How To Keep WhatsApp From Sharing Your Phone Number With Facebook

How To Keep WhatsApp From Sharing Your Phone Number With Facebook

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The ultra popular messaging app WhatsApp currently has over a billion users. Along with its international uses and ability to function fully off standard wifi, it’s the security of the app that has made so many people happy to use it. That mood has changed a bit recently as WhatsApp announced it would be sharing info with Facebook or “advertising and marketing”  purposes. They have recently rolled out a new terms of agreement before this info sharing kicks in. Now let’s be honest and admit many of us don’t read or at best skim those terms. We often just accept and go about life. No problem. For those that haven’t accepted yet or even if you have accepted within the past 30 days you can still protect your info.

See below for the short steps to securing your information.

If you have not accepted WhatsApp’s new terms and conditions yet, do not click the Accept button. Scroll down to the bottom of the terms and tap the line that says “Read more about the key updates to our terms and privacy policy.” Next, uncheck the box that says “Share my account information with Facebook…”

If you have already accepted WhatsApp’s new terms and conditions, but have done so within the last 30 days, you can still opt out of sharing your info with Facebook. Go into Settings then hit Account and uncheck the “Share my account information with Facebook…” box.

Simple actions that you’ll be thankful for later.

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NetFlix Mega Hack – Welcome to the Hidden Categories

NetFlix Mega Hack – Welcome to the Hidden Categories

 

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The gift and curse of the mega popular streaming service Netflix is that often we get overwhelmed with options yet can’t seem to find exactly with we want. Netflix operates off a specific internal formula that tries to provide the best options for you to select from based on previous viewings. Notice I said the best options, not all options.

There are very detailed sub categories that open up a sea of new options for your viewing pleasure and they are accessible via a pretty simple method.

To view the categories, select a code from the list below and enter the category code at the end of the URL.

(Here’s an example: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/11146

Note: You must be logged into your Netflix account on a desktop pc for this to work. This is not a mobile device or direct streaming device hack (i.e a bluray player or roku)).

Hit the jump for the full list of the most popular secret codes. I’m certain you’ll find something you like plus a few surprises!!

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Finish The Summer Strong – Half Off Social Media Audit

Finish The Summer Strong – Half Off Social Media Audit

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Believe it or not August is one of the most  important months of the year. What you plan and set in motion this month will create the tone for the second half of the year and in turn lay the ground work for 2017. With that being said for many people they have had just over half the year to run their businesses, build their brands and manage their expectations. How are you doing so far? Are you hitting your goals? Are you under performing digitally? Do you know what you want to do but aren’t sure how to achieve it. If any of this describes you then this is exactly what you need.

Take advantage of this summer price slash so you can get your social media strategies set up to par so you can go into the fall and winter seasons ready to make a major impact.

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SAMURAI RIDES: BACK ON THE ROADS OF GEORGIA w/ the MAZDA CX-9 FOR NOMADNESS REUNION WEEKEND

SAMURAI RIDES: BACK ON THE ROADS OF GEORGIA w/ the MAZDA CX-9 FOR NOMADNESS REUNION WEEKEND

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To say that time flies is a grand understatement but in this case you’ll get no complaints from me. One of my favorite times of the year just finished. The 5th Annual Nomadness Summer BBQ, now known as Reunion Weekend went down amazingly in the Atlanta area. While it’s always a hectic time for me, I enjoy the fact that I move about town in style thanks to Mazda, For the 2nd year in a row It’s me and the Mazda CX taking care of the business at hand. Last year it was the CX-5. This summer it’s the 2016 CX-9 Signature AWD edition.

Summer time travel is the season of all carry-on bags. Without the need to wait on checked luggage, I hopped off my flight and made my way through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport to my vehicle pick up location. I rarely know the color of the ride I’m getting so when this gorgeous Metallic Gray  SUV rolled up I was delighted.

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How Are You Doing With Personal Branding on Snapchat?

How Are You Doing With Personal Branding on Snapchat?

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There is so much going on around us in the digital world. Every day there’s another app or site launching giving you a means of sharing your life with the world. When managing those platforms is how you ear a living is can truly be overwhelming. Right now I want to talk about Snapchat. Actually I want to ask you about it. How is it working for you all? If it’s more then just a way to kill time for you how is it benefiting your business? As much as a Social Media Samurai as I am, I’m also honest. I can say that for my own brand, Snapchat is still a work in progress. I’ve directed other more outgoing folks on how to capitalize on it, but personally it’s still on the lower level of things for me. *Follow me at SMediaSamurai.*

The most consistent aspect of my snaps are that you get pieces of me. I may be out clearing my head at the bar, on the road traveling or at the gym but you get genuine parts of my life. At times I’ll share thoughts or direct folks to other spaces online where I’m active. With a platform that is so new I’m cautious telling people that they are “doing it wrong”. We’re still figuring it out but maybe I’m just taking my time more then others.

