4 Tips for using Social Networking Sites in the workplace

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This is a guest post by Roberta Smith. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

Nowadays, we hear lots of stories like – an employee fired for badmouthing his boss on Twitter or a teacher suspended for badmouthing her principal on Facebook or an employee terminated for deprecation of his company’s brand on Twitter. There are so many things that can go wrong with Social media and workplace. So it’s better to read your company’s policy book thoroughly and attentively before being involved with any social media sites or doing things online which may be found offensive by your employer.

Following are some Tips to keep in your mind for safely using social networking sites while working.

01. Thoroughly read your company’s employee policies and use of internet

Internet is widely used in companies or offices for work. And you can get lots of information related to any topics from the net; either it is of job vacancies or using social media sites. In these situations, every company has set some rules and policies regarding the use of internet especially the social media usage. There are specific employee policies regarding internet that every employee have to follow. So it’s necessary to read all the instructions related to the “use of internet” policies of your company.

02. Keep your Personal Networking sites completely personal

Be Practical. Don’t inter-mix your personal and professional life. Although it is quite hard to forget your work even for some time and being only in your personal life; as you are spending so much time in your work place with the same people daily. But it’s important to draw a line between your professional and personal life to save you from all sides. Social media sites are very public now and don’t discuss work and co-workers related issues there.

03. Think again before adding your co-workers in your friend list

Try to keep your social media sites personal. Although it depends on your company and comfort with your co-workers but do not get too much involved with your co-workers in social media sites. Even you should be very careful of being connected with your co-workers on social community sites. As sometimes you share some inappropriate thing which might create problems in your professional life.

04. Use discretion while using social networking tool in your office

Social Networking sites are even more popular within your work place for work related issues. For example, some social media tools are specially designed for office use only like Yammer (very similar to Twitter). Don’t be so informal and relaxed while using your office social networking tool. Be tactful and don’t post anything personal there.

In the nut shell, Social media is growing very popular in the workplace and you have to use your common sense to guide your decisions in the right way to keep your personal and professional life safe and sound.

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How to fix “Missing required plugin BRS pencil tool ExpandS Pathfinder Suite” error on Illustrator CS2, CS3, CS4 ?

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I know this is very annoying. An Error pops up when I need to finish an urgent design on Illustrator. Yes it’s the same that you may come  across too. I reinstalled Illustrator CS4 again. It just used to waste my time. I have seen this error comes on Illustrator CS2, CS3 too. Unfortunately no one answers the question properly. Nevertheless this is how I figured it out.

According to my experience, this error comes If your computer restarts suddenly while Illustrator is being opened.

“Missing required plugin pathfinder suite”  is the error. There are more errors similar to “Missing required plugin BRS pencil tool ExpandS Pathfinder Suite ”

To solve this problem let Illustrator create a new preferences file. If the error is still on the screen, click OK to quit the error and go to

Documents and Settings/user profile/Application Data/Adobe/

(By default “Application Data” folder is hidden. Therefore to show this particular folder, go to Control Panel –> Folder Options –> Click on View Tab –> Remove the  tick from “Show hidden files and folders then click on OK and Apply.)

You can see there is a folder called “Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings” rename this folder to “AIPrefs_old

Right! you are done. Without hesitation open the Illustrator now. I assure you that it won’t give you the error again.

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Get your sexy and fancy profile page for free

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Can you remember one of my previous aricles with the topic” how to get visitor feedback easily” which is a free online tool? Today I brought another great website to show you.  about.me gives you a sexy clean & single profile page for free. Yes you heard it right. It is absolutely free.

We have more profiles on internet.

Yes I know you have more profiles on internet such as Linkin, Twitter etc. But they basically target professionals and most of us use them for business purposes whereas your facebook profile is private for you. Therefore unwanted parties are not allowed to peep into your profile.

about.me looks handy and fancy. You can set your image as your profile background and scribble your details on it. On the other hand, It gives you a specific url to visit your profile (http//www.about.me/Yourname).

To get this started ,go to about.me and and enjoy your handy, fancy profile.

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How to publish your Twitter tweets on your Facebook page ?

How to publish your Twitter tweets on your Facebook page ? Or do you still wonder how come your facebook friends write on their Facebook page via Twitter?

Maybe you want to share the same link you updated on twitter. If it automatically goes to your Facebook page, come on! It’s great as you don’t have to share the same link on Facebook again. It is the advantage.

There are two ways to publish Twitter tweets on Facebook

Enabling from Twitter account

This is the general way. Go to your Twitter account —> Settings

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Go to Profile

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Go to the bottom of the page. Click on “Post your Tweets to Facebook” button.

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Click on “sign in to facebook and connect your accounts” button.

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It will identify your Facebook account if you have already signed in. If not you have to sign in to your Facebook account.

Then it will request permission.

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Right! You’re done. Click on “Save” to apply changes you made to your Twitter account.

With Selective Tweet Status 

In my opinion I don’t like the general way. Because I don’t want to share all tweets on Facebook. There are some tweets I don’t want to publish on Facebook. Therefore I’d better go with something over which I have control.

