INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Beware of Six Flags Season Tickets Giveaway
Join Us September 28 For The Annual Meeting
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
This Month's FAQ
Where Are My Missing Facebook Messages Going?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In September
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
How To Find YouTube Videos Tailored To Your Interests
We hope you're ready to enjoy what makes September so special — things like classes beginning, leaves changing, and footballs flying.
To add to the fall fun, we've "raked up" some timely content for this issue. It starts with a warning about a Facebook promotion that says you can "Like" and "Share" your way to free Six Flags season tickets; pass on this one since the claims are false. However, don't pass on checking out the cool Pinterest pins, videos, and sites we chose for you this month. We think they'll make you smile, and in some cases, make you want to learn more.
Speaking of learning, this September issue includes a lesson on the "Other" Facebook inbox and tips for finding YouTube videos tailored to your interests.
The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting.
To see what's inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!
- The GWIS Team
You may have seen Facebook posts recently that claim Six Flags theme parks are giving away free season tickets to those who "Like" and "Share" a promotional image and click on a link to claim their prize. These claims are false. The promotion has no connection to Six Flags whatsoever and the theme parks are not giving away free season tickets. Instead, it's an attempt by online scammers to get people to "Like" and "Share" bogus promotional material and participate in survey scams.
By posing as a well-known entity and offering attractive prizes as bait, the "Like Farmers" running the scheme hope to amass a large number of "Likes" for their fake Facebook Page in a short period of time. Pages with large numbers of "Likes" can later be sold on the black market to other scammers and unscrupulous Internet marketers. The pages can then be re-purposed and used to promote dubious products and services to a wide audience or to launch other scam campaigns. They may also be used to trick users into divulging personal information by informing them that they've won a (non-existent) prize. Be wary of any Facebook post or page that promises expensive prizes in exchange for simply clicking on "Like" or "Share" and don't take action when you see them.
Go here to read the response from Six Flags to this questionable program that's using their name.
Click here for more information on our Annual Meeting!
Hope to see you there!
Question: I use Facebook messages a lot and I've had friends tell me they're sending me messages that I'm not getting. Is Facebook deleting or not sending some of my messages? Where are these messages going?
Answer: Not too long ago, Facebook introduced a "secret" inbox for profiles. It started as a way to separate event invites and group messages from messages your friends send. As you've noticed, messages you actually want sometimes end up in the wrong inbox.
You'll probably find the missing message in this new inbox. Fortunately, it's easy to locate. In the top bar of your Facebook profile, click the messages icon; it looks like two speech bubbles. That will take you to a window with "Inbox" and "Other" at the top. Click "Other" and you'll see the "secret" inbox.
Simply reply to the messages in this "Other" inbox and future messages from that person will appear in your regular inbox. You may want to get in the habit of checking this "Other" inbox once a week or so to make sure you don't miss more messages.
With billions of hours of video available on YouTube, how do you go about finding quality content that suits your interests? Try these strategies:
YouTube's "Disco" tool is a good way to find high-quality music videos because YouTube curates the playlists. Just enter the name of the artist or band you want to see more of and you'll be presented with an entire stream of relevant videos.
Try the Trends
YouTube's "Trends Dashboard" gives you a quick look at what's hot by gender and across various regions and age ranges. Check it out regularly to stay up-to-speed with the latest viral videos and newsworthy footage.
Check Out Charts
Visit "YouTube Charts" to see the most popular content on the site. You can view the most-liked, most-viewed, top-favorited, and even most-discussed videos within certain timeframes. There's also the ability to narrow down content by category, giving you a glimpse at the most-loved YouTube videos by subject.
Subscribe, Subscribe, Subscribe
Once you find YouTube channels you really like, click on the "Subscribe" button. You'll then be notified whenever that person uploads a new video. Also, pay attention to the "Channels for You" list on the sidebar to find other channels that relate to the one you like.