Snopes Debunks Facebook Rumors and More

Snopes.com , also known as the Urban Legends Reference Pages, is a website that covers urban legends,  Internet rumors, e-mail forwards, scams, and other stories of unknown or questionable origin. This popular web site receives 300,000 visits a day due to being a well-known resource for validating and debunking such stories in American popular culture. The site is organized by topic and includes a message board where stories and pictures of questionable veracity may be posted.

The same rumors seem to circulate in a slightly different form a couple of times a year or questions become a subject of conversation for the online platform Facebook. Here is how they are debunked by Snopes and the details:

  • [Rumor] Protect your copyright or privacy rights on Facebook by posting a particular legal notice to your Facebook wall.

Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their accounts, nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook, simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls. The fact that Facebook is now a publicly traded company (i.e., a company that has issued stocks which are traded on the open market) or an “open capital entity” has nothing to do with copyright protection or privacy rights. Any copyright or privacy agreements users of Facebook have entered into with that company prior to its becoming a publicly traded company or changing its policies remain in effect: they are neither diminished nor enhanced by Facebook’s public status. 

  • [Rumor] Facebook Messenger requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and direct control over your mobile device.

Washington Post noted, “many of these permission requests are neither uncommon nor unreasonable and aren’t really much different or more onerous than the permissions required by the main Facebook app itself.”

  • [Rumor] Facebook is getting rid of its privacy policy.

Whether you’ve been using the setting or not, the best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share.

  • [Rumor] Facebook will be charging monthly fees.

The claim that Facebook will initiate user charges was the bait to lure people to the protest page and its hidden malicious payload; there are no plans afoot to require payment from those who use the site.
Facebook privacy

Facebook Tips: Making Use of Saved and Event Features

Two services I frequently assist clients with are strategic content and launching events. With that said, the two beneficial features I often use on Facebook are the Saved Option and Events and this is how:

Saved Option

Save links to information from useful resources, places, shows, music, movies and more from your News Feed.  It is valuable for users to save this information until ready to read, share, or respond. The user is the only one that can see items saved. To save, open the menu on a public posts and choose the Saved option. When ready to view information again, click Saved in Favorites to see again. For more detail: http://facebook.com/saved

Facebook Save Content

 

Events Feature

Keeping track of Facebook invites and upcoming events can get you to the right place to make those valuable offline connections: facebook.com/events and subscribe to receive notifications to events from selected Facebook pages.

Facebook event

Or, subscribe to receive event notifications straight from the Facebook page.

FB  event

 

Find similar type of events, events popular in your network, or plan an event  of your own by going to facebook.com/events and selecting create.

Facebook events

When creating an event there is a maximum number of people that can be invited depending on a variety of factors, including whether the invited guests are likely to respond and attend. Facebook created a  limit to the number of people any one person can invite as events with large invite lists had often been reported as spam. Facebook suggest an event organizer should only invite people known to be interested in the event type and know the organizer to help make it a positive experience for both event hosts and guests.

Some of the best ways to get potential attendees to join an event is to share posts about the event on Page, Timeline or in groups that meet the category to be interested in the event. Also personally ask guests that are excited about your event offline to invite people that they know would be interested online. Make sure the privacy setting is on public so that details are visible to anyone on or off Facebook. With this option, anyone can see the event description, photos, Wall posts and videos. The private option is only visible to the people who are invited. With this option, the user can also choose to allow guests to invite their friends. People who aren’t invited cannot view the event description, photos, Wall posts and videos.

Five Ways to Avoid E-mail Clutter

By: Monica Peña   (@MUNDUmedia)

Keeping e-mails straight can at times be really challenging.  5 easy steps to reducing e-mail clutter are:

  1. Unsubscribe to newsletters that are not being read.
  2. Advise others from your e-mail groups to not reply to all when not necessary.
  3. Reduce the amount of e-mails sent.  If communication on a certain topic is going back and forth too many times, call the person for quicker results.
  4. Set up folders or labels to keep information organized.
  5. Adjust account settings on your online social platforms.

Email

 

Quick Easy Steps to Adjust E-mail Settings on the Most Popular Platforms:

Facebook:

Click  at the top right of your homepage and select Settings.  In the left menu, click Notifications. Go to Email and click Edit. Choose if you want to receive all notifications or only notifications about your account, security and privacy.

Linkedin:

You can change your email notifications on the Privacy & Settings page.  Move your cursor over your photo in the top right of your homepage and select Privacy & Settings. You may be prompted to sign in to your account to get to your settings. Click the Communications side tab next to the envelope icon near the left side of the page. Click the Set the frequency of emails link to select the emails you’d like to receive and how often you’d like them delivered.

Linkedin Groups:

Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Groups.  Click the group’s name.  Click the Information and settings icon near the top right.  Click Your settings.  Check or uncheck the box next to “Send me an email for each new discussion”.  To turn group digest emails on or off, check or uncheck the box next to “Send me a digest of all activity in this group”. You can also change the frequency of digest emails in the gray box.

Google Plus:

To turn email notifications on or off open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click  Settings.  Scroll down to the Receive notifications heading.  Click each heading to open each section. Un-check the boxes next to actions for which you do not wish to receive email notifications

Twitter:

Log in to Twitter.  Click on the gear icon and select Settings from drop down menu.  Click on Email notifications from the settings sidebar.  Check or un-check the notification boxes to reflect your email preferences.  Click Save changes. Your preferences are now saved!

Meetup:

Go to Account at the very top of the page. Select e-mail and notifications. Click on the group e-mails that need to be adjusted. Read the options. You can choose how often you receive reminders for your Meetups through the Email and Notification settings for each of your Meetup Group profiles.  You can choose to receive receive reminders As they are sentAt most once per day or not at all by choosing the Don’t send me reminders option.  At most once per day:  If you are in a Meetup Group with more than one Meetup scheduled for the same calendar day, you’ll received a rolled-up email reminder with all of that day’s scheduled Meetups.

Hashtag it!

By: Monica Peña   (@MUNDUmedia)

A hashtag is a word or a phrase prefixed with the “#” symbol which helps describe a subject and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching.  The short messages used through hashtags can be used on social sites like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and now Facebook to highlight an important word/subject or help brand a message whether before, within, or after the body of a post. Here are some important facts and uses for hashtags that will help:

  • If a hashtag is promoted by enough individuals, it may “trend” and attract more individual users to discussion using the hashtag. On Twitter and Google+, when a hashtag becomes extremely popular, it will appear in the “Trends” area of a user’s homepage.
  • If wanting to focus in a particular geographic area, it may be wise to add these types of hash tags: #Austin #Texas
  • Hashtags do not contain any set definitions, meaning that a single hash tag can be used for any number of purposes by those who make use of them.  People often use different spelling or words to refer to the same topic. In order for topics to trend, there has to be a consensus, whether silent or stated, that the hash tag refers to that specific topic. Do your research.  Search for categories you or your company fall in to see what is presently being used.
  • Hashtags also function as beacons in order for users to find and “follow” (subscribe) or “list” (organize into public contact lists) other users of similar interest.
  • Certain hashtags have become popular on certain days like #FF (Follow Friday for Twitter users to be followed by any other users handles to give them kudos) or ones used just for humor like #Caturday
  • Hashtags is an excellent tool for events to brand an organization, connect with other attendees, or get updates on information that may have been missed. Overall, the use of the hashtag helps create a buzz for future attendees as well as present.
  • Make sure when creating a hashtag, that it is as short as possible; as some of the platforms have character limitations and the shorter the more memorable.
  • Try using Tagboard, a social media hub for hashtags that searches multiple social platforms for post with hashtags.

Hashtag for Social Media