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January 10th, 2014 at 5:00 am

What I’ve Learned NOT to post on Facebook

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 7.26.22 PMI have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love keeping up with people I don’t talk to regularly. What is better than watching their kids grow up, reading about the latest hotspot in town, or being able to ask a question about the latest product?

I surely love being able to follow and converse with brands when I have a question about their product. There is a huge upside to Facebook when involved in charities and causes. The love piece does outweigh the hate, but the following are a few things we should think about before posting.

Some Facebook don’ts and downfalls:

  • The times that I get sucked into staring at the screen; mesmerized by anything and everything I see in there.
  • The things people post that they shouldn’t (Trust me, I’ve done some of these and learned from it).
  • Public disagreements especially those involving your political views.
  • Photos of what you have had for dinner every night – these belong on a food blog. Believe me, your friends are tired of constantly seeing posts of your dinner plate, no matter how delicious you think it looks.
  • That you have left on vacation…that old friend from High School could be a criminal in waiting.
  • Complaints about school, work, or people who aren’t your Facebook friends. Someone who is your friend may “like” or comment on your post which then appears on a strangers feed.
  • Drunken posts. especially ones that make  absolutely NO sense.

Facebook is a very tricky world to navigate filled with hurt feelings, fights, and more. If only we had been taught how to navigate the cyberworld.

What do you dislike seeing on Facebook?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 25th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Looking For The Right App For The Task? Try Catchfree.

I often get calls, emails, and questions that start something like this. “What’s the best app for……?” I’d like to think that I’m a great source for information but I gotta tell you, keeping up with everything is a herculean task that I just can’t keep up with.

So imagine my delight when I Stumbled Upon (yep, another shout out to that excellent site) an app called Catchfree. In it’s brilliant simplicity, it has created a graphical table of available free apps that fulfill a specific need, such as how to backup your files online or how to connect to another person’s computer.

Catchfree has done the research and come up with the most popular free apps for whatever it is you need to do and given it grades based on multiple criteria, such as user popularity, number of Facebook likes, how easy it is to configure, and other features which can help you decide if it’s right for you.

In addition to the table of grades, there’s a section on the right of the screen where you can whittle down the choices base on operating system and the device you plan to use it on. This is a great feature. Very helpful.

There’s also a tips sections as well as an area where you can post specific questions and get answers for those pesky “but what if this happens?” scenarios. I love the fact that you can ask any of the questions you’re often afraid to ask or see that someone else has asked for you.

This website actually got my heart beating a little faster. Sad, I know. I can see certain people I know shaking their heads in dismay. But all you fellow geeks out there can relate I’m sure. This one’s a keeper.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


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