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Angela Randall

/ Joined 18 March, 2010

Ange is an Internet Studies & Journalism graduate who loves working online, writing and social media.

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How To Use Facebook’s Conversion Tracking Tool [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

How To Use Facebook’s Conversion Tracking Tool [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you run any sort of business and occasionally use Facebook’s advertising campaigns, you already know that there are many ways to track the popularity of the advert and keep track of how well it’s doing. Large businesses have had access to many sophisticated tracking tools for a while now. But now, Facebook have released a couple of new tools to smaller businesses and individuals which are worth taking a closer look at.

05-02-2013
How To Use Facebook’s Conversion Tracking Tool [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Everything You Need To Know About Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac

Everything You Need To Know About Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

No matter what operating system or program you’re using, keyboard shortcuts are a tool you can use to make things quite a bit easier for yourself. Simply not having to take your hands off the keyboard can save you lots of time wasted by reaching for the mouse. This is why learning keyboard shortcuts for the systems you use every day is so vital to productivity.

01-02-2013
Everything You Need To Know About Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts
Can A Windows RT Tablet Replace My Laptop?

Windows

Can A Windows RT Tablet Replace My Laptop?

Windows RT is not anything like a regular windows install – It looks like Windows 8, but it’s really very different. Most notably, you can’t install regular Windows applications on it. You can only install apps from the Windows Store, similar to using an iPad or Android tablet. That’s not to say that working from your Windows RT tablet is impossible, though. You may be surprised.

31-01-2013
Can A Windows RT Tablet Replace My Laptop?
Prepare Your Account Privacy For Facebook Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Prepare Your Account Privacy For Facebook Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Every time Facebook releases a new feature to learn more about our friends, many people realise that their privacy settings are not adequate anymore. Their latest new feature, Facebook Graph Search, is no exception – many people are a little concerned about what sorts of things will be found and by whom. Thankfully, all it takes is a little understanding about how Facebook Graph Search works, then you can tweak your privacy settings accordingly.

29-01-2013
Prepare Your Account Privacy For Facebook Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips]
6 Great Sources for Cheap and Beautiful Business Cards You Can Print

Internet

6 Great Sources for Cheap and Beautiful Business Cards You Can Print

If you’re a freelancer or you run a small business, you know that having a great business card is a valuable asset. However, when you’re just starting out, printing business cards can seem a little out of reach pricewise. It doesn’t have to be like that though. These days, there are dozens of low-cost printers who will do a print run of a modest amount of cards for you.

25-01-2013
6 Great Sources for Cheap and Beautiful Business Cards You Can Print
8 LinkedIn Hacks You Should Use To Further Your Career

Internet

8 LinkedIn Hacks You Should Use To Further Your Career

If you’re a jobseeker or just keen to move up in the world, you’ve probably set up a LinkedIn profile and started building a network there. You may have put a little thought into your profile at some point and then probably let it stagnate somewhat between moments of enthusiasm for career-building behaviour. However, this need not be the case. There are a number of great hacks you can use with LinkedIn.

24-01-2013
8 LinkedIn Hacks You Should Use To Further Your Career
8 Tips To Increase EdgeRank & Exposure For Your Facebook Page Updates [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

8 Tips To Increase EdgeRank & Exposure For Your Facebook Page Updates [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you run a Facebook Page, you probably noticed that there was a change in your reach since September 2012. This is because Facebook revised how its EdgeRank algorithm worked for Pages, making it a little more difficult to get your updates to your fans. Following is a quick run-down of the EdgeRank system and what you can do to get your posts seen by as many fans as possible.

22-01-2013
8 Tips To Increase EdgeRank & Exposure For Your Facebook Page Updates [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Let Hootsuite Be Your Android Hub For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Accounts [Android]

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Let Hootsuite Be Your Android Hub For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Accounts [Android]

If you’re a fan of using Twitter or Facebook on your mobile, then you have every reason in the world to check out the Hootsuite Android application. And speaking as someone who has recently explored it in depth, I’m sure you’ll love it. Hootsuite makes it very easy for users to check particular Twitter lists, mentions, searches, news feeds and more from up to 5 social media accounts for free.

