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Facebook Login Problems -facebooklogin- The Social Media Crash And Burn Detector

Social Media Connections And Facebooklogin Problems Down Detector

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So here’s a question.. considering that we rely so heavily on the use of connectivity to work online and reach the masses through social media, what happens when you have Facebook login problems or worse yet, can’t even use the network. What happens when your social media outlets just take a dive and they are out of commission ? Does it strike fear in your heart ? That sense of panic just sets in and you have no real idea about what’s going on other than you just want it to work. There’s nothing worse than that sense of helplessness when the outlets that you are counting on to always be up and running suddenly aren’t working anymore.

So with that said, this post is a little off the beaten path for me, but I started thinking about all the marketers, bloggers and website owners and everyday people that use Facebook and social media and thought about our reliance on these networks and how it impacts revenue, our businesses and audiences too and that’s not something that can be ignored.

While I’m not an avid user of Facebook for my own personal reasons, it doesn’t negate the fact that there are billions of people that use the social network and count on it persistently. Conservatively speaking hundreds of thousands of people experience Facebook login and connectivity issues every year and what does that do for you as a person that is running a business that relies on Facebook to work. Connectivity issues have been synonymous with Facebook for nearly a decade which is an uncomfortable reality for small business owners that utilize the Facebook network for the benefit of it’s massive exposure that it has been known to provide.

I Hate It Facebook Social Media Connection Problems

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This issue is valid one from a blogging standpoint due the fact that consistency is necessary. There have been instances where Facebook has been down for five hours or more. From a business standpoint, that down time potentially results in huge losses of revenue and there is no real accountability for the company since it’s user base is opt in. These connectivity issues are not just limited to people that are logging in through desktop portals but through mobile applications as well. The response from such down times have notably resulted in people taking to other social networks in masses to express growing concerns about the reliability of the social network.

Now granted in fall fairness that not all connectivity issues can solely be pointed at Facebook, but the flipside is that Facebook has the largest user base of nearly any social network used for business purposes today. This is just one criticism among many that Facebook has received since it’s initial debut in 2004. When these problems do occur, Facebook takes to providing “general” responses with respect to feedback as to what has occurred which doesn’t provide much consolation to anyone anxiously awaiting for the network to return to form so that normal usage may resume. Nevertheless, in spite of it’s response when the network does go down, it’s hard to know what is the truth as well. However thankfully a newcomer to the scene has provided transparency that can be trusted when users experience Faceboook login problems or wonder the looming the question.. is Facebook down without any real answers.

I Love You You're My Hero Social Media Connections

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If you haven’t heard of Down Detector, this is a website that started to make a name for itself in 2013. Basically they are touted as the weathermen of the digital world as quoted in an article by Computer World in May of 2013. In the article, it goes on to state that this website can detect outages or network problems almost as soon as they happen by studying data from social networks to identify the service issues almost as soon as they take place. The goal behind the company is to provide users with better information about network problems as they occur. Clearly this is a sigh of relief for many because it means that you don’t have to rely on shrouded information from the affected networks themselves anymore. Obviously, those networks will still respond but there’s something to be said about having a third party far removed without any associated attachments that can provide information that is accurate and forthcoming because lets face it.. networks like Facebook don’t typically want you to know the truth.

This video gives you an overview of what Downdetector does as well and the type of networks they are targeting with respect to their mission and services.

Another useful aspect of this service is that it not only shows you graphs and reports of current issues with networks, but it also will report on past issues that it has detected, provide avenues for you to voice your thoughts about the network problems and view others feedback about the problems too. Clearly providing a sense of urgency for these networks to resolve the problems has been a long time in the works and there are many people that are happy that there is a company that has been constructed that is airing on the side of the user and not for the sole benefit of the companies they are reporting on.

Downdetector currently tracks several big name social networks that include the following:

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat and more.

LinkedIN is even part of the social media lineup which makes Downdetector a pretty serious company in the social media scene and that’s great news for the rest of us when it comes to the reliability of social networks.

