Category Archives: How to guides

5 free tools for recording Google+ Hangouts

record-google-hangoutsGoogle+ Hangouts are proving to be one of the few popular features of Google’s social network, but there’s no built-in option to record them.

Until Google decides to add such functionality, there are some free workarounds to help you record your next Hangout. Although G+ pros may choose to invest in specialist software, the free solutions will suffice for capturing Hangouts and they offer easy sharing options, too.

Do you know of anymore? Share them in the comments below.

Facebook: How do you view the most recent posts in your newsfeed (mobile)?

Here we go again. Facebook have decided that they will be choosing what you read on your newsfeed. Anyway, here is a simple way to view the most recent posts on your Facebook newsfeed on a mobile device.

For iPhone users:

1. Log in to Facebook on your mobile
2. At the bottom right of the screen you will notice three small bars and the label ‘more’, click this (see image below).

facebook-most-recent-posts-newsfeed-iphone3. Scroll down until you find ‘FEEDS’ and then you can click ‘Most Recent’

For Android users:

1. Log in to Facebook on your mobile
2. At the top you will notice three small bars and the label ‘more’, click this (see image below).

facebook-most-recent-posts-newsfeed-android
3. Select ‘Most Recent’

Please do comment if you are having any other issues with this.

How do you perform an advanced search on (the new) Facebook?

It is frustrating when you are searching for someone on Facebook and they don’t show up. The good news is that it’s possible to perform an advanced search on Facebook. Here are the steps to do so.

1. First of all, log in to Facebook.
2. Once logged in, go to: www.facebook.com/people-search.php
3. You should then be presented with options such as ‘people you may know’
4. To the right of this are the advanced filters to use when searching for friends.

It should look a little something like this:

facebook-advanced-search

How do you turn off auto-play videos on the Facebook iPhone app?

It is really embarrassing when an annoying Facebook video starts playing automatically as you scroll through your newsfeed. Here is how to turn off the auto-play feature on the iPhone app and stop those horrible moments!

How to turn off Facebook auto-play videos on the iPhone app.

One solution is to turn on the ‘Auto-play on Wi-fi only’ option. To do this you will need to do the following steps on your iPhone:

Step 1: Go to Settings and locate ‘Facebook':

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2. Click on the small ‘Settings’ tab under the ‘Facebook’ logo:

 

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3. Finally, turn on the ‘Auto-play on Wi-Fi only’ feature:

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Please note: as stated in the settings, this is only to turn off when not connected to Wi-Fi. Right now, Facebook, for whatever reason, do not allow you to completely turn off auto-play for videos.

 

How to get the permalink for a Facebook post

I often get asked “How do you find the direct link (aka permalink) of a Facebook post?”. It is fairly straightforward and you can do this for any page or timeline post.

Here are the four steps to finding the permalink for a Facebook post:

  1. Find the post that you require the permalink for
  2. Locate the ‘timestamp’ for the post. This will either be an amount of time e.g. 30 minutes ago (for recent posts), or it will be a date e.g. 30th April (for older posts).
  3. Right click on the timestamp and copy the url. Alternatively, you can click the timestamp with left mouse button and it will open up the post into a page where you can copy the permalink from your address (URL) bar at the top.
  4. Now you can copy and paste the permalink as you please!

The timestamp will look like this:

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How do people use emoticons on Twitter?

Many people ask me “how can I add emoticons to my tweets?”. Well here is how.

If you’re a regular Twitter user then you’ve most likely seen emoticons like these before:

😄 😃 😊 😉 😍 😘 😚 😜 😝 😳 👂 👀 👃 👅 👄

🐶 🐺 🐱 🐭 🐹 🐰 🐸 🐯 🆕 🆙 🆒 🆓 ⛄ 💀 👽 💩

If you copy and paste any of these into Twitter you will be able to physically Tweet the emoticons. They have a special name which is “emoji” (a Japanese term meaning pictogram). Twitter often tweet about this functionality with hashtag “#emojiparty”.

A full list of emoji can be found online here: Full list of Emoji

What about mobile users?

If you want to use emoji on your iPhone, Android or tablet then read up here:

How do you create a business page on LinkedIn?

How-do-you-create-a-business-page-on-linkedinI always get asked “how do you create a business page on LinkedIn?” and it’s not always straight forward as creating a page on something like Facebook.

To physically add a business/ company page you will need to fill the form out here: http://www.linkedin.com/company/add/show

You may receive the error message “A company with this domain already exists”

If you do then I have some solutions here: A company with this domain already exists – LinkedIn.

How to export Slidecasts

Slidecast recently announced that their service would be shutting down on April 30, 2014. So what do you do with all your individual Slidecasts?!

Existing Slidecasts will be converted to static presentations on SlideShare on April 30, 2014. However, before this date you can physically export the files. To do this go to the ‘My Uploads’ section – here you have the option to export.

Alternatively, a number of Slidecast users are turning to the use of screen capture. There are many software solutions which will allow you to do this effectively. You can then upload to other platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo in seconds. See: alternatives to Slidecast.

Some of the recommended screen and audio capturing software solutions include:


Please add any alternative solutions in the comments box below.

Two ways to mobile-optimise a website

Without optimising for the mobile environment, your website is creating an unusable, illegible experience on the one device that is always on and always within your target audiences’ reach. Mobile tools and cool apps aside, your first step is to optimise the existing content on your website.

A style sheet is a separate document that tells Web browsers how to display all elements of a website. This allows programmers to easily change the look of a site by changing the code once, instead of having to change it on every page across the site. Choosing a different style sheet completely changes how the same content is displayed.

There are two primary ways to mobile-optimise your company website.

1. Create a mobile style sheet: A mobile-specific style sheet called hand-held.css (and a second one called iphone.css) indicates to a mobile browser how to display all the content of your company website. The advantage of this method is that the existing site content can be used, rather than creating duplicate content.

2. Create a separate mobile site: Many marketers do not understand the power of CSS and think they need to build a second site. One site is preferable but there may be technical limitations that force you to build a second, mobile-only site. If you must, then make sure the site is located at mycompany.com/mobile. This way you can still take advantage of SEO of your main site, but your content will be duplicated in the subdirectory. The main site should have an automatic mobile detection code installed; this way, when a mobile device accesses the site, the user is redirected to the mobile site.