There is a super Facebook application called Selective Tweet Status. Go to the application, type your Twitter user name and hit “Save” button.

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Just add #fb at the end of your tweet which you want to set on Facebook.

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Watch out! Social media criminals!

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For the time being Social Media is doing a great job on internet whereas it is manipulated by some crooks to get done non-virtuous things. Therefore Social Media  has both pros and cons which is  the general scenario of anything modern in the contemporary world. As if you use a knife when you cook whereas the  same knife can be used to stab someone. Ok ! What if Facebook Twitter Myspace are deployed for bad purposes? To ban social media all over the world? No way. It’s not the solution. Those who misuse need to be punished under the law. Mind you! People have used Facebook and Twitter as the main source of communication in organizing crimes.

Here comes the most interesting part. Few weeks ago NYdailynews reported that NYPD has formed a new police unit to track those who abuse facebook, Twitter and Myspace to plan out crimes or to brag about their crimes. They may implement it with the support from social media.

How do you help them ?

Social media web sites have millions of users. As a user you are allowed to report anything appears suspicious to you. Not only the crimes, you can report anything threatening, pornographic that contains nudity, graphic or violence. By reporting these shady activities social media websites can trace them down with no trouble.

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Nimztech’s new friends from Google Search Engine = Site Links

Today I checked Nimztech on Google. Guess what! I could see Nimztech’s site links. Google has created site links. nimztech.com-site-links

I know this is not a thing to be bragged about. But I consider this as a tiny achievement. I still remember the moment I published the first article. Actually Nimztech was a static website which I personally prefer creating.  Nevertheless I had to convert it to a blog because a blog doesn’t take much time to publish articles when we are done with writing. Now Nimztech runs on WordPress very smoothly.

Initially the articles for Nimztech were edited by one of my best friends, Rishani Sittampalam. She helped me out with initial articles giving me an immense support. Dilini Jayasekara is also one of my best buddies & is currently backing with editing almost all the articles. Therefore credits go to both of you and to those who supported me even with single word.

I believe blogs are similar to plants, as they need to be well nurtured and taken care of… It takes some time to grow. We cannot boost up their speed by cheating on search engines like GoogleYahooBing. It is a match that you can never win. No way! If you’re serious about what you do, consistently add contents valuable to others. I believe you CAN NOT conceal your blog from search engines if you come up with something worthwhile to read.

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Have you come across with the New sign-in page in Google

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Few months ago Google builded realtime search and they also improved Google search . Google corporation always improves their products. They have turned up with a major change in their Sign In page. The design has been modified. But still it directs to the old page when you access the sign in page. They’ve made us experiencing the latest version you can see too links appearing at the bottom of the Google sign in page.
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By clicking “Preview it” you can jump in to the new look. According to Google you are allowed to skip the latest version and be in contact with the old ,if you are not so cozy with the new look. But that’s just for a certain period of time. Most probably the  new design maybe the default page in time to come.

Sometimes you may see the old page design again even if you switch to the new design. It happens due to signing in from a different browser or different location (IP address). Not to worry! it is not an error.  Always check the URL of the browser to make sure that you have landed in right Google sign in page. As you know,It’s apparent that Google sign in page is extremely Secured. Therefore check whether it is HTTPS and www.google.com/accounts oraccounts.google.com. Because you may mistakenly type your Google user name and password in a different web page which is a trap of a spammer.

If you see any errors or bugs you can report here. Please report them because it helps foster their superior products.

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What is an invalid click ?

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Mouse is yours, clicking your mouse is exactly simple as ever. Then what is an Invalid Click? All right! let me explain in this way. Have you heard about PPC programs? That means Pay per Click. Publishers put out advertisers’ ads on their website. When someone clicks on the ad, the advertiser pays the publisher.

What will happen if you click your own ads? What will happen if you tell someone to click your ads ? What will happen if you use some kind of script or a software to click your own ads ? These things are called Invalid Clicks. 

If you do so, advertiser is just wasting his money for nothing. Clicking an ad is supposed to be an ordinary thing. Advertiser needs more customers or advertiser needs to promote his products. But that is not going to happen if you do any Invalid Click.

When it comes to PPC programs like Google Adsense, they are very strict over Invalid Clicks.

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It is a shame that people still ask to click their own ads

Google Adsense is not a secret anymore. They celebrated their 8th birthday sometime back. For the time being Google Adsense is the top PPC (Pay Per Click) in the world now. They are very strict over Invalid Clicks. Hundred of publishers get banned from Google Adsense everyday.

Publishers can NOT click their own ads and NOR they can prompt anyone to click ads (There are more which publishers are restricted from). Every publisher is governed by their policies.

 

Couple of days back I received an email.

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Yes what you see is highly prohibited. It is apparent why people get banned from Google Adsense. I have a liltle bit of knowledge about Google Adsense. Can you imagine how smart Google Adsense team is? Do you think they are novel to Internet world? They can watch you doing forbidden things. Then you get banned and you say “Google Adsense doesn’t work”

But it doesn’t work when you try to cheat them. Keep in your mind that “You can cheat them but you will get banned soon’

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An ideal solution for Srilankan online buyers

Using a credit card is less recommended, if you are not good at financial management, since a credit card can destroy you, making you a beggar if you don’t mange it properly. To obtain a credit card you are required to prove your good financial status with the proofs like your salary slips and you should take all the hassle to prove the bank that you have  a fixed good income.