The work that we do is critically important, our customers are important and the necessity for networks to keep up their end of the bargain goes without saying. As a blogger, I also utilize social media and as small business owners these networks are synonymous with our livelihoods as they directly impact revenue, traffic and our audiences.

Downdetector has made it a priority to assist in those efforts to make large networks like Facebook and others more transparent when things go wrong that directly affect their users which means it’s a new day for social media networks and for those of us that use them too.

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Ello Tips Learn How To Use Ello Social Network Alternative To Facebook

How To Use Ello Tips

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Ello Ya That's Right

Oooohhhh, Ahhhh... Newwwww right ? Well that's Ello. The idea here is to do an Ello review on how to use Ello (features to get you up and running) and explore some Ello tips that could be useful to all the newcomers that are joining the new social network.

This new social media alternative to Facebook has been growing at a fast and furious pace. We're talking 30,000 new signups per day. Sheesh, that's some activity to make you drool right ? We should all be so lucky. Granted as the would-be challenger to Facebook, they've got a ways to go before they come remotely close to giving Facebook something to be concerned about, but they're off to a great start. Lets just say this, many have tried and many have failed to be considered a meaningful Facebook contender.

The idea that is worth some real thought in regards to this new social medium is that it give it's fans, the curious minded, people looking for a better social alternative and others a network where they are "not" considered to be the product. The anti-facebook mantra of sorts. On Facebook, "you" are the product. Surveys are done on you (remember that emotional study no one knew about ?), animal testing (well close, but not really), invasions of privacy in new features that are quietly embedded in their TOS and a host of other little sneaky things that sends the message that Facebook's interest is not about you or your privacy.. something that no matter how small or large they have grown have continued to struggle with. It has become an advertising platform, something quite a stretch from it's roots and successful beginnings.

Ello's Manifesto

Ello's founder, Paul Budnitz, has stated that his network is not about trying to be the biggest one out there or a threat to Facebook.. Ello is really not all about that, but from an outsider looking in, I'm sure they're happy being in the same conversation as the social media giant that is Facebook anyway.

With that said, lets start with how the Ello manifesto comes across to people looking for something different.. something that truly sounds sincere: Ello has a belief in being simple, being transparent and in partnerships with it's users.. truly a paradigm shift in thinking, but one that makes sense in a world of sharing information where companies benefit from who.. they benefit from you as the user. Ello ends it's manifesto in stating very simply.. "you are not a product". Talk about a no fluff way of saying, we care about you and we want you to have a place to go that is free of people trying to deceive you.

Sounds too good to be true and you know what the adage is about that.. things that sound too good to be true usually are, but for the time being, Ello really looks very promising.

Ello highlights their belief in privacy affirming that they do not sell their data to anyone else and that there are controls in place that give you control over "how much" information is shared on their network. You, as the user are encouraged to read the document in it's entirety and Ello reiterates the importance of privacy, their practices and ability to opt-out. I can affirm that I have read the entire document and it is worth your time to read it so that you know what Ello is doing with the information that is on their system as it pertains to you. Having read the document, speaking only for myself, it appears to be very transparent, very straight forward and I am hopeful that they remain this way. It is certainly a breath of fresh air to read a document of importance in straight language that everyone can reasonably understand.

My Ello Quickstart

Now while there are many aspects of Ello to talk about, lets focus on some things to get you up and running once you've received an invitation code. As you can tell, my Ello page (@CandidWriter) is brand spanking new so I've got my full allotment of invites to share. Feel free to send an email at cw@candidwriter.com if you'd like an invite code. I can share until my codes have been exhausted and once they're gone, they're gone.

The first thing you want to do is sign up. Choose a name wisely. If you're a business, your brand name is a good choice, but if you aren't, think about a name that best represents something that is important to you. Your name will also become the Ello address you'll give to others.

For example, since I chose the name: candidwriter, my Ello address will look like this: https://ello.co/candidwriter.

