I Demand Control of my Social Media Content

Social Media ContentI Want to Control My Social Media Content!

I hear this all the time, “I don’t want to use (pick one – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, etc) because I don’t want someone else to control my content.”

This is one of the biggest fears people have about using social media.  There are only three things you can do to be able to both understand how your content is used and control it yourself:

  1. Read the Privacy Statements
  2. Read the Terms of Service
  3. Manage and Adjust your settings

In order to make this easier for you, here are the Privacy Statements of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+

Here are the Terms of Service Statements for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+

In order to manage your Social Media Content on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ work, you will need to review your settings and make decisions for yourself how to adjust these settings. Here are the links to each of these social media platform settings.

Lastly – You still don’t know what to do. Check out the help sections of these social media platforms

Ok – If you want to control your Social Media Content

OK – so you want to use social media and you want to control your content. You have to read the Privacy Statement, Terms of Service, adjust your own social media settings and when needed look for help. Read thru these documents and adjust your settings in a manner that suites your needs. Everyone is different, so make setting decisions that work for you and how you use them.

Lastly – if you still need help with your Social Media Content, contact me NCWiseman@teddyburriss.com and let’s find a way I can help you directly.

Setting up Google Voice

Setting up Google Voice

Setting up Google VoiceIt’s rather easy – Setting up Google Voice

I love Google Voice and encourage anyone using social media to consider publishing a Google Voice number instead of their cell phone or home phone.

A great way to increase the ability to connect when you put a Google Voice number on your Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, About.me, etc profile.

Want some help Setting up Google Voice:

Setting up a Google Voice account starts with getting a Google Email account at www.Gmail.com.

Once you have a Gmail Account, go to www.google.com/voice and follow the prompts.

It’s pretty easy. You have to start by associating your Google Voice account with a land line or Mobile phone#. (however the calls do not need to be forwarded there)

Here are some good videos on how to use Google Voice.

Hi there,

Thanks for signing up for Google Voice! Your new Google number is (336) 734-9169.

Here are some videos that help you get started with Google Voice:

  1. Read transcriptions of voicemails. Watch a video »
  2. Customize which phones ring. Watch a video »
  3. Personalize greetings for different callers. Watch a video »
  4. Make cheap international calls. Watch a video »
  5. Forward SMS to email. Watch a video »
  6. Share voicemails with friends. Watch a video »
  7. Block unwanted callers. Watch a video »
  8. Screen callers before answering. Watch a video »
  9. Access the mobile app on your phone. Watch a video »
  10. Conference call with co-workers. Watch a video »

You can see all these videos at youtube.com/googlevoice. And for the latest news, check out our blog.

I hope this information about Setting up Google Voice is useful to you.

If you need more help, contact me on my Google Voice line

10 Principles of Social Media

It was a pleasure to meet everyone today (5/21/13) at the Sustainable Business Network of Winston-Salem.

I appreciate the opportunity to share my message with the group.

Here are the 10+ Principles of Social Media that I shared with the group:

1.00 – What is Social Media

Yes, we all know about Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress and YouTube. But this is only a fraction of the social media sites that exist as of 2013. Wikipedia lists well over 150 social media sites in the article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
Social media platforms are for people to engage in social conversations
Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks – source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media
Social media platforms are for people to engage in social conversations
Social media venus are for people to share and benefit from the co-creation of content and ideas
Social media sites are where people connect and build relationships
Social media sites are not places for us to sell, anything
“Social media are tools for us to talk with anyone we want, anytime we want and about anything we want.” ~ @NCWiseman
I wrote this definition a few years ago because I kept hearing business owners and executives tell me, “Social media is managed by our marketing department.” I quietly weep every time I hear this.
When I hear this statement I am obligated (by myself) to ask:
“Does marketing manage your phone system?” 
“Does marketing manage your email system?” 
“Does marketing control the use of your fax machines, pens and pencils?” 
“Does marketing escort your staff thru life, into networking meetings, coffee shops and bars?” 
“If not, why does marketing manage your social media activity?”

2.01 – Principle # 1

“Networking is finding, developing and nurturing relationships that mutually move people forward thru life,” ~ @NCWiseman


2.02 – Principle # 2

“Networking for Mutual Benefit is a requirement for success” ~ @NCWiseman


2.03 – Principle # 3

“Never do, say or engage in social media in a way you don’t want to be seen, heard or perceived in life.” ~ @NCWiseman

2.04 – Principle # 4

“Everything we do on social media must be TRUHE. If not, people will begin to ignore us” ~ @NCWiseman

2.05 – Principle # 5

“To get the greatest value out of social media, we must execute the 5 Cs.” ~ @NCWiseman

2.06 – Principle # 6

“We must always have trust, respect & compassion for our connections. Otherwise they won’t want to trust, respect or have compassion for us.” ~ @NCWiseman


2.07 – Principle # 7

“If everything we do is all about us, then success is less likely to occur. Make life mutually beneficial and life will be far more rewarding.” ~@NCWiseman 

2.08 – Principle # 8

“Giving is a powerful way to build relationship, whether in real life or through social media.” ~ @NCWiseman

2.09 – Principle # 9

“A connection does not make a relationship. Relationships occur when we help others.” ~ @NCWiseman

2.10 – Principle # 10

“Never contradict who we are or what we stand for when using social media.” ~ @NCWiseman

2.11 – Bonus Principle

Experience & Experiment without giving up, this is the best way to discover how social media can benefit us and our company.” ~ @NCWiseman

24 Social Media Policies for you to read

I shared “What is the Wrong Stuff” regarding Social Media Content and then some tips on how to Self-Moderate in Social Media.

Now I want to share Privacy & Terms of Use Statements of our Favorite Social Media systems.

They all have Privacy Statements, Terms of Use Statements and Guidelines for Reporting Inappropriate content, some are easier to find than others.

For those who have not already read these statements, which I suggest you need to do, here are the links to my Favorite Social Media platforms:

FYI – The Google+ statements were the most difficult for me to find, but I found them.

Social Media Platform Privacy Statements

Social Media Platform Terms of Use Statements

Social Media Platform Report Inappropriate use/Content


You are the Sheriff

Social Media systems are Self-Monitored. There is a higher authority responsible for the overall Social Media system, brand protection and member security, but when it comes to content and interaction, we are the Sheriff.

This means that it is our job to Flag, Block and Report users who post the wrong stuff.

OK – first question that comes up is, “What is wrong stuff?” – read my post titled – What is the Wrong Stuff?

Now that you know what the Wrong Stuff is, let’s go to the Second step – how to Self-Moderate

I’m going to show you how to Self-moderate  in LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


From the front page of LinkedIn – All you can do is Hide a connection and all of their stuff.

How to Hide a LinkedIn Status post from the Front Wall – Click Hide

From a LinkedIn Group Page you have a few other Self-moderation options to Report Wrong Stuff:

The power of the FLAG Icon in Group and Page Discussions.


In Facebook we have two similar Self-moderation options:


In Facebook you can Hide a single Post, Report it as SPAM (or the Wrong Stuff) or Hide all posts from the friend or Page.


In Twitter you have a good choices of Self-moderation Options as well:

You can UnFollow, Block, or Report as Spam (Wrong Stuff) any of the people who you Follow and/or who RT your stuff.


So – you know how to do it now.

If you see status updates, posts, comments, discussions, polls or tweets that clearly fall into the Wrong Stuff Bucket – It is your responsibility to Self-Moderate. If you don’t (or we don’t) then we’ll end up with Social Media Streams full of Crap.

Will you Self-Moderate?

Do you do this now?

Are you the Sheriff of you Social Media Stream?

I am!

Let us know what you think.