Posts Tagged ‘#lists’

The New Facebook

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis September 23rd, 2011

Well, it made Headline News, and now it’s all over the web; EVERYBODY’s talkin’ about the latest Facebook changes.  Most are complaining, and it DOES seem like it’s simply a change for the sake of, well, CHANGE.  But there’s actually some serious motivation behind this, and it’s called MARKETING.  They want to be able to target very specific people with ads, and sell it.  After all, it’s really the ONLY way Facebook makes money.  I don’t like it either, and one of the things that REALLY irks me is that their software now shows me what IT thinks I want to see.  Ummmm, HELLO!?  How would you know?  Did you ASK?  Meanwhile there are a couple of obvious changes; 1) the ticker and 2) lists.  I’ll go into details later, but the one complaint that is REALLY circulating right now is that PEOPLE DON’T WANT THEIR COMMENTS and likes showing up on everybody’s ticker!  I have a friend that would call this a ‘Yuppie Problem’.  :-)  There are MASS REQUESTS going out on FB for people to go turn this off on all their friends.  I hate to break the bad news, but some have THOUSANDS of friends listed, and it would take them a WEEK to do that.   But I’m guessing their tickers roll by in a blur.  Here’s the CNET article that describes all the changes in more details. 

Email Privacy

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis September 20th, 2011

With all the spam and junk mail out there, it’s a good idea to keep a few things in mind for email etiquette.  1) Business email should include a confidentiality notice to legally protect the contents (the easiest way to do this is to put it in your signature).  2) If you send to a large group, or forward FROM a large group, remove extraneous addresses from the body, and email it to YOURSELF.  Then put the list in the BCC line (this protects the recipient’s privacy)  3) To prevent getting filtered by spam blockers, I encourage my clients to use Rich Text or Plain Text rather than HTML format for sending.  In Outlook the default settings can be found in Tools, Options, Mail Format tab.  Next time:  Encrypting your email.