How to Change or Customize Your Twitter Background (Skin) to Fit the New 2012 Design Change (with video demo)

I love the new Twitter layout. It’s rolling out and my account was just updated yesterday. I’d recorded a video series on how to create a customized background using PowerPoint, and the last video in the series shows how to upload a new jpeg design to your profile.

This new video is an update. And if you’d like to try creating a new background using PowerPoint, it’s all on my YouTube channel.

If the video series helps, I hope you’ll share it with your network. And feel free to embed it into your Website or blog.

PEACE.

With Facebook’s New Timeline, Check Your Privacy Settings NOW! Non-Friends Can See Your Wall! (with video)

Drop everything you’re doing right now and recheck your Facebook privacy settings. That’s what I did when I realized that people I have no connection to could see my updates and everything else on my personal Facebook page!

I’ll admit that I didn’t pay enough attention to the privacy warnings when the Timeline was introduced. I came to my senses when I was on Mashable.com leaving a comment on an article. I decided to click the link to my profile (on the comment box) to update it. I updated my Mashable profile, but then I noticed a Facebook icon and clicked it. That landed me on my Wall on my personal Facebook page for all the world to see. I was surprised but thought it was because I was logged into Facebook on my computer and figured that was what was going on. Then I clicked on the profiles of commenters I didn’t know, and from there, I was able to repeat the same clicks and landed on their personal Facebook Wall. OMG!

I was so shocked that I had to walk away from my computer to keep from deleting my entire Facebook account.

I don’t want to spend time deciding who can see each update so I made some changes to the defaults. I don’t post anything I wouldn’t want my Friends to see (or the public if it ever got out), but I don’t want to give people outside my network easy access to my personal page.

How to Change Facebook’s Timeline Privacy Settings, Video

I was going to record a video to show you step by step everything I changed, but I found a great one on YouTube and posted it below.

Change Privacy Defaults

  1. Click the drop-down arrow next to Home and click Privacy Settings.
  2. Under Control Your Default Privacy, choose Friends (choose Custom if you want something different).

Limit Audience for Older Posts

I don’t know how long my Wall had been exposed so I opted to limit the audience for my older posts.

  1. Scroll down to the Limit the Audience for Past Posts section, click Manage Past Post Visibility, click Limit Old Posts, Confirm, then Close.
  2. Go to your main profile page. In the Friends section, click See All.
  3. Click the Edit button on the upper right of the screen.
  4. Choose Only Me, and Save Changes.

Apps – Delete All

I’ll no longer sign into other Websites via Facebook. Any apps you use will have access to your data…how much? I’m not sure, but from my understanding, it’s quite a bit.

  1. Click the drop-down arrow next to Home, and click Account Settings.
  2. Click Apps (in the left sidebar). To remove the app, click the x next to Edit, and Remove.

Apps – Change Sharing Activity

On the other hand, you may want to keep the app but limit who can view your activity. For example, if you sign into HuffingPost.com via Facebook and you haven’t set the privacy, your friends will see every article you click on when they’re on the HuffingtonPost site. If this doesn’t set well with you either, change the privacy setting. Continuing from above, when you click Edit, choose Only Me in the App activity privacy section, and Close. Repeat this for each app you want to change.

If you find other changes that need to be made, please let us know by leaving a comment.

Here’s another post I wrote on designing your Timeline cover image using PowerPoint.

 

PEACE.

Create Tweet Links with Your Own Customized Message – Click to Tweet

Click to Tweet is a free tool that makes it easy to create a customized message you want tweeted. I created one below and hyperlinked the URL to my Facebook Like button below.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Write the message you want to share in the box (it’ll need to read as if it’s coming from the person who’s sharing the link so don’t use “we” or “I” or “our” for example). Be sure to include your hashtag if you have one and keep your message with at least 15 characters to spare (leaving enough characters for the tweeter’s handle and RT).
  2. Click the Generate button to create a custom link.
  3. Click to Preview.
  4. Copy the URL (not the preview URL).
  5. Test your link then share it or hyperlink an image with it. (Check out my YouTube video on how to create a hyperlink).

The cool part is that now when people click your link, your message is automatically added to their Twitter status box. They’ll click to tweet!

So go ahead and click my button to see what happens. Then tweet my message (thanks!). This links to our business page on Facebook.

 PEACE.

Social Media Bootcamp – Training Series of Four Classes

You’ve heard all the talk and raves about social media. But you’re not the only one who hasn’t figured out how to make it work in business. This training will help you pull it all together.

The Social Media Bootcamp of Atlanta is a series of four classes you can take at your convenience. Hands-on with your laptop so you’ll leave each class with everything set up.

CLASSES INCLUDE

Blogging Bootcamp. Create a self-hosted WordPress blog and optimize it for search engines.

Social Sessions. Learn how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to grow your fan base and business. If you’re not already using it, we’ll help you set them up and use them in class. If you’re already using it but haven’t done much with it, we’ll show you powerful, hidden features to take advantage of.

Shameless Self-Promotion. Learn how to do your own search engine optimization and public relations by promoting what you know using free Web 2.0 tools.

Create Marketing Collateral with PowerPoint. Build your brand using software you already have and use. Create Twitter and YouTube channel backgrounds and more.

