Geolocation and Language Identification in Twitter

One of the features I teach in my advanced Twitter classes is use of Twitter to find marketing leads in your area using the Advanced Search function. Researchers have been using Twitter’s geolocation and language identification data, but there are some limitations, as this paper points out.

Assuming you are examining status updates by hand, you are unlikely to detect false positives. Because most people don’t embed location services, your bigger problem will be false negatives, i.e. status updates which the search should have revealed but doesn’t.

Internet Security Tips from First Internet Bank

First Internet Bank sent me an e-mail with some helpful security tips:

  • Always download apps for your Apple or Android device from the Apple store or Google Play. Avoid installing apps from pop-ups or an untrusted third-party source.
  • Pay close attention to the toll-free phone numbers you call. Scammers are obtaining phone numbers that are different from legitimate numbers by one digit, setting up automated answering systems with an institution’s name and offering free gifts, vacations and gift cards when callers provide debit or credit card information.

Read the rest of letter, which has other helpful suggestions.

Repairing Mobile Devices @MyGadgetClinic

Our company helps you use your devices, but we know nothing about fixing them when you drop them in water or the screens crack. An Augusta, GA company, Gadget Clinic, claims to do that. If you have any experiences with that company, please let us know so we can recommend it to our clients.

Updated December 2, 2014:

Apparently, the Facebook Page for businesses by default enables customer reviews. I just noticed that on Help US Get Online‘s Facebook Page. Here’s the link to read reviews of Gadget Clinic.

Unfollow People Who Aren’t Tweeting

Twitter does not allow you to follow an infinite number of Tweeps, people who have Twitter accounts. So you should regularly use a service like http://untweeps.com/ to eliminate inactive Twitter accounts you are following.

Students Needed to Beta Test “Twitter Basics” Course

We’ve drafted an outline of the course Twitter Basics. We’re not sure how long it will take. So we’re recruiting test subjects. We’re shooting for 1 hour. The outline looks like it will require more than that, but we promise to stop at 1.5 hours :-). We also will request you to fill out an evaluation form, so that would take another 5 minutes.
If you indicate that you would like this, we’ll God willing send out an e-mail with the time and place and ask you to RSVP. If the time & place don’t work for you, don’t worry about that. Just decline.
This e-mail will also contain some instructions on what you should do prior to coming so that we don’t waste class time doing things that you could do on your own.
To indicate your interest in participating, contact us.
Here are the course’s objectives:

1. Learn enough about Twitter to decide if you should explore its potential for personal or business use.
2. Understand the various devices and programs through which you can use Twitter.
3. Set up a Twitter account.
4. Decide whether you want your timeline to be “protected” or “public.”
5. Edit your profile.
6. Control email and web notifications.
7. Search for information on Twitter.
8. Understand the Twitter terms follow, timeline, direct message (DM), mention, retweet (RT), modified retweet (MT), via, trending and hashtag.
9. Send a tweet with a link and a picture.
10. Understand options when your content exceeds 140 characters.
11. Understand that you can integrate Twitter with other online content, such as web sites, RSS feeds, Facebook and e-mail lists.
12. Learn various tricks to limit errors in your status updates.
13. Handling spam & abusive messages.
14. Deleting a twitter status update.
15. Pinning a twitter status update.

We Got this Domain & Website Started for $18

Many of our clients are concerned that a web presence is too expensive for them. Our web suites are designed to cost you as little as possible.

This domain and website, helpusgetonline.com, cost us $18 through wordpress.com. If we spent $99, we would avoid advertisements. We used a free theme. Some themes cost between $30 and $150. So each of these enhancements cost some money, and there are certainly situations to use these.

This purchase also enables us to have 5 e-mail addresses associated with the domain helpusgetonline.com which can be forwarded to another e-mail address.

We created a free Google Account for Help Us Get Online, and with that we created a Twitter account and a Google+ Page. Using a personal Facebook account, we created a Facebook Page for Help Us Get Online. We also created a Gmail account with this Google Account to receive e-mail sent to the address we have printed on our promotional materials, info [at] helpusgetonline [dot] com.

So, we’re on our way to your computers and mobile devices for only $18 so far.

Getting WordPress to Update Google+ Pages for Businesses

The theme I use on this blog allows me to automatically update my Twitter account and Facebook page with each new blog entry I publish. I’m learning Google’s new product for businesses, Google+ Pages. I successfully updated the Help Us Get Online Page, but the privacy setting for the post was not public. I followed these instructions, and I’m hoping that this blog entry will update the page and be visible to the public.

Changing who can see your Publicized posts on Google+

After you have authorized your Google+ connection, you can change this setting by going to Settings > Manage apps & activities from within Google+.

P.S. It worked! But I had a grammatical error in the blog subject header. I’ve corrected it, but it remains where it was automatically entered into the Google+ Page.

Importing an RSS Feed into Your Twitter Account

Do you want more activity on your Twitter account but don’t have the time to constantly be updating it?

I’m experimenting with Twitterfeed.com. It takes an RSS feed and adds it to your Twitter account.

If there is another organization whose media you like, see if it has an RSS feed that you can feed to your Twitter account. For my personal experiment, I added the RSS feed of The Labor Forum, a program on Atlanta’s independent FM radio station WRFG. Note that this is an RSS feed of a YouTube channel. I have a post which explains how to find the RSS feed of a YouTube channel.

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