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Learn What to Do With Your Facebook Page Insights

A recent feature from Facebook – for pages – is a weekly email update on your Facebook page. Have you noticed them in your inbox? Don’t ignore them as many do when logging in to their Facebook page. There is valuable information here – and all at a quick glance.

Here’s our latest one this week:

Here is this week’s summary for the Facebook Page: Time on Task Va Services

+6 Fans this week (372 total Fans)

14 Wall Posts, Comments, and Likes this week (11 last week)

430 Visits to your page this week (387 Visits last week)

This is followed by:

Update your Fans:

Visit your Insights Page:

Get more Fans with Facebook Ads:

(These last 3 lines come along with a link to visit those spots within your Facebook page)

If you are not paying attention to the insights available on your Facebook page, then these emails are a great way to remember to look at them. This info is all about numbers – so pay attention to them.

They can help you make changes if needed on your page:

  • Maybe you are not posting on your page wall often as you should. You can build interest in your page if you are participating on the wall with fans, new and old.
  • If you are not gaining fans; try sending out some invites to Twitter contacts or your email list and tell people to join you – but tell them why. What does your fanpage have that others do not? Why should someone join you on the page? Let people know and if they are interested they will know where to find you.
  • Make sure too, when fans do comment or post on your page that you acknowledge this and answer them, make a comment. One way conversations are no way to build relationships.

You can also view the insights directly on your Facebook page and learn much more about the people connected to your Facebook Page. The insights can be found on your main page wall, on the left column below your page profile picture. Once you click on the Insights you may be surprised to see what you find.

As with website analytics, you can see the traffic patterns, demographics of those connected to your page, not only if they are male or female, but what country they are from as well. You can check on your interactions and view the trend of subscribers and unsubscribers. Knowing the patterns here can help you adjust your content and activity on your page.

Stop and take a look at your insights. They are there to help you and should be part of your overall social media plan.

Adopt an Ugly Duckling on Farmville – Step by Step Guide

Farmville Ugly Ducklings are very cute but they are not readily available in the online game. To obtain an Ugly Duckling you will need to adopt one from your Farmville Neighbors and Facebook farming friends. You cannot purchase an Ugly Duckling at the Farmville Market.

Step 1; Get More Farmville Neighbors:

To improve the odds of adopting a duck you will need to get more Farmville neighbors. To get more neighbors in Farmville invite all of your Facebook friends to become your Farmville neighbors, visit Farmville forums, join Farmville groups, and include the comment “ADD ME” to postings on the Facebook Official Fan Page.

Step 2; Check Facebook News Feeds:

Browse through your Facebook news feeds often to see if one of your Farmville neighbors’ or Facebook friends has placed an Ugly Duckling up for adoption. Look for a picture of an Ugly Duckling. If the picture is posted in the news feed this means that one of your neighbors has an Ugly Duckling on their farm and they have placed it up for adoption.

Step 3; Adopt Your Neighbor’s Duck:

Locate a post that states, “Adopt the Ugly Duckling.” Click on the link under the post and you will be redirected to Farmville. If you are one of the first players to click on the “Adopt” icon you will then own your very own ugly duckling.

Step 4; Sign in to Farmville:

Once you sign in to Farmville your Ugly Duckling will be waiting for you in your gift box.

Step 5; Leave the Duck in Your Gift Box:

Leave your ugly duck in your gift box for a short time to give other Farmville neighbors an opportunity to adopt an ugly duckling themselves. Leave the duck in the gift box for at least a few hours, or better yet the whole day, this way more of your Farmville friends will have an opportunity to adopt a duck. Notify your close neighbors if you know they have been searching for a duck for themselves.

Step 6; Position Your Duck:

You can position your duck anywhere on your farm that you desire. An excellent choice may be near your pond.

Cool Farmville Facts:

Your Farmville Ugly Duckling will transform into a beautiful swan in just a few days.

Your new Swan will produce feathers in just 2 days.

Farmville Tips, Tricks, and Strategies:

When your duck has transformed into a swan you can harvest the feathers.

Sell your swan feathers to earn 80 Farmville coins.

US border agents could make refugees and visa holders give social media logins | US news

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering forcing refugees and visa applicants from seven Muslim-majority countries to hand over their login details for Facebook and other social media sites as part of a security check.

“We want to get on their social media, with passwords – what do you do, what do you say?” said the DHS secretary, John Kelly, speaking to Congress during the House committee on homeland security on Tuesday. “If they don’t want to cooperate then you don’t come in.”

The proposed security measure would be for immigrants and refugees from the countries referenced in Trump’s controversial executive order (currently blocked by a federal judge): Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Kelly said that under the current vetting process officials “don’t have a lot to work with” and must rely on reviewing the individual’s paperwork and asking them questions about their background. It can be particularly hard to check the backgrounds of people from “failed states” like Syria and Somalia, he said, as ongoing conflict has damaged identity record infrastructure.

