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Tripadvisor’s TripWow One-Click Videos

OK, maybe it was two… or three clicks… but this is really cool!

Using photos that you’ve uploaded and posted on Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, or on your own computer, Tripadvisor’s TripWow creates custom videos with a single mouse-click.  You can also  completely customize them if you wish.  Customize the themes, music, captions, titles, and more.

Here’s a quick Tripadvisor TripWow video that I literally threw together before I could finish eating my cup of soup at lunch today.   I simply selected a theme, grabbed some family pics from Facebook, added my wife’s new hit single, gave it a title, and clicked done!  Viola~

My Family – my Best Friends Slideshow: Brad’s trip to Hawaii was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!

Once your video is completed, you’ll notice all the share features available. Once it’s viewed by 10 or more individuals, you’ll have the option to download the file as a video to your hard -drive.  I also like the embed player, and the share features built into the player.  Nice work TripAdvisor.com

Create your own custom Tripadvisor TripWow video for FREE – Click Here to Get Started

Greatest Facebook Covers

Top Facebook Timeline Covers

Facebook hosts over 1,000,000,000 user profiles and is considered the largest and most trafficked site and social network in the world.  The first thing visitors, friends, and family see on your Facebook timeline or business/fan page is your picture and cover photo.

First impressions are important. Here’s your chance, (maybe only chance) to have a visual impact on your visitors.

These are some of my TOP favorite pages and profiles that I’ve discovered while on the Facebook journey.


Be creative, think outside the book box. 

IMPORTANT: There are a few key tips you’ll want to know before creating your masterpiece.  You’ll need your profile and cover photo dimensions, and your custom tab image dimensions should you decide to build your Facebook page or profile to that extent.

  • COVER IMAGE: Size: 851 X 315 Pixels
  • PROFILE IMAGE: Size 125 X 125 Pixels
  • CUSTOM TAB IMAGES: Size: 111 X 74 Pixels
    (Only 4 Tabs Can Be Displayed on Page)

The quality and visual aspect of your presence on Facebook subliminally plays a big role in the minds of the viewer.  Your visual presence is the virtual signature of who you are, what you do, and how you work. Without sounding too cliche, “be all you can be” since you have that choice and the options available to you.

Here’s a video library to help you get the most out of your own custom Facebook pages and social media efforts.

Social Media Video Support Library

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Give Wrapp App Gifts on Facebook

is the perfect app for your mobile device, especially during the Holiday Season. It’s conveniently good for the giver, and really cool for the receiver. You can give free and paid gift cards to your friends and family members on Facebook.

Best of all, they can use their gift cards with a smart phone or computer.
Wrapp is quickly turning Facebook into a party and a seamless gift-giving environment.

You can send gift cards from stores like Office Depot, Levi’s, Old Navy, Gap, National Geographic, Zappo’s, Sephora, Calvin Klein, Reebok, MLB.com, FAB.com and many more.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a friend or family member to celebrate.
  2. Pick a free or paid gift card card (don’t forget to write a greeting)
  3. Select the delivery method – IE: Facebook Timeline post, text message, or email.
  4. Your friend opens the gift card in the Wrapp smartphone app.
  5. The gift card is stored in your friend’s Wrapp Wallet so it’s impossible to leave home without it.

What a great and easy way to put a smile on your friends’ face right?  So Get Gifting  It’s always better to give than receive, but Wrapp makes it as fun to receive as it is to give! The Wrapp App is available for Android and iPhoneWrapp on Facebook

Facebook Timeline Review Feature

Facebook Timeline Review Tutorial

Facebook now allows you to be notified first of tagged posts and images before they appear on your timeline. This is a great feature if you don’t like stuff showing up on your wall that you haven’t reviewed and approved of first. How many times have you had to go into Facebook and hide or remove things that others have posted where you were tagged?

