How To: Untag Yourself in a Facebook Photo

Written By: Kim Hong - Jul• 06•12

“Untag Me” – Photo Credit: www.williamstites.net

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” button/icon located at the top of the page. (Hint: icon is the world/globe image located at the top left of page)

2. Click on the notification containing information about the photo you were tagged in. If you do not see the notification, click on “See All Notifications”.

3. Once you find the right notification, click on the photo link and it will redirect you to the taged photo.

4. At the bottom of the photo, click on “Options” and select Report/Remove Tag.

5. A pop-up window with a list of options explaining why you want to remove the tag (i.e. I want to remove this tag, it’s harassing me, etc.) will appear. Select the appropriate one and click ”Continue.” Voila! You have successfully removed the tag from the photo and it will not appear in your Facebook Photos.

However, to avoid this in the future, I highly recommend updating your Privacy Settings so that if someone tags you in a future post, you have to Approve it before it is posted on your Facebook Profile.

To learn how to review posts/tags before it is published on your Facebook Timeline, click here.

 

 

How To: Review Tags and Posts Before They Appear on Your Facebook Timeline

Written By: Kim Hong - Jul• 02•12

Each person has a different level of comfort when it comes to social media usage and privacy concerns. I am relatively open about my whereabouts and actvities, but some of my friends prefer to keep this information private, while others opt to share practically anything and everything but the kitchen sink.

To help you manage what is and isn’t posted/tagged of you on Facebook, you should update your Privacy Settings immediately.

Follow these simple steps to ensure that you review tags/posts before they are published on your Timeline:

1. Login to Facebook and click on the “down arrow” button located at the top right of the page.

2. Select “Privacy Settings”

3. Click on “Edit Settings” next to Timeine and Tagging

4. A pop-up window will appear. Make sure “Review posts friends tag  you in before they appear in your timeline” AND “Review tags friends add to your own posts on Facebook” are both turned ON. If it’s OFF, simply click on it and select “Enable.”

5. Once you have enabled this feature, click DONE.

What this means is that when a friend tags you in a post or photo in the future, you will be prompted to review and ”Approve” it before it appears on your Facebook Timeline.

The Dos and Don’ts of Social Networking

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jun• 21•12

We teach you the unspoken etiquette. Ignore our insider tips at your own peril.

  • Do set up privacy settings for your online profile, so the intimacies of your life—your battle with the bulge; an impending divorce—don’t become public when people find you in a search. Facebook, for example, lets you decide who can see your info and photos. You can limit exposure to “friends” or even just a few people on your list.
  • Don’t rush to friend your teen or college-age kidson these sites; wait to see if they reach out to you. There are some things you really don’t want to know about your little angels. Plus, they probably like having their own parent-free space on the Web.
  • Do use LinkedIn and Facebook to stay in touch with former colleagues. These days (unfortunately) you never know when you’ll need a reference for a new gig.
  • Don’t post boring status updates on Facebook to comment about every single second of your day. If you must share, save those comments for Twitter (and please don’t have your Twitter feed post to Facebook—even though you can). Trust us, your associates don’t want a dull rundown of how you overslept this morning, are having tummy issues, and can’t find that missing sock.
  • Do think twice before friending your employees on social sites. They don’t want to offend you by saying no, but they also don’t want you to see their wall posts outlining over-the-top (and super-sketchy) happy hour activities.

For more “Dos and Don’ts of Social Networking”, visit AARP The Magazine.

About the Author: 

Leslie Quander Wooldridge is an award-winning writer and editor based in the Washington, DC, area. She has worked for print and online outlets, and often writes about health, style, trends and careers. She is currently the senior associate editor at a national consumer magazine.

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Webcam

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jun• 07•12

[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 what you need and what you don’t.

What You Definitely Need

A webcam with a high resolution is imperative — the lower the resolution, the grainier your image will appear on other’s screens. A decent resolution starting point is 640 x 480.

