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Facebook Shadow Profiles: You Probably Have One Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Shadow Profiles: You Probably Have One Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

You think you’re not on Facebook? Think again. Facebook no doubt has a shadow profile made just for you. You may recall recently that Facebook found a bug exposing personal details of 6 million user accounts. What you may not have realised is that this led users to know more about how Facebook stores our data – and shows us clearly that Facebook does indeed have shadow profiles on most of us.

20-08-2013
Facebook Shadow Profiles: You Probably Have One Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram

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Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram

With 130 million users and counting, the world has never seen such a tsunami of photography aficionados. Is it possible to draw out ten amazing nature photographers who are snapping the beautiful world around us with more care and creativity than the rest of the other 130 or so million? Take the trip of a lifetime with these 10 amazing nature photographers you can find on Instagram.

17-08-2013
Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram
10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook

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10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook

Lots of people like to “Like” things. I am of course referring to the Facebook Like, which has become a simple shortcut to stamping your approval on something. It’s time to take a look at the most popular fictional characters on Facebook. These are public figures who are so beloved by the general public they’ve managed to rack up millions of Facebook Likes. And yet none of them actually exist in the real world. Who are these people?

14-08-2013
10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook
Facebook Usage Is Changing – So Which Online Social Activities Are Growing?

Facebook Usage Is Changing – So Which Online Social Activities Are Growing?

Facebook isn’t cool anymore. It’s the website where your older relatives hang out. It’s the place where people post political screeds, religious diatribes, and personal drama you don’t want to read. It’s seen as a service that doesn’t care about privacy, one that constantly wants more and more of your data to sell and profit from. So what are the kids using these days?

14-08-2013
Facebook Usage Is Changing – So Which Online Social Activities Are Growing?
Why Do People Like Facebook Pages? Make Yours Likable Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Why Do People Like Facebook Pages? Make Yours Likable Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Have you ever wondered what makes a Facebook Page great? Do you wonder sometimes why anyone might want to like your Page? What can you offer them, really? There are a lot of great reasons for liking Pages, and even more reasons to like a great Page. Today we’ll take you through them.

13-08-2013
Why Do People Like Facebook Pages? Make Yours Likable Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]
How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media

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How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media

Social media has the tendency to make us forget how public it is, so we end up sharing things we really shouldn’t have. in this post I’m going to help you avoid those unnecessary embarrassments that might happen even if your posts were seen by only the right eyes. Those things you want to take back, but once they’re out there, it’s already too late.

13-08-2013
How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media
AIM Blast: Group Messaging for AOL Instant Messenger

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AIM Blast: Group Messaging for AOL Instant Messenger

I don’t think you or I need to look at any official statistics to come to the conclusion that AOL Instant Messenger has been on a bit of a slope for the past few years. Skype, the messaging client of this decade, does everything that AIM can do, and usually even better. One of the nicest features available to Skype is the ability to create group conversations. I’ve come to realize that many users of AIM never knew that a similar feature has existed on AIM for years. That feature is AIM Blast.

09-08-2013
AIM Blast: Group Messaging for AOL Instant Messenger
Bring Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to Your Browser’s Toolbar With These Chrome Extensions

Bring Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to Your Browser’s Toolbar With These Chrome Extensions

Looking for a more streamlined way to use your favorite social networks? Developer 64 Pixels offers a series of Chrome extensions which let you take three major social networks — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — out of your smartphone and their native websites, and into a slick and easy-to-access window in your browser bar. You can keep up with what your friends are up to, interact with them the way that you would on the native website (commenting, liking, retweeting etc.), and all from the most convenient place possible: your Chrome toolbar.

07-08-2013
Bring Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to Your Browser’s Toolbar With These Chrome Extensions
Sick Of Facebook? Set Your Account To Read-Only Mode [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Sick Of Facebook? Set Your Account To Read-Only Mode [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Even if you hate Facebook, there are some very compelling reasons to have an account. Like, for instance the fact that most of your friends probably have accounts. It’s tempting to have an account simply so you can see what they’ve been up to and view their photos. But, how can you join Facebook without making getting involved? It’s possible.