Choosing a name on Ello is unique in that you can change your name at any time. What you should be aware of is that once you've changed this, it can be used or taken by another user and the same applies if you were to delete your account. I haven't found that you're limited to how often you can change your name yet on Ello. Make sure that you use a valid email address as this will be used to validate your email account used during the registration process. Very simple and very barebones as far as the information you're required to enter to get access once you've completed the signup process.

Ello Profile

The next order of business is to complete your Ello profile. Once you're logged in, you will come to a welcome page (depicted in the photo below) with some information to help you get started. Whoever invited you will be your first friend, there's some brief mention about discovery, friends, noise, settings, wtf (to learn more about Ello) and favorite profiles.

How To Use Ello Tips Welcome Page

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The area that I was most interested in was the settings. Once you click on the settings, you will be able to complete your profile setup. You will notice to the middle of your screen a big circle where you can add your profile image. Not the most common dimensions if you ask me but they want something that is 340x340 and yes, it will get cropped and you probably won't like the result if you're a stickler for a clean perfect image so keep that in mind as you proceed with your upload. Nevertheless, I was pretty pleased that mine turned out alright though.

Additionally there's a section above if you just scroll upwards where you can upload a header image. Again not the most common of dimensions.. 1800x1013 ?? but it is what it is. Either find an image that fits perfectly or just come to grips with the cropping. My image isn't perfect, but I'm okay with the results of the upload either way. It's certainly better than having blank space there. The feature seems a little quirky to me the way it works but maybe that's the way it's supposed to. Maybe Ello will send me some feedback about that if they see this post. The profile section also allows you to enter bio details, links and the ability to view your profile the way it will be seen by others.

I did find the settings and notifications area interesting as well. With respect to settings here's what you'll see:

  • There is the public profile setting. You can decide whether you want to make your profile viewable to people outside of the Ello network.

  • There is the comments section. You can decide whether you want others to comment on your posts.

  • The is the analytics section. You can decide whether you want to allow Ello to gather anonymous information about how you're spending time on the site. Apparently this helps to make Ello better. I turned this feature off, but that's just my personal preference. I may feel differently about this in the future.

How To Use Ello Tips Settings And Notifications

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In the way of notifications, here's what you'll see:

  • On comments, you can decide whether you want to receive an email when other users comment on your posts.

  • On mentions, yes very similar to Twitter, you can tell Ello whether you'd like to receive an email when others mention you in a post.

  • On new followers, you can elect to receive an email when someone decides to follow you.

  • On invitations, you can decide whether to be notified when someone accepts your invitation.

The last section of the profile area is on account deletion. I do like that you are in control of deleting your own account. With the click of a button your account can be deleted, but as with any network online, don't be fooled into thinking that your information has not been stored "somewhere". Backups are commonplace for any entity online. What I do not know is how long Ello hangs on to your data even if it is not publicly accessible to you or anyone else. Nevertheless, once you've deleted the account, you will no longer have access to it.

Ello Posting, Commenting And Searching

The next area to explore is how to post on Ello. With it's minimalistic design, there are a few things that you're sure to be unfamiliar with that may lead to some confusion, but the layout does take a little bit to get used to, but once you know what you're doing, it's really very simple.

How To Use Ello Say Ello Posting

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Assuming you've uploaded your 340x340 profile image, you should see a little dialogue box that says "say ello" as seen in the photo above. Once you click on that box it will expand. You can drag and drop images into it and post text and video links in there as well. Additionally, for all the Emoji fanatics out there, visit this Ello page for all the emoji you can handle. Like Twitter, if you want to mention someone else in your post just use the "@" symbol and their name within the body of your post. I'd also like to mention an observation while posting a few posts of my own on my account. I noticed that you don't get confirmations when you edit or delete posts such as: are you sure you want to edit this post or are you sure you want to delete this post. I would guess that this is something they will take a look at in the near future, but for now be sure when you take action on your post that you're sure you want to do it because there's no going back if you make a mistake.

