Social Scheduler – Quickly context switch with your ‘Favourite Selections’!

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the new feature of auto-saving and loading your selected accounts, so that when you re-load Social Scheduler you can carry on from where you left off.

The next time that you find yourself carefully re-selecting accounts that match the message that you’re sending, it’s worth saving the selections for using later.  For example, if I’ve just created a new podcast episode, I tend to send the information to four accounts, whereas if I want to share some social media news, I tend to send the information to just two accounts.

With your new ‘favourite selections’ button, it enables you to save your selections with a name.  Thereafter you can quickly context switch between ‘Podcasting’, ‘Blogging’, ‘Social Media News’ and so on.

If you click on the blue ‘favourite’ / bookmark icon, you will see a popup menu with the option “Save / Delete Favourites…”

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When you choose the “Save / Delete Favourites”, you’ll be presented with this screen, simply type a name for all your current selections, then click ‘Save’.

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Once you have created multiple favourites, you might feel the need to delete some old ones, they’ll be listed on the right-hand side and you simply click the ‘Delete’ button that’s next to the item you wish to delete.

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Finally, the best bit, you can now quickly context switch between accounts by bringing up the menu and choosing your favourite selection(s), very rapidly!

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All of the account selections that you previously saved will be re-selected and the group will be expanded too.

We hope that this feature shaves even more time off scheduling your social media messages.  Please let us know what you think.

This feature is available on Free, Basic and Pro plans.

Why not try Social Scheduler yourself?

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Social Scheduler – Account Improvements

Do you have a lot of social media accounts? Social Scheduler has now had a minor update that makes a big improvement in how accounts are managed.

We received the initial feature request from Tracey Bartlett (at Business Helpers) to not have all the accounts pre-selected, we listened and then refined the request to include the following:

  • Accounts are not pre-selected when you first start using Social Scheduler
  • When you swap groups the account selections are not affected
  • When you next login all your selections are restored and the last group that you were working in is opened
  • Simple ‘select all’ and ‘clear all’ buttons to make bulk-selection easier
  • Favourite selections – coming soon…

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Podcast Episode 18 – show notes

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Episode 18 Beta Testing Invites | Car Troubles | Social Media News

SubTitle: “We scour the web for Social Media news, so you don’t have to.”

Welcome to Episode 18 of “The Startup & Marketing Podcast – from Devology” where we discuss our startup, our marketing experiences and social media news!
Within this episode we discuss the following:

JUMP AHEAD …

Feedback / Catchup: 1m

Product Updates:  15m

Marketing: 21m 22s

Project Updates: 24m 24s

Social Media News: 27m 10s

Catch-up

Car problems 😦

a BIG thank you to a couple of our customers for your ongoing support, in particular

Mary Lu Saylor, who has been encouraging us for some time, with Blogs, engagement on social media and so on.

In addition Stephen Willis has mentioned us in a blog, Stephen has also left a review on the website Alternative.To In the past he also left a video clip showing how he was disconnecting from Hootsuite and transferring all of his accounts to us.  Recently he has tweeted that he listens to our podcast and finds our accents very entertaining.

We also have a healthy list of people that want to participate in our Beta testing of our Social Scheduler mobile app, so a big thank you for registering your interest.  If you are interested, please let us have your full name, email address where you would like invites to be sent to (accessible on your mobile devices) and the list of devices that you will be able to test on.

Do you like our podcast? If you want to help spread the word, here are 6 ways to help

  1. Follow us on Twitter
  2. Like our Devology Facebook page
  3. Retweet / share our content often
  4. Tell people about Social Scheduler at every opportunity (https://www.socialscheduler.co.uk)
  5. Listen to our podcast and share it with others (http://devology.co.uk/#podcast)
  6. Leave reviews on Stitcher and iTunes (we don’t have any yet)
  7. Request a referral link (soon this will be beefed up more)

If you haven’t tried Social Scheduler yet, then why not?! There’s a free plan, if you use no more than two social media accounts and don’t need to schedule more than a month in advance.

Another Anti-virus problem, found by the same Google Engineer Tavis Ormandy in Trend Micro, enabling a hacker to execute any command

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/13/trend-micro-security-password-risk/ and

https://code.google.com/p/google-security-research/issues/detail?id=693

Just a quickie – we mention Oculus Rift a lot, but the HTC Vive pre-orders start February 29th

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/11/htc-vive-pre-orders-february-29/

Product Updates

Updates on 30/30 app? – set up an initial list, but because I’m not working to a normal pattern at the moment, I’m quiet happy with my Calendar pinging up reminders when I’m meant to be working on something else.

Marketing

Breaks (water / lunch / walk / run)

Read news (around lunch-time)

Client work

Read books (picking up the kids)

Social Scheduler Dev

Social Scheduler

Finished the UAT environment

Stripe webhook handling, synchronising subscription details based on successful or failed invoices, inject details in a finance table, aggregation for reports.  Some of this information will be injected into our Management reports, to track our progress against our goals (at the end of each month).

