Top 10 Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Annoyances You Can Fix Right Now

Facebook: can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Between spam, privacy issues, and trash in your news feed, Facebook can get pretty annoying, and other networks like Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn can be just as bad. As long as you’re wasting all your time on social sites, why not fix them up so they work like you want them to? Here are ten ways to do just that.

10. Dig Yourself Out From Under Your Hoard of Notifications

Staying up to date on what your friends are doing is great…until your networks of choice start bombarding you with notifications. “Johnny commented on your status! Stacy tagged you in a photo! Billy bit you and now you’re a vampire!” The best way to deal with this is to edit your notification settings directly, which you can easily do in Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. You can also turn your Facebook notifications into a daily digest, prune your phone’s notifications so they don’t bug you, and even make a smarter notification system for more fine-grained customization. Of course, you could just turn them off completely, too—there’s nothing wrong with that.

9. Stop Spam in Its Tracks

The other kind of spam you get on social networks—besides the notification spam—is the spam caused by malicious links and other fake stories. The easiest way to avoid them? Don’t click on anything that says any variation of “You won’t believe this!” or “Win a free iPad!” or anything vaguely pornographic (and spread the message to your friends while you’re at it). If you’re following (or being followed by) any spam accounts on Twitter, you can also use a tool like Nest Unclutterer to clean them up.

8. Clean Up All Those Unnecessary Apps

Your social networks aren’t the only ones scrambling to grab your data and attention—the third-party apps connected to them are, too. Heck, Facebook even tricks you into ignoring app permissions. The best way to clean up those app permissions (and delete the apps you don’t need) is to use a service like MyPermissions, which will lead you to the necessary settings for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Dropbox, Instagram, and more. It’ll even remind you once a month to check your permissions and clean them up, which is pretty awesome in our book.

7. Regularly Unfriend People for a Cleaner Feed

Having a ton of Facebook friends isn’t necessarily a good thing. Not only can it create a lot of clutter, but it’s even a characteristic of unhappy people. For a cleaner social feed, regularly unfriend and unfollow people to keep things trim. For the really bad offenders (like your horrible ex), go a step further and block them completely. Only follow people that you’re actually friends with or are otherwise useful, and you’ll be much better off—though we won’t blame you if you want to track who unfriends you, too.

6. Divide Your Friends Into Lists

For those that you don’t want to unfriend, keep them around but divide them into lists. Not only will it keep certain people from seeing all your info, but it makes your feeds smaller and more organized. You can do it on Facebook, Twitter, and on Google+, and even use other services like Facebook’s Smart Lists or Formulists for Twitter to automate the process. If you want a good list to start off with, you can always follow us and our writers on Facebook and Twitter with one click.

5. Improve Your Experience With Apps and Extensions

The default experience on Facebook and Twitter isn’t made for users, it’s made for the companies—so why not use something better for you? Twitter clients are always better than the default site, and we’ve got favorites for Windows, OS X, Android, and the iPhone to try out. You can also make Facebook infinitely better with one simple browser extension, not to mention combine multiple networks with apps like Flipboard.

4. Post to Multiple Networks at Once

Maybe you try to keep a presence on all networks, or maybe you’ve combined them into a piecemeal social network for yourself. Either way, you probably want to post some of your updates or photos to multiple networks at the same time, and luckily, that’s pretty easy to do—most of the time. Posting from one network to another doesn’t always work perfectly, but it can make your life a lot easier when using Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. And, if you want to include any other networks, IFTTT probably has you covered.

3. Stop Wasting Time and Get More Done

Let’s be honest: no matter how much you love them, you probably spend a little too much time on social networking sites like Facebook. You can fix this problem by limiting your visits to time-wasting sites, and using tools like Facebook Nanny to help you get back to work. It’s also worth looking into the worthwhile uses of these networks—for example, use LinkedIn to increase your hirability, or use Twitter for instant customer support and up-to-the minute updates on stuff that matters.

2. Avoid Politics, Personal Revelations, and Other Obnoxious Updates

Keeping in touch with your friends is awesome…until they decide to start preaching their political beliefs, or start pouring their heart and soul out on their Facebook page. You guys have shared your favorite ways to deal with uncomfortable Facebook discussions before, but it ever gets to be too much, you can go all out and hide those updates altogether. Extensions like Unpolitic.me will replace those political updates with cat pictures, and Social Fixer will let you hide any kind of update you want. Our tips on hiding tech rumors and movie spoilers can also translate to just about anything, too, so you should have your bases covered on every social network.

