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Mar 15, 2010
As 2010 has begun to roll in around the world, I'd like to wish all my readers a wonderful new year and a fabulous new decade filled with great aspirations, unwavering resolve, and rousing successes--even if they require an occasional helping hand to get there. (Quite possibly my favorite viral video of all time.) Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Privacy is an important concern when it comes to any online service, especially social media, but I think it's even more so on Facebook. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
If one of your new year's resolutions for 2010 is to find a new job—whether by choice or necessity—you'll improve your chances by creating a professional profile on LinkedIn and then building your network to help you get it seen by the right people. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Thank you all for your very kind comments. I really appreciate them!
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The hash tag (#) is not an official Twitter feature, but it has certainly become a standard element of tweeting. However, the concept can be a little hard to wrap your head around, and some people experience problems getting them to work right, so here are some posts I wrote about it during the year that I hope will help answer any questions you may have about it. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
I really should send the folks at Facebook a gift basket to thank them for all the traffic they've driven my way this year by virtue of their never-ending interface changes, confusing privacy settings, random bugs, and completely unwillingness to fix common user problems. Case in point: the nightmare that is trying to add a friends' posts back to your timeline after you've hidden them, whether accidentally or on purpose. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Yesterday, Mashable announced the winners of their 3rd Annual Open Web Awards aaand... Tech for Luddites wasn't one of them. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
In yesterday's post, I talked about the new way Facebook is managing privacy controls and pointed out a couple of issues I have with their new approach. However, there's also one major improvement to the system. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
If you've logged into Facebook over the last few days, you were likely welcomed with this pop-up window alerting you to new changes to the site's privacy control settings. (And if you haven't been, you will be shortly.) Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
I share a lot of links with my friends on Facebook, and I'm always frustrated when the site I'm sharing from is coded in such a way that there's no useful or interesting info in the link text. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Glad it helped, Marilyn. Thanks for letting me know.
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Over the last couple of days, you may have seen a notice at the top of your Facebook home page, linking to an open letter from Mark Zuckerberg, the company's CEO. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Heather, I'm not sure I understand what your issue is. Feel free to send me an e-mail at with more details and I'll see if I can help.
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That's great news. Hope you find even more deals!
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Twitter Lists were implemented a little while back, so I figured it's about time I try my hand at explaining them! Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Today is the day when Americans head back to the office after a restful and foodful Thanksgiving long weekend, fire up their computers, and get back to the serious business of... shopping. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Tomorrow will be the first Thanksgiving since I launched Tech for Luddites a little less than a year ago. I'd like to take this occasion to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who have visited since then, left comments, asked questions, and shared your own tips. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
For those of you who are having trouble unhiding applications or Pages, the first thing you should check is that you're on News Feed, not Live Feed. The box that comes up when you click Edit Options at the bottom of the page is different in the two views. The one for Live Feed only gives you the option to unhide friends. The one for News Feed should offer the Page and Applications lists as well. If you're still having problems, send me an e-mail at
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Hi Suzie. This is a fairly common problem. This post has more information including a solution that has worked for several of my other readers. Hope it helps:
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This morning, a reader contacted me because every time he updated his business page status line, the status line on his personal profile was also being updated. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Tech for Luddites
Vasu, that's not possible, unfortunately. All of your friends will see any comments on any content they have permission to see. You have virtually no control over comments other than to delete them after they've been posted. This post has more info on what you can/can't control on FB:
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In previous posts, I wrote about how you could have Twitter automatically update your Facebook status line directly from Twitter or with TweetDeck. Now you can also connect your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts so your tweets update your LinkedIn status line. And, unlike with Facebook, it works in the other direction as well--you can post an update on LinkedIn and tweet it at the same time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at Tech for Luddites