Likewise, a high frame rate is crucial. Webcams without high frame rates produce images that stutter and periodically freeze on the viewer’s screen. Frame rates are measured in frames per second, so look for “fps” on the webcam packaging. You must stay above 15 fps in order to stream video, and you’re better off staying closer to 30 and higher.

What You Should Get

The type of lens will affect the webcam’s performance. Some entry-level webcams feature plastic lenses, but it’s wiser to stick with a glass lens since they dramatically improve performance without significantly raising the price.Auto-focusing and automatic light-adjustment technologies are useful in webcams, especially if you’ll be using it in a darkened room (e.g., a bedroom for video chatting).

A built-in microphone and the ability to take still images are increasingly becoming standard features. Look for a webcam that can take images that are at least 2.0 megapixels.

Bells and Whistles

Motion sensing can turn your webcam into a veritable security system, and some models come with this feature built into it. If yours does not, don’t fret – you can download software instead.Depending on the type of video chatting you do, you may want to include special or video effects, and many webcams come packaged with these abilities. But, as with motion sensing, you can also download special-effects software if yours does not.

High-Def Considerations

The ability to capture high-definition video is now a popular feature in webcams. If you plan to frequently stream video to social-networking sites, this technology may be for you. But note that high-def recording will most certainly drive up the price of the webcam, so feel free to skip it if you just want a webcam for video chatting. High-definition refers to a model that captures 720p video or higher.

Pricing

Webcam prices range from the extremely affordable to the high end. You tend to pay for what you get, so be sure to weigh your feature needs and budget needs carefully.

About the Author:

Lisa Johnson is a writer and editor who has been covering computer peripherals and other consumer electronics for About.com since 2004.

[Source: About.com]

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

Written By: Kim Hong - May• 24•12

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 back.

The mission of this partnership is to improve reading level/literacy (vocabulary, passage comprehension, story sense, love of reading) for underprivileged students grades K to 3rd through one-on-one reading and mentoring. The program aims to promote healthy aging and senior integration in the community through socially-responsible volunteering.

GrandMentor was formed to address two important issues,  low literacy rates among underserved children in America and seniors in need of meaningful human interaction.

Literacy is a predictor of academic success. One in two Latino and African American 4th graders read below grade level (34% of U.S. 4th graders) (NAEP 2009). Many children lack access to crucial one-to-one reading at home or even at school (Moody et al. 1997).

By 2030 about 1 in every 5 Americans will be 65 years or older and about a third of their life will be spent in retirement. Seniors need to engage in meaningful activities for successful aging and avoidance of isolation/depression.

Watch the video below for more information and if this program sounds like something you’d be interested in, enroll for free today!

The GrandMentor program provides a one-hour training session over the phone.

Requirements include:

  • Age 55+
  • Fluent English
  • Access to computer with Internet
  • Web Camera (for video)
  • Commitment of 45 minutes a week

To enroll, send an email to seniornet.grandmentor@hq.seniornet.org and register!

 

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

Written By: Kim Hong - May• 02•12

KRAFT hired two octogenarians to manager social media for two days in honor of KRAFT's 75th anniversary!

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 during those two days:

What is planking? (YouTube)

 

Sample tweets (Twitter: @kraftmacncheese)

 

Facebook updates (https://www.facebook.com/kraftmacaroniandcheese)

 

It looks like this macaroni-loving duo had a blast with KRAFT’s social media channels. By the end of the social media reign, Frankie described the experience as mind blowing and heartwarming. She especially liked having all those nice young ad agency people hanging around her California home. [Source: Today's THV]

How do you feel about social media? Could you do what Frankie and Dottie did for KRAFT? Do you think they did a good job?

How to Find Your Friends on Facebook

Written By: Kim Hong - Apr• 17•12

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 school friends, rekindling a relationship with a long lost love, or reconnecting with their kids or grandchildren on Facebook.