17-01-2013
Let Hootsuite Be Your Android Hub For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Accounts [Android]
Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook chat is one of those things that’s fantastic when everything is going well, yet very annoying when something’s not right. Sadly, most people don’t have the time to navigate all of the options and set their preferences just so. There’s also a number of useful tricks you can do with Facebook chat messages that many people just don’t realise is possible.

15-01-2013
Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Sanity Gives You Complete Control Over Your Phone Calls [Android]

Android

Sanity Gives You Complete Control Over Your Phone Calls [Android]

Imagine having complete control over your phone calls – you decide whose calls actually ring, who gets announced to you first, which calls to record and whether to automatically answer the call. Well, this isn’t a fantasy if you have a Droid. All you need to do is install Sanity. Sanity is a clever little Android application which can control just about anything you can think of to do.

11-01-2013
Sanity Gives You Complete Control Over Your Phone Calls [Android]
Use Wolfram Alpha To Dig Up Cool Statistics About Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Use Wolfram Alpha To Dig Up Cool Statistics About Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you’ve heard of Wolfram Alpha before, you’ll know that it’s a wealth of knowledge that’s occasionally compared to the likes of the Star Trek computer. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful uses for Wolfram Alpha, including powerful search terms, other searching tips, widgets, a variety of cool uses and other truly powerful uses. However, even if you know all about these Wolfram Alpha tools, you may still not yet know about their Facebook analytics tool.

10-01-2013
Use Wolfram Alpha To Dig Up Cool Statistics About Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Create Beautiful Widgets To Customize Your Droid [Android 2.2+]

Android

Create Beautiful Widgets To Customize Your Droid [Android 2.2+]

If there’s one thing almost every smartphone owner likes to do, it is customising their phone to make it just right. This includes themes, wallpaper, and choosing which apps and widgets to display on the homescreen. All of these are important as it will make you feel comfortable with your phone and ultimately allow your phone to show you the right information as soon as possible. Anything less and you’re stuck rifling through menus.

08-01-2013
Create Beautiful Widgets To Customize Your Droid [Android 2.2+]
Automatically Sync SD Card Directories To DropBox With DropSpace [Android]

Android

Automatically Sync SD Card Directories To DropBox With DropSpace [Android]

If you’re anything like me, the new year is a time for refreshing and changing things. Something I like to do for my phone is to check if there’s now a better way of doing things, so I don’t get stuck using old clunky tools when something better has cropped up. As a result, I’ve just removed a huge amount of apps and replaced them with things that work much better. One big aspect of this overhaul is the backup system, which can be quite streamlined thanks to some great apps.

04-01-2013
Automatically Sync SD Card Directories To DropBox With DropSpace [Android]
Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android]

Android

Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android]

There are a number of great reasons why you might want to read the contents of an SMS automatically. If you use the regular message notifications, all you see when a text message arrives, is an icon in the message bar, whereas tools like SMS Popup can let you view the contents of the message straight away, without even touching your phone. Useful, right? Quite.

03-01-2013
Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android]
8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Today’s extensions will cover notification pop-ups, photo zoom tools, hiding updates you don’t want to see, easy ways to clip and post to Facebook, and a neat way to clean up your Facebook so you only see elements you care about. Once you’re done setting up these extensions, Facebook will be forever changed for you.

01-01-2013
8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Sing Into SoundHound To Find The Tune You’re Looking For [Android]

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Sing Into SoundHound To Find The Tune You’re Looking For [Android]

When you’re listening to a great song and want to know what it is, which app do you turn to? For many, it’s Shazam. However, there’s another up-and-coming app that’s available universally and seems to work just as well, which is SoundHound. Both apps work slightly differently and have a different set of tools available to you when you’re not looking for a particular tune.

