TEACHING AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS

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FINDING A PEN PAL ONLINE

A reader described himself as “an over-the-hill guy” who remembers having a pen pal in his youth and he liked it. It was great fun, he said, but how would he find pen pals these days? Well … PenPalParty.com has international pen friends. You can specify adults who speak English, are over a certain age, or use any criteria you like, by going to penpalparty.com/lookforpals.html. You could also go to favorite websites, such as your favorite newspaper or magazine. If there’s a topic you’re interested in, comment on it and include your email address so people can write you back. When Joy was in her 20s, she loved the pen pals she met through “Single Booklovers,” which still exists at […]

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THE FACEBOOK PRIMARY

“The Facebook Primary” shows you who would win the election when judged by the number of Facebook “likes.” When we looked ten days ago, Ben Carson was first, and Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were tied for second. Hillary was left at the starting gate. When we checked just now, Sanders and Trump were tied for first with 23 percent each and Cruz was second with 12 percent. Hilary had eight percent.

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FACEBOOK MOMENTS

“Facebook Moments” is a free app for Android and iPhone, and a good way to get photos from friends without having to ask. It’s an official Facebook app, but you can get it from MomentsApp.com.

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CHECKING FACEBOOK IN THE SHOWER

According to a survey of over 2000 people, compulsive Facebook users are prone to update their posts even in the shower, while driving, at funerals and in the ocean. Many others admit to having lied so they could leave a social engagement to check Facebook. There are now 1.49 billion Facebook users. More info on this can be found at StopProcrastinatingApp.com/how-to-block-facebook.

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HIDDEN FACEBOOK FEATURE

Bob clicked on a hidden Facebook feature and discovered an old pal from Philadelphia. Turns out there’s a Facebook button called “Other.” It’s faint and hard to see, but that just makes it more mysterious. It’s there you may find mail from people who aren’t on your friends list, also ads for things you never wanted.

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APP HAPPY HELLO

To whom it may concern: We are told by younger folks that nobody makes phone calls these days, they text each other. In case you do make calls once in a while, “Hello: Caller ID and Blocking” is a free Android app that makes it easier to place calls using a free Wi-Fi connection. It also blocks unwanted calls.

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MONEY TO GO

Google is working on a way to let you read a bill in your email and pay it right there without leaving your inbox. Facebook is rolling out something similar, letting you transfer money to friends and family right there in the Facebook Messenger app (Android) (iPhone) which split off from Facebook last Spring. You can also send money to anyone through the “Google Wallet” app. None of this can be good news for Western Union.

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DECEASED BUT ON FACEBOOK

A widowed friend of ours is still keeping her husband’s Facebook account open, several months after he passed away. She has no plans to close it. Many experts suggest “memorializing” such an account to make it impossible to send messages there, but she sees no reason to do this either. We agree. Survivors probably want to hear from anyone who hasn’t yet learned of the death of their friend so it’s best to keep channels open.

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A THANK YOU VIDEO

Facebook.com/thanks creates a slideshow from photos you’ve already uploaded to Facebook, and any you add. Click “share” to share it on Facebook.

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