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This Week In The News

Augmented Reality Coming To A Space Station Near You – AR Space Googles

AR Space Glasses

Augmented Reality is entering the final frontier – space. NASA is teaming up with Osterhout Design Group to bring Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality glasses to be used in exploratory activities. To do so would seriously advance future missions in space.

Another Teaser From Game Of Thrones To Whet Your Appetite

Not exactly industry news but it’s pretty important to almost everyone on the planet. Our Mother of Dragons is turning her gaze towards Westeros.

Oculus Rift Is Facing Tough Competition – Valve SteamVR

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There’s a new Virtual Reality headset making waves and critics believe the Oculus Rift should watch out. It’s definitely worth watching PC World’s review of the excellent HTC Valve’s Steam VR headset.

Everything You Need To Know About The Apple SmartWatch – In An Infographic

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With all the details flying around about the Apple SmartWatch we thought it was time someone put all the facts into a nice simple Infographic.

The BBC Becomes A Leader In Tech Innovation – The Coder Generation

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The BBC has helped to make huge strides in encouraging younger generations to code. One million Micro Bits – a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi – will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term. They hope that this will help to increase digital skills among young people and help to fill the digital skills gap.


Tips & Training

1 Facebook Tip Everyone Should Do Now – Seriously

Not so long ago we discovered a Security loop hole hidden within Facebook Apps. Here’s how to protect your private information from 3rd parties.

Find Out Your Social Media Rank with – Klout

Klout is a free service that can help determine how well you are doing on Social Media. It looks at your engagement and post frequency to deduce how active you are. More than that however, Klout looks past the number of followers you have and looks at how ‘genuine’ they are. That is that they are real human beings and not just spammers.


Apple Smart Watch

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Unless you have been hiding away somewhere (under a wifi-less rock maybe) Apple’s newest tech offering would have made your newsfeed.

Yes on Monday Tim Cook revealed the intricacies of the Apple SmartWatch including the numerous apps it can hold, the battery life you can expect, and the price of an 18-carat gold version that is enough to make the majority of us gasp in frugal bewilderment.

To make all this information a little easier to digest we created this rather smart infographic. Let us know if you plan to buy one (especially if you go for the gold one).

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Weekly Round Up

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This Week In The News

Furniture from the future is here – Ikea Wireless Charging Furniture

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Ikea seems to have read all of our minds and provided something we all desire: Wireless furniture. For all tech lovers out there this will make deciding where to buy furniture from a hell of lot easier.

New offering from Samsung – Samsung Galaxy 6

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The newest offering from Samsung Galaxy, the Samsung Galaxy 6, is all kinds of modern and sleek. It will be carried by all major networks and looks to be a vast improvement on past models. We can’t wait to get our hands on one!

Augmented Reality Comes to Android Wear – Ingress

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It wasn’t going to be long before Augmented Reality games were going to be introduced to wearable tech such as watches. It would be one of the easiest ways to meld the real world with an augmented virtual one. Ingress players out there will be some of the first to experience it and many other versions will be following soon mark our words.

RIP Leonard Nimoy

This week the world lost a truly magnificent man. Whether you were a trekkie or not you would have been touched by this man’s words or actions at some point in your life.

R.I.P Leonard Nimoy


Tips & Training

Eight lessons about social media strategy – From Frank Underwood

Social Media Strategy Tips as taught by Frank Underwood. Some of his quotes may seem a bit severe but if broken down and applied to Social Media? It makes quite a bit of sense.

Want FREE Photos for social media? – Canva

Imagery is vital to any successful Social Media campaign. It encourages engagement, displays calls to actions in an innovative way and captures your audience’s attention. But it can also be a time-consuming task. Different Social Media platforms have different dimensions and free stock photography or graphics can be hard to source. Canva provides a solution to these issues. Free to sign up and with a variety of free content for you to use it also comes with defined templates for each Social Media platform.


Social Trends

We could live without – #thatdress

#thatdress. We all saw it and hand on heart I think we all contributed to the conversation. The abundance of tweets and posts that hit the globe occurred almost instantaneously faster and more wide spread than any other trend before. It also annoyed many as the tweets above prove.

This is the last time we mention it.

We need more of – #quokkaselfie

This is the kind of conversation that all companies can take advantage of. It may not fit with your company image exactly but trust us when we say it will drive engagement and get other accounts to start thinking about you. And that never hurts.