1. Keep Your Info Truly Private

It’s no secret that the biggest social annoyance is actually keeping your data (and your updates) private. Everyone’s trying to track you on the web, and they’re constantly adding new ways to do it. Check out our always up-to-date guide on managing your Facebook privacy to figure out how to stop it, or use a site like AdjustYourPrivacy.com to keep up with your privacy settings on all your networks. Alternatively, you can ditch those privacy-invading sites for something better (or at least tone down your Facebook usage to just personal communication).

Article Source- http://lifehacker.com/5966763/top-10-facebook-twitter-and-other-social-annoyances-you-can-fix-right-now

Manage and Monitor Your Online Reputation

With the popularity of social media it’s not uncommon to hear stories of strong brands caught in the midst of an online controversy. One brand victim includes Starbucks. Employees at a Miami Starbucks posted inappropriate photos of Starbucks customers online using the social media tool Flickr. Now, Starbucks is well known in the social media space, they have several followers on Twitter, so how did this happen?

Another brand victim was Domino’s Pizza. I won’t go into details, because if you didn’t see the video, I don’t want to make you lose your lunch – let’s just say there were two employees of Domino’s Pizza doing very unhygienic things to the pizza they were preparing. It made national news and the video on YouTube received over 1 millions views. The video threatened the reputation of a brand that had been developed by a company for 50 years.

Don’t be mistaken, just because you are a business and you are not using social media, don’t think that your brand can’t be hurt by it if you are not paying attention. The reality is, whether or not you are participating in social media – you are playing. Your brand in some way or another is being represented,either by you as a company, by your customers or by your employees.

Monitoring major social media platforms and solving issues that reflect poorly on your brand is one of the most important parts of any company’s social media effort. As a business, the most important thing to remember is that even if you are not using social media, you need to be aware of what’s going on in the social media realm when it comes to your brand. It doesn’t pay to turn a blind eye and, by doing so, it can, ultimately, be a detriment to your success.

We’ve all heard of brand monitoring and many of us, especially small to medium sized businesses, in the past haven’t seen the need. We’d just treat customers well and give them what they need and they’d tell their friends and family. Now that we have the internet and social media, it’s even more important to monitor our reputations, especially as business owners. I always remind the clients with whom I consult that it’s not just seven people one person will tell about your services, now it’s in the millions. This is especially true with the social media tools that are available and widely used, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

I don’t care if you don’t want to use social mediums to market your service or products, it’s more vital than ever to at least have an awareness of what’s being said within the social media realm about you, your brand, your products and your services. Sticking your head in the sand will only hurt you not help you.

How Can You Monitor and Protect the Reputation of Your Brand?

Step 1: Understand how the social media platforms work. Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace. Become familiar with their platforms. Take a few moments and read the terms of services and watch and learn how people are using these social media outlets.

Step 2. Don’t assume that social media doesn’t affect you. When it comes to social mediums, there are not just thousands of users, there are millions. These users consist of your customers who are bloggers, influencers, columnists and public figures. These people are talking about companies. Are they talking about yours? You need to know this and you need to know whether the chatter is negative or positive.

Step 3: Actively Protect Your Brand. There are many steps that you can use to do this. Register your brand names with the various social media platforms, (add comma here) this way you avoid the chance of them being hijacked by someone else.

Step 4: Create a social media policy for your company. This means creating a plan that informs and educates employees on the company policy and guidelines of using social media. This policy should inform them as to what they should and should not discuss when it comes to the company. And other appropriate practices and procedures to follow, especially in the event of a crisis.

Step 5: Always be aware. There is no excuse not to know what is being said. It’s important to always have your finger on the pulse of what is being said, whether it be positive or negative. You always want to know when someone is talking about your and your brand – ignorance is no excuse. Monitor the social media platforms.

Step 6: Embrace the negative when necessary. Social media is a conversation and a dialogue, so be willing to embrace the negative and dialogue in public regarding the situation. This gives you credibility with other consumers.

Monitoring Tools
You can get started in monitoring what’s being said by using the following free tools:
Search Function on Twitter – Search tool that is available on Twitter that shows you what has been tweeted that matches your search query.

Google Alerts – Great service by Google that will alert you when search queries you enter have been posted in Google News, Search Engine, Videos, or Groups.