“When someone says, ‘I’m from this town and this was my occupation,’ [border officials] essentially have to take the word of the individual. I frankly don’t think that’s enough, certainly President Trump doesn’t think that’s enough. So we’ve got to maybe add some additional layers,” said Kelly.

Another security measure being considered by homeland security under the Trump administration is demanding financial records. “We can follow the money, so to speak,” said Kelly. “How are you living, who is sending you money?”

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He said this could help identify “individuals who may be on the payroll of terrorist organizations”.

Immigrants from the seven countries affected by the executive order already face intense screening by homeland security.

“People from all countries nowadays go through a vetting process, particularly from parts of the worlds where there is political instability and violence, and are thoroughly checked. Refugees are the most checked of all the people,” said Ibrahim Hooper, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Facebook engineer Murtadha Al-Tameemi, who was born in Iraq, last week told the Guardian that every time he returns to the US from a business trip or family visit he is subjected to up to four hours of secondary screening.

“Sometimes they take my phone and look through my photos, my Facebook and emails, and ask about the people contacting me, or where I took a photo, or why was I in a particular location. If you don’t give them your phone they don’t let you into the country,” he said.

Reacting to Kelly’s comments, Al-Tameemi said: “I don’t really understand how this is supposed to help. Maybe terrorists aren’t as smart as I think, but if these checks become a guaranteed and expected part of the vetting process, wouldn’t it be super easy to get around this by having a fake account that you log in to before crossing the border?”

Sophia Cope, staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, described the proposals as evidence of a “steady progression of overreach by the department”.

“Whether border agents demand usernames and passwords to social media accounts or access apps, such searches can lead to private communications,” she said. “Such practices violate human rights norms around free speech and privacy for foreigners and implicate the constitutional rights of Americans.”

For Hooper, the proposed measure is another step towards Trump carrying out what he announced in December 2015: a complete ban of Muslim entry to the United States.

“It’s kind of a drip drip approach. Everything you do singles out Muslims for special treatment in violation of constitution. That’s what we have, what we have to deal with,” he said.

It’s not the first time homeland security has considered demanding social media passwords of visitors to the US. The Obama administration mulled, but eventually rejected, the idea in 2015.

Instead the government adopted a watered-down policy to ask foreign visitors coming into the US under the visa waiver program – which allows people to visit the US for up to 90 days for leisure or business – to disclose their social media handles (but not passwords).

The optional measure was designed to “provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use”.

Head to head: Apple’s BeatsX vs. AirPods



With BeatsX now in stores, AppleInsider takes a closer look at the new W1 chip-equipped wireless earphones and how they compare with Apple’s flagship AirPods.

The design differences between the two units are obvious. AirPods were crafted to serve all listeners as a one-size-fits-all, completely wireless device based on Apple’s already successful EarPods. Because the individual earbuds are molded from hard plastic, some users might find the design too small or too large for their liking. It also means the acoustic seal might vary from one listener to the next.

BeatsX, on the other hand, takes a more traditional approach by including four interchangeable silicone eartips for an adjustable fit. A pair of “earwings” also comes with the unit to snug BeatsX into a user’s ear when exercising or performing other strenuous activities. In addition to fitting a wider range of ear types, the eartips offer an enhanced acoustic seal as compared to AirPods.

Something to take into consideration, however, is that Apple’s latest Beats product is a tethered design, like the recent Powerbeats3 model. While the Flex Form connecting cable is highly malleable, users will always have a cable touching their neck. The tether does have its benefits, however, as users can simply take out both earbuds and let them dangle when not in use. Magnets built into the BeatsX earbuds also allow them to snap together for necklace-style wear and easy storage in the provided soft case.

Since AirPods is a totally wireless design, its carrying case serves double duty as a portable charger. With BeatsX, charging is accomplished through a standard Lightning cable that connects directly to one of two component pods located on both ends of the tether cable. Apple integrated a Fast Fuel feature with the Beats unit that nets users 2 hours of playback time from a 5-minute charge.

Moving on to pairing, BeatsX features Apple’s new W1 chip, so the pairing process is identical to AirPods. Simply power on the earphones near an iOS device and tap “connect.” From there, BeatsX is automatically provisioned for use on any iOS 10.2 or macOS Sierra device linked to a user’s iCloud account.

On sound, BeatsX features the audio company’s signature bass-heavy reproduction, though mids and highs are surprisingly well tuned. The overall sound profile is more dynamic out of the box than AirPods, which produce a flatter, more even sound signature. That said, we found AirPods to be much louder than its BeatsX cousin, perhaps due to driver impedance or a firmware-limiting volume cap.

There is a definite difference in sound quality between the two, so we suggest buyers visit an Apple store to experience them first hand before making a decision.

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