Writing an Introductory E-Mail
- Identify who you are and how they know you
- Be brief (no more than a paragraph) and classy (Dear Professor, With regards…)
- Spell check
Notes on Facebook
Facebook doesn’t care about you or your privacy. Protect it vigorously. Advocate for better privacy controls.
You may protect all the info on your profile, but when you’re in a public group, you’re in public. Everyone can see you and what you post.
The camera is always on. Always. Everywhere.
On that note, untagging is a beautiful feature.
Don’t friend everyone. Seriously. Don’t.
Take advantage of privacy settings. I had a girl in one of my sessions who shared this story with me: Apparently her boyfriend’s ex hated her. So the ex accessed her profile through a mutual friend, saved all of her photos and personal info, and created a new, fake profile pretending to be her. The ex then added most of the girl’s friends and family members and started posting really terrible stuff. It took weeks to have the profile removed, but the damage to her reputation was done.
Tools to Check Your Facebook Privacy Settings
ReclaimPrivacy.Org is a fantastic tool for checking and fixing your Facebook privacy settings. Follow the instructions on the site for adding their link to your Bookmarks toolbar. Then log into Facebook and click that link. It will show you which of your privacy settings are secure, iffy, and completely unprotected. It will also provide links directly to your privacy settings that need to be changed. Here’s an example screenshot.
NOTE: ReclaimPrivacy.Org is currently updating their app to work with the new Facebook privacy settings. Check back from time to time. In the meantime, I’ve had a request to explain how to change the setting that lets your friends share your info with apps they add.
To get to the Facebook setting to control what info your friends can share about you with apps they use:
- Go to Account (top right corner of your screen) —> Privacy Settings.
- Scroll down and click “Edit your settings” under the Applications and Websites heading.
- Then click “Edit Settings” next to “Info accessible through your friends.”
- Uncheck everything and click “Save Changes.”
The Facebook Graph API lets you see all of your information that is available to the public. It was created by a Google engineer to demonstrate just how much of your personal info is widely available.
Openbook lets you search public Facebook updates using Facebook’s own search service. Warning: Because the home page for Openbook displays a random search of public Facebook updates, you may view inappropriate language at this page. Viewer discretion is advised.
Evil is a site that essentially performs a Google search for phone numbers in Facebook groups, and displays users’ name, profile picture, and phone number (minus the last three digits). The next time you get an invite to a “looooost my phone, need ur numbers!!1!11” group, post that link on the wall.
LinkedIn is not a job hunting site, it’s a social network for professionals.
The time to join is now. You have the perfect opportunity because you have time, and time is what it takes to build any network.
Five Strategies for LinkedIn
- Make sure your profile is 100% complete. You are 40 times more likely to receive business opportunities through LinkedIn with a complete profile.
- Build your network. This involves choosing a strategy. Will you have a small network of high quality contacts, or a massive network of relevant contacts? It’s your choice, but it’s almost impossible to do both simultaneously (with any level of quality).
- Get recommended. LinkedIn requires three recommendations before you can hit 100%. That doesn’t mean you only need three. Ask people you’ve worked for, and people you’ve worked with.
- Use the features. Status updates let you keep your network updated on what you’re doing, as well as reach out to your network when you want to start a conversation or gather feedback. Status updates also let you discover what your contacts are up to. Groups should be mandatory. Join and contribute; make yourself a valuable member. Network with people you interact with there. Look for jobs there.
- Social research. Members share their information for a reason. Take advantage of that. Use what you learn to open the door for new opportunities
Google Docs: There are two specific things I love about Google Docs. The first is that I can share, as well as collaborate on, my documents. The second is the forms feature, which is incredibly useful for gathering feedback or information. I like to use the forms for presentation feedback. You can see/fill out mine here.
Gist: You have friends on Facebook that you work with. You have professional contacts on LinkedIn. You have followers on Twitter. You have people you email for work. Gist pulls information from all of these sources and pools it together for you. It makes it easy to find out what your contacts are up to, how long it’s been since you talked, and how often you interact. An invaluable tool.
Slideshare and Scribd (different services): These services facilitate document sharing. Say you’ve created a really great slideshow, or some documents that highlight your work ability. Share them on Slideshare and Scribd. This goes back to my advice about overloading the web with good information about you. Would you rather someone find the Facebook pics from sophomore year, or the grant proposal you wrote during your internship?
Can’t I Just Contact You?
Facebook Fan Page: Online Living & Learning
E-Mail: email@example.com (you’re better off cutting and pasting since most of you are using your Kent account through GMail).
Or you can follow me on this Tumblr feed and post comments here.
I guess my question is: Does this actually surprise anyone?
MailChimp recently offered its users the ability to embed “Facebook Like Buttons” to their email campaigns. Ever since that happened many in the industry are wondering how they can do it without swicthing platforms and providers.
Andrew Bonar from EmailExpert.org has done exactly that and revealed the secrets behing MailChimps magic
Secret to embedding Facebook Like Buttons in email is here:
I’m not sure what happened, but over the past two weeks a lot of folks have started following/liking/reblogging me.
I just wanted to say thank you to all of you. Thank you.
It takes time and love to find the content that ends up posted on here, and seeing all of you enjoying and sharing it makes it so worthwhile.
Thank you. You’re wonderful!
From an e-mail from Leah Belsky,Sr. Director of Strategic Development, www.kaltura.com