Friday Favorites 2.26.16

TTG SMM (1)It’s the last Friday in February…can you believe it? We’ve enjoyed such wonderful weather here in Northwest Arkansas this month…I think winter might be done with us. Once I see a daffodil, and I’ve seen plenty, it’s Spring in my mind.

As you know, this is where I compile all the things that turned my head this week.  I hope you enjoy my favorite items and have a great weekend!

Are you following a famous animal on Instagram?

All the Single Ladies…

The 10 Facebook emojis we really needed…I still want a ‘dislike’ button.

Have you KonMari’d yet? I started some and need to finish.

I worked from my local library this week…There’s something special about working in a quiet space, surrounded by natural light and books.

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Friday Favorites 2.19.16

Do you ever have one of those weeks where Friday just surprises you? I can’t believe today is TTG SMM (1)Friday because the week just flew by me.  For the most part, it was a good week filled with sunshine and good work.

I hope your week was productive as well.  I found a few interesting items for you to take a look at today…hope you enjoy!

I love advice on how to read more books each year

The best book I read last year was Thrive, by Arianna Huffington

Meditation destination? Sign me up!

I’m a sucker for a productivity app and here’s 24 for you

Speaking of productivity apps…here are four that I use daily:

Evernote: I keep my entire life in evernote!

Pocket: This is where I store all my favorite articles.

Feedly: I use this app to read all my favorite bloggers and RSS feeds.

ToDoist: When I use a digital to-d0 list…this is the one I use.

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday Favorites 2.12.16

Lucky you, it’s time for another installment of ‘Friday Favorites’ ha! I had a great week and I hopeTTG SMM (1) you did as well.  The weather was nice, I felt productive and creative…AND I got my valentines in the mailbox on time…#winning!

This is the beloved Valentine’s Day weekend where I will avoid all restaurants on Saturday and Sunday.  The hubs and I will do something fun but not at a busy restaurant. What are your plans?

Ok, so here’s what caught my attention this week.

Last minute gift ideas for your nerdy sweetie

Never thought about how wasteful a straw can be!

Is Technology Ruining Our Lives…maybe?

I’m making a serious effort to practice daily meditation and I love Headspace for meditation. Their interface is clean and inviting and Andy’s voice is honey in my ears.

Also, I’ve been obsessed with this Instagram account, Frank Body, so I broke down and ordered product this week! Who says social media doesn’t move product?

This was my favorite Super Bowl commercial…

Hope you find something here that makes you smile..have a great weekend sweethearts!

Friday Favorites 2.5.16

AT.com Blog graphicWow this week flew by for me…busy, busy.  I hope your week was productive and filled with joy. Here are a few things I found this week that made me laugh or think.  Enjoy and Happy Super Bowl 50!

It’s like Uber but…

Ok Fine, I’ll Learn Snapchat

Time to Declutter My Phone Screen

I’ve Got to Get A Mirror Like This

 

 

San Fran is a tough town for trucks!

Photo credit: Kurt Varner

Photo credit: Kurt Varner

 

Get a ‘Handle’ on Your Social Media

Remember when email first came out…no? Let me tell you how it went down…AOL was one of social media tip, handlesthe first email providers that everyone jumped on board with…mostly thanks to the movie You’ve Got Mail.  (We all wanted to hear those 3 little words.)

Way back in those days (the 90’s) my friends and I would try to think up the most clever email handle…not our names mind you but something clever and cute.  Like mine might have been ladyback4ever@aol.com.  Others might have been catlover1973@aol, babyblueeyes@…you get my drift.

It did not occur to us to use our actual name because email was new and exciting and our names were boring!

Fast forward to the social media age…we should have learned from those early days that our handles SHOULD be our name and not some cute moniker, we give ourselves.  However, I still see many folks on social media making this mistake.

Facebook pretty much forces you to use your full name…so your 9th grade boyfriend can look you up and facebook stalk your page! Other social platforms, like Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat give you the ability to be as creative as you’d like with your handle.  Resist this urge, I beg you!

Your Twitter, Instagram, Et al. handle should be your name if you want to grow your account and increase engagement.  People have a hard time trusting an account that is @babyblueeyes…who is that? And if you’re profile photo isn’t your photo (which it should be)…then it’s really hard to figure out who just followed me on Instagram.  Social Media is about being social and engaging with human beings…so use your name or something close to your name for your handles.

The same is true for your business accounts.  Maybe you make the best pies in town but if your handle is @bestpiesintown, that doesn’t tell me who the business is…save the “best pies in town” for your bio. Your handle should be @yourbusinessname.

I see this mistake with student-athletes all the time.  They have cute handles that pertain to their prowess in the sport they play…which is fun, but when a coach is trying to find them (and they are) on social media…the student-athlete is better off using their name as their handle.

If your name is Bob Smith…I realize you are most likely not going to get @bobsmith…but you can get creative and add a number that means something to you or you can try something like, @bob_smith.

My Instagram and Twitter handles are @allysontwiggs and @thetwiggsgroup…would love to connect with you there!