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How to remove all old posts from your Facebook Timeline

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Facebook is notoriously bad for reminding you of the things you’ve posted in the past.

If you’re like me, you probably have quite a few posts lurking in the dark history of your Timeline that you completely forgot about. It’s time to delete those from once and for all, and I’m going to show you how.

Timeline check-up

First and foremost, make sure you know what your Timeline looks like to public users (anyone who is not your Facebook friend). To do this, go to your Timeline, click on the three dots to the right of the Activity Log button, choose “View as…,” and you should see this:

Take a good look through, and anything you don’t like, click on the date under your name, click on the little globe icon, and change “Public” to “Friends,” “Only Me,” or “Custom.” Alternatively, you can delete the post completely by clicking on the ‘X’ button.

Hide old Public posts

If you have lots of Public posts that you want to hide, believe it or not, Facebook has a tool for that. This is the best way to fix the issue you’ve been experiencing today.

Click on the security lock in the top-right on Facebook, choose ‘See More Settings’, and click on Limit Past Posts. You should see the following message popup; click on the blue “Limit Old Posts” button to change the visibility of all your old posts to just “Friends”:

Fix your Timeline settings

Next up, let’s make sure your Timeline settings are what you want them to be. Once again, click on the security lock in the top-right on Facebook and click on Timeline and Tagging Settings in the left pane.

Make sure the first, fourth, fifth and seventh options are set to “Friends,” or whatever you personally prefer:

Deep Facebook cleaning

If these tips didn’t do the trick for your yet, there’s also the option to work with a Chrome extension like Facebook Post Manager. However, these tend to be a little bit aggressive — so watch out when you’re using them.

There you go — that’s it!

You’ve cleaned your Facebook Timeline from old, forgotten posts. You can now go on and live your life without having to worry someone runs into an embarrassing picture or status update from 2009.

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Vodacom Tanzania offers free online services to subscribers

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VODACOM has partnered with Facebook to provide free access to online services to its customers. The cellular telephone company said in a statement that its subscribers with smartphones will be able to access Facebook and a variety of key websites free of charge.

“The Facebook for free service is for all Vodacom customers, including prepaid, post-paid and hybrid, provided that their mobile phones are data-enabled,” the statement partly reads.The service would not require subscription and customers’ phones would default to Vodacom’s Facebook for free, it said, adding that would apply to even customers with zero airtime balance.It, however, cautioned that some elements on Facebook would not be accessed free of charge as data charges would apply for uploading and watching videos and browsing external links (websites) clicked from Facebook, as well as videos from external links, such as YouTube videos.Data charges will also be applicable for watching videos, as well as making voice calls on Facebook Messenger. 

Twitter Is Shutting Down Its Vine Video App

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Vine, the 3-year-old app that rose to popularity for its six-second video clips, is being shuttered.

Twitter, which acquired Vine in 2012 before the app had even launched, announced Thursday morning that it would be discontinuing the app in the coming months.

Over the years, Vine became especially popular with a growing creative community and gave rise to a new class of online stars, Viner, that included Andrew Bachelor, Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier and others. Many of the most popular videos were comedic, featured musical performances or used heavy editing techniques.

Twitter has offered little information about the size and growth of the app. But in recent years, many of Vine’s top creators have abandoned the app — which did not offer an avenue for generating revenue from their large audiences — for more economically viable platforms, like YouTube and Instagram.

Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it would let some users post longer videos (clips up to 140 seconds) on Vine. It also started to make moves to offer revenue-sharing opportunities for creators.

In a blog post on Medium, Twitter said that it would give users an opportunity to access and download their Vines before the service shuts down. It also said it would keep the website up online.

“To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day,” the company wrote in a blog post on Medium.

One of Vine’s original founders, Rus Yusupov, tweeted in response to the news: “Don’t sell your company!”

The news comes just hours after Twitter announced during its third quarter earnings that it would be letting go 9 percent of its staff, or about 350 positions, as it looks to cut costs amid slowing growth.

Car thieves stopped in their tracks

By Louis Kolumbia

Dar es Salaam. Social media has once again demonstrated its significant power in helping to avert crime and bring culprits to book after a WhatsApp post on Sunday helped one Captain Innocent Dallu to recover his stolen car that had his three-year-old daughter on board.

Captain Dallu of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, went through an ordeal that lasted 12 hours and when it was over, he thanked God and testified his appreciation of the power of the social made in playing a crucial part in fighting crime.

“The public should wisely use social media because in addition to helping people network and be closer, it can play a crucial role in the provision of key information for the betterment of the society,” he said.

How the incident unfolded

At around midday on Sunday, Capt Dallu parked his Toyota Harrier with Registration Number T400 DEH outside a shopping mall at the Mbezi Beach suburb in Dar es Salaam and left his children inside the car; a boy aged seven and a girl aged three. He walked into the mall to make some quick purchases. He left the engine running to provide air conditioning for the children.

