Sunday, December 28, 2008

facebook 301 -- limiting your profile

as I make more and more friends on twitter and through my blog, I am getting more friend requests from people on facebook that I don't know "in real life." I've been pretty open with what I share on facebook, so I wanted a way to limit what some of my "friends" could see about me on facebook. here is what I have set up:
  1. set up a group of the people that you want to limit
  2. click "settings" on your facebook toolbar and click "privacy settings"
  3. click "profile"
  4. click "customize" for the items that you do not want the group to see
  5. in the "who can see this" window that pops up, add the group name to the "except these people" section listed at the bottom
  6. click "ok"
  7. repeat steps 4-6 for all the items that you do not want the group to see
see how easy that was!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

creating podcasts

my brother in law asked me last night about creating/distributing a podcast.   I twittered the question out and as usual, my twitter friends gave me some great responses!  here are the links that I got:

librarian and information science news -- podcasting section
youtube video on podcasting
podcasting for dummies book -- an online community/service that helps you create podcasts

thanks to @michelletrent, @stephenk, @onegate, @dananner, @nikkimk and all my other great twitter friends for all the suggestions.  as I have said many times before, you guys ROCK!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

facebook 203 -- creating groups of friends

  1. on your facebook page, click on friends on the top toolbar and then click on all friends.
  2. you will then see a list of all your friends. click on make a new list on the left hand side.
  3. give your list a descriptive name (i.e. waco friends, on-line friends, or family) and hit enter.
  4. you can add friends to your list by either typing their name or click on select mulitiple friends to bring up all your friends and you can click on the ones you want to add to the group. once you have selected the friends you want to add, click on save list.
  5. you can add or remove friends from your groups at any time by clicking on the group name.
  6. to remove someone from a group, just click on the "X" to the right of their picture and current status. you will then have the option to remove them from the list or remove them from your friends all together.
groups are a helpful way to send information and invites out to only certain friends, you can also lock down your profile by using groups. more about that next week!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

facebook 202 -- removing friends

it happens to all of us, sometimes we need to cut people out of our lives, so here is how to remove a friend that you have made on facebook:
  1. click on "see all" on your friends section on the left-hand side of your facebook wall.
  2. find the friend you want to remove and just click on the x for that person.
see, wasn't that easy just two steps!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

facebook 201 -- making friends

there are two ways to find and friend people on facebook.
  1. you can search for people by typing their names in the search field in the upper left hand corner on your facebook screen. OR
    you can also search through the friends of your friend's by going to your friend's facebook page and click on "see all" under the friends section on the left hand side.
  2. once you find the person that you want to be friends with on facebook, click on "add as friend" on the right hand side.
  3. you can then click on "add a personal message" if you want to add a note with your friend request and then click on "add friend."
  4. facebook will then send the person a message saying that you have requested to be their friend, and you will get a message once they accept you as a friend.
feel free to search for me and friend me on facebook. my name is caryn berger brown and if you put "it's all geek to me" in the message in your friend request, I will add you as a friend.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

facebook 103 -- profile pictures

first I will walk you through how to change or set your facebook profile picture and then I will tell you my thoughts on choosing a pic for your profile picture.
  1. log into facebook and go to your wall, when you are logged into facebook, you can go to your wall by clicking on your name on the facebook toolbar (by settings)
  2. you will see your picture (or a white silhouette in a light blue box if you haven't uploaded a picture yet)
  3. mouse over your picture and you will see a change picture link appear in the upper right hand corner
  4. click on the change picture link
  5. click on upload a picture
  6. click on browse
  7. select the picture on your computer to upload for your profile picture and click on open
  8. your profile picture will then be added to your facebook profile
here are my thoughts on profile pics:
  1. you need to have one, this is what people will see when they search for you on facebook
  2. try to have one with only you or you and one other person in the picture, so that you are the focus of the picture
  3. it will be easiest for people to verify that they know you if you have a clear and recent profile pic
  4. if you have multiple social media accounts (twitter, blog, facebook, etc), it is best to use the same profile picture across all of them
hope you are enjoying learning about facebook, keep the comments coming!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

facebook 102 -- answers to your questions

after my facebook 101 post, I got some really good questions and comments. I decided to add an extra post to address those.