On commenting to someone's post, you will see three little dots. Just hover with your mouse at the bottom of the post and that's where you'll find the 3 little dots. Click on them and a box will show up and then click on the black box with the persons Ello name on it and you can leave a comment on that post. It's pretty simple and likely to work most of the time.

One last note and this is just how it goes when you join a system that's in beta. If you want to search, you have to go to the discovery page. On that page you will see in big letters at the top "SEARCH", but guess what ? If you type anything in the search box, the system doesn't respond. Needless to say, at this time, the search feature does not work, but since it's beta, new features will be rolling out and so will additional functionality. Search is common with most systems so I would imagine this will be up and running before it comes out of beta.

Ello Noise

So there's this strange little feature called "noise". This is Ello's unique way of following people without following them. I think it's kind of interesting. So maybe I don't necessarily want to be friends with a particular person but I'd like to keep up with their updates anyway. This is something that you would do on the discovery page. As depicted in the image below (take note of the words "discover"):

How To Use Ello Tips Discovery

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How To Use Ello Tips Noise

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Just click on the discovery icon in the upper left hand part of your Ello page and you'll be taken to the discovery page. Next to each Ello user will be two boxes side by side. One will say friend and the other will say noise. You can choose either option. Once you've chosen it, a red X will appear. You can also unchoose either option if you've made a mistake or changed your mind. Noise is highlighted in "grey" in the photo above ONLY because my mouse was hovering over it.

Well that's your quickstart to Ello. Ello is going to be releasing new features in the coming months, but if you're lucky enough to get in on this new hot ticket, I think you'll find the new social media alternative to Facebook a nice change of pace in it's simplicity. I hope you've found this quickstart review of sorts on Ello helpful and informative. As with any social platform, what you get out of it really depends on what you put into it whether it's for personal use or for your brand. While there is nothing to pay for on Ello yet, it is rumored that a paid option will be coming at some point that isn't as barebones as the beta version is. So stay tuned for that but in the meantime, Ello is pretty cool and I for one, wish them the best of luck in their seemingly very bright future. 

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How To Grow Social Power Like Buzzblogger With JustREtweet

How To Promote Social Content

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Social And Everything Else

The tough reality about being online is that you're basically one peanut in a village of millions of other peanuts. Strange analogy right ? I know, I know.. but just hang in there with me on this. With that said, there's no denying how hard it is to stand out online especially if you're in a competitive niche. Additionally, the game has changed and developing a presence online isn't achieved with the same tactics that have been used in the past either. When you hear people say things like SEO is changing and social is your best bet to have any chance at getting eyeballs on your website, your content and your brand, there's plenty of truth to that.  There's no shortage of advice being touted in the industry that resembles more of a paradigm shift in our way of thinking with respect to "how to" achieve internet success and visibility nowadays.

The support for such thinking isn't about something so fickle as mere speculation when you look at the data that paints a pretty vivid picture on the significance of social and it's impact overall. As a blogger or website owner, prime real estate is everything and with respect to your content and your products, you're looking for premiere spaces that will allow you to promote in aims to give your business massive exposure. The easiest way to do that is to go where the traffic is... think "heavily populated" areas people. Consider the following....

Social Insight

The numbers are pretty staggering with respect to what goes on in Twitter land. In a nutshell, what these numbers should tell you is that Twitter is worth your time. My goals for any project I constitute are always pretty conservative, so even if I only saw 10 to 20 visitors a day from Twitter, in my mind, that makes the investment of time for that platform to me worthwhile. However, we're talking social and the real nugget here is that what I'm hoping for is that my tweet gets retweeted to other people's lists and their followers to get additional exposure for the content associated with my tweet that's been shared to other people. Wow.. now that's a mouthful, but hopefully you get the gist of what I'm saying.