If you’d like to learn how you can find your long lost friends on Facebook, here are a few ways to help you do this:

Email Contact List

1. After you log in to Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/find-friends and a long list of email providers and communication/chat networks (e.g. AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, Gmail, Yahoo, Skype) will appear.

 

2. Select the email accounts you would like to import contacts from and enter your email/username and/or password.

3. Click “Find Friends” and your contacts will be imported. A list of friends from your contacts who have an existing Facebook will appear

4. Select the friends you wish to “Add” to your Facebook account.

5. Last, but not least, for the email contacts that do not have an existing Facebook account, you will be asked if you would like to invite them to join you on Facebook.

 

Search Feature

1. After logging on to Facebook, you can type in the name of the person you are looking for in the “Search” bar located at the top of the page.

2. Your search result will include People, Facebook Pages, Places, Groups, etc., so you will need to filter so that only “People” appear in your search results.  To do this, click on the “People” tab located in the left navigation bar. Your search result will now include only People with the name you entered previously in the search bar.

3. If the person you are looking for does not appear on the first page of results, you can narrow your results by entering where they live, where they went to school, or the name of the company they work for. To do this, at the top of the page you will see listed under “Search Tools” the following filters, Location, Education, and Workplace. Select the filter you wish to apply and enter their location, school or workplace.

 

People You May Know (Facebook Suggestions)

The first two methods listed above should help you get started. However, another popular feature that has helped me reconnect with friends is the “People You May Know” feature. I suggest looking at this after you have added a handful of friends because Facebook will suggest friends based on the people you are already connected with on Facebook.

People You May Know looks at, among other things, your current friend list and their friends, your education info and your work info. If you are already friends on Facebook with some people from your last job, for example, you may find some more of your former coworkers (assuming they are visible to you in search) among the “People You May Know’ suggestions.

This feature appears to the right of your Home Page.

I hope you find who you’re looking for. Feel free to post questions or comments below!

 

Social Media Provides “Sunshine”

Written By: Guest Contributor - Apr• 10•12

Social media provides much needed sunshine for seniors

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 in the summer of ’69. More than forty years later, I realize that the “giant leap” he took, when he first set foot onto the lunar surface – late that summer evening – was actually a bridge between my grandmother’s generation and my own.

Grandma and her contemporaries were born to the sound of rushing horses and buggies at the turn of the last century. Due to some great strides in medicine during the twentieth century, she and many others were fortunate to live long enough to witness the live television broadcast of the Space Shuttle Enterprise’s inaugural test flight on August 12, 1977. Simply amazing for them and – perhaps – much more culturally stimulating than anything my generation will have ever experienced in our complete lifetimes.

“Grandma” in the Twenty-first Century

What would Grandma think about the Internet? Well, her daughter – my mother – is now 87. The world was a little bit more “modern” when she came into it in 1923. Her pre-teen years were filled with radio broadcasts, cars and early airplane travel. So, there has been much less cultural and technology shock in her life as compared to her parents. In fact, mom adapted early and quickly to using ATMs, cell phone and, yes, digital casino slot machines. She is quite aware of the Internet and many of its capabilities. While she doesn’t own her own computer and probably never will, she is – at least – aware of what can be done on the Web and can do some basic things on community equipment or that of family and friends.

According to comScore, a digital measurement company, 27.4 million people age 55 and over engaged in social networking in July of 2010, up from 16 million one year prior. These numbers continue to grow as more and more senior citizens learn to embrace the Net. There are so many new seniors signing on to Social Media that there will be a definite need for devices with bigger buttons, bigger screens and bigger keys, just like cell phones and digital clock radios already offer.

“Oldies” are Becoming “Goodies” on the Web.

What is mostly driving senior citizens online is their ability to communicate with others at greater distances more frequently and often in real-time. They are easily able to share photos, videos, links, contacts and status updates with grandchildren and other family members living apart. Social Media has the impressive ability to strengthen family ties across generation and eliminates some of the loneliness that many senior citizens and shut-ins very often experience.