I’ve been tagged in photos I wasn’t even in.  One time. I was actually tagged in an image of a lady’s pair of shoes.  This is social media Facebook spamming. People do this just to get exposure of their post on your wall and tap into your sphere of influence and Facebook friends. Enough is enough in my opinion, now there’s a way to fix it.

It’s called “Timeline Review” which can be enabled in the settings, but that’s only if you can find it.  The timeline review feature by default is disabled, let me show you how to enable it.

STEP 1 – Login to your Facebook account and go to your personal timeline

STEP 2 – Click on the “Activity Log” button located next to the “Update Info” button

STEP 3 – Open up the “Post and Apps” pull-down menu and select “Timeline Review

STEP 4 – Now click on the “settings Icon”   located next to the Notifications

STEP 5 – Chose to “Enable” or “Disable” the Timeline Review feature from this screen

Now YOU can stay in control of your Facebook timeline and what appears on your page.

FB Friends

Who’s Unfriended You on Facebook

Yesterday 500 friends on Facebook… today 499?

I know it’s not a big deal to some, and in many cases it’s just because someone probably deleted their Facebook account, but I personally cannot help from wondering if I pissed someone off when this happens?  This time I want and need to know? Do you know if someone has un-friended you on Facebook? Do you know who, why, or care?

Facebook does not currently provide a tool or way to determine who or why someone has un-friended you, only a list of ~all friends~ and a total count.  Since Facebook is all about friendships, family, social habits, and relationships with other people, why doesn’t Facebook offer a feature like this? Isn’t this a pretty important issue to people? Is sure is to me.

Wouldn’t you want to know if you lost an online friend and why? Maybe I’m just being a softy here but I never want to lose a friend on Facebook or in real life.  Well, you always hear that “there’s an app for that” and for those curious who un-friended you today, now there’s an app for that too and it’s free. Check it out!

The app is currently available for iPhone and iPad users and it’s called “Lost Friends?” I hope this little app will help you kindle or re-kindle those friendships and personal relationships, or at least be kept aware of those you’ve lost. Maybe Facebook will see this as an important feature to their site and add it one day.

Until then, just know that if you un-friend me on Facebook, I’ll know it, I’ll know who you are, and you’ll be getting a call from me (if we’re really friends) because I would never say or do anything to intentional or even accidentally to impair or damage our friendship or relationship.  Thanks for being a real friend and for reading this. 🙂

Not a friend already?  CLICK HERE – Let’s be friends on Facebook

Facebook on NASDAQ

Facebook Rings The NASDAQ Bell

Facebook IPO – Announced and launched today on NASDAQ.

There was quite a gathering for this historical event, one that will be remembered and talked about till the end of time, and one that will certainly remain a controversial topic in many business and personal circles. The biggest question of all? How much is FB stock worth, what’s it trading at, and how do I get some if I want it? Facebook makes history today!

Facebook stock (FB) is trading at this very second, simply click on the link for Facebook Stock Current Value. 

Congratulations to Facebook and their entire company and Team. I know first hand how exciting it is to have your company go public and ring the bell at Nasdaq.

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Facebook Buys Instagram $1Billion

It’s a buying frenzy out there…

and the best place to make a billion dollars is out in cyberspace. 


Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that Facebook will now be the proud owners of Instagram at a whopping $1,000,000,000 dollar purchase price.  What is Instagram?

“It’s a fast and fun way to share your photos with friends and family. Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram.  Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie.  It’s photo sharing, reinvented.”

Mark Zuckerberg said,

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.”  Read More of Mark’s Post Here

The immediate responses from Twitter users came in a variety of mixed opinions and emotions:

Meanwhile over on the original Facebook announcement, the most popular (liked) comments seem to create some balance by adding a more positive acceptance of the billion dollar purchase:

No matter what your opinion is of this acquisition, it’s clear that many new and cool popular sites, tools, and services available in the Internet space are quickly being gathered up by the “BIG DOGS” in an online race to be the biggest and best online portal with the most popular online and mobile goodies.

