Fed Up With Giving Your Email And Other Info To Facebook Apps?

I am not alone in disliking giving my email and access to other personal information when I access something with a Facebook app.

I know from personal feedback when I run Facebook competitions for myself and for clients the apps that allow you to enter are the thing that puts off most entrants.

The problem with Facebook apps

You click to sign up for the competition and immediately are faced with an app which wants your permission for it to access your email and other personal info. For my Facebook apps, I can assure you that I have no access to that information. The permission is purely to allow the app to give you the option to share that you have entered our competition.

Rogue apps that spam your contact list

However, many Facebook apps are not as innocent. I regularly have requests for help from users who have signed up to a rogue app that is suddenly sending out messages to everyone on their contact list.

Apps that gather your Facebook login information

And then there are the information gatherers. Apps which force you to sign up for an offer using your Facebook log in information. These are the most insidious. Because, once you have given them access to the email that you use to access Facebook, they can then advertise specifically to you on that platform. They have you personally in their sights.

And, whilst you can remove these apps, the permission to use your information is not stopped. Anything that they acquired prior to your removing the app, they can still use. Unless you write and ask them to stop using it.

Anonymous Login for Facebook apps

Very soon you will be able to use the anonymous login feature for Facebook app. This allows you to edit the information that you share with the app, including removing email access. I first read about it here but there is now a Facebook video explaining how it works.

It’s brilliant news and will be rolling out to users over the next few months.

Find out if you are using Facebook effectively for your business?

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How To Remove Pending Requests To Join LinkedIn Groups

A great question from our LinkedIn training course this morning.

How do I remove these pending requests to join LinkedIn groups? I asked to join months ago and now I have changed jobs so don’t need to join that group any more!

It’s simple enough when you know how. Although the LinkedIn Help information on the subject is a little sparse!

How to remove pending requests to join LinkedIn groups

Hover over Interests in the Navigation bar.

Select Groups

You will see a list of the groups that you have requested to join and those where you are a member.

You will see some marked ‘Membership Pending’

Click on that group

Click where it says Withdraw Request to Join

You will be asked if you are sure and then given the option to Withdraw the request or cancel.

Click withdraw the request.

You should see the request withdrawn notification.


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How To Change Twitter Password – Updated for May 2014

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Back in 2012, there was an announcement from PC World that a security breach at Zendesk, the customer service support platform, had resulted in the possibility of hacks to accounts on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.

Here’s a post that tells you how to change your Twitter password.

It’s simple enough to accomplish a Twitter password change. And, in a May 2014 update – see below – Twitter have made the process simpler for those who are on mobiles and without access to their PC. You can now have a code texted to a mobile phone associated with your Twitter account or an email sent to an address associated with the account.

Step 1 to change Twitter password

Log in using your existing account details and then click the arrow beside the cog on the top navigation bar at the right.

Step 2 to change password on Twitter

This will reveal a drop down menu with the Settings option. Click that.

Step 3 for Twitter password reset

On the left hand side, you will now see several options. If you click Password, you will see the option to reset your password. First, you need to enter the existing password and then the new version and a verification.

Don’t forget to Save your changes!

Twitter Password Security update – May 2014

Twitter have now updated their security arrangements to allow you to “associate your mobile phone” with your Twitter account. In a blog post they explain that this is for those people who are travelling or have limited access to their devices.

Obviously, this is not much good for those who have forgotten or lost their Twitter password


In the Account section which you will see at the top of the menu options at Step 3, you will see an option to require personal information to reset the password. This means that you will need to input either your email or telephone number to confirm that it is actually you doing the resetting. Certainly something worth thinking about.

How to change Tumblr password

How to change Pinterest password

Are you using your Twitter profile effectively for business?

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Why Are My LinkedIn Company Page and Facebook Business Page Ranking But Not My Website?

Further to my recent a href=”http://lollipoplocal.co.uk/seo-warning-800-for-a-3-page-website-with-no-blog-or-seo”SEO Warning about the business owner who could not get his website to rank for his own name, here is another similar tale with a twist.

This was the plea from a business owner who got in touch after reading about our High Visibility Social Media courses.

He wanted to know how to get his website onto the front page of Google for his main search term.

But he also wanted to know how it was that both his LinkedIn Company Page and Facebook Business Page could get onto that elusive front page when his website could not.

So, let’s say, his main product was Red Plastic Widgets.

And that most of the people who were searching for his product would type Red Plastic Widgets into Google.

He decided that he would call his business Red Plastic Widgets Limited and bought the domain www.RedPlasticWidgets.co.uk.

You would think that with what is known as an Exact Match Domain name, he would have been able to rank on the first page easily – if not corner the Number One spot.

But, no!

His website was nowhere to be seen.

His LinkedIn Company page, however, had the url linkedin.com/company/Red-Plastic-Widgets and the blurb in the About section also mentioned red plastic widgets. Google liked what it was seeing.

A page which told her that it was about red plastic widgets in the title and then spoke about them in the accompanying text. On a website that has been around for several years and regularly has millions of page views.

It’s not rocket science.

That’s the page that Google will put at position number one for a search.

Then there were a few pages from the websites of his competitors. Although they did not have exact match domains, their URLs all included the words red widgets and their copy the phrase red plastic widgets.

Their websites had been live for some years so they had age on their side and they were posting fairly regularly on their blogs. They might not have had much traffic but what traffic there was stayed on the site for a while because those searchers were interested in finding out more about red plastic widgets. And the website gave them some answers.

At position number 8 was the Facebook page for RedPlasticWidgets.co.uk. Again, the URL was facebook.com/RedPlasticWidgets. The title of the page was Red Plastic Widgets Limited. Facebook is a site that has age on its side and a lot of regular visitors. Someone had neglected to include the red plastic widgets phrase in the About section – hence a bit lower down the front page.

This is a very simplistic explanation but you start to get the picture.

When we looked at the website, although red plastic widgets was in the URL, it was nowhere else on the site. Not in the sales copy nor in the title of the home page or any other page or any of the page descriptions. It was also a relatively new website.

No trust.

No relevance.

No rank.

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Google Plus Training For Beginners – My Precious!

Lots of people have been asking me about when my Google+ training for beginners will be running.

What has become very clear is that people think it’s just another social network. It’s just like Facebook, only Google.

Well you could not be more wrong!

Google+ for Google is like My Precious to Gollum in Lord Of The Rings.

It’s the one ring that rules all their other products.

It controls YouTube and Gmail.

It’s what allows business owners to claim their Google Places/Plus Local listing.

And it’s what customers need to log in with if they want to leave a review for a supplier.

Where it differs from My Precious is that putting on that ring hides the user. Your Google+ Page is the equivalent of donning a high visibility jacket – for both PC and mobile.

Get Seen By More People Through Google+

If you have set up your Google+ Local business page correctly, your business could be amongst the first to be seen when a potential customer searches via a mobile for the nearest supplier of your product or service. Or when they search for it on PC.

A Google+ Page is also the best way to control the information that Google displays for your business in its knowledge graph

So, if you want to lay hands on your Precious and start using Google+ to get noticed, you really need to get yourself onto our course.

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