PS. Look at that face!

A History Of The Raspberry Pi

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Introduction

You may have heard in the news of a credit sized card computer that is taking the world by storm? If not here is a full history of the Raspberry Pi and an insight into uses for the device from the easy projects to the indepth harder projects.

 

The History

The Raspberry Pi was created in Febuary 2012 by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Oringially setup to promote and teach basic cimputer science in schools and colleges around the UK. They initially released 2 Devices the Model A and the Model B, these computers ranged in spec and cabilities. Soon after the release of these products a community was formed and thousends of “Tech-Heads” (Including me!) bought one and started to create new projects with it, for instance one of the first things I did was setup a Home Media Centre and played the popular game Minecraft.

The products were so popular due to their cost ranging from $25 – $35 (£17 – £23) they were efficient and durable which made them easy to modify and crate projects on, The device ran Linux a popular OS for developers due to it being open-source.

On the Raspberry Pi website they created 2 images that could be installed easily onto a sd card which would then act as the OS for the device, one of the images was based off of Debian a popular lightweight Linux OS and was called Raspbian, the other was called Raspbmc and was based off the popular media centre software Kodi (Formally known as XBMC).

In Feburary 2014 they had been reported to have sold 4.5 millions boards, soon after this success they released the Model A+ and Model b+ which provided more GPIO’s and used less power to run. In early 2015 the Raspberry PI 2 was announced with increased Mhz by 200 to bring it to 900Mhz and doubled the ram to make it 1GB.

Products Spec

RP1 Model A

CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S single-core with ARMv6 CPU architecture

Memory: 256mb

USB ports: 1

Video Output: HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4), 14 HDMI resolutions from 640×350 to 1920×1200 plus various PALand NTSC standards, composite video (PAL and NTSC) via RCA jack

GPIO: 8

Power Ratings: 300mA (1.5w)

Power Source: 5V Micro USB

Size: 85.60 mm × 56.5 mm (3.370 in × 2.224 in) – not including protruding connectors

 

RP1 Model A+

CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S single-core with ARMv6 CPU architecture

Memory: 256mb

USB ports: 1

Video Output: HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4), 14 HDMI resolutions from 640×350 to 1920×1200 plus various PAL and NTSC standards, composite video (PAL and NTSC) via 3.5 mm TRRS jackshared with audio out

GPIO: 17

Power Ratings: 200mA (1w)

Power Source: 5V Micro USB

Size: 65 mm × 56.5 mm (2.56 in × 2.22 in) – (same as HAT board) and 10 mm high

 

RP1 Model B

CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S single-core with ARMv6 CPU architecture

Memory: 512mb

USB ports: 2

Video Output: HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4), 14 HDMI resolutions from 640×350 to 1920×1200 plus various PAL andNTSC standards, composite video (PAL and NTSC) via RCA jack

GPIO: 8

Power Ratings: 700mA (3.5w)

Power Source: 5V Micro USB

Size: 85.60 mm × 56.5 mm (3.370 in × 2.224 in) – not including protruding connectors

 

RP1 Model B+

CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S single-core with ARMv6 CPU architecture

Memory: 512mb

USB ports: 4

Video Output: HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4), 14 HDMI resolutions from 640×350 to 1920×1200 plus various PAL and NTSC standards, composite video (PAL and NTSC) via 3.5 mm TRRS jackshared with audio out

GPIO: 17

Power Ratings: 600mA (3w)

Power Source: 5V Micro USB

Size: 85.60 mm × 56.5 mm (3.370 in × 2.224 in) – not including protruding connectors

 

RP2 Model B

CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S single-core with ARMv6 CPU architecture

Memory: 512mb

USB ports: 4

Video Output: HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4), 14 HDMI resolutions from 640×350 to 1920×1200 plus various PAL and NTSC standards, composite video (PAL and NTSC) via 3.5 mm TRRS jackshared with audio out

GPIO: 17

Power Ratings: 600mA (3w)

Power Source: 5V Micro USB

Size: 85.60 mm × 56.5 mm (3.370 in × 2.224 in) – not including protruding connectors

 

 

Projects

There has been many projects on the raspberry pi some of which include:

  • Web servers
  • Media Centres
  • Nas Devices
  • Routers
  • Arcade Machines
  • And much more

 

My favourite is the Media Centre option, I have used XBMC for many years now before the Raspberry Pi was out but now I have the Pi I can have a small device that sits behind the TV that turns it into a Media Centre, where using the XBMC Remote I can access all my films and TV shows remotely from any room in the house.