The $60,000 Question is: Should you spend your time guessing and trying to figure out who’s next, or spend your time designing and creating the next “Big Thing” on the web so you too can make a $1 Billion Dollar deposit into your savings account in the next few years?  Just sayin…

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Backup Facebook for Timeline

Facebook is going to transition all users and pages to Facebook timelines today!

My personal recommendation is that you backup all your content on your profile and all your business and fan pages.  When I transitioned to the new timeline format as one of their early adopters, just over 1000 of my personal friends were lost in the transition.

NOTE: To date, Facebook has been unable to help me restore those long and now lost friends on their site.  I may not be able to get mine back immediately, but this may help you and be useful if the same thing happens to you today during the switch over.

How to Backup Your Facebook Content and Data

1. Go to your profile on Facebook (make sure you’re logged in)

2. Click on the “options arrow” located next to your username and the home button

Select the “Account Settings” link

4. Click on the Download A Copy” link in the lower left corner.

Download times may vary depending how long you’ve been on Facebook and how much content you’ve put up on your profile or pages. Be patient.  Then be sure to store this file in a safe place.

Facebook will notify you via email when your created archive is completed.

7. You will need to save the file Facebook creates to your computer hard-dirve.

8. This is what gets backed-up following this procedure:

Good luck, I hope your timeline transition goes smoothly today, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the most important commodity we have on this earth…  Our Friends!!

Facebook Broken

Facebook Bugs and Known Issues

Did you know there are literally millions of frustrated Facebook users?  There are hundreds, maybe thousands of known glitches, bugs, and malfunctions on the site. I had no idea it was this bad until I did about 2 minutes worth of research only to discover that there is no help, no support staff to assist members, and no human being to talk to other than those that are also experiencing difficulty, challenges, or a less than desirable Facebook experience.

There’s 800,000,000+ members!
  What was I thinking?  What should I expect?

Unfortunately, I’ve just joined the growing “frustrated” circle on Facebook.  This past week I realized that they removed 1000 of my friends arbitrarily and without any warning or notice whatsoever!?!  When my friend(s) count went from 4099 to 4100, they for some reason took away 1000 of my friends in the blink of an eye.  WTH?  Now I know that members on Facebook are allowed to have up to 5000 friends on their personal profile page, so what gives?

My hope is that this is just a bug or some unknown glitch in their counters, but how will I ever know?
The worst part is not knowing which 1000 of my 4000 friends they removed?

This is just another bug and glitch in the Facebook system.  And I’m just another unfortunate member that it happened to, but what really bums me out is that these are “real people” that I have established relationships with over the past 30+ years.  This is not just some app malfunctioning, or a picture that’s not loading,  THESE ARE MY FRIENDS and CLIENTS possibly lost somewhere on their network forever.  Makes ya think for a second huh?

There’s even a FACEBOOK Page with 56,000 others talking about thisYou should see some of these…

So what is the solution?  You tell me?  I wish I knew….

Facebook has so many issues, they can’t provide a support staff for the volume of bugs and members on their site.  They do try to help by providing a “Help Center” but good luck if your issue is not on there.  This is a huge dilemma for any site the size and magnitude of Facebook.   Need help with a “Non-Known” issue on Facebook?  No chance, it’s not gonna happen, I’ve tried.

So what are others doing and what will you do when this happens to you?

Here’s My recommendations and Suggestions:

Have no expectations going in, and you won’t be disappointed coming out.  Many folks I talk to are going to sites like Google+, or creating their own Social Networks on sites like Ning.com and others.  Facebook is the most popular and trafficked social network on the web but because of that, it also has the most problems, bugs, and know issues.  It also has the least amount of support people and systems in place to provide a good customer experience when there are issues.

So if you must Facebook, just be prepared to FACE the bugs and known issues at some point with no expectation for any support, answers, or resolve.  No person is exempt from “bugs” or “glitches” on personal pages, business pages, your friends lists, or your timeline pages.  After-all, your presence and profile on Facebook is FREE so what can you really say, do, or expect?

