James Mayes

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Blog: How many apps can access your Facebook profile?

In Facebook, Facebook tips, Social Media on February 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I intended recently to remove a Facebook app from BranchOut – it’s a recruitment tool, but one that so far seems more interested in spamming profiles than delivering value.  I then thought I’d blog about the methods, only to discover Andy Headworth had beaten me to it.  Great minds and all that. I’m not annoyed 😉 I’ve got a slightly different method – but I also want you to consider the other apps you find in there…

I try to keep an eye on the apps I install or authorise – after all, they all represent a potential security risk.  Even so, I was surprised to find 65 non-Facebook applications can access my profile. All were things I’d authorised at various points, but even so – at least 30 of them hadn’t been activated in the last 6 months (yes, Facebook shows you that).

Facebook Account Menu

The list of apps that have access to my details, or can post on my behalf, is now much smaller.

Want to sort yours out? Here’s what to do. Click on the Privacy Settings option. You’ll get a view of how different things on your account are shared – and indeed, while you’re here – check you’re happy with those settings.  For checking on your installed apps, the button you want is to the bottom-left of your screen.


Once you’ve found this, click on Edit Settings. You’ll see a short summary of the most recent apps in use, plus some other privacy settings. Instant Personalisation is one I blogged about recently, thought it’s not yet live on my account. Next to the short list of recent apps, click the Edit Settings button – you’ll see the full list. Facebook shows you when they were last used, and gives you the option to edit settings for each one. Next to the edit option though, there’s a little blue cross – click on that, you’ll get the option to remove the app completely.

In less than 10 minutes, I went from 65 apps to 39. I have a few things to check, but a load more may soon disappear too.  How many did you have?  More than you thought, I’d wager. Let me know in the comments!



Blog: New Twitter app – TwileShare. So many uses!

In Social Media, Start-ups, Twitter, Twitter Tips on February 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

The filesharing service for TwitterAnother new Twitter app popped on to my radar recently and with all the fun of #TruLondon, I’ve only just had chance to play around with TwileShare.  Took less than a minute to figure it out, but the uses are endless.

I requested my beta invite from the site and provided an email address. Shortly after, I got the invite, clicked the link and was up and running. Authorise with your Twitter account, select a file to share (I used the TweetJobs logo). I entered some short text for the actual Tweet, and off it went. The file uploaded, the tweet created and sent and 2 minutes later, 26 interested people had taken a look (see screenshot!).

TweetJobs logo

So to the use cases that interest me.

  • Looking for a job and want to circulate your CV easily?
  • Have a requirement to hire and want the full specification or an application form to be made available?
  • Have some thoughts you’d like to share, but don’t want to set up a proper blog?
  • And of course, once the file is there, you can reference it from Facebook or LinkedIn just as easily….

What else comes to mind?

Blog: Influence vs impressions, TweetReach & conferences

In Conference, Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter, Twitter Tips on February 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’ve written before on the value of the backchannel at conferences. It’s something I get huge value from, whether I’m at the event or not. However, I’ve noticed recently the analytics from TweetReach being used more and more often.  I don’t live-tweet events professionally, or indeed organise conferences, so I’ve no reason to pay for full reports.  However, the snippets I’ve seen raise concerns.

Total impressions for 50 #trulondon tweetsTweetReach, so far as I can tell, tracks the tweets on a hashtag, plus those who tweeted them, the retweets, and as a result, the total possible number of views. It’s purely numbers though, and pays no attention to relevance (so far as I can tell).

Imagine, if you will, tweets coming from someone who’s had a career building websites. Maybe he/she has 10,000 followers.  If they then live-tweet a recruiting conference, they may indeed get huge numbers of impressions – but are those impressions a relevant audience. I’d guess probably not.

As an alternative, how about a tweeter with a career in recruitment, live-tweeting a recruiting conference. Maybe 800-1000 followers. I’d hazard a guess there’d be accelerated value through relevancy of audience and subsequent retweets to extended networks.

I therefore have a few questions.

  1. Have I missed something in the TweetReach analytics?
  2. Should a pro live-tweeter maintain separate account for different industry events?
  3. Should a conference organiser actually have the live-tweeter use his/her own account, to ensure greater relevance?

If you’re reading Glenn, I’m not going into the live-tweeting business – I’m just curious!  All thoughts and comments welcome.


Blog: #TRULondon review

In Community, Conference, Recruitment, Social Media on February 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

As those present on Thursday evening will verify, I celebrated my birthday in the midst of #TRULondon.  Lucky chap that I am, my wife had arranged a swift departure thereafter for a weekend in Brussels – so my customary event review blog has for once, not been produced.

Instead, I’ve gathered the transcript of the hashtag discussion here – and subsequently produced the following word cloud.  Note that Twitter names and links have been removed – otherwise, it’s unedited (click on the image to see a larger version).

To all those in the room or contributing from afar – thanks! Bill made it happen – you made it great.

Wordle summary of #trulondon

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