Welcome to the FAVES + CO. Weekly Recap. It’s our rundown of the top stories from the week you can read in five minutes or less. We want to make being in-the-know on all things digital, social and tech as easy as possible. Here is our top 10 rundown to keep your digital IQ above par.
If you’re already a customer of Buffer, then you’ll be thrilled to find out they launched Custom Scheduling. That means you can now schedule individual Tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn updates to go out at a specific time, versus one, specific schedule (although you can still do that, too).
Do you love If This Then That (IFTTT), the service that literally puts the internet to work for you? Today is one of those days that will live in iOS infamy, IFTTT is now available as an app for your iPhone.
According to Cox Communications spokesperson Todd Smith (@toddPR), Mother’s Day is the second highest day for long distance calls in the US, right after Christmas Day (8.19 million minutes and 8.51 million respectively for Cox customers).
If a phone call isn’t enough for you, social media offers many unique opportunities to showcase your love for mom. So, in addition to that personal phone call here are a few ways to use make social media work for you to honor mom on her special day (and throughout the year):
There were a lot of changes in the social and technology worlds this week. My job at Faves is to keep you up-to-date on, well, my favorites. The folks at social collaboration platform Tracky and I created this handy dandy infographic just for you. By the way, it’s not too late to enter my giveaway for the new iPhone 5, that is, if winning stuff sounds good to you.
Really like this infographic? Feel free to repost or share on your blog. Just remember to attribute it to @Tracky and Sarah’s Faves.
What was your fave change in social this week?
Easily manage all your social network settings without giving access to your log in and password with newly launched Bliss Control.
It’s kind of like IFTTT, but not. Bliss Control simply links to the page(s) you actually need in order to manage your social network profiles. Thanks to founders Ben Lang and Alex Wolkov you can bookmark this page to streamline social minutia.
The best part? You don’t need to share your login details. With all the (valid) concern about online privacy, I’m thankful for a resource that doesn’t require the rites to your first born child. I’m kind of fond of mine.
You might still be wondering what it ACTUALLY does. Bliss Control helps you by providing access links to any settings page on the top social networks.
- Change profile picture
- Change bio
- Delete account
- Change 3rd party permissions
- Change connected accounts
- Change password
- Change design
- Change username
- Change email
- Change mobile settings
- Change email settings
- Recover password
Their future plans? Quoting Lang, “Get more people to use it.” Well, there you have it.
Have a question? Email Ben at: benmaxime [at] gmail.com.
ifttt puts the internet to work for you by creating tasks that fit this simple structure: if this then that. You either create your own “recipe” or use one another user created.
What does a recipe mean? An example might be “if I post a video to YouTube then a link to the video should go to a Dropbox folder.”
In order to use ifttt, you need to sign up for ifttt beta and click the confirmation link sent to you via email. Now on to the stuff you really came here to read. Here are 10 social tasks to help simplify your life:
- When Facebook profile picture changes, update Twitter profile picture.
- Send Google Reader feed to Evernote
- Get an SMS alert before any event starts on your Google Calendar
- Autosave Instagram photos to Dropbox
- Post new Etsy listings to Twitter
- When the official #foursquare blog is updated, send me a text [Full disclosure: This is a recipe I created.]
- When Free Music from Amazon is released, send me an email
- Add YouTube videos to Storify
- If I upload a photo to Flickr tagged ‘tweet’, post a link to Twitter
- Save my email attachments to Dropbox
Feel inspired? Create your own recipes on ifttt.