Scheduling Meetings

I’m coordinating a conference call for a small, non-profit advocacy group committee. Exciting stuff, n’est pas? I’m using an online service to reduce the pain somewhat. I’ve used Meeting Wizard in the past with good results, but, based on the article I’ve linked to below, I’m trying something a little simpler. I’ll God willing let you know if I like the service after I’ve tried it a few times. The article is worth reading.

Meetings suck. But if there’s one thing worse than meetings, it’s playing email tag to schedule them. Is your company still sending out mass emails to ask for preferred meeting times?

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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 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,, cost us $18 through 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 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.

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