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Sign Up for Direct Deposit: All Federal Benefit Payments will be Electronic as of May 2013

As of May 1, 2013, the Department of the Treasury will eliminate the need for paper checks and discontinue mailing federal benefit and non-tax payments to citizens, instead, switch over to electronic payments, e.g. direct deposit. After seeking public comment on the proposed rule issued in June 2010, federal regulations were changed to generally require all federal benefits including Social Security, [...]

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Quick Guide for Buying a Laptop: What’s Right for You?

With a wide variety of products and features to choose from, buying a laptop can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, which is why it’s important to know what you will be doing on your new laptop. Do you plan on traveling with your laptop or will it act as your primary computer at home [...]

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How To: Untag Yourself in a Facebook Photo

If you receive a notification from Facebook that a friend has just added/tagged a photo that you don’t like or you don’t want your friends to see (for whatever reason), you can easily untag yourself so that it does not appear on your Facebook Profile. Simply follow these instructions: 1. Login to Facebook and click on the “notifications” [...]

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Webcam

[Source: About.com, "Before You Buy a Webcam" by Lisa Johnson] Webcams are not unlike computers — there is a tremendous amount of models available, with prices ranging from the extremely affordable to the very high end. Since you don’t want to pay for features you’ll never use, it’s a good idea to nail down exactly [...]

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GrandMentor Program: Make a Positive Difference and Read a Book to a Child via Skype

SeniorNet recently partnered with GrandMentor, an intergenerational literacy program that offers senior volunteers the opportunity to read and discuss high quality children’s picture books with underserved elementary school children over Skype. This is a quintessential example of the power and influence that seniors can demonstrate in helping our youth and a great way to give [...]

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Two “Old Birds” Took Over KRAFT’s Social Media

To celebrate KRAFT’s 75th anniversary, they handed over their social media duties to “Frankie and Dottie,” two octogenarians who’ve been eating mac & cheese for 75 years. Frankie, 87, and Dottie, 86, were in charge of managing KRAFT’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for two days. And here are a few things Frankie and Dottie did [...]

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How to Find Your Friends on Facebook

Facebook has changed the lives of so many people around the world. There are over 845 million active Facebook users and it’s no surprise that senior citizens are the fastest growing segment in the U.S., according to Pew Internet and American Life Project. I’m sure you’ve heard all the wonderful stories about people reuniting with grade [...]

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Social Media Provides “Sunshine”

My grandmother was born in 1898 and passed away in 1979 – at the age of 82 – long before the Internet became the cultural phenomena it is, today. One of my fondest memories of Grandma Pearl was watching her amazement as Neil Armstrong took “one small step” on the surface of the moon back [...]

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Facebook Timeline is Mandatory for All Pages

Starting March 30th, Facebook will automatically switch company and branded Pages to Facebook’s new Timeline format. To help minimize confusion or frustration for Facebook users, we created a simple guide to walk you through some of the Facebook Timeline changes. The most visible change to the Facebook Timeline format is the big, front-and-center cover photo, [...]

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Social Media Guidelines for Seniors

via Senior Care Corner Here are some guidelines we feel are important for seniors to consider when using social media. “Consider” is the key word here, as we realize individual situations are often different. Those familiar with social networks and the web may be safe with fewer guidelines while newcomers, especially those of a very [...]

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