Category: Social Media

Life management tip: How to turn off Twitter notifications during certain hours using sleep settings

I was going through my settings on Twitter recently to tweak something, and I never realized it, but there’s a way to turn off your Twitter notifications during pre-set hours only. And if I just discovered this for the first time, then I’m probably not the only one. Now I most likely didn’t realize it, because I don’t get any Twitter notifications at all, as one way to help manage my life and minimize distractions. Basically, I check my account when I check it. However if you get certain alerts — say tweets from a few specified people you’ve enabled for mobile...

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#SelfieWithMom for Mother’s Day: A selfie we can all get behind. And in.

If there’s one thing that I love about selfies, it’s that I’m in more photos with my kids now than I ever was before. And as I get older and my kids get older, it’s those photos I treasure the most, even more than their sweet homemade gifts and barely palatable breakfast in bed  (sorry, kids). Which is why I’m loving that the New York Times Motherlode blog is encouraging readers to take a #SelfieWithMom on Mother’s Day. As annoying as selfies can be, as parents, they really do allow you to capture moments as they happen, because as well...

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Rounds app: A terrific Facetime alternative for Android users who want to talk to iPhone users.

I have a close-knit family. My sisters and I talk a lot any given week. The thing is, we all live in cities spread miles (and countries) apart, so we rely on social media, texting and, when time zones line up nicely, video chats. And with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and so many other “let’s talk!” holidays coming up, it made me eager to try the Rounds app, a Facetime alternative that offers live video chat to both iOS and Android users. What’s more, you can share photos, make voice calls — even  play games and watch YouTube videos together. All for free. Did I mention unlimited...

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Scrapbook by Facebook: What parents need to know about this new feature from Facebook for tagging kids.

When I post a picture of my kids to Facebook, I tend to tag my husband, my parents and in-laws, maybe even aunts and uncles. If I want them to see the picture, I tag them. Because until yesterday, there hasn’t been a way to officially tag a photo of a child on Facebook without creating an entire Facebook profile for them, which is in violations of the TOS if they’re under 13 — and not something a lot of us are comfortable with. But now that there’s Scrapbook by Facebook, parents can tag their kids in pictures and keep their photos more easily...

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4 incredibly cool parents to follow on Instagram who are actually not posting photos of their kids

I’m mostly an Instagram purist. I really love following the kinds of accounts in which people share their own individual photography instead of loads of quotes, reshares, or images pulled from magazines. And while I can never resist a gorgeous baby photo, there are plenty of parents out there doing more than just sharing photos of their kids on Instagram. ( No judgments, we do it too! ) So I’m really inspired by these 4 creative, cool Instagram accounts from parents that I bet you’ll love whether you have kids or not. Even though there aren’t cute babies or charmingly styled design-blog ready children...

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We feel very Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes about Apple’s new diverse emoji

We’ve heard that developers are beta testing the latest versions of iOS and OS X, with a WiFi bug fix and blah blah blah blah. Let’s be honest, we know that what most people really care about right now: emoji. More specifically, racially diverse emoji which we’ve been hoping for for a while now. From the blushing bride to the fist bump, Apple users will soon be able to click and hold any emoji character to adjust it to one of five skin tones. Even Santa. Related: The coolest emoji gifts. (Insert happy face emoji here.)   Beyond racially diverse emoji, we’re also thrilled to see that the...

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11 Instagram accounts to follow that start your day off happy

I recently learned a tip: Waking up and beginning your day looking at Facebook and Twitter can start you off on the wrong foot. Between the political fighting, the depressing news, the spam and the trolling…yeah. Not necessarily the first thing you want to see in the morning. Instagram, however, can be a joyous respite from all that. If you’re following the right people, there are feeds that can make you happy in an instant. Just know that I’m kind of old school with my IG. I tend to favor people who share their own photographs–at least most of the time–and don’t muck up their...

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How to hide YouTube comments. Because too many of them make you lose faith in humanity.

Around here, we’re all starting to wonder whether TV will continue to be relevant to our kids who are growing up in the age of online media. In fact, next to playing Minecraft, my tweens’ favorite way to spend their screen time is watching videos of their favorite artists on YouTube. But if you’ve ever looked at the comments, even on the most benign, age-appropriate YouTube videos, you understand why it makes parents crazy. If you listen to this sh*t, you are dumb, gay, and retarted. Nice. Related: 10 questions parents should ask when writing a cell phone contract for kids So if you’ve...

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The best Twitter feeds to follow for Snowstorm 2015 updates. #SNOMG!

One of the reasons I love Twitter is because it really does give you the most up-to-date real time updates, and with the huge impending snowstorm 2015 headed my way, it makes it super helpful to stay on top of the weather. Parent translation: how much bread, milk, eggs, and other french toast ingredients (ha) I need to stock up on and how long my kids will be out of school. As you probably guessed, there are a bajillion Twitter feeds tweeting about the snowstorm, so I narrowed it down to the best Twitter feeds I’ve found that offer the most helpful weather updates. Related: 4...

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When is it okay to eat your emotions? When they’re Emoticandy.

I hate to admit it but with the automatic addition of the emoji keyboard with the iOS8 upgrade, I have finally given in to the emoticon and emoji bandwagon. With some limits of course. Of course Emoticandy, as far as I’m concerned, gets a pass no matter how you feel about those little graphical icons. From the family-owned Raley’s Confectionary and available for purchase at Mouth (man, we love them!), these are a fun, geeky stocking stuffer if I ever saw one. All those beautiful little hard candies are made by hand using only natural food colors and organic sugar (so it...

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