06-08-2013
Sick Of Facebook? Set Your Account To Read-Only Mode [Weekly Facebook Tips]
10 Inspirational Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

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10 Inspirational Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

The Internet has peeled away much of the mystery. The personal magic of today’s business leaders remains, but we can easily unravel the strategies and business ideas that make them prosper. In fact, they are the ones showing us how with their wisdom on inspiring business blogs, and even on Q&A sites like Quora. I return to the brevity of 140 characters and give you ten inspirational entrepreneurs to follow and sponge wisdom from.

06-08-2013
10 Inspirational Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter
Don’t Like LinkedIn? 5 Other Social Networks That Can Help You Land A Job

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Don’t Like LinkedIn? 5 Other Social Networks That Can Help You Land A Job

LinkedIn has been the goto social network for finding a job as of late, and honestly, why shouldn’t it be? However, LinkedIn isn’t the only way you can find a job. There are other social networks out there perfect for helping you finding the perfect job. Some of them are well-hidden, and some are the usual suspects. The point is that you don’t have to limit yourself, and yes, there are plenty of places out there willing to accept your resumé, especially if you style it right.

06-08-2013
Don’t Like LinkedIn? 5 Other Social Networks That Can Help You Land A Job
Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education

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Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education

Smartphones and social networks can be a huge distraction factor for kids in school, and especially at home when they should be doing their schoolwork. Today’s kids are all on Instagram, uploading and editing photos, liking other photos, commenting, etc. Like it or not, the way kids use Instagram cannot be ignored, and what’s the best way to beat a problem? Join it, of course! Inside you’ll find several smart ways to utilize Instagram for educational purposes that are fun for all concerned, and are bound to grasp kids’ attention much more than traditional homework.

05-08-2013
Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education
The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?

The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?

Which is better, Facebook or Google+? Even here at MakeUseOf, we can’t quite agree. When it comes to social networks, especially big ones like Facebook and Google+, we all have our opinions. Some think Facebook is better due to its larger user base. Others think Google+ is better because of its slicker interface. But when push comes to shove, which one is actually the better social network? Which has the better interface? Better messaging options? Profile customizations? News feed? When it comes right down to it, which social network really wins?

02-08-2013
The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?
The LinkedIn Connections You Don’t Want — How Marketers Target You

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The LinkedIn Connections You Don’t Want — How Marketers Target You

With the advent of the Internet, and particularly social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, Marketers now have a whole toolbox full of tricks to convert you into a buying customer. The reality for most people on social networks is that they want to spend time connecting with others, and maybe even landing a new job. LinkedIn in particular is a powerful tool that you can use to market yourself and your skills to the world. However, there’s a dark side to LinkedIn too, and that’s the sea of online marketers that are masquerading as regular users, and trolling the social network to find their next lead.

01-08-2013
The LinkedIn Connections You Don’t Want — How Marketers Target You
Don’t Get Suckered by the Facebook Graphic App Hoax [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Don’t Get Suckered by the Facebook Graphic App Hoax [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Remember the mass scare on Facebook a while back where almost everyone changed their status to “I want to stay connected to you PRIVATELY, but you need to uncheck this that and the other”? It has come around again, but this time it’s a meme about Facebook’s “Graphic App”. And guess what? It’s yet another completely pointless pile of rubbish tips that won’t protect anyone from anything. The first giveaway is in the supposed “Graphic App”, which doesn’t actually exist. From there on it just gets more and more silly.

30-07-2013
Don’t Get Suckered by the Facebook Graphic App Hoax [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons

Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons

Many users fumble around with Facebook’s ever-changing interface and many reject what Facebook has become: ad-ridden and spammy. Is there any hope on the horizon? If you’re on Firefox, there are a few add-ons you can use to change the Facebook experience. Whether you want a drastic change or a slight tweak is up to you, depending on which add-ons you select to use. If you’re fed up with Facebook or you want to tweak some annoying features, give these add-ons a try.

30-07-2013
Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons
6 Places To Create Gorgeous Twitter Cover Images For A Head-Turning Profile

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6 Places To Create Gorgeous Twitter Cover Images For A Head-Turning Profile

Your Twitter header image is an important part of your social media identity, but as always, it’s just one more thing to decide on. After all, your profile picture was hard enough, right? Fortunately for you, there are quite a few sites out there on the Internet available for you to find fantastic looking Twitter header images for your personal usage and for free.