How about a prepaid debit card? Sounds weird ahh ? Yes it does. In SriLanka, Sampath bank has introduced  a prepaid online purchasing card called “Sampath Web Card”. Normally a credit card facilitates you to make purchases on credit whereas this particular card does not put you in debts.

What is the purpose of this web card ?

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I know you will definitively ask this question. This cards is only for online use. With this card you can pay online and this can be linked to your papal account as well.

How to use this Sampath Web card ?

It is simple and easy. As soon as you get the web card you can deposit money and top it up. Then you can use that amount to do any online shopping.

I’m using this web card for quite long time. For time being I have not come across any trouble with it.  This is a great solution for SriLankan online buyers.

You can apply for a web card from here.

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Get visitor feedback easily

Obtaining visitors’ feedback is a good thing as you know what do visitors exactly look for? As an example suppose you want to ask your visitors that for how long have they been reading your blog. You can question them by dropping an email to your list or you can send a link via email where it directs a survey page. I believe that it’s not ethical to force or bother our readers in order to receive a feedback. You better pose your question without disturbing your visitors.

kissinsights is a great free tool which helps you  get visitor feedback. They have a survey of more than 40 templates. If you need to create your own survey you have to upgrade it. You can be aware of what your readers are looking for very easily.

It installs a handy box at the bottom of the website. You will receive an email once people submit their answers.

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Do not mess with Facebook spam filters

Nowadays all websites are very strict to spammers. People spam more and more (I reported a new Facebook scam in this month). Facebook is exceptionally strict to uncommon behaviors. They are really concerned about users’ privacy. Therefore there are more possibilities that you can get banned or your account gets limited features, if any kind of uncommon behavior occurs by your end.

You have to go through spam filter if Facebook guesses you are trying to spam. You should be serious about this spam filters. If you keep entering wrong characters your facebook account gets banned or limited quickly.

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The best thing to do when those words are not clear is to click on “Try different words” because sometimes  those captures are not readable. Remember Facebook is fully systematic whereas there is no human involvement in their procedures. Once your account gets banned, it’s impossible to get your account back.

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Website is down. Is it just for me ?

Websites could be down due to many reasons. Common problems are owing to web server problems or the problems with internet connection. Imagine you visit a website and it’s not working. But your friends say that it’s working. Sounds like the particular website doesn’t work only for you. Maybe the webmaster has blocked your ip address.

 

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Can’t you check the website is down only for you without asking your friend? you Can. downforeveryoneorjustme is a great simple website which check websites’ real status.

I checked youtube.com as an example.

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Actually below web site does not exist. This is what it says.

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Belated Birthday wishes Google Adsense

google-adsense-birthday8 Years ago Google introduced a great product called Google Adsense (Initially released on 18th June, 2003). Google Adsense is the top PPC (Pay per Click) program in the world now. They always give us the best features. Now it has become a full time earning mean of thousands of people all around the world. When someone gets banned due to an unethical behavior, thousands of people earn thousands of dollars as a result of using Google Adsense in correct ways.

Earlier they accepted more Google Adsense requests. People open free blogs atblogspot.com, writing one or two articles and next thing was requesting for a Google Adsense account. If the blog is not about phonographic or something abusing. Google Adsense would accept their requests right away. But today it’s different owing to so many competitors and so many invalid clicks.

Now it is not that easy, if you don’t have least small amount of traffic and content.you cannot get accepted by Google Adsense. If you want to get accepted, wait till your traffic grows up a little bit.

Since its start Google Adsense has achieved many things. For the time being Google Adsense has built:

  • AdSense for Feeds
  • AdSense for search
  • AdSense for content
  • AdSense for mobile content
  • AdSense for domains
  • AdSense for video

I hope there will be more products by its next birthday. Once again Happy Belated wishes Google Adsense.

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How to update your Nokia E71

Developers develop software everyday. They always work for giving better versions of software. Might be there are some crashing issues when you use old versions with new applications. Because new applications are designed for current versions which don’t concern much about old version. That is true as technology should be improved day by day. As an example Google Chrome crashes due to usage of an old version.

It is the same for Mobile phones. If you update your mobile software, you will feel better improved features and much better graphics for sure. Ealiar I wrote a article How to use your Nokia phone to go online on a pc. Today also it is about updating your nokia E71.  I will show you how to update your Nokia E71 mobile software today.

I imagine you have installed Nokia OVI suite because it is an essential software if you have a Nokia phone. If you still have not installed it first download it and install it.

Connect mobile using USB cable and select “PC Suite” from the phone options. Open the “Nokia OVI Suite” and click on “Update device software”

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Software will automatically find updates for your phone.

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This step is very important DO NOT miss this step. Everything on your device will be deleted. Therefore backup your device.

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Follow these steps properly. DO NOT remove your USB cable while it installs updates.

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