Category: Social Media

How to change your Facebook page to Pirate speak for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Oh how we love Talk Like a Pirate Day each year. And clearly the folks at Facebook too. If you want to change your whole Facebook page into Pirate-speak for the day (or you know, forever), so that a like becomes Arrr and events happen at Septembarr 20 roundabouts 11:00 in the evenin’, it’s easy. At the very bottom of your page, in grey, is a link that refers to your language – like English (US). Click on that and you’ll see a full list of other languages including English (Pirate). Click it.   That’s it! Go back to the site, and...

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The Timeline Project: A very cool way to help women visualize goals.

I’m a planner: I like knowing what I want to get done, and when I’m going to do it. But I’m also a sucker for dreamy design, so it’s no surprise that I’m smitten with The Timeline Project, a new way for women to visualize your future. Developed by Bayer Health Care, The Timeline Project helps you generate goals, set a timeframe to achieve them, and document your plan in a pretty timeline that’s all perfectly designed for sharing on social media. For each goal, you can choose from six life categories, like lifestyle or health or civil engagement, and then...

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How IKEA is using Instagram in a very cool way. As in, no selfies.

What happens when 14 young designers put their heads together to figure out how to promote IKEA’s newest furniture collection? The highly-innovative IKEA PS 2014, that’s what. It’s the first fully-functional, interlinked web site on Instagram. Yes, that Instagram. And you thought that IG was only for over-filtered selfies and dimly-lit food pics. Russian ad agency Instinct came up with the idea, and it’s pretty darn cool; the Instagram account operates like you regular web site, with 12 image tabs displaying different product categories–benches, textiles, lighting–as you would see in a catalogue. But the websitey-ness comes into play once you select on...

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10 brutally honest Twitter tips for brands: How to pitch without driving everyone crazy.

We spend a lot of time on Twitter. Maybe too much. But between our personal accounts, and @coolmomtech and @coolmompicks, all of us here definitely get to see our share of brand outreach. Not just to us directly, but to other folks on Twitter too. And the truth is, a lot of PR folks, brands, and small business owners could still use a little help with their technique. Or a lot. Getting ignored is one thing; but you don’t want to inadvertently offend the very people you’re pitching. Or worse, be reported for spam and lose your entire account. If you’re using...

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Happy Mother’s Day, from Cool Mom Tech

Wishing all our readers a wonderful, relaxing, totally non-contentious day. Maybe you’ll even get to unplug a little. Unless you don’t want to. Hey, breakfast in bed followed by uninterrupted Pinterest browsing sounds good to us. Happy Mother’s Day, cool moms! From Kristen, Liz, and everyone at Cool Mom...

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The new Pinterest Guided Search: How to use it, and will it actually work?

As we well know, Pinterest can be a wonderful source of information and inspiration; we provide lots of it ourselves. But the lack of great search functionality can make it a tad overwhelming, especially if you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking for. Fortunately, the new Pinterest Guided Search feature on the Pinterest app could help keep you focused and on the right track. Interestingly, the new functionality is only on the mobile app, not on the website. The goal of Pinterest Guided Search is to deliver the most relevant pins, by offering search term suggestions that help steer and refine...

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Facebook Nearby Friends feature: Should you be worried about your teen’s privacy?

This is the first in a new series of posts about apps that kids are using, that parents should be aware of. And there are lots. Hope it helps. Last week brought the announcement the new Facebook Nearby Friends feature in the Facebook mobile app, which is a clear attempt to lure more teens back to Facebook. Especially considering it’s an age group that they’ve had trouble wooing and keeping in recent months. In short, Nearby Friends allows users to share their location with their Facebook friends with the goal of discovering in-person meet-ups–nothing new to those of you...

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NASA Global Selfie Earth Day project: One selfie that’s for more than your ego

While we may give the side-eye to duckface selfies (although, a selfie at the Oscars with Bradley Cooper and Ellen is fine by us), today for Earth Day, NASA has given us an awesome reason to endorse selfies, thanks to the NASA #GlobalSelfie project. Wherever you are, go outside and take a picture of yourself or your kids (or hey, have somebody else do it — the selfie part isn’t mandatory), with some indication of where you are. Try words written in the sand or spelled out in rocks, a homemade sign or one of NASA’s printable signs (available in...

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The pros and cons of the new Facebook Reveal. Do you want to know who’s been looking at your profile?

When you check your Facebook profile, do you have a notification that says “Who’s Looking At My Profile” on the top left? If so, you’re one of the lucky few to get a first look at the huge new Facebook Reveal feature–which is either a great thing or a terribly scary thing, depending on how you use Facebook. Taking a page from one of the best features of LinkedIn, Facebook Reveal now allows you to see just which ex-boyfriend, future employer, or frienemy (ahem) has been checking out your profile. I was lucky enough to get a look at the Beta this...

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Entrepreneur’s Top Tech Pinterest Boards to Follow. Including us!

We were so excited this morning to learn that Entrepreneur Magazine included Cool Mom Tech as one of the top 5  tech pinners you should be following. Wow!  What a huge honor to have the Cool Mom Tech pinterest boards featured alongside some of our own favorite tech Pinterest boards, like CNET and Geek Sugar. And with Pinterest being known so widely for DIY, crafts, and fashion, we love that Entrepreneur is showcasing a thriving tech community. Hey, even DIYers and crafters needs cool apps to stay organized, and stylish home office must-haves. Of course then they’ll get out the...

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