FACEBOOK TIP

Ever notice that the same Facebook friends are always at the top of your page? You can fix that.

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TALK TO ME

You know those science fiction movies where the Earth crew lands on a planet populated by green furry creatures? They start talking to each other.

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GROUP MESSAGING

Remind101 — After a high school principal reminded us of the text messaging app “Group Me,” a teacher wrote with another suggestion: “Remind101.” This is free from Remind101.com and lets you send text messages to any group. They can’t reply. He just wanted to notify parents and teachers of events; he doesn’t really want to hear back.

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VIDEO MESSAGES THAT DISAPPEAR

SnapChat became famous for photo messages that quickly disappear after they’re viewed. Now they’ve added video messages that disappear. So you can take as many dumb pictures as you want and at least they won’t be saved.

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CALL ME (BUT NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT)

A high school principal wrote to ask us what’s the best way to send text messages to a group. Before we could answer, he wrote back to say he’d tried “GroupMe,” and unfortunately woke up a bunch of teachers in the middle of the night. (Those teachers should have adjusted their settings to turn off the message alert. You don’t have to get a ding every time a message comes in.)

Just as it sounds, GroupMe works on the computer or phone to send text messages to groups. If you have a person’s cell phone number, they don’t need to have the app installed. If you only have their email address, they’ll get an invitation to install the app.

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WHAT’S THE FUSS?

Facebook paid 19 billion dollars to buy “WhatsApp.” What’s up with that? “WhatsApp” is an app, and it works with almost any smartphone to let you exchange an unlimited number of text messages for free. The app itself is free for the first year and a whopping 99 cents a year after that. We don’t need or use WhatsApp ourselves because we’re on a $30 a month unlimited plan from T-Mobile (with just 100 voice minutes). But we installed it anyway to try it out. A message appeared immediately warning us to uninstall two of our favorite apps, Battery Doctor and Mobile Care. Both are so-called “task killers” to prevent battery power loss. For us that’s a deal killer. Because […]

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DOG LAND

“Dog Land” for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch links dog owners from around the world in a like-minded community of pet owners. “Mark your territory” to share your location with others. Find dog parks, pet stores, vets and animal rescues. Vote on dog-friendly places. Use privacy settings to control who sees what. Their slogan: “This land is your land. This land is Dog Land.”

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SHARING A LINK

This happens a lot: Somebody will tell us about a great site, article or video they saw on the web, but don’t remember exactly where it was. Google it, they’ll say. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.

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REACHING MORE PEOPLE

We’ve sometimes wondered what time is best to post to Facebook or Twitter. We know you’re all anxious about that. “BufferApp” will take you there.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK

Nextdoor.com is a site to help you keep up with what’s going on in your neighborhood. Information categories include “crime and safety,” “classifieds,” “free items,” and “lost and found.” They verify you are you by sending an automated phone call. We got welcomed by neighbors when we tried it. If there isn’t a category for gossip, there soon will be.

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