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Publicizing your purchase to save money

On March 15, 2012

Retailers are looking for new and creative ways to advertise as mass media shifts from television and print to online. Social media plays a huge role in making nothing — something. Tweets, re-tweets, and shares on Facebook are great ways to expose a new product or service to potentially new customers.  Special promotions are often offered to followers or those who…

Consumer News / Consumer Tips

Google wants your phone number — why?

On March 13, 2012

Google recently changed its privacy policy combing more than sixty policies into one. The updated policy also allows Google to more directly target ads to your specifications. The change only impacts users who log into one of the Google services, but it still sparked criticism. So, imagine the surprise of some users when Google began asking for phone numbers. Several companies…

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Facebook Timeline 101

On January 25, 2012

Have you plunged into the new world of Facebook Timeline yet? We know how mandatory changes are received by Facebook fans. So far, this is still just an option. You get 7 days to arrange your timeline before it becomes live.

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Free flights to Japan?

On October 19, 2011

“10,000 Free Round-Trip Tickets to Japan.” When I first saw this headline, I had to read it. Free, really? Of course my radar went up immediately, and with good reason. While it sounds good, it’s an idea that hasn’t been finalized. Japan is desperately trying to increase tourism to the country after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and radiation leak scarred…

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Facebook & Twitter security

On September 13, 2011

Lately, it seems friend after friend is being hacked on Twitter.  There are a number of reasons this could be happening, and the letters “https” may have something to do with it. I posted directions to make your Twitter and Facebook accounts more secure in March, but think it’s worth re-visiting. Creating a secure connection on Twitter Go to the…

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Credit card company offers Facebook deals if you link your credit card

On July 27, 2011

Link, like, love. I’ll link and like your site, but I”m not loving this new social media app from American Express. The credit card company’s “link, like, love” campaign offers deals, and access based on the likes, interests, and social connections of American Express cardholders and their friends.  Sounds like a good idea until you learn you have to link your Facebook…

Consumer News / Consumer Tips / Protecting your identity

Phishing attack hits Gmail – how to keep your information safe

On June 1, 2011

If you use Gmail, you’ll want to be on high alert as Google says a phishing attack from China is targeting Gmail accounts. Google even says accounts of U.S. government officials were targeted. Google says the phishing attack’s goal was to monitor emails and change forwarding settings. The company says the account hijackings were not the result of a problem…