October, 2017 - Social Media Tips

Every day we hear about social networking, texting, tweeting, and other means of communication, some instant and some not (such as YouTube), some used on mobile devices and some not.  Communication has reached new heights and is still evolving, as shown by the ever-increasing impact that such methods have on world events.  Some of us find it all mind-boggling.

This webpage will try to look at some of these technologies may help you to better understanding this fast-moving world of communication.



Facebook Autoplay and How to Shut It Off

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Here’s a minor Facebook change that many will likely find to be a major annoyance. Videos will not autoplay with the sound turned on. Previously, they were muted by default. According to Facebook, this is an update that will make “watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging and more flexible.”

Loosely translated it means not enough people were turning the audio on for ads. Now, the audio won’t play if you’ve got your phone set to silent or if you’re listening to a music app while you scroll through Facebook.

Plus, it’s easy enough to shut off. Let me show you how. For the Facebook app on your smart phone, tap the three-line menu icon and then choose App Settings.

Scroll down to turn Videos in News Feed Start With Sound off.

For a browser, click the little arrow to the far right at the top of the page and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

Then look for videos to the left.

Choose the drop-down menu next in Auto-Play to shut the function off.



Facebook Fraud Is Hitting My Friends Up For Money

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Question: My problem is someone keeps sending a friend request in my name to people who are already my friends and saying I won a lot of money and somehow they could be part of this. I changed my password 4 times and contacted FB with no help. Any suggestions?

Answer: Changing the password on your account won’t do any good. The person isn’t using your account. You haven’t actually been hacked. This faker has created an account using your name and probably stolen a photo of you. There’s nothing you can do with your account to stop it. But you and your friends can report this faker to Facebook.