Use Snooze to Filter Your Facebook Feed

By Tracey Dowdy

You may have missed it, but back in September, Facebook added Snooze – a feature that enables you to temporarily unfollow specific friends, Pages or Groups for up to 30 days. It’s currently still in its testing phase, but the goal is to eventually add options to Snooze for 7 days or as little as 24 hours.

Basically, Snooze gives you greater control over what appears in your feed and spares you the awkwardness of Unfollowing or Blocking Friends. So now, when a not really close Friend or very opinionated auntie launches their new business, has a baby, invites you to a recipe thread, constantly posts spoilers about Game of Thrones or This Is Us, won’t stop posting pictures of the beach while you’re stuck in the office, or keeps creating drama with politically charged posts, you can hit that Snooze button and feel a welcome sense of relief.

The size of your friend group pays off in actual profit for Facebook – it’s all tied to marketing – and so the greater the size of your network, the greater the profit for advertisers. Think about how your friend’s “likes” get turned into subtle ads for companies – “Tracey Likes Cooking Light” or “Tracey like Old Navy.”

To activate Snooze, click on the three dots that bring up the drop-down arrow in the top right of someone’s post and select “Snooze for 30 days.” A spokesman for Facebook said, “We’re testing new ways to give people control over their News Feeds so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant.”

Offering users the option to sift through the “noise” in their feed isn’t new. Facebook allowed us to “See Less” back in 2012 and followed that up with the “Unfollow” option in 2014. But, many users found “See Less” confusing and “Unfollow” completely restricted the selected friend from your feed.  By implementing Snooze, Facebook maintains that larger marketing pool yet allows you to clean up your newsfeed, so in theory, we all win.

Facebook hopes that by offering a temporary solution, Groups and Pages will be more mindful of spamming members. The complex algorithms that determine what appears in your newsfeed based on your Likes, comments and shares will still curate that content, but it’s nice for us to have more say in what we see.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

How To Move Your Contacts to a New Phone

By Tracey Dowdy

If you got a new phone for Christmas, then moving your contacts from your old device to the new one can seem overwhelming. However, switching platforms is easier than you may think.  Moving Android>Android or Apple>Apple is easiest, but Apple to Android or vice versa is just a matter of a few extra steps.

Moving from one iPhone to another is very straightforward as everything should already be synced through your Apple ID to the cloud or backed up on your computer. Before you move your contacts to your new device, take a moment to clean house and do a manual update of your contacts. Remember, your device will upload everything “as is,” so this is the time to look for duplicates, contacts you no longer need, or incomplete or inaccurate information.

If you’re moving to a new Android device, everything should already be backed up through your Google ID (your Gmail account). Go to Settings > Accounts > Contacts and ensure that your contacts are synced to your Google account. To check before you transfer, log onto Contacts.Google.com, and you should be able to see all of your contacts. Then, simply log into your Google account on your new phone and all the contacts should be listed.

As I mentioned above, switching platforms from iPhone to Android isn’t as straightforward but still very doable. Log in to your iCloud account and click on the contacts book. In the top left corner, click on the wheel and choose “Select All.” You can now export all the contacts to your computer. The next step is to upload the file to your Google Drive account. Now, when you log in to your Gmail account on your new Android phone, all your contacts will have been uploaded and listed.

Moving from Android to iPhone is even easier. Make sure all your contacts are backed up to your Gmail account (Settings > Accounts > Contacts), and simply add your Google account to your phone. That’s it – it’s that simple.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

Friday, January 5: New Year Resolutions

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

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When:  TODAY, Friday, January 5, 2018
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Join host @TheTechDad and the #MobileLiving team at 3 pm ET (12 noon PT) TODAY as we chat about New Year Resolutions!
Making New Year resolutions is the easy part; keeping them is a whole lot harder! Join us as we share our goals for 2018, swap tips on how to stay the course, and discover how our smartphones can lend a helping hand!
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