1 Facebook Security Tip Everyone Should Do Now

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First Things First: The Information You Share With Your Friends Is Not Restricted To Their Eyes Only

Recently there has been much talk over FB and privacy rights. You may have even taken part in sharing the ‘better safe than sorry’ status that was doing the rounds recently. In more recent news the hacking of the USA’s Central Command’s Twitter and Youtube account has made Social Media security a hot topic.

Unfortunately through signing up with Facebook anything that you make public can be used by 3rd parties. It’s in the sign up fine print and it has always been the same way. That does not mean however, that you should instantly panic and immediately boycott Facebook. Take a read of this article to gain a better understanding of the matter.

Furthermore, the more malicious of these Apps can be used to hack you Social Media accounts like with the USA’s Central Command’s accounts. You should be careful when accepting any App request for access and if your gut says there’s something iffy then trust it! It’s usually right!

This is not what I want to cover today. Today I would like to cover something that has flown under the radar of many a Facebook user.

3rd Person Access Via Your Friends

Many of you would have signed up to 3rd party systems that you can access via Facebook sign in. Spotify, Netflix, Candy Crush to name but a few. Many of these Apps are doing what marketers do on a daily basis, they use your Facebook profile information to tailor their services and advertise the right products to your FB page. Their request looks something like this:

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They tell you what they can access when you sign in for the first time via Facebook and if you are like me I accepted these terms. I know the grey area that is Facebook privacy and I know that for the most part it is up to me to govern how much information I put up there.

What I did not realise until very recently was that my more private information, information that I have allowed only friends to see, can be made available to some Apps out there despite me not using or allowing them.

How? Because my friends use them and have accepted their access requests.

Before you get angry with your friends, you’re doing the exact same thing and these Apps are clever. They tell you that they will gain access to your contact list but do not need to tell you what they do with that contact list.

If your friend uses a 3rd party App on Facebook and have accepted their terms then automatic settings on YOUR Facebook account means that those Apps have access to the following pieces of information:

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I’m not sure about you but I’m pretty uncomfortable with Apps that I have not given my authority to having access to information such as my photos and current location. Even if it’s just potentially.

If you feel the same way then go into your Facebook account and select settings.

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Go into ‘Apps’ on the left hand side.

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Scroll down to the bottom and select ‘Apps Others Use’ and edit your settings according to your comfort level.

FB Security Settings v2

And there you have it! Isn’t it a great feeling to essentially blockade those sneaky Apps?! When it comes to this aspect of sharing information it really is ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’.

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(image www.comicbookmovie.com)

If you have ANY questions regarding Social Media Security or any advice of your own let me know! Leave a comment below, Tweet me @_NovaHelena, leave a comment on our FB page or find me on LinkedIn.

Hope it helps!

10 Google Earth Locations Worth Looking At

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Ever searched through Google earth to find funny things? The world is an amazing place full of interesting people, fascinating cultures and down right weird activities happening day in and day out.

As a Treat for you all this Halloween and to give you a nice little break from work (also a lot of these are GREAT conversation starters) we thought we would compile a list of our favourite Google Map moments. You see when Google were first compiling the imagery to go with locations around the world the camera that they used managed to capture some rather interesting pictures. Have a look and see just how strange and beautiful this world can be.

 

1) Airplane Scapeyard

32 08’59.96″ N, 110 50’09.03″W

Tucson, Arizona

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There’s something strangely beautiful about the way these airplanes are laid out. They may never fly again but they make for a nice Google Map moment.

 

 

2) Firefox Logo

45° 7’25.87″N 123° 6’48.97″W

Dayton, Oregon, USA

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Just in case Aliens were wondering what the best web browser really is. . . Marketing at its best.

 

 

3) Heart-Shaped Land Formation

20°56’15.47″S, 164°39’30.56″E

New Caledonia

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This beautifully shaped formation in French New Caledonia may be the most loving place in the world. We’re surprised it isn’t the number 1 place to propose!

 

 

4) Batman Symbol

26.357896, 127.783809

Okinawa, Japan

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Again another one for the Aliens. Just in case they’re really in trouble they know who what sign to use.

 

5) Sword Fight

40.45761,-80.007731

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Nothing to see here. Just Gandalf and Merlin having a sword fight.

