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.
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.
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:
@helpusgetonline you can check out our Facebook for reviews.
— Gadget Clinic (@MyGadgetClinic) December 1, 2014
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.
Those you can follow are a limited resource. Find the ones who aren’t tweeting anymore. http://t.co/1S5UpHvwli
— Ayman Hossam Fadel (@aymanfadel) December 1, 2014
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.
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.
I started this web suite yesterday, and as of now I have neither logo nor graphics. Both are essential to your online presence.
I am completely unskilled in logo design and graphics, so I’m planning to ask for help. Were you to contract my services for a web suite, I would ask you provide me with your graphics before I could get everything up and rolling.
You, the owner of your enterprise, are essential in the process of creating a logo and graphics. But don’t skimp. After you’ve thought about what you want and written it down, share your thoughts and notes with a professional graphic designer like Augusta, GA’s favorite son, Phillustrations.
What’s the message I want Help Us Get Online‘s logo to portray?
Help Us Get Online gets you to your destination safely and easily, and, when you get there, it’s better than you thought it would be.
The article I’ve referenced before has more tips.
I already had LinkedIn & Tumblr accounts, but I had not heard of Path. So I created a Path.com account, but I did not add any contacts. But maybe it’s the next big thing. On Tumblr, I had two blogs. It was a simple matter to create a third specifically for Help Us Get Online.
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.