30-07-2013
6 Places To Create Gorgeous Twitter Cover Images For A Head-Turning Profile
7 Fun Uses for Twitter You Haven’t Figured Out Yet

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7 Fun Uses for Twitter You Haven’t Figured Out Yet

It isn’t difficult to get addicted to Twitter. After all, it hardly takes an effort to type in 140 characters. In those itsy-bitsy lines lies a great power, to either change the world with a tweet or change your own world with a bit of Twitter-aided personal development. There are the obvious uses of Twitter we keep harping on, but isn’t it always the uncommon and unnoticed uses of social media that piques our interest?

29-07-2013
7 Fun Uses for Twitter You Haven’t Figured Out Yet
Everything You Need To Know About Passwords

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Everything You Need To Know About Passwords

Passwords are important and most people don’t know enough about them. How do you choose a strong password, use a unique password everywhere, and remember them all? How do you secure your accounts? How do you protect your files and operating system? And what if you ever lose a password? We’ve covered all this and more over the years. Be sure to read our password management guide for an in-depth overview to everything from choosing strong passwords to picking a password management technique and setting up two-factor authentication.

24-07-2013
Everything You Need To Know About Passwords
8 Ways to Discover the Best Instagram & Vine Videos Online

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8 Ways to Discover the Best Instagram & Vine Videos Online

Neither Vine nor Instagram offer a good way to search and find videos., but there are a few ways to search for Instagram and Vine videos from the comfort of your computer. We’ve already introduced you to 5 unofficial ways to watch Vine videos, and now we’re adding to that list, and throwing in a few extra options for Instagram only. With all the creative ways people are using Vine and Instagram, these services make it a little bit easier to uncover the best videos created on each app.

24-07-2013
8 Ways to Discover the Best Instagram & Vine Videos Online
Facebook Chat Stickers: What Are They & Should You Use Them? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Chat Stickers: What Are They & Should You Use Them? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

When you chat via instant messenger clients, do you add smileys? Do you also like to add other emoticons to let people know when you’re hungry, bored, stressed and the rest? If so, you’ll probably enjoy using Facebook’s new stickers. These honestly-not-at-all-just-like-an-emoticon images are the latest craze for Facebook IM and they’re quite a bit of fun. How different are they from regular emoticons? Well, just you wait and see.

23-07-2013
Facebook Chat Stickers: What Are They & Should You Use Them? [Weekly Facebook Tips]
The Absolute Best Ways To Follow The News On Twitter

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The Absolute Best Ways To Follow The News On Twitter

Twitter is the coolest, most user-friendly way to keep up with the news of the world, yet sometimes we still over-complicate it. With all of the different accounts and followers and feeds flying around, it can be a little difficult to aggregate news to your individual taste. Fortunately, MakeUseOf is here to bring you the best ways to follow the news on Twitter.

23-07-2013
The Absolute Best Ways To Follow The News On Twitter
The Ultimate Guide To Instagram Video: Everything You Need To Know

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The Ultimate Guide To Instagram Video: Everything You Need To Know

Another major update seen in Instagram since it was acquired by Facebook is the addition of Video updates in June. Are you using Instagram video? Do you know how to shoot a good one? Everything you need to know about how Instagram videos work — how to shoot them, how to get creative with them, how to make sure your videos get more attention, can be found in this post.

23-07-2013
The Ultimate Guide To Instagram Video: Everything You Need To Know
4 Places To Find The Best & Hottest Vine Videos

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4 Places To Find The Best & Hottest Vine Videos

Vine is to YouTube as Twitter is to a blog. On Vine, you’re able to submit six-second video clips on the fly. What can you do in six seconds? You’d be surprised. We’ve covered Vine already and showed you some of the best Vine videos to date, but not all Vine videos are worth watching. In this post, I’d like to show you how to get a constant stream of quality Vines to enjoy in a number of different ways. Bookmark or subscribe to the following sites and stay updated with only the best Vine content.

21-07-2013
4 Places To Find The Best & Hottest Vine Videos