When he went back to the car noted it was gone with the little girl still on board while the seven-year was left stranded outside the mall.

Speaking to The Citizen in a telephone interview yesterday, Capt Dallu, a medical doctor currently serving in Darfur, Sudan, said using the help of a friend who was at the scene they started to pursue the stolen car.

“My friend had seen the car speeding off and we started following chasing it in the direction that it has gone,” Capt Dallu said.

As they were chasing the stolen car he informed his young brother Juma Dallu who posted the information in some WhatsApp groups in order to solicit help from people, especially out of concern from the little girl.

The chase was futile as they were soon lost by the car thieves but followed was a flurry of calls to Capt Dallu from both inside and outside the country as a result of the WhatsApp post.

“A few minutes after Juma had used his phone to post the message in WhatsApp I started receiving calls from as far away as the US, Italy and the UK asking me whether the message trending in WhatsApp groups was really true,” he noted.

About nine hours, around 21 hours after the incident Capt Dallu received a call from the Police informing him that his daughter had been found at a bar called Golden Bridge in the Kawe area, some three kilometres to the south east of Mbezi Juu. The car thieves had abandoned her at the bar and sped off. And at about midnight Capt Dallu received a call informing him that the Police had impounded the car at Kiwangwa Village, Bagamoyo District in the Coast Region.

Commander Mushongi said one suspect was arrested as two others escaped after one of them had handled his driving license.

Family members and friends became really concerned but this helped, he added. A relative who is a police officer quickly posted the message in WhatsApp groups of police officers and Capt Dallu started receiving calls from the police.

“Regional Police commanders from Dar es Salaam and the Coast Region started calling me to get more details of the incident and they quickly sprang into action to help recover my baby girl and the car,” Capt Dallu noted.

Coastal Regional Police Commander, Bonaventure Mushongi acknowledged to have learnt the issue from WhatsApp.

“Social media is a veritable social networking tool that is of paramount importance to the Police. The challenge remains the reliability of the information circulating because criminals can also use the platforms to misinform and mislead the public and the Police,” Commander Mushongi said, adding that the Police routinely monitor the social media to get information of what was going on.

In fact by late hours of Sunday the incident became the most trending in the major social media sites of WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Later in Sunday evening, however, some unknown people started circulating wrong information using eh same social media sites alleging that the little girl and the car have been found. This again prompted a flurry of calls from the Police and other people wanting to know whether the information was true. Fresh posts started circulating recanting the wrong information and the Police’s pursuit of the car thieves continued.

About nine hours, around 21 hours after the incident Capt Dallu received a call from the Police informing him that his daughter had been found at a bar called Golden Bridge in the Kawe area, some three kilometres to the south east of Mbezi Juu. The car thieves had abandoned her at the bar and sped off.

And at about midnight Capt Dallu received a call informing him that the Police had impounded the car at Kiwangwa Village, Bagamoyo District in the Coast Region.

via thecitizen.co.tz

Survey shows millennials fall for cyber scams more often than seniors

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Millennials aren’t as savvy online as they might lead on. A new survey found that half of all tech support scam victims were 18- to 34-year-olds. For comparison sake, the next age group (36 to 54) made up just over a third (34 percent), and the old-timers (over 55) were only 17 percent as likely to be conned.

The recent Ipsos poll took place in 12 countries and surveyed 1,000 people on behalf of Microsoft. Two out of three had experienced a tech support scam over the last year.

Tech support scams have been around a while, but they’re increasingly common. The scam typically involves a third-party that calls, emails, or instant messages, claiming to be with Microsoft, Apple, Dell, HP, or any number of other well-known computer companies. They’ll explain that your machine has a problem — typically malware — and that they can take care of it remotely.

Once the user clicks a link giving the representative access to their machine, they’ll then use that window to install malware or create problems requiring pricey fixes — like ransomware, which hijacks your PC until you pay a ransom to get it back.

Millennials being the most-affected group isn’t surprising, but I’d wager that it’s less about being un-savvy and more about a flaw in polling methodology.

To be clear, I’m not doubting millennials are bad at spotting online threats — the entire population is, and younger people use their devices far more often than any other age group.

Here’s the rub.

The survey of 1,000 people didn’t take representative samples from each age demographic, meaning a small sample size of any (most likely the older age groups) wouldn’t be a good representative of the group as a whole.

With Millennials being the world’s largest generation, statistically speaking, you’d assume they’d also make up the largest percentage of respondents. With fewer people who are 55-plus — and a huge percentage of those not using computing devices with anywhere near the same frequency of a Millennial — you’d expect the data to be slightly skewed. The same would be true of the 18- to 36-year-old demographic, although on a smaller scale.

So, I’m not 100-percent certain I buy this.