Only invest into the site what you’re willing to lose in an instant.  If your time is valuable and your relationships mean anything beyond just another pretty “FACE” in your “Book” then make sure you backup anything and everything you do on the site.  This is not to alarm you, (well. maybe a little)  it is to prepare you for what many other are already experiencing and at some point, you just might too.

Facebook is not yours, you own nothing there but your time and your content.  Protect them both the best you can.

Now Go Have a Safe and Amazing Social Networking Day.  🙂


How To Add Blogs To Facebook

A complete step-by-step tutorial on how to add your Blog posts to Facebook.

How do you make your specified blog posts show up on your Facebook Business or Fan pages automatically?  It is not too difficult but it will take some patience and these step-by-step instructions.  If you don’t have a Facebook Business or Fan page,  Create One Here First before you continue.

Adding Your Blog to a Facebook Business Page

Step 1: Go to http://facebook.com/networkedblogs
NOTE/TIP: Open in another tab or window so you can follow along with these instructions.

Step 2: Click on the “Add To My Page” link located on the left hand sidebar

Step 3: Click on the “Add To Page” button of the Facebook Page where you want your Blog posts to appear.

Once added, you can close window and go back over to Facebook to begin the next steps.

Step 4: Go to Facebook.com.  Click on the “Home” button in the top upper right corner.  Now select the Facebook Business or fan page that you just added the NetworkedBlog application to.  IE: Agent Assist 5.0 is the one I chose for this example.

Step 5: Click on the Networked “Blog” icon/link located on the left hand sidebar of your Facebook page photo/image. 

Step 6: Select the link option to (Click here to add it now)  in the instructions.

Step 7: Take a deep breath, you’re doing great and almost finished.

Now Register your Blog by entering the full URL or web address where your Blog is located, then click the “Next” button to continue.  Don’t forget to add the http:// when adding your Blog URL

Step 8: Enter the information and complete the form on the following screen as it relates to your Blog, then click the “Next” button once again to continue.

Step 9: Confirm you are the author by selecting and clicking the “YES” button.

Step 10: In this next step you have 2 options to get confirmed as the author:

1.  Ask friends to confirm you, or
  Install a widget on your blog which can be removed once you’re confirmed as the author.

Option #1: Select the friends you want to confirm you as the author and click “Send Requests

Option 2: The preferred method, copy the appropriate code to your blog as a widget.  This method is quicker, easy to do, and you don’t have to bother your Facebook friends in the process.  When done, come back and click on the “Verify Now” button.

NOTE: Be sure to select the appropriate code based on where your Blog is hosted.  One code includes Javascript, which some sites won’t allow like Free WordPress Blogs and ActiveRain.com, and the other does not include Javascript.

(Also, Once confirmed and verified, the widget can be removed from your Blog site if desired)

If the widget code is installed properly on your Blog’s site, it will look something like this:

Step 11:  Return to the Facebook Networked Blog setup page and click on the “Edit Tab” button to complete the final steps.

Step 12: Select the Blog(s) you want to automatically appear on your Facebook Page and click “SAVE


Your selected Blog articles will now automatically appear on your Facebook Business or Fan pages.

To confirm this, go to your Facebook page and click on the Networked  icon/link on the left hand sidebar.  Your Blog posts will be inserted onto the Facebook page directly from your selected Blog(s).

To see the actual results of this process, CLICK HERE to view the example I used for the above tutorial.

Two Additional Tips:

1. You can move the location of your  icon/link on the Facebook sidebar by clicking on “edit” link and just dragging and dropping the Networked Blogs icon wherever you want it to appear on your Facebook page sidebar.

2. You can make additional edits and changes by visiting your Blogs on the Networked Blogs site.  An email will be sent to you by Networked Blogs once you’ve completed the steps and process above.  There will be a link directly to your blogs.

DISCLAIMER:  Facebook is constantly and consistently making changes to their site all the time. If you find this post 5 or 10 years from now, there is the possibility that this option and process may have changed or even no longer work.