 

6) Seagull Attack

50.823567,-0.133599

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Anyone who lives in Brighton knows that this isn’t a joke. This is a warning to anyone who tries to walk down the pier with a bag of chips.

 

7) Guitar-Shaped Pool

36.551886, -4.620911

Málaga, Spain

Who wants to settle for a normal rectangular swimming pool? Not this person, no way, ‘let’s make it look like a Guitar!.’ Excellent idea.

 

8) Heart-Shaped Lake in Ohio

41.303921,-81.901693

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

Another one for the romantics. This lovely lake can be found in the middle of Ohio, what do you think? Natural or man made?

 

9) The Remotest Island

-37.067805, -12.314559

Tristan da Cunha

This Google image captures an island that many would never see or even know about. The island of Tristan de Cunha is the 2nd remotest island (after Hawaii) but we’ve given it the number 1 mantle as truly no one goes there. It is part of the UK, is located in the South Atlantic and only has a population of 297!

 

10) Parked Jet Fighter

51.362335,7.557918

Hagen, Germany

Because where else would you park your fighter jet?

What about you? Have you seen something on Google Maps that has blown your mind? Let us know either in the comments below or on Twitter @TheNovaAgency.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

10 Tech Tricks For Halloween

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Things are getting creepy here at Nova and we thought we would send you 10 Horrifyingly helpful tech tricks. The following tricks will help you win the battle over everyday tech troubles.

1) Say goodbye to tangled headphone cords, Get yourself a hair clip…

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2) You know what they say, Dirty Keyboard, Dirty Mind…

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3) Feeling lazy? Can’t be bothered to hold your phone to watch a video? Steal someone’s glasses…

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4) bbboooiiiiiinnnnngggg!!!!

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5) How much life is left in your battery?…

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6) Not just for paper…

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7) You 1 – 0 Advertisers

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8) Ice Ice Baby…

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9) Don’t get bogged down with cables… pun definitely intended

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10) The question that has plagued humanity for the whole of 5 years, how to open plastic packaging?

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YOU’RE WELCOME

 Next week Treats…

 

Reference
http://www.lifehack.org
http://lifehacksdaily.com/

The First 24 Hours With An iPhone 6

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It Begins With A Question From A Jealous Social Media Manager

In the office it is quite clear who loves Apple the most, who will use nothing but a mac, for she is addicted to hot corners and the little sound they make when booting up. Our Social Media Manager, Helena, will readily admit to being quite bias towards the brain child of Steve Jobs.

Her tablet is an iPad, her phone an iPhone, her laptop a MacBook Pro. When the rest of the office bought PCs (that they had to build themselves) Helena stayed loyal and dug her heels in until a Mac was sitting pretty on her desk. She then began work straight away whilst the rest of the office had fun screwing and un screwing bolts customising their PCs to suit their needs.

And slowly but surely she began working on the rest of the office. To be honest it wasn’t much of a challenge with the CEO already feeding a small seed of love for Apple. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when John (CEO) walked into the office with a brand new Mac laptop and more importantly a beautiful iPhone 6 in his grasp. This of course prompted a simple question from Helena:

“Is it as glorious as it is in my dreams?”

If you’re as eager as our Social Media Manager or are debating whether to purchase here is an honest review from a man who has had both Android and iPhone glued to his ears in the past 24 hours.

iPhone 6 – My Immediate Opinion

Well what can I say, I have to begin with:

The guys in apple were at their usual awesome level putting up with me standing there painstakingly working out the total cost of all packages with a calculator! Patience, has now been added as an additional prerequisite to being an ultra cool Apple dude (extending our previous character traits of having a fantastic beard and being called Chris!)

After 15 – 20 minutes of deliberating, I managed to choose a deal that gave me an extra 6GB of 4G data for just £30 (upfront cost), none of the tariffs I looked at really made much of a difference, so I settled on a mix of cost, features and upfront payment. I’m paying just £3 more a month than the iPhone 5 and I have 10GB of 4G data each month, so I’m chuffed about that! (thanks to EE).

I brought the phone in the Thurrock Apple Store, so if I want Apple care I get 2 years warranty and accidental damage for £79 and also I benefit from extended warranty for internal faults, like battery failure. (A problem I feared hit me on the iPhone 5 but turned out to be a dirty charging port).

