permission to access your Facebook data (never a smart idea, though people seem to blithely do this all the time just to get their hands on whatever new, free and trendy app is around).

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June 19, 2013 |

Create Emoticons for Facebook

Facebook Symbols

Smiley and sad faces are made the same way as in a Word document (e.g. colon right bracket for a smiley and colon left bracket for a sad face), however there are lots of others that you can incorporate if you are a Facebook user:

  • Type  (y) and this produces a thumbs up graphic
  • Type  >: ( for a grumpy face graphic
  • Type  <3 to produce a heart graphic
  • Type :p for a face with tongue poking out.

January 28, 2010 |

Adding Symbols into Documents, Blogs or Facebook

Symbols are things such as the smiley ☺or sad face.  Microsoft Word users would know them from Insert, Symbol and then clicking on the symbol required.  However that feature isn’t always available if you are not using a Microsoft product, so another way to do this is to use Alt Codes.All this means is that you hold down the Alt key (left side under the Z) and then press the numbers on the keypad on the right (you cannot use the numbers on the top row of the keyboard).As an example  I have used Alt & 1, Alt & 2, etc up to Alt & 10 to get the symbols below.☺ ☻ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♠ • ◘ ○ ◙(and if you want you can do this in a Word document instead of inserting symbols!)A full set of Alt Codes can be found at: http://knopok.net/symbol-codes/alt-codes