LIVE environment has been updated for bug fixing and prep for new features.

Marketing Efforts

Sat down and red a third of ‘Top 101 growth hacks’ by Aladdin Happy, obtained some nice ideas, though the book has a feel of self-published quality, for example grammatical errors and lots of wasted whitespace.

*** EXAMPLES OF GOOD MARKETING IDEAS TO FOLLOW! ***

Other Work

Stealth – all done with the exception of stock imagery and help/into text.

A nice catch-up with Hillingar (MyTeamSafe) tomorrow to talk about future features and development.

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM

Zuckerberg has waded into a heated public health care debate in the US. For the last year, anti-vaccine campaigners have protested mandatory inoculations, citing health concerns. Those claims are largely based on a now-retracted study. Zuckerberg posted “Doctor’s visit — time for vaccines!” Zuckerberg, 31, wrote below the picture of Max. By Tuesday, the image had more than 3.2 million likes and over 88,552 comments. It also had been shared 33,149 times.

http://www.cnet.com/news/zuckerberg-injects-himself-into-the-vaccine-debate-with-his-newborn

Do you remember ‘Friends Reunited’ – it was a popular site in the UK, launched in 2000 to help old friends, or school friends to reunite.  Unfortunately, co-founder of Friends Reunited, Steve Pankhurst has confirmed that the site will close its doors next month.  I didn’t know it was sold to ITV in 2005.  Users will received an email with further details and information about retrieving their photos if they want to.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/18/friends-reunited-is-closing/

A Judge has ruled that Facebook tagging violates protective orders, in other words tagging the victim, which sends them a notification, is enough to breach the order and ultimately land the perpetrator in jail

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/17/facebook-tagging-violates-protective-order/

TWITTER / PERISCOPE

Embedded Periscope feeds

Live periscope feeds will show up on Twitter for iOS, this means that you can now watch live Periscope streams without installing Periscope.  They are also including playback of periscope videos directly in the Twitter timeline!  This however excludes the interactive chat feature (you need the app for that).

https://blog.twitter.com/2016/periscope-broadcasts-live-on-twitter

Mexico’s president uses Twitter to announce the capture of drug lord ElChapo

http://www.cnet.com/news/mexicos-president-chooses-twitter-to-announce-capture-of-drug-lord-el-chapo

Twitter polls can now be timed to last between five minutes and seven days, this is better, but please increase the number of options and don’t tie it to the 140 character limit!  When you create a poll within Twitter you’ll now see a native spinner at the bottom where you can pick the number of days, hours and minutes that the poll should last.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/15/you-can-now-make-twitter-polls-last-as-short-as-you-want/

A woman is suing Twitter for allowing ISIS activity on the website, at first I though ‘oh please’, then learned that she filed her lawsuit after her husband was killed by a gunman in Jordan.  After reading most of Hatching-Twitter, I understand that they want Twitter to not be controlled by companies or government and would rather everyone have the ability to have freedom to speak.    She wrote

“…for years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits. This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks.”

However, Twitter, whilst sympathetic with window, have responded by saying

“…the lawsuit is without merit.” As the publication notes, social media websites are protected by the law. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act states that services like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube aren’t responsible for their users’ actions.”

LINKED IN

PINTEREST

YOU TUBE

YouTube gives 3 Asian countries their own home pages. Starting Wednesday 13th, if you’re in Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, you’ll see a new YouTube homepage that’s customized in your local language and domain. YouTube is already available in Nepali, Sinhalese and Urdu, and now having country-specific homepages means we can bring you the most relevant videos in a YouTube experience tailored for you.

http://googleasiapacific.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/youtube-youtube-now-launched-in-nepal.html

On a related note you can read an article about Pakistan ending their YouTube ban after a custom version being launched.  Interestingly The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority banned YouTube back in 2012 after an offensive anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, was posted. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority will now have more access to Google to deal with offensive content.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/18/pakistan-ends-youtube-ban/

SNAPCHAT

The President of America, Barack Obama, joins Snapchat (or at least someone in the White House has on his behalf), to increase with Americans who are increasingly checking social sites on a daily basis.

They joined ahead of Tuesdays State of the Union address, the last before President Obama leaves office.

http://www.cnet.com/news/white-house-adds-snapchat-to-its-social-blitz

PERISCOPE

FLICKR

 

TUMBLR

YAHOO

Yahoo releases the largest-ever machine learning dataset for researchers

“Many academic researchers and data scientists don’t have access to truly large-scale datasets because it is traditionally a privilege reserved for large companies,” said Suju Rajan, director of research, Yahoo Labs. “We are releasing this dataset for independent researchers because we value open and collaborative relationships with our academic colleagues, and are always looking to advance the state-of-the-art in machine learning and recommender systems.”