Anecdotally, my mom once tried to give her email password to a guy on a plane to fix something on her iPhone — hence my hesitation in blindly accepting older people are more savvy in a technical sense.

via LiveScience

19 percent of the web now runs on WordPress

SAN FRANCISCO — At the annual San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg told the audience a fascinating stat about the service.

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In a talk that also included details on the next two versions of WordPress, Mullenweg said, “We’re now up to 18.9 percent of the web running WordPress. … We’re going to see the number of people who have WordPress as part of their daily habits grow exponentially.”

Around 66 percent of those sites and blogs are in English. Monthly pageviews for all WordPress sites and blogs rose to a massive 4 billion in 2013.

Mullenweg also said around 30 percent of respondents in a recent survey from WP Engine were aware of WordPress as an entity or brand.

The service just celebrated its tenth anniversary in May, and parent company Automattic took a sizable $50 million funding round, also in May.

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EmergencyCompliment.com: a website that generates praise with the click of a button

Those suffering from the blues can now get a quick pick-me-up, thanks to EmergencyCompliment.com, a website that generates praise with the click of a button.

Visitors to the the bare-bones site are greeted by a compliment in bold white letters on a neon-colored background.

A sampling of the pseudo-kudos include: “Your cousins refer to you as ‘the cool cousin,’” “You’ve never had morning breath. I swear,” “Everyone was cool with that time you peed in the shower,” “You’re the best at making cereal” and “Your pet loves you too much to ever run away.”

Users can select two options at the bottom of the page. Click on “I still feel crappy,” and EmergencyCompliment.com generates another pat on the back. But choose “Thanks! I feel better,” and visitors are directed another site where you can print a poster that displays their compliment of choice forever.

Why Are Mobile Ads So Cheap?

Mobile may be the future, but right now mobile ad units still command a lower price point on average than print and web advertisements.

Earlier this year, the renowned venture capitalist and former Wall Street analyst Mary Meeker gave her much-watched annual presentation on Internet trends, during which she revealed a startling statistic based on her own research: The effective cost per thousand impressions (CPM) for desktop web ads is about $3.50, while the CPM for mobile ads is just $0.75.

More recently, leading mobile ad platform Opera Software broke down the average cost for mobile ads by device, and found that even the iPhone, which has the highest average CPM for mobile ads of any smartphone, at $2.85, still falls short of that CPM for web ads on a desktop. Importantly, Opera’s mobile ad estimates likely skew higher because its business focuses on mobile display ads rather than mobile search ads, which tend to have a much lower CPM.

Print ads, by comparison, can command rates of as much as $100 per thousand impressions.

 

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Emoticons for Facebook comments

Facebook has implemented comments into the private messages. To use emoticons in Facebook comments you need to use shortcut codes shown in the table below to get the desired emoticon. These are the same smileys which can be used for some time in Facebook chat.

Smiley Name Shortcut
smile smile :-) :) :] =)
frown frown :-( :( :[ =(
gasp gasp :-O :O :-o :o
grin grin :-D :D =D
tongue tongue :-P :P :-p :p =P
wink wink ;-) ;)
curly lips curly lips :3
kiss kiss :-* :*
grumpy grumpy >:( >:-(
glasses glasses 8-) 8) B-) B)
sunglasses sunglasses 8-| 8| B-| B|
upset upset >:O >:-O >:o >:-o
confused confused o.O O.o
shark shark (^^^)
pacman pacman :v
squint squint -_-
angel angel O:) O:-)
devil devil 3:) 3:-)
unsure unsure :/ :-/ :\ :-\
cry cry :’(
Chris Putnam Chris Putnam :putnam:
robot robot :|]
heart heart <3
kiki kiki ^_^
42 42 :42:
penguin penguin <(“)

Why You Should Not Rely on One Source of Web Traffic

Writing by Nick Stamoulis

White hat SEO dictates that you take a blended approach to your link building. A diverse and consistent link building campaign demonstrates to the search engines your commitment to branding your site and building your online presence. It is important to make sure that your site isn’t flagged for trying to spam or “cheat” the algorithm in order to artificially boost your own ranking. But that isn’t the only reason it is important to diversify your link building.
A diverse link building portfolio means you will always have a viable source of traffic

I’ve read several blog posts recommending that site owners do away with their sites entirely, and shift all their focus to social networking sites. After all, that is where your customers are! That’s what the people want! It’s the future of online marketing! All of those things may be true, but I would never recommend that a company delete their site in favor of a social profile.
Let’s say that Facebook, the megalith of social networking sites, disappeared tomorrow. I realize that this is highly unlikely, but it is still a possibility. Or let’s say that Google+ really is the “Facebook killer” some claim it has the potential to be and 90% of Facebook users migrate over to Google+. If you’re entire online marketing campaign centered on your Facebook profile, you no longer exist! I realize that this is a bit of an extreme example; I don’t think social media is going away any time soon, but you have to consider the possibility.

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