According to AARP the top four Social Media sites for people over 60 are Google, Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube. A quarter of the organization’s members are using Facebook, and the number is rapidly growing. Twitter use has also grown. Ten per cent of Internet users over 50 are using Twitter or other status update services like TweetDeck and Hootsuite, according to Pew.

Among the more popular niche social media sites for seniors is Eons.com. This site offers senior-relevant information and allows for sharing with others. . Other popular senior-oriented sites include ELDR.com, which features articles, interviews, photos, blogs and suggested links to other helpful websites. Growingbolder.com focuses on the 50+ Boomer market and features videos, videocasts, podcasts, sharing forums and expert blogs. All of these senior-oriented niche sites seem to understand what this 50+ market is looking for and continually strives to maintain their interest. Retailers and their advertisers are well aware of all this and that senior citizens represent: a large market share of retail dollars and are a constant resource. All the more reason that all seniors, going online, must be properly educated in the safe use of Social Media.

Seeking Greater Knowledge, Understanding and Online Entertainment

Outside of family and friends, seniors use Social Media tools to learn more about topics that interest them. Senior can watch old television shows and movies on YouTube and Hulu and see videos from “their time.” There is much to offer them through the availability of free or low cost E-books, expert articles and interesting blog posts. They can also play games, either by themselves or with family and friends. According to a recent study of social gaming sponsored by PopCap, 22 per cent of social game players are ages 50 through 59 — the largest age bracket — and 16 percent are ages 60 and older. Educationally, many seniors are now taking online courses to keep their minds active and even to establish online businesses to help defray the higher cost of living in retirement.

A Pew Institute study determined that people suffering with a chronic disease are more likely to reach out for support online. So, the Web is also playing an increasingly important role in helping seniors manage their health issues. Many actually Blog and regularly contribute to online health forums or online support groups that are popular with people coping with major illnesses such as Cancer, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s/Dementia. There are also special groups for bereavement and elder companionship.

Despite the rise in social networking activities, Pew Institute research found that seniors over 65 are among those least likely to have high-speed Internet access at home. In fact, less than one-third of them have broadband. This is probably due to the recurring cost of yet another service and their lack of technical understanding. This is rather unfortunate as many in the senior population are less likely to see the lack of broadband as a real disadvantage – and it is. Fortunately, there are a growing number of social community websites focusing on the specific needs and online concerns of senior citizens.

Project GOAL (the Project to Get Older Adults Online) works with aging organizations like AARP to communicate the importance of getting our older community online – safely and productively. Celery is a New York based company that is dedicated to helping those who don’t use computers, including seniors, remain up-to-date on sites like Twitter and also by E-mail.

Grandma Would Have Had a Brand New Bag

My grandmother would have been amazed by all of this and her world would have been brought much closer to her in terms of staying in touch with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! Reconnecting with old friends still living in New York and those that move to warmer climates would have been great therapy for an older woman with mobility issues and greatly reduced income. It sure would have been better than the alternatives available in 1979 – watching soaps, game shows and cheesy commercials for things she couldn’t get to the store to buy, anyway. Imagine what E-commerce would have meant to her; though she would have welcomed it with extreme caution.

Thankfully, some things never change. Wisdom is a universally desirable trait that senior citizens have been respected for possessing for centuries. In the twenty-first century it is a pre-requisite for going on-line, first and foremost. Yes, Grandma Pearl would have done fine in the Internet Age. She probably could have taught some youngsters a thing or two about cautionary practices.

About the Author:

Marc LeVine is Vice President of Community Outreach for The Center, a therapeutic program affiliated with Advanced Behavioral Care Services, serving the needs of Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex County residents suffering from mental illness or substance abuse Licensed by New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services & Division of Addiction Services and with two regional locations in Neptune and Lakewood, The Center is recognized for advocating a focus on goal setting and attainment, commitment and structure. The program urges and challenges its members to take their places in the community as healthy, productive, contributing and vital individuals.