Having said that I came across some Snap “Fails” that apparently you should avoid. Take a look after the jump and see what these ideas/views can do to give your Snaps a little more kick.

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Is Writing Truly a Dying Art in Social Media?

Is Writing Truly a Dying Art in Social Media?

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It’s no secret that I feel a certain way about the shift in digital communication from written to image based. The continuous migration towards simpler forms of visual communication does serve a purpose in getting a message out to a population with steadily shortening attention spans. However I can’t stop but notice a pitfall in this rush to banish written expression to the sidelines. Simple does not always equal more effective. Yet as is the way of most businesses follow the numbers and statistics have quite a few experts already preparing for the rise of an all video based Facebook.

At a recent conference in London, the Head of European, Middle Eastern and African operations, Nicola Mendelsohn, said “In five years time Facebook “will be definitely mobile, it will be probably all video.” While Zuckerberg himself has expressed his belief in the growing role of video and imagery, this proclamation of the written words’ irrelevance goes well beyond anything stated thus far.

She goes on to say, “The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video,” Mendelsohn said. “It conveys so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually the trend helps us to digest much more information.”

Spoken like a true business person. Be clear, I don’t disagree with the data but every time there is a conversation on information sharing it almost always seems to trend towards quantity over quality. Everyone doesn’t take in information in the same way. Everyone isn’t a video star in the making. I fear we will be flooding the social Internets with dry, low quality media just because it’s quicker and easier than sitting down and writing out your thoughts. It’s essentially a return to the TV model with everyday citizen replacing the paid professional actors.

Yet Mendelsohn has her eyes focused firmly on the data.

“We’re seeing a year-on-year decline of text…If I was having a bet I’d say: video, video, video.”

Sounds wonderful and maybe this is the way things are going to trend but if there is one thing I’ve learned is that when the trends go right they often leave much uncultivated to the left. Writing is the basis of human civilization. No matter what else we develop to express ourselves, the ability to work and do so creatively will never cease to connect.

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Do you welcome a digital world driven by sound and images both stationary and moving? Is writing as primary function now on it’s last electronic legs? Only time will tell.

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SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO DC WITH THE 2016 HYUNDAI SONATA – BLACK WEBLOG AWARDS

SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO DC WITH THE 2016 HYUNDAI SONATA – BLACK WEBLOG AWARDS

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July marks one of the more active months for me. Besides my usual daddy duties, I have a number of events taking me out of town. After just coming off my time in Ocean City with the new 2017 Elantra I had Hyundai fresh on my mind as I prepared for my next trip to  the DMV area. Fortunately the 2016 Sonata Sport 2.0 with its 18 inch wheels, sleek appearance and extra muscle was waiting for me. The step up in model gave me some more room and power under the hood as I made my way down the 95.

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Space, Style and Power at your fingertips in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

My next destination was the Black Weblog Awards that were held during the 2016 Blogging While Brown conference in Washington, DC. That was one of the most smooth rides into the nation’s capital I’ve ever taken. I can see that the new Elantra took a lot of its design influence from the Sonata.

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Essentially the Sonata is the Elantra’s big brother. Ruling the mid-size class with the most interior space of any other vehicle, you know I’m already enjoying myself.

The Sonata includes some of our favorite and at this point expected features like hands free smart trunk access, remote key ignition, rear view cameras, blind spot and lane safety detection alerts and gorgeous leather laced interior with sporty gear shift handle, pedals and chrome accents.

Besides the increase in size and space, it was the Sonata’s power that quickly struck me after a week with the Elantra. Going from  a solid 147 horsepower engine to the twin turbo pushing at up to 245 horses, the feel on the road is night and day.  When you couple that with the Sport mode steering setting and you really do feel like gliding on the open road.

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I’m not even going to lie. There were a number of impressed looks as I pulled up on George Washington University for the Blogging While Brown Conference. Here’s the thing. People see the running around that I do. With so much going on and so many things on my plate, there is only so much time I can put into transportation. How ever I choose to move about needs to be quality so I can think about other things. The Hyundai Sonata allowed me 100% confidence in the fact that I’d be arriving where I needed to be without any issues.

If nothing else, Hyundai is coming through with lots of options for your driving desires. The Sonata Sport that I experienced goes for just under $30K with the Limited Edition running you about $5K more for all the top features and added treats. At either level, I’d say that you will be a happy customer once you hit that road.

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Simple Methods to Success In spite of the Instagram Algorithm

Simple Methods to Success In spite of the Instagram Algorithm

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Nothing gets the masses fired up like the word Algorithm. Without fail people worry that the way are used to operating online is about to crumble and life will never be the same. Generally speaking algorithm changes across social media only effects a select handful of people. Are the professionals making their bread and butter off digital activity there may be more at sake. Even so, the path to stability is much easier than you may think. It takes a little work but truthfully it’s nothing that many of you aren’t already doing.