Technorati – Technorati will notify your brand has been mentioned in the blogosphere.

Monitor This – MonitorThis is a little more technical, but worth it. You can have Monitor This watch over – 20 different search engine feeds. Monitor This will make an .opml file that you can put into your RSS Feeder and display any results into that feed.

Social media brings many marketing benefits to companies, such as creating awareness and word-of-mouth marketing. It’s not going to go away, so it’s our responsibility as businesses to be aware of what’s going on and, if we don’t have the time or resources to do that, it may be time to consider an outsourced solution, whether it be using that service to market for you or just to monitor what’s being said.

For more monitoring tools, please refer to : http://surveilstar.com/

Article source: http://marketing.about.com/od/brandstrategy/a/monitoryourbrand.htm

Like Vanity Searches? Mention Launches Social Media Monitoring For The Rest Of Us

Stock photo site Fotolia’s founder, Thibaud Elziere, has just invested a small amount into a new company called mention, a social media monitoring service launching today. Elziere is also a co-founder at mention, which was developed by a European team of five, based in Paris and Brussels.

While clearly a crowded space, mention is somewhat different in that it’s targeting individual users and small businesses, as opposed to the enterprise. The business model is a freemium offering, with a certain number of “mentions” free per month, then low rates ranging from $5-$9/month for additional tracking.

We’ve covered a number of social media monitoring firms in recent weeks, like Brandwatch, for example, which just raised $6 million to expand to the U.S., and we’ve tracked major moves in the space, like Salesforce’s acquisition of Radian6 last year and Visible Technologies grabbing $6 million in March 2011. We’ve also taken a look at new startups like Meltwater’s launch of Buzz Engage, Disrupt Battlefield company AlphaOutlook, and YC-backed Crowdbooster, just to name a few of the more popular stories.

But mention feels different from many of those types of businesses because it seems to be less focused on targeting big brands and more on providing individuals and smaller businesses access to lower-cost tools.

“It’s like Dropbox or Evernote,” says Elziere, “it can be used by individuals.”

Of course, the tools in question are much simpler, too. Mention doesn’t offer analytics-filled dashboards, historical tracking data, details on key influencers, or integrations with in-house systems. Instead, it merely provides a simple app for tracking what’s being said about you, your business, or any other keyword you may want to follow.

However, a small team could use the app together, as it does support the ability for one user to “assign” a task to another within the application.

The app also uses custom “anti-noise” technology that helps users to cut down on the spam. Explains Elziere, “when I look for a keyword like ‘Paris,’ for example…I would get many mentions, but I would also get mentions for ‘Paris Hilton,’ which I don’t care about.”

“Our technology uses an adaptive filter, so when you delete mentions about Paris Hilton, it will learn, and the next mention about Paris Hilton would be automatically deleted,” he adds.

Mention, which was built using newer technologies like backbone.js, node.js, Qt and Webkit, is available now as a web app, a Chrome app, as downloadable software for Windows, Mac and Linux, and will arrive on the iPhone in two weeks, with an iPad app and Android app to follow.

It supports three languages (English, French and German), and can track sources across 42 different languages, but no support for translation, unfortunately. It sources content from the usual places – blogs, websites, forums, Google News, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ (coming this week).

Elziere says that the team is now working on beefing up the product’s features, and plans to soon add support for multiple Twitter accounts, enhanced capabilities to reply, like and comment on mentions from within the application (instead of having it open pop-up windows as it does now), support for additional sources (they’re looking into Pinterest), and more.

Article Resource: http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/21/like-vanity-searches-mention-launches-social-media-monitoring-for-the-rest-of-us/

Best Employee Monitoring Software

Overview

Employee monitoring software has multiple advantages. Businesses can experience huge financial losses when workers play online games, access social networking sites or even view online pornography.

Innovations in technology make it possible for an employer to monitor all of their staff’s computer and online activities. Today, managers can remotely monitor employees in real time as they perform job-related tasks. PC Monitoring also makes it possible to catch and document those workers who abuse company resources by leaking confidential company information via email or using instant messaging applications to threaten and harass others.

Designed to keep management informed, employee surveillance applications can also increase worker productivity while decreasing incidences of inappropriate employee behaviors. Cleary, surveillance apps and their logging and documentation capabilities can serve as a vital forensics tool when allegations of employee sexual harassment, coworker hostilities and other problems surface.

