July 21st, 2015 by Michael Sauers

If you’d like to follow a Facebook post and get notifications, there’s no need to post a time-wasting “following” comment. Instead, look for the down arrow in the upper-right corner of the post, click it and select “Turn on notifications.”

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February 17th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it’s also a place to remember and honor those we’ve lost. When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.

Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a family member or friend who can manage their account when they pass away. Once someone lets us know that a person has passed away, we will memorialize the account and the legacy contact will be able to:

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message)
  • Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo

If someone chooses, they may give their legacy contact permission to download an archive of the photos, posts and profile information they shared on Facebook. Other settings will remain the same as before the account was memorialized. The legacy contact will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or see that person’s private messages.

Alternatively, people can let us know if they’d prefer to have their Facebook account permanently deleted after death.

Here’s how to choose a legacy contact:

  1. Open your settings. Choose Security and then Legacy Contact at the bottom of the page.
  2. After choosing your legacy contact, you’ll have the option to send a message to that person.
  3. You may give your legacy contact permission to download an archive of the posts, photos and profile info you’ve shared on Facebook.

Read the full instructions @ Facebook.

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November 19th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

facebook iconThe police were summoned. The customer told the investigating officer that the ID was hers, but the credit card was her mother’s, which she had permission to use. The photo ID looked like her, but the officer wasn’t completely certain. Lacking any evidence to the contrary, however, no further action was taken….until the officer got back to a computer. There, the officer was able to do a bit of ad hoc research.  She found the social media profile of the name on the credit card. Sure enough, it was unmistakably the customer, who had apparently “borrowed” an ID from someone that looked similar enough to her that it wasn’t obvious at the scene.

Read the full post @ The Director’s Desk.

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September 9th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Facebook to Google CalendarThis week’s tip comes from Kim Komando:

If you’ve signed up for an event on Facebook, or just want to keep track of everyone’s birthdays, syncing your Facebook calendar to your Google Calendar is easier than you’d think.

First, log in to Facebook and click on the “Events” link in the left column. At the bottom of the right column, you’ll see links for Upcoming Events and Birthdays. Right-click on the link you want and choose Copy Link Location.

Then open your Google Calendar. In the left column, find Other Calendars. Click the down arrow in the Other Calendars page, and then click “add by URL.” Paste the link that you copied from Facebook, and click Add Calendar.

After a few seconds a new calendar option will appear. It will update automatically, however Google says that it might take a few hours sometimes.

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May 20th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Facebook Emoji MeTry this one in Facebook chat: [[FacebookUserName]]

For example mine is [[michael.sauers]]

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March 27th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Did you know that your online presence works for you 24/7? You’re “on” even if you aren’t online. The power of online presence is amazing: it can land you a job, promote your brand, or provide a channel to demonstrate one’s skills OR it can be an embarrassing reminder of what not to do. This presentation will discuss how to best manage online presence by creating a professional digital image as well as building boundaries between personal and professional profiles.

Presenter: Marcia Dority Baker: Assistant Professor of Law Library, Access Services Librarian; University of Nebraska College of Law; Schmid Law Library.

Marcia’s presentation  and links from the show are also available.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, discusses the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library.


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January 17th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Well there are many but this one is very pointed and accurate.



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December 3rd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Live Social Media at Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall

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November 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

facebook iconAsked whether they were friends with their parents on Facebook, several of the teens on stage at Business Insider’s Ignition 2013 conference groaned loudly.

Stephanie Retblatt of Smarty Pants interviewed nine New York City teenagers, ages ranging from 14 to 17, about their digital lives and habits.

“I hate Facebook. It’s just so boring,” one teenage girl said, before declaring her sworn allegiance to Instagram.

“I used to scroll down Facebook and read every single status,” another added. “Now I just love Vine.”

One young woman even confessed that her mother had more than double the amount of Facebook friends that she did.

Read the full article @ Business Insider.

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August 30th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

facebook iconSo back to that advertising thing, which is pretty important: As listed in a Section-by-Section Summary of Updates, Facebook acknowledges why it’s updating/clarifying this policy: “As part of a legal settlement, we agreed to further explain how we may use your name, profile picture, content and information in connection with ads or commercial content.”

In that section, Facebook makes it clear that if you use Facebook, your profile picture, likes or other content you share may be used to advertise to your friends (bolding ours):

Read the full article @ Consumerist.com.

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