28-12-2012
Sing Into SoundHound To Find The Tune You’re Looking For [Android]
Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Form A Habit Streak [Android]

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Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Form A Habit Streak [Android]

Picking up new habits can be a difficult task, which is why numerous popular methods exist to help you manage it. If you regularly find yourself realising that your plan to take a daily morning run is actually more like a once-a-month guilt-ridden excursion, then it’s clear you need to try a new method. Perhaps the Jerry Springer chain method will be able to help you along your way.

20-12-2012
Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Form A Habit Streak [Android]
IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Page administrators realise that it takes time and effort to create a vibrant, useful page for fans to enjoy. While some administrators are paid for their efforts, many more are merely volunteering their time for a cause they believe in – their band, a local club or a cause. For these page admins especially, it’s incredibly useful to be able to automate as many of their tasks as possible. Now, when it comes to automating social media tasks, the best place to turn is IFTTT.

18-12-2012
IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]
5.5 Great Firefox Extensions to Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

5.5 Great Firefox Extensions to Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook users are continually finding themselves frustrated by settings that cannot be changed within Facebook, or simply finding that Facebook is too integrated (or not integrated enough) into the rest of their lives. The good news is that some of this can be controlled with a few decent browser extensions for Firefox. If you love tweaking your browser so that your favourite websites behave just so, then you’ll love this post.

11-12-2012
5.5 Great Firefox Extensions to Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]
4 Websites To Download Free Online Christmas Music For Your Holiday Party

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4 Websites To Download Free Online Christmas Music For Your Holiday Party

Did you spend your last Christmas dinner listening to the same old CD you pull out every year, wishing you had a few more Christmas tunes to fill out the rest of the meal? You know there’s a lot of Christmas-related music available, so it shouldn’t really be so hard to have some around when Christmas rolls around. I mean, Christmas only comes once a year and you want it to be special.

07-12-2012
4 Websites To Download Free Online Christmas Music For Your Holiday Party
Vox Is The Sleek, Light-Weight Music Player You’ve Been Waiting For [Mac]

Mac

Vox Is The Sleek, Light-Weight Music Player You’ve Been Waiting For [Mac]

Are you frustrated at how huge and bloated most music-playing software is? The iTunes players of the world are really quite hefty, which is quite unnecessary if all you want to do is play a few tunes. Well, if you’re looking for something small, yet sophisticated for your Mac, you should definitely check out Vox. It’s lightweight, good-looking and has just the right amount of features for a regular music-lover to enjoy. Plus, it’s free.

06-12-2012
Vox Is The Sleek, Light-Weight Music Player You’ve Been Waiting For [Mac]
A Festive Guide To Facebook Gifts [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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A Festive Guide To Facebook Gifts [Weekly Facebook Tips]

So, the holiday season is well and truly upon us and you’re probably wondering what sorts of presents to get the various people in your life and how to get them delivered in time. While answering the question of “what” to get them is a little difficult, we can certainly help you with the “how” of getting it there. You may or may not already know that Facebook has opened a gift section to their site.

04-12-2012
A Festive Guide To Facebook Gifts [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Use gTasks To Synchronize Your Tasks With Google [Android]

Android

Use gTasks To Synchronize Your Tasks With Google [Android]

These days, there are a million and one great ways to manage a to-do list online and via mobile apps. That said, there’s often still a few people who are not yet using one of the better ones, so it’s worth letting you all know which they are just in case! If you’re a big user of Google services like Gmail and Google docs, then you might have tried using Google Tasks.

30-11-2012
Use gTasks To Synchronize Your Tasks With Google [Android]
8 Great Evernote Widgets & Add-ons [Android]

Android

8 Great Evernote Widgets & Add-ons [Android]

Have you been collecting awesome notes and information in Evernote for a while, but not really experimented with the many Android apps and widgets you can use yet? Well, if this sounds like you then you’ll love today’s line-up of apps. We know there’s a good number of Evernote fans and Android fans lurking on MakeUseOf, so we thought we’d make a list of apps and widgets.

29-11-2012
8 Great Evernote Widgets & Add-ons [Android]