why are you on facebook?
at first, I joined facebook because my hubby was on there, and he had found some good friends of ours that had moved away from waco on facebook. I wanted to reconnect with them as well. once I was on it, I was hooked. I use it as an easy way to share pictures with my friends, to keep up with new friends, and to reconnect with friends from high school or my hometown. I have also started using it to create deeper friendships with people that I have become friends with on twitter.

what is a wall?
every person on facebook has a section of their facebook profile that is called a wall. the wall is where your status updates show up, where your friends can write notes to you, where the pictures that you have posted, and gifts you have received on facebook will show up.

what do the different privacy settings mean?
in my facebook 101 post, I walked you through how to change your privacy settings. below is an explanation of what the different settings are:

my network and friends -- people that you have accepted as friends and people in your network can see

friends of friends -- people that you have accepted as friends and the people that they have accepted as friend can see

only friends -- only the people that you have accepted as friends can see

no one -- no one can see

thanks for all the comments, keep them coming!! I will have a new post up on sunday on profile pictures!

Monday, November 24, 2008

twitterberry -- it's twitter for your blackberry

I do always jump into things with two feet! so a few days ago, when one of my twitter friends put out a request for someone to write a post on his blog about twitterberry, I quickly put my name in the hat (I don't know what I would do without my twitterberry). here is a link to my post on incslinger's blog!

Friday, November 21, 2008

the geek plan

after teaching my mom and mother-in-law how to use facebook recently, I realized that while there are quite a few blogs out there on how to use different social media and other web applications in general, there aren't many out there that show you the simple processes of setting these up and using the basic functions. that is what I plan to do with this blog. below are my thoughts on what I will cover. please comment if you have any suggestions. I look forward to learning with you.
  1. facebook 101 -- getting started
  2. facebook 102 -- answers to your questions
  3. facebook 103 -- profile pictures
  4. facebook 201 -- making friends
  5. facebook 202 -- removing friends
  6. facebook 203 -- creating groups of friends
  7. facebook 301 -- limiting your profile
  8. facebook 401 -- creating photo albums and uploading photos
  9. facebook 402 -- adding captions and tagging friends in pictures
  10. facebook 403 -- uploading videos
  11. facebook 501 -- setting up facebook on your mobile phone
  12. facebook 601 -- facebook etiquette
  13. facebook 701 -- adding a link to your wall
  14. facebook 702 -- creating a note on your wall
  15. facebook 801 -- creating an event on facebook
  16. twitter 101 -- what is twitter and how to create a twitter account
  17. twitter 102 -- getting your account all set up
  18. twitter 103 -- twitter rules and twitter lingo
  19. twitter 201 -- who to follow on twitter
  20. twitter 202 -- who to find people to follow on twitter
  21. twitter 301 -- hashtags explained
  22. twitter 302 -- twitter parties
  23. twitter 303 -- tweet ups
  24. twitter 401 -- sharing pictures on twitter
  25. twitter 501 -- going through your twitter followers
  26. twitter 601 -- feeding your blog posts into twitter
  27. linked in 101
  28. e-mail addresses
  29. gmail 101
  30. gmail 201 -- filters and labels
  31. google reader 101
  32. google reader 201 -- finding feeds
  33. google reader 301 -- subscribing to feeds
  34. picasa 101
  35. picasa 201 -- cool things to do with your photos
  36. picasa 301 -- web album
  37. google calendar 101
  38. google calendar 201 -- sharing your calendar
  39. google calendar 301 -- viewing other calendars
  40. google docs 101
  41. google docs 201 -- uploading documents
  42. google docs 301 -- sharing your documents
  43. remember the milk 101
  44. flickr 101
  45. blogs 101

Saturday, November 15, 2008

coming soon!!

I am going to post an outline of what I am planning on blogging on here soon, check back!!