Sharing is a pretty legitimate measuring stick in assessing whether people like your content or not. I mean, lets be real here.. of course you're not going to publish anything that hasn't received your bonafide stamp of approval, but just because you like it doesn't mean anyone else is going to. Additionally, it's not like you can force people to share your products or your content either. The online community and people in general.. we don't like to share garbage, nonsense, overly promotional material, folks that are in it for a quick buck and a host of other things. People have a greater sense of seeking value, probably moreso now than ever before and can sniff out anything less than that miles away.

Easier Sharing Is Here

A content sharing platform that has been getting it's lions share of attention has been a website called Justretweet. While I do personally use this website, one of the more confirming attributes about it was knowing that other established bloggers were using the same platform, hence the title of this post in referencing Kim Roach of Buzzblogger, who has a wealth of knowledge about traffic generation. Realizing that someone of her reputation and credibility uses Justretweet was proof enough that this wasn't your run of the mill destination online.

Justretweet, a website started by Chris Fong is a content sharing website that will share content to Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook. At the time of writing this post, when you sign up to the website, you will be credited with 100 free credits to your account. They use a credit system whereby the activities that you engage in will help you earn credits. These credits can in turn be used to get your content pushed out to any or all of the 3 major social networks that I spoke of before (e.g. Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter).

One of the most unique and attractive qualities about the website is that all content submitted for sharing is manually reviewed which is great for many and not so great for others. In short, this means that for example if you are purely an affiliate website, this likely would not be a good fit for you as these kind of websites are heavily focused on products and not on content. Justretweet prides itself on publishing and promoting quality content. However, like many other places on the web, embedding affiliate products into your "high quality" content is just fine from what I have noticed in my own tests. Nevertheless, I would still strongly advise that you truly evaluate what is quality content before attempting to hastily submit a tweet for sharing without understanding what would be acceptable in their system.

While some may have a different take on this, longer posts do tend to  get shared more often. In another post I've written I talk about the length of articles and content in a reply to a KissMetrics article that I read online. Follow my post here: Dear KissMetrics.

You should also realize that getting other people involved in sharing your content starts with what they are going to be sharing in the first place. When you've written something meaningful and I would recommend at least 500 words that isn't full of fluff, then the likelihood of getting your content shared improves drastically. At the core of sharing in general, people want to share information that they believe other people will find useful and interesting and hey, if it's funny, that will go a long way with people too.

Not that I'm into promotional plugs, but for a new blogger or even one that's been around for quite some time, Justretweet is one of the best content sharing platforms currently available to marketers, bloggers and website owners alike. This platform improves your ability to get your content in front of other people you wouldn't have access to otherwise, especially in such a competitive times with respect to building your brand and presence online.

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Is The Forced Integration of Google Plus G+ Really Ending

Google Plus Social Signals And Social Media

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Honestly no one really thought much of Google Plus as the new kid on the block competing with the likes of Facebook. What was the real incentive to move over and start using it when basically everyone you know is on Facebook ? I think even now, we're all still wondering. There was a huge marketing push for it with every product that Google offered. So now, news has come that Google may be facing the dreary reality that scrapping it and going in a different direction may be more successful. Who knows, but like many and I would agree.. no one is going to really be all that heartbroken and missing Google Plus in it's current form. The jury is still out as to what is truly going on with Google Plus, but the article is interesting reading either way.

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Search Engine Optimization Is Becoming Social Media Optimization

Social Media Optimization

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As you may or may not know, SEO is more or less building links and optimizing a website to achieve rankings within a search engine. The methods that have been used in the past to achieve positive rankings have changed over the years. Ranking factors in search engine algorithms are becoming more complex and increasing with respect to the number of things a website owner or webmaster has to do in order to rank their site successfully. However, social media optimization is just as important as building links. The argument could be made that building an online social reputation and presence is an SEO best practice that can't be ignored. Engagement was never the focus of traditional SEO, but things are changing quickly and social media is certainly one of the keys to success in getting noticed online. 

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http://www.rostinventures.com/rvblog/item/182-seo-is-social-engagement-optimization-the-new-seo

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