Take a look at these suggestions from the Social Media Examiner for how to keep your Instagram posts on people’s feeds without any interruptions.

#1: Create Campaign-specific Instagram Links

Ben & Jerry’s Instagram account is colorful, fun, and often hilarious. They’re one of the most creative and courageous companies out there, so it’s no surprise their Instagram account reflects that.

Their response to the algorithm change was to double down on what’s been working for them all along: passion for their product and a healthy dose of cross-platform promotion.

The fact is that Instagram is not a great platform for selling. Posts with too much promotional language do poorly. But if you can get people off of the platform and onto your website, you have far more control of how and what they see.

Ben & Jerry’s does this in every single post with a call to action (CTA) to “Click the link in our profile to see ____.”

To integrate Ben & Jerry’s tactic in your own Instagram marketing, be sure to add CTAs in every one of your Instagram posts.

If you’re looking for sales, direct traffic to a product landing page on your website. Plugins such as Like2b.uy and Have2Have.it can help.

If you’re looking for content engagement, include a snippet of the article you’re promoting and add a CTA such as “Click the link in our profile for the full article.”
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SAMURAI RIDES: RIDING THE 2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA TO AN OCEAN CITY GETAWAY

SAMURAI RIDES: RIDING THE 2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA TO AN OCEAN CITY GETAWAY

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The dog days of summer have arrived and what better way to beat the heat then to get down to the shore and enjoy the ocean breeze. That was the game plan and the destination was Ocean City, MD. For this mini vacation I got to take an early peek into 2017 with Hyundai’s Elantra Eco. Packed full of food, clothes and a ton of baby items, it was another digital daddy experience as baby Max went on his first vacation.

I’m really a fan of the Elantra’s appearance. The wide, aggressive grill design gives this car such an eye-catching look on top of the sleek Black paint job. Fitted with 17 inch wheels Hyundai excels at creating a simple yet striking style. Hop in the car and you get comfy seating that includes heating options for the cooler months. A/C operates with dual zone control so both the driver and up front passenger can control their respective climate. I have to say that for a compact car the seating felt wider which really improved my riding.

In riding down to Ocean City every inch of trunk space and them some was put to use. My lifestyle is constant motion so being able to hold the things I need for business and personal really matters. In addition to that, the amount of material that was in the car over all didn’t affect the ride at all. The Elantra rode nice and smooth all the way down to O.C. Even when a bad thunder-storm hit wet road control was top-notch.

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For 2017, you get a ton of mobile integration with many of your most used apps via Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™

To keep myself  entertained there are the expected assortment of feature. SiriusXM, Bluetooth, Aux and USB ports give you all the means to enjoy your tunes of choice. In addition to that there are some cool mobile connectivity options for your respective phones. Check out the features for AppleCarPlay & Android Auto.

Safety has always been the top matter to me regarding any #SamuraiRide.  Those vehicle elements matter that much more to me now that I have the most precious cargo, my son riding along now. Hyundai’s Elantra offers you Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic alerts and Lane Departure Alerts. This offers a trustworthy field of added safety for things you can’t always see around you while on the road. And while there are a lot of features included to prevent it, accidents unfortunately still happen. The Elantra comes equipped with 6 front airbags, included a newly added bag for the drivers knee area, in addition to full side airbags. With everything that goes on around you on the road do I feel safe in the Elantra? The answer is yes. More importantly do I feel safe when I place my son in this car? Yes I do.

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Within the economy class of cars Hyundai has made a lot of strides and continues to deliver in performance, style and safety. The roads are full of excited, sometimes speeding, vacationers and you really want to enjoy yourself without worrying about your ride.

OCMAXI’d definitely suggest the Elantra as  a solid option for anyone looking for a new ride that gives you a good bang for your buck. As the new year steadily approaches  2017 Elantra is a nice sign of what Hyundai has in store. It passed Max’s test of approval too.

 

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Branding Management During Times of Crisis via Evita Robinson

Branding Management During Times of Crisis via Evita Robinson

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There is turmoil in the streets of the United States. We are in the midst of a period of social unrest that the U.S hasn’t seen in years. Recent and continuous killings of Black men by the police have pushed the nation to a crisis point that is being noticed far beyond the continental U.S.  As an entrepreneur it is often a difficult balance to represent your growing brand while dealing with troubles that transcend business. The time, energy and commitment to your business could easily be undone if you act incorrectly during this time of high emotions and sensitivity.

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Nomadness Travel Tribe creator Evita Robinson is the embodiment of being the Face of your Brand so she understands the symmetry between business and personal quite well. She dove into this topic via Facebook Live and shares some great insight.

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Sometimes it’s bigger then just the business. Make sure you are following Evita in all her many ventures so you got miss the big things she has upcoming.

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