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5 Interesting New Social Media Tools

5 Interesting New Social Media Tools

Social networks have grown to become an integral part of our everyday lives. These days, we communicate more through social networks than by using our telephones. We keep up to date with people we care about passively by following their profiles and voicing out our appreciation for them through likes, tweets and so on. This type of use for social media is just the tip of the iceberg, and the business aspect that is its underlying purpose has grown in significance as time goes by. The two most commonly used social media networks are Twitter and Facebook.

The profiles on these two networks have become so important that they are now included in standard background checks in job interviews. Furthermore, having a Twitter profile with a large following is considered a business asset these days. This is why it is important to keep up with the latest changes they apply to their platforms, as well as the newest tools to manage them. There have been quite a few juicy novelties for both Twitter and Facebook recently, so let’s see what they bring us, shall we?

1. Managers for memorialized Facebook profiles

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Facebook Legacy

    What happens to a media profile when the user passes away? Not many people think about that, but Facebook has thought ahead and implemented the memorialization system which removes the profile from public situations like ads, suggestions and so on. The feature that is new allows the users to designate a manager of their memorialized profile to have limited control over it when they are no longer around to do that. The manager will be able to pin posts, respond to friend request, and change the profile image and cover photo. This is achieved through the legacy contact option located in the security settings of your Facebook profile. They have also added a “remembering” label to memorialized profiles to indicate their status. The motivation behind this was providing the families with  the opportunity to nurture the memories of their loved ones, say the officials at Facebook. You also have the option to have your profile deleted, of course.

    2. Voice-To-Text feature in the Facebook messenger app

    Facebook voice transcription

      Users can now transcribe their voice messages that they send through the messenger app into text automatically. The process is quite similar to the one Google Voice uses. A user can tap the microphone icon to make a voice recording which you can then transcribe by tapping the three line icon. Of course, the quality of the transcription is not guaranteed, and depends on various factors. These factors include your accent, possible interference, and the overall quality of your recording. The feature is still being tested on a small scale in order to improve its functionality, but it may end up being quite useful.

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      The possibilities for business applications of this new feature are something that is already being discussed, and the reactions seem quite positive. Facebook has acquired Wit.ai, a speech recognition company which offers a voice recognition API for developers, in the beginning of January, so we can surely expect more than a few improvements along the way. This might be the Facebook’s attempt to appeal to business users more, and get back in the race with Twitter and YouTube.

      3. An online tool that helps you create a perfect tweets

      Retweeted More

        We all know about the business potential that Twitter possesses, and this may make things a bit difficult. Anyone who has ever attempted to get a new Twitter profile on its feet is aware how hard this can be. The biggest issues is viability, and provoking a reaction amongst the sea of information that is the Twitter stream of an average user. This makes optimizing your tweets a top priority, and it can take quite a bit of time, and a lot of trial and error testing in order to be done right. The researchers at Cornell University used a study, backed by Google and National Science Foundation, to create a tool which takes two different tweets and calculates which one of the two has more potential to be shared.

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        The study was focused on determining which language constructs are more likely to boost this potential, and showing you which of your two options is better. You can also take a quiz to improve your familiarity with the rules. The tool is not perfect since it can’t distinguish humour, but it provides some results and statistics are there to prove it. New users who are attempting to grasp the nature of tweets, and use their profiles for professional purposes might see the most benefit from using a tool like this one, and they might want to give it a shot.

        4. Twitter video uploads

        Twitter video uploads

          Since the update on January 27th Twitter users can record, upload, edit and share 30 second long videos in order to quickly share their current point of view, life events, and whatever they deem worth sharing. This feature was recently promoted by Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris to bring us a small announcement before the show. The editor and the camera interface are easy to use, and you can really get used to them quickly. It can be quite convenient to be able to transfer your experience from various events, travels within a few taps of the screen.

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          5. Twitter group chat

          Twitter group chat

            Another feature was added to Twitter along with the video recording option within the same update. Twitter users can now add up to 20 people into a direct message and communicate with them this way. The members included into the message don’t have to follow each other, and this creates opportunities for situations where public conversations turn to private chats among a group of people. This option can also be a great tool for brands to use in the Twitter environment, where they can engage followers and create a more direct connection with the users.

            Twitter and Facebook remain consistently present in the social network world because of their consistent ability to adapt to the times. They have accepted the fact that a platform needs to evolve constantly, and that it needs to apply to the users’ needs for casual and business application. It also needs to follow current trends when it comes to functionality. These updates show promise for both, but a lot of them are still in the testing period and are only to get better down the road.

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            Ivan Dimitrijevic

            Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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