My main reason for choosing the iPhone 6 over anything else on the market is the familiarity and trust I have that Apple are going to offer me a superior and well rounded device. I have had the Androids and Blackberries and Nokia’s and none come near to the winning overall quality and functionality.

I mean this is the same stuff I was sold into when choosing Apple for my next phone back at the iPhone 5 launch 2 years ago

The only frustration I came to harbour with the iPhone 5 was the apps organisation and the screen was just a bit to small for me. Also the battery life, I only figured out how to extend life (by turning off data roaming) a few weeks ago!!

I immediately love the iPhone 6 extra space (and zoomed view options). I now have all the app space I need on a single screen. Plus armed with my new knowledge of battery life and a NoMo battery charger from my good friends at B-E-E-S.co.uk, I no longer fear short battery life!

You know I used to find myself creating too many organisation folders to keep my favourite apps on hand, now at a thumbs reach I have the room I needed to keep key apps immediately available.

I haven’t had the chance to play with any other functionality yet, so I can only talk about the screen which just looks wonderful, that might possibly be a result of my iPhone 5 screen looking a little haggard, with it’s scuffed protecter sat on top, dulling the experience down on that screen (I recall feeling the same about the iPhone 5 screen you see).

Anyway, my new iPhone 6 screen is crisp, bright and colourful and looks delightful. The curvature of the screen is an extra point in the beauty meter and adds an infinity pool effect where the phones bezel appears non-existent.

I got the Black finish this time which I’m really enjoying, it’s compliments my new Mac Book Pro wonderfully!

The sim / network isn’t currently working so I can’t actually use the phone, as a phone (at the moment). I’m sure after a short call to EE we’ll be OK, Not sure what happened but my upgrade seems to have been misconfigured or not explained to me so I currently have a sim that seems to recognise 2 numbers and has taken the liberty of joining my iCloud and Gmail together allowing me to benefit from the same configuration I set up on the Mac the other day.

The button configuration is OK too, Conor the “Android Fan Boy”, seems to think the buttons are laid out for right handed people, but (a leftie myself) find that all the buttons are in easy reach for me. Having my thumb on the volume side (the side I use most) means I can use all three buttons there with ease and index finger the other side if I need to quite happily enough. Overall the buttons are simply much nicer and easier to push with better tactile response.

I’m very happy with the over-arching design and experience so far. The new screen size is my favourite feature at present. I’m looking forward to pushing the new hardware with some 3D games or some of our own AR software (NovAR), but I’m sure how I’m going to find the rest of the phone, I’ll have fun with it later and let you know more then.

In the mean time the only thing I can tell you about the functionality was partially thanks to the new Mac Book Pro I have too. The iTunes install was easy, streamlined yet it appeared not to work. I left it off last night and when I plugged it in just now I am pleased to see that I have all my iPhone 5 Apps on my iPhone 6 just where I left off.

The images all uploaded to my Mac too allowing me to distribute them to my cloud storage later and thus far I’m LOVING my new Apple Experience.

I’m really feeling the immediate benefit and productivity surge at work as well as at home too! My Mac Book Pro, iPhone 6 and I are having a whale of a time with it, all I can say is why did I ever bother with Windows?!?

I should have made this transition a long time ago, I’m not missing my PC or Laptop a single little bit!!

So what about you?! Do you have an iPhone 6? Are you a convert from Android or are you an advocate for Samsung?

Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @TheNovaAgency. We want to know what you think!

The Two Things I Think Everyone Should Know How To Do On Twitter And Facebook

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Forgive me if what you are about to read are well known tricks in your Social Media Bag. Some of you may even ‘tut’ in disgrace but I do not mind. Perhaps I should have brought this to the attention of my followers long ago but it only just hit me that I regularly see people complaining about problems that these two tricks resolve.

And it hit me it wasn’t that they were forgetting to do it, no it was that they have never been told.

So do forgive me if this is all old news to you but allow me to bring these old tricks to light once more to aid the thousands of new users joining the plains of the Social Media world every day.

1. How to Make Sure That All Of Your Followers See Your Tweet To Another Account.

Are you a Social Media marketer who regularly checks analytics and think that some of your tweets to other accounts just do not have the same reach?

Or do you simply like to know that all of your followers can see when you tweet another follower?

Well then this tip is for you.

When Twitter guides you through the first steps in creating your first Tweet it fails to point out one major factor.

