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What is a Hashtag?

Thumbnail image for What is a Hashtag? by Barbara J. Feldman March 3, 2014

A hashtag is a keyword or keyword phrase that starts with a “#” pound sign and does not include any spaces or punctuation. They are used to group tweets and status updates together that cover the same subject, for example a television show, a business conference or a trend. They can be used for discovery, […]

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Teens Overshare on Social Networks

by Barbara J. Feldman August 27, 2013

In not-very-surprising results, a recent Lifelock study concluded that “three out of four teens overshare personal information that can make them more vulnerable to online crime.” The survey asked more than 700 teens ages 13 to 17 about their online habits and assessed their awareness of potentially risky behavior. Here’s what they found. Several types […]

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Add Instagram Pix and Videos to Your Blog

Thumbnail image for Add Instagram Pix and Videos to Your Blog by Barbara J. Feldman July 16, 2013

This week Instagram announced that both photos and videos can be embedded on external websites and blogs. To embed an Instagram photo, visit Instagram.com in a web browser (don’t try this with the app) and look for the “share” icon. Once embedded, your Instagram snapshot includes a tally of likes and comments, but to actually […]

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What is FOMO?

Thumbnail image for What is FOMO? by Barbara J. Feldman July 9, 2013

In a recent survey by MyLife.com, 51% of respondents reporting checking social networks more frequently than they did two years ago, and 56% say they experience “fear of missing out” (FOMO) if they don’t check their social networks regularly. In a similar vein, 52% have taken or are considering taking a break from one or […]

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Twitter Adds Double Authentication

Thumbnail image for Twitter Adds Double Authentication by Barbara J. Feldman May 28, 2013

Twitter is the newest social network to add an extra layer of security to their login process by giving users the option to use double authentication (also known as two-factor authentication.) Twitter’s double auth works like this. When logging into Twitter.com from an unknown device, Twitter will text a PIN to your mobile phone, and […]

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What is Goodreads?

Thumbnail image for What is Goodreads? by Barbara J. Feldman April 1, 2013

Goodreads is a social network that revolves around book reviews and recommendations. Founded in 2007, Goodreads has 16 million members, 30,000 book clubs and over 23 million book reviews. And Goodreads recently announced that they are being acquired by Amazon. For me, the best part of Goodreads is their recommendation engine. Rate just twenty books, […]

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