Save $200 off registration by purchasing the SOCIAL MEDIA BOOTCAMP Series that includes four (4), all-day classes. You will have one year to complete the training from the date of purchase. Classes are regularly-scheduled so you can enroll at your convenience.

All classes taught at my training facility in Atlanta, The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, 1691 Phoenix Blvd, Suite 380. Located 5 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

PEACE.

How to Promote Your Events Using the Internet

I’m helping a client develop ways he can market an upcoming conference using the Web. Here are some ideas I’ve come up with so far.

Website/Blog
Create a detailed Website with seminar descriptions, speaker photos, bios. Give visitors and people who want to help you promote your event something to link to. Consider creating a separate Website for the event.

Create a group blog and get all speakers to contribute articles to it. Also create an RSS feed using a site such as FeedBlitz.com.

Create banner buttons (called blog bling) in different sizes that every registrant, exhibitor, speaker, and volunteer can post on their Website or blog. If you create an affiliate program where members will get paid when people click their link, that’s even better.

Event TV
Create a TV channel on YouTube.com and have speakers contribute any appropriate videos. Also add video from previous events. In addition to having a TV channel on YouTube, my blog has one that I created at Viddler.com (see the SUITE TV tab above).

Press Releases
Create an online press release to announce the event. Also create separate releases to announce each speaker and sponsor. I pay a flat monthly fee ($14.00) and use FastPitchNetworking.com to create multiple releases that include videos. A free service is PRlog.com. Every time something new happens, send a release.

Also write a press release template so all speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors can send out on their own.

Webinars
Conduct seminars via the Web with some of your speakers to give just a taste of what attendees can expert. Record everything and publish that too.

Teleseminars
Set up a free call on demand for up to 150 people and three hours at www.freeconference.com/reservationless.aspx

Podcasts
Create a radio show for free but please use a professional radio interviewer (free service is www.talkshoe.com or www.blogtalkradio.com).

Social Media

Twitter. Create a conference Twitter account to keep everyone updated.

Also for Twitter, create a hashtag and encourage everyone to always add it to any tweets when they mention the event. For more information on hashtags, visit http://twitter.pbwiki.com/Hashtags.

To find the tweets that mention your hashtag, go to search.twitter.com and type your tag in the search box. Put the resulting URL on your Website and blog. Also create an RSS feed using a site such as FeedBlitz.com.

Be sure to explain hashtags on your site and at the event. Encourage people to tweet before, during, and after the event.

CommunitiesExisting. Post your events, start discussions, and relay news on LinkedIn.

Communities-Create. Use various free services to create communities so attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors can create profiles, post articles/blog posts, and interact with each other (e.g., www.crowdvine.com, Facebook profile group (up to 5,000 people can join), Facebook page, Collectivex). You can also create your own group on LinkedIn.

Other

Advertising – Comcast Cable. Create Comcast cable commercial and air in major markets. (Kim McClure, a former TV producer, can create your commercial if you need one (very economical). Contact her at 770/559- 2361.)

Email Campaign. Create email campaigns with tips from speakers and ads from sponsors. I use iContact for my email campaigns. And I set it up so that every blog post I write can go out via RSS. You can also create autoresponders set up to go out to your subscribers at pre-defined intervals.

I’ll update this list as I develop more ideas. Let me know if you have any other suggestions by leaving a comment below.

P.S. Check out my ebook, Shameless Self-Promotion: Do-It-Yourself PR. Get Found Online. You’ll learn all about how I receive national publicity all the time because I  show up on the first page of Google and other search engines. When journalists and potential clients are searching for my expertise (personal productivity expert, time management expert, email expert), I’m there on the first page and never paid one red cent with pay per click.

I also have a seminar based on this topic, and I travel internationally.

The 35-page ebook is available for immediate download on my Website for only $77.00 (http://www.PeggyDuncan.com/learnmore.htm). You’ll also have access to my national TV producer list.

Your purchase includes:

  • FREE updates emailed directly to you.
  • 24/7/365 online access to my national media database (television producers for Oprah, The View, and more).
  • Teleseminars (I had a teleseminar for purchasers of my ebook that went over so well I’m creating a podcast titled SuiteTalk. Stay tuned.)

PEACE.

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Social Networking Can Lead to Social Notworking

It’s easy to get caught up in the latest craze of social media and networking. But when it takes over and you start to neglect handling business, it’s a problem.

One of my clients didn’t understand why it was so hard for her to finish projects on time. She worked crazy hours but was always trying to catch up. I suggested that she maintain a time log for at least a week to track how she was spending her time.

Guess what? She quickly realized she was spending more time Twittering, Flickring, Facebooking, and Myspacing than she was working. She’d landed into the thick of all the popular social networking tools, but she became so addicted it led to social NOTworking.

If this sounds familiar and you think the same thing has happened to you, keep the time log for a few days. Make a visual of how you’re spending your time and let me know what you discover.

The social media tools can be good for business if you do it right. I hope you’ll start to balance all this.

PEACE.

UPDATE: Here is a study conducted by Nucleus Research on the topic of social notworking.

Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expert

Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expert