If you Tweet someone like this:

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Without ANYTHING before the @ then the only accounts that will see that tweet are those that follow BOTH you and that account.

This can severely cut into the exposure of your tweets limiting your engagement and potentially impacting future business.

In order to avoid this and ensure that all of your followers see your Tweet you just have to put something else before the @

For Example:

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OR EVEN

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And there you have it as simple as a ‘.’

I think it’s shocking, SHOCKING, that Twitter doesn’t teach you this when you first sign up

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2. How To Control Everything On Your Facebook Profile

On a daily basis I read someone worried about a post being put onto their Facebook profile without his or her permission.

Or worried that a post might be uploaded when they have limited access to Facebook and so cannot take the post down.

And they are worried for good reason. More and more employers are admitting to checking current employers out on Facebook and if they don’t like what they see will bring in the employee for a warning or outright fire them.

Even worse there has been a dramatic increase in employers not hiring future employees over what they have managed to discover online. That means that if your security settings aren’t top notch that recent status that your friend has tagged you in, you know the one about you drinking until you passed out, can mean you loosing out on a job.

Well there is a simple security setting that allows you to verify any posts about you or any posts onto your wall.

To activate this setting follow these simple steps:

1. Click on Settings in the drop down option by your profile name

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2. Look to the left hand side and select ‘Timeline and Tagging.’

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3. This is a pretty useful page full of settings to help protect you on Facebook. The one we’re interested in however, is the following:

Blog Post 23.07.14 (5)You will want to select ‘Edit’ just to the side of ‘Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?’

4. Simply click on ‘Disabled’ and it will allow you the option to Enable this feature.  This means that from now on whenever someone tags you in a status or photo it will not show up on your timeline until you have verified it!

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I know everyone’s a winner right:

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There you go, two simple tips that I believe every one should know. Hopefully you will find at least one of them extremely helpful.

Let me know if you need anymore help with either of the above! Simply tweet me at @HWalshNDM or e-mail me h.walsh@novadigitalmedia.com

 

How To Make The Most Of Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn For Your Business

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Unless you’ve managed to avoid all forms of media over the past 5 years you would have come across at least one, if not all, of the following entities:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin

That’s not to say that you are active on all 3 or even 1 of them. Plenty of people I’ve spoken to claim to hate social media and the horse it rode in on. Furthermore, they believe that social media had no benefit for their company!!

Maybe you’re nodding your head right now or maybe you’re already thinking about what social media could do for you.

Consider the following questions:

  • Do you use Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, either personally or professionally?
  • Would like better communication with customers?
  • Would you like to talk with key thinkers in your industry?
  • Do you hold exciting events, competitions or promotions?
  • Do you like to promote positive testimonials to as many people as possible?
  • Do you love talking about what you do?
  • Have any of your customers asked whether you were on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn?

If you answered yes to any of the above then Social Media is for you.

But how do you begin?

Or have you already begun your journey but require guidance on how to really take advantage of this modern phenomenon?

Well I have just the thing for you. Here are 3 tips to think about when approaching the big 3:

1) When creating your Facebook page apply to change the web address to include the name of your company.

So instead of:

www.facebook.com/thenovaagency/203848857493034589

You get:

www.facebook.com/thenovaagency

To do this go to ‘Settings’ click on ‘Page Info’ and Edit you Facebook web address.  Much easier for potential customers to find you and a great boost to your page ranking on Google!

2) When creating your twitter account & you are asked to follow a few accounts search for the following:

@bizitalk
@Ukhour
@ukbusinessrt
@thenovaagency

they actively RT (repost) any of your tweets to their huge following on your behalf.

3) On LinkedIn follow as many groups in your industry as possible. Look for ones that have a good following and whose admin are active in conversations.

This will instantly bring you into contact with other people in your industry expanding your networking group exponentially.

But that’s only the beginning of what I could share with you.

I can show you how to:

  • Drive new visitors towards your business.
  • Find and engage with a specific demographic increasing profitable relationships.
  • Use Facebook advertising to its full advantage increasing awareness and sales.
  • Get involved with conversations about your industry letting you know what your customers want.
  • Stand out on twitter with engaging posts just itching to be shared
  • Learn How to customize all of your accounts to match your unique image.
  • How to harness the power of ‘shares’ ‘RTs’ ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ into real results.

How can I teach you all of this?

If you would like to discuss our 1to1 Social Media Training, Don’t hesitate to get in touch.