Facebook Timeline is Mandatory for All Pages

Written By: Kim Hong - Mar• 28•12

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, which is displayed as the main image. All cover photos are public, which means anyone visiting the Page will see it.

Another visible change is the new format. The page is no longer a linear representation of activities, but rather, updates are displayed more like a scrapbook with options to “highlight” or feature specific content or photos. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but just give it some time and you will eventually get the swing of things.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes is the ability for fans to send Private Messages (if this feature is enabled by the Page Admin). In the past, fans were only able to post on the Page’s Wall, but now they can contact the Page Admin by clicking on the “Message” button if they don’t wish to post a public message.

Please “like” SeniorNet on Facebook and tell us what you think about the New Timeline! We’d love to hear from you.

For a LARGER view of the guide, click on the image below.

Complete Guide for SeniorNet Facebook Timeline Page

 

Social Media Guidelines for Seniors

Written By: Guest Contributor - Mar• 23•12

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 trusting nature, may initially need to take a more structured approach in their social media activities.

Senior Social Media Guidelines
1. Use tighter privacy settings on your initial setup than you might think are needed. These can be loosened over time if desired, but once a post or a picture is put out to a broad circulation it may be out there permanently.

2. Before “friending” teen family members (your social network probably doesn’t allow preteens), make sure your approach is welcome. Yes, improving communications with grandchildren and other young family members is a big benefit of social media for seniors, but only if they choose to communicate with you. Some have expressed they feel uncomfortable when older family members can see all of their posts. Yes, they can refuse to accept your request to link up, but you can avoid an uncomfortable situation all around if you check on their willingness up front – or wait for them to send the request to you.

3. Wait a while before clicking on links or attachments included on posts from friends. Even a trusted family member (of any age) may unwittingly trigger a virus or other malicious program that sends out posts in their name that include links which can be damaging to your computer or even result in identity theft. Give a little time for others to click first rather than being the family guinea pig.

4. Exercise caution when naming family members in stories or tagging them in pictures you post on social media. Those cute family stories or pictures that give everyone a good laugh during family gatherings may not be viewed the same way by an employer making hiring or retention decisions. Also, there are signs other businesses, such as insurance companies, are using online information in making decisions.

5. Never (one of the few times we think this word applies!) send personal or financial information (account numbers, social security numbers, etc) to businesses using social media. Many scammers masquerade as legitimate companies to get seniors’ information online, just as on the phone, with identity theft often the objective. Companies with a legitimate need for the information know social networks are not safe for sharing such data and will use other methods.

6. Avoid posting that you will be away from home or out of town on your social media accounts unless you are absolutely certain only those you want will be able to see it. Crooks use social networks, too, and have already started targeting the homes of those who say they are away.

7. Think before “checking in” at a location on your social networks. Will that check in tell a criminal that you will be away from home all day at an event or even for a few hours at a movie or ball game. If you like checking into locations, consider doing so when leaving (and say so) instead of arriving.

8. Don’t mention in a public social media post that you are home alone. This is especially important for the elderly or those who are bedridden or otherwise vulnerable. That is almost as attractive to criminals as nobody home, and sometimes more because there is someone who can tell them where to find the valuables or even give them ATM PINs, etc.

We hope these guidelines don’t scare off your senior loved ones, or even you, from using social networks as the benefits of social media to senior loved ones can be tremendous as long as it is used safely.

Did we leave out any guidelines you feel would be helpful? If so, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

About Senior Care Center

Senior Care Corner offers insight and tips about caring for senior adults, whether you are caring for them at home, in a nursing home, or remotely. Senior Care Corner encourages family members to urge their older loved ones to get onto social media and assist them in doing so. For their sake, and for the benefit of their loved ones, let’s help them do it safely

[Source: Senior Care Corner]