In the review, you will find objective side-by-side comparisons and reviews of the top employee monitoring software solutions available. We will provide details about what components to look for when selecting software.

What to Look For

Below are the criteria that we used to evaluate employee monitoring software solutions.

Online Monitoring

Monitoring an employee’s online activities is of vital importance to employers who are concerned about employee productivity and seek to provide their workers with an environment that is free of objectionable materials and threatening behaviors.

Elements to consider in this area include the logging of accessed websites and online searches. The app should have the ability to detect when a staff member accesses a social networking website like MySpace, Twitter or Facebook or even views online pornography.

Some PC monitoring apps can record usernames and passwords, log blog posts and identify those employees who waste time by shopping or playing games online. Recording chat and instant messaging transcripts is another sought-after element.

PC Tracking & Management

Computer tracking features to look for include the recording of launched applications as well as the duration and frequency of use. These features are useful to track how much time an employee wastes watching videos, playing games or engaging in other nonproductive activities.

Other elements to evaluate include display screenshots of the employee’s desktop, document tracking, remote computer administration and scheduled PC access.

Filtering & Blocking

Make sure the software you select has some type of filtering and blocking features if you desire to prevent your employees from executing specific applications or accessing websites that contain objectionable content.

Some PC monitoring apps can filter content by keywords, phrases and categories. The blocking of chat and instant message software by name, application type or even username could be another desired component.

Additional elements could include the filtering or blocking of online games, dating, social networking and social media websites.

Reporting Methods

Employee monitoring software can record enormous amounts of data. A poorly designed report console can render even the most robust applications useless. The reporting interface should be intuitive to navigate. It is common to have easy-to-use built-in reports as well as the ability to perform searches by date, time, launched applications, internet activity and other parameters.

SurveilStar Employee Monitoring Software

SurveilStar is strong and comprehensive PC monitoring software that can prevent users from viewing pornography or engaging in online gambling.

Online Monitoring:

The monitoring software’s website recording component logs all of a user’s website activities. The PC monitoring software creates a list of visited URLs, the frequency, hour and duration of each visit. These features are useful in preventing a user from accessing online pornography, gambling, fetish, social networking and gaming websites.

The monitoring software’s Alert system can assist employers in protecting their network security. Upon designation of a concerning word or phrase, SurveilStar actively scans all monitored communications seeking the specified word or phrase. Examples of keywords and phrases can include terms such as pornography, gambling, dating, sex and more.

SurveilStar’s Screen Snapshot function takes screenshots and stores all captured screenshots in sequential order. Computer owners can choose to isolate the images and view them one-by-one or implement a video-type playback of the recorded screenshots.

The email monitoring component of SurveilStar records the contents of all email correspondences. Supported email applications are Outlook and Outlook Express. SurveilStar can also record communications sent through web-based email providers such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and others. Moreover, the software logs the transcripts of conversations that occur via chat and instant messaging software.

PC Monitoring & Admin:

After purchase, the buyer will receive an email that contains software download instructions. The installation of this application may take some time. Once complete, it runs in stealth mode and is invisible to all users of the monitored computer. The PC monitoring software does not display itself in the Windows Task Manager, System Tray, Add/Remove Programs or the Process List in monitored computers. The monitoring software secretly operates with virtually no depletion of other critical system resources or bandwidth.

Removing the monitoring software requires correctly entering the administrative password. The feature prevents the monitored users from meddling with the PC monitoring software’s secret settings.

If concerns regarding the viewing of pornography exist, the monitoring software can log the frequency of user-launched applications. Examples of these types of computer programs include video player software such as QuickTime, Real Player, Media Player and others. Additional information provided by the PC monitoring software includes the most frequently launched computer application as well as the duration of use.

Filtering & Blocking:

SurveilStar has strong blocking and filtering capabilities. Computer owners can block websites by URL or page content. The online monitoring feature of the software can filter content on the fly. It actively scans online searches and website content for inappropriate or objectionable material.

The computer owner can prevent users from executing certain types of applications. Category-based blocking allows for the blocking of applications by group such as web browsers, instant messaging software, and email clients. Blocking by the software’s given name is also possible.

Reporting:

SurveilStar has useful reporting capabilities. The gathered information is viewable from any console-installed PC. The manufacturer’s reporting interface is intuitive. Beginning computer users will have no trouble locating the saved data. The reports are easy to read and interpret. The reporting system sorts the information by application type and in chronological order.