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Tech News round up

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The latest in Tech news from this past week, there’s a lot of ipad news, but others as well:

1. Facebook Privacy: Secrets Unveiled

2. Apple’s iPhone replaces BlackBerry for some bankers

3. If students embrace textbooks on the iPad, college bookstores may lose their shirts.


4. 14 Best Freeware Apps Every Mac Owner Should Know

5. 15+ Awesome Twitter Tools for Tweet Tracking


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Ways to use Twitter

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Twitter and Social Media/Networking in general have become hot lately. However, there are a lot of people that don’t really know how to use Twitter. They sign up for a twitter account because they see their favorite TV show, Celebrity, or Brand and want to follow them, but that’s all they see and then wonder what the big deal is and think, ‘this is stupid’. Well, that’s what I thought when I first signed up back in ’06, then slowly people started following me and a few months later I revisited it and started following back. It has since become a ‘river of news’ of sorts. You can go right to twitter.com and view your tweets, but the best way is to download a App. There are many apps for both your phone and your Desktop (PC & Mac). Tweetdeck has been a favorite of mine on both my iphone and desktop, but lately I’ve been playing with Hootsuite on the desktop. There’s also Web based apps like Brizzly.com, which you can have open in a tab in your browser, the difference between Brizzly and going right to twitter.com is with brizzly you can watch multiple twitter accounts that you may have, instead of logging out of twitter.com to switch back and forth, example your business twitter account and personal twitter account. Some people think you have to tweet about what your doing in the bathroom, that is not true, I for one really don’t want to hear that. It’s for to tweet where you are, ie. a good cafe, movie; or post links to your blog or a good article from someone’s blog that you want to share. Or pictures, even videos, ie. from youtube or somewhere. Or updates on what your kids are doing, (don’t give exact locations or full names of them for fear of some creep stalking them). People often think tweets are open and the world can see them, mostly it’s just people who follow you who can see your tweets, you can block people, however there is a public stream people can see (goes very fast) so if your concerned about privacy you can protect your tweets and lock it down so people have to ask you for permission to follow you, then you can approve or deny, you don’t get the full affect but that’s where multiple accounts can come in, you can have one for family, etc. and then one for everyone else. I have a few (which are all open) @scottpenton @yapstream @pentontech (my business one which I haven’t used to much yet) and then a special one @americanheroes which is for our fallen solders in the Iraq/Afgan. wars. So that’s how to use twitter in a round up. If I’m missing something feel free to add in the comments.

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