The Yahoo News Feed dataset is a collection based on a sample of anonymized user interactions on the news feeds of several Yahoo properties, including the Yahoo homepage, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Movies, and Yahoo Real Estate. The dataset stands at a massive ~110B events (13.5TB uncompressed) of user-news item interaction data, collected by recording the user-item interactions of about 20M users from February 2015 to May 2015. – refer to the link to find out more

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/14/yahoo-giant-machine-learning-data-release/

PEACH

A round-up of Peach on CNET http://www.cnet.com/news/butt-why-do-we-need-the-peach-app

TINDER / GRINDR

Typically I don’t see ‘Tinder’ and ‘Grindr’ as social networks, but more as a dating app, so I don’t know whether to cover news, however, Tinder hits 100 million downloads.

Launched September 2012

412 crimes mentioning Tinder Grindr reported in the UK in 2015 (on the rise, 55 in 2013, 204 in 2014).

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/12/tinder-hits-100-million-downloads-but-newbies-beware/

Tinders hidden score rates your desirability http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/11/tinder-desirability-score/

Tinder CEO Sean Rad says his Elo score is “above average,”.  Elo is a term the chess world uses to rank player skill levels.  Rad stresses that the rating is technically not a measure of attractiveness, but a measure of “desirability,” in part because it’s not determined simply by your profile photo. “It’s not just how many people swipe right on you,” Rad explains. “It’s very complicated. It took us two and a half months just to build the algorithm because a lot of factors go into it.”

Additionally the gay dating app Grindr is now in the hands of a Chinese gaming company, thats ‘a game-ing company’  and not ‘a gay-man’ company.  They’ll own 60% of the app which is valued at $155 million.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/11/grindr-sells-majority-stake-to-a-chinese-gaming-company/

WHATSAPP

Apparently they are dropping their $1 annual fee, however, I use Whats’App and I’ve never paid a penny. https://blog.whatsapp.com/615/Making-WhatsApp-free-and-more-useful

“…we’re happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well. Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.”

So – time for paid adverts then, huh?…

“Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today’s announcement means we’re introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.”

FOURSQUARE

Their new CEO is to shift company focus beyond consumers, after all they made most of their money last yea from Business-to-business (B2B) customers, not consumers.  A blog by the new CEO Glueck, he has said that their robust location API is actually heavily used in other apps. Foursquare counts some of the biggest companies in the world as its customers. Apple, for example, uses Foursquare data for business listings in Maps, while Twitter lets you append Foursquare-sourced location info to your tweets so you can read the Twitter musings of those nearby.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/14/foursquares-new-ceo-to-shift-company-focus-beyond-consumers/

GENERAL

IE 8,9,10 no longer being supported, so not security vulnerabilities will be patched! Upgrade to Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and above, or their new Edge browser… or upgrade to Mac 😉

Microsoft Skype makes it easy to start work calls in Slack

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/14/skype-calls-in-slack/

Microsoft Skype smashes language barrier with rollout of a real-time translation feature to all Skype for Windows users.

http://www.cnet.com/news/skype-smashes-language-barrier-with-rollout-of-translation-services

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Podcast Episode 17 – Goal Setting & Time Management, plus Social Media News

Listen to our podcast at http://devology.co.uk/#podcast to discover what Jelly Q&A is all about, plus Peach!

Here’s a copy of our show notes (but the podcast is better!).

Welcome to Episode 17 of “The Startup & Marketing Podcast – from Devology” where we discuss our startup, our marketing experiences and social media news!
Within this episode we discuss the following:

JUMP AHEAD …

Feedback / Catchup : 1m 45a

Product Updates:  3m

Project Updates: N/A

Social Media News: 12m 54s

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3 Easy Ways To Collaborate With Team Members

Whether you are a solopreneur or a have a large team, being organized is one of the keys to business.   Technology makes it easy to share ideas whether you are face to face or have co-workers spread across the globe.  We wanted to share with you three apps that can help you keep track of ideas and at the same time help you get work done more effectively.

TRELLO

Trello, is a product that we use here at Devology.  Trello is a system of that helps you organize your information into boards that can be shared by more than one person.  It is kind of like having a bunch of white boards where you can jot down ideas, plan strategies, and even add pictures.

trelloCheck out this video by the Trello team to see how it works.

Devology has used Trello to keep tasks and projects on track, to create lists, and to keep ideas grouped.

 

GOOGLE DRIVE

Google Drive is another weapon in the organization arsenal that is very effective.   Google Drive allows you to create documents that can be shared with others.  All you need is a Gmail address. Once you have granted permission for documents to be shared multiple people can be in a document at the same time and you can truly collaborate.   This is especially helpful for virtual teams and helps cut down on paper usage so you can help the environment at the same time!

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SOCIAL SCHEDULER

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our timesaving Social Scheduler app.  This tool allows users to schedule Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest posts.  A great way to keep your social media content up to date without the hassle of live posting.  Social Scheduler allows you to keep your message consistent across multiple platforms. You can check out it out free (no credit card required) for light use.  Click here to learn more.

We Want Your Feedback

We want our products and even this blog to help you.  If you have suggestions, comments, and we can even handle a little criticism please feel free to comment on the blog or email us at rob@devology.co.uk.