social media

Social Media Overwhelmed? Fear Not, These Apps Can Help

Posted on 05/16/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyAs a boomer who launched a new company a little over a year ago, I’ve had to learn a tremendous amount about social media, and how to use it. Even though I’ve owned my own business for more than 20 years, my promotional skills were a bit stale. Like many others in my generation I relied on traditional advertising and public relations for marketing. As far as social media, I had a website, and shared stories on Facebook with friends, …

Check Out Posts Before You Share

Posted on 11/27/2012 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyThere’s a Facebook post you may have seen again and again over the past week. It’s a post your friends are copying and pasting from each other without checking to see if it’s true. It looks something like this: Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take …

Instagram Fans, Watch Out for Fake Flight Offer Scams

Posted on 11/6/2012 by | Tampa, Florida | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyInstagram has become a leading social network to allow users to upload and edit photos, and follow and view other accounts and their Instagram photos. But when popularity comes, scammers often follow. Picture this: When browsing popular Instagram accounts, you stumble upon a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from a trusted airline. It’s almost as if fate wants you take that all-expenses paid trip to visit old connections. The airline’s Instagram account is offering a free flight to your next vacation destination. All …

Social Media Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Posted on 10/30/2012 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyAs the AARP’s new social media trainer, I am always keeping an eye out on trends and “teachable moments” online. Hurricane Sandy has offered a very big lesson: Don’t believe everything you see. If you live along the East Coast, you may have spent the day watching the news and following posts on social media while working from home (if the power was still on). Hundreds of thousands of people were asked to stay indoors. It was an environment that …

Presidential Politics Strain Facebook Friendships

Posted on 10/15/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayWe’ve all had them — those people in our Facebook news feeds whose political updates we find abhorrent or stupid or just plain irritating. But with Election 2012 drawing nigh, such updates seem to have increased tenfold, leaving us with that mighty modern quandary: To block or not to block? Or perhaps even – gasp – to unfriend altogether?

Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

Posted on 08/31/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkLabor Day isn’t the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed. For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of what to say – or not say – is tough as well (the link has some good advice). It’s an especially difficult time for people who haven’t had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job …