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Facebook 'Legacy Contact' Will Manage Your Account When You Die | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

It's hard to imagine the world still turning after you pass away. But the sun will continue to rise and set, the oceans will continue to ebb and flow, and Facebook will still be home to cat videos and politically fueled arguments.

But what about your social media profiles? Unless you've shared your passwords, your family or significant other will likely be locked out of your accounts.

Facebook has been grappling with this issue for a number of years; in 2009, it allowed people to turn the profiles of deceased users into memorial pages. But Facebook is now adding a new option that users can select prior to their death: a legacy contact.

Pick your "legacy contact" wisely: Be it a family member or friend, they'll be able to post announcements and messages on your memorialized timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update your profile picture and cover photo.

via www.pcmag.com

10 Ways to Convert Visitors to Buyers : PowerHomeBiz.com

You work so hard to get visitors to your site. You spend money promoting your site either through pay per click search, banner or other forms of online advertising. You may also be spending countless hours optimizing your website content for search engines, in the hope that your site will rank at the top of the search engine results for your most important keywords. You may also be using traditional marketing strategies to get visitors to come to your site, such as press release submissions, public relations, newspaper advertising, or word of mouth strategies.

But what happens when visitors finally come to your site? Are they buying your products? Are they opting to receive your newsletter? Are they subscribing to your members-only content? Finding a way to get qualified prospects to come to your site is one thing; making them do what you want them to do is another. Getting traffic is meaningless if you are not able to keep your visitors and turn them into buyers.

via www.powerhomebiz.com

Report: Real-Time Tweets Returning to Google Search | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Real-time tweets are returning to Google search results thanks to a new deal between Twitter and Google, Bloomberg reports.

Instead of crawling Twitter's site for content, Google will now have access to Twitter's firehouse of data generated by its 284 million users.

This isn't the first go-round between Google and Twitter, though. The two companies formed similar agreements in 2009, but let the deal lapse in 2011 as Google was ramping up its efforts with Google+.

via www.pcmag.com

Mark Zuckerberg Reveals His Next Book Club Choice - ABC News

It's about that point in the new year when many people began abandoning their resolutions, but not many people have millions of people watching them like Mark Zuckerberg does.

The Facebook CEO, who has vowed to read a book every two weeks focusing on cultures, beliefs, history or technology, revealed his second book club pick is page turner from psychologist Steve Pinker that argues violence in humanity has declined over time.

via abcnews.go.com

58% of American adults are on Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook remains the most popular social media site in the United States. Fifty-eight percent of the entire adult population have an account, a study released Friday found.

Looking only at adults who use the Internet--81% of all Americans--Facebook's numbers are much higher. Almost three-quarters of online adults used Facebook, the survey by the Pew Research Center found.

via www.usatoday.com

Facebook Dumps Bing in Search Box | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Bye-bye, Bing.

Both Facebook and Microsoft officials have confirmed that the social networking giant has officially dropped Bing from its search results. Type in a word or phrase into Facebook's search bar, and you'll no longer be given the option to search for your query on Bing.

That's not to say that Microsoft and Facebook are splitting up for good, though. They'll still work together in other ways, just not with Facebook's search capabilities.

via www.pcmag.com

Another demonstration in illogical thought by Blog for Iowa

The suppository of progressive nonsense that is Blog for Iowa has done it again.

In their latest post, authored by Paul "I lack rational thought" Deaton, office product retailer Staples is bashed for making changes and adapting to the current business environment.   But given a pass for failing to adapt to today's business environment, is the United States Post Office!  Deaton even tries to float the old, tired, but very bogus "We need more funding" argument in support of business as usual for the USPS.

It's illogical to slam one organization for making changes with the times, while making a plea to save old school thought that is failing for another organization.

Here's the link to the illogical post for your review:  http://www.blogforiowa.com/2014/06/30/labor-update-staples-boycott/

Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan feeds you just enough information - to keep you in the dark

It's his M.O., it's what he does, spoon feed you just enough information to keep you stupid.  He can pretend he's being open and 'factual', but what he's really doing is manipulating reality.  It's an image thing, an agenda thing.  He wants you to believe in the falsehood that's he's on the up-and-up, but what he's really doing is keeping you in the dark. 

From Sullivan's information omissive blog, Sullivan's Salvos

*Property Tax Rates
It is campaign season in Johnson County. That means you are going to hear many half-truths. For example, lots of people like to lie about property tax rates in Johnson County, claiming, “they are some of the highest in the country!”
Wrong! Here are the facts - 43 Iowa Counties have higher property tax rates than Johnson County, ranking Johnson 44 out of the 99 counties. (Source: Iowa State Association of Counties.)        
Elections do not give people license to lie about the facts. When somebody tells you your property tax rates are high, I hope you will set them straight. 

Sullivan is right, elections do not give people license to lie about the facts, and yet that's exactly what he's done here by omission.  He intentionally misleads people with a half-truth, half a calculation. 

Sullivan is spinning the very legitimate argument that property taxes in Johnson County are the highest in the state.  It's about what people are paying out of their pocket.  But Sullivan wants to distract you with a rate chart. 

Sullivan wants to point you to a chart done by the Iowa State Association of Counties.   It lays out the property tax rates for all Iowa Counties and Johnson County does in fact rank pretty much in the middle of the pack for all Iowa Counties.   The problem is, the chart does NOT factor in home values......  And Sullivan KNOWS this, yet fails to acknowledge it in making his argument.  It's a blatant manipulation of reality.

A person with a three bedroom home in Johnson County is going to pay far more in taxes than a person with the same exact three bedroom home in Story County (Ames).  Why?  Because of inflated house values.  Sullivan KNOWS this, but doesn't admit it - he's trying to keep you in the dark.

Reality:  Johnson County taxpayers rank highest in the state on the “median property taxes paid,” at $2,702 per home. This is 195th highest nationally and is enough to rank in the top 10 percent of all U.S. counties. Johnson is followed by Dallas and Polk Counties (greater Des Moines area) on this ranking.

Source:  http://taxfoundation.org/

The Tax Foundation gives you the WHOLE truth, not a half.  The information Sullivan is trying to feed you with his Iowa State Association of Counties rate chart isn't untruthful, but it's only half a story, an incomplete formula, part of a recipe.  The lie comes in how Sullivan is using it to try and convince you that property taxes in Johnson County aren't high.

Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan, once again, is full of crap.  

Johnson County Auditor’s Office Starts Blog to Engage with Johnson County Residents

In an effort to find new ways to get the word out about elections in the Johnson County area. The Auditor’s Office will be posting a weekly blog at http://jcauditor.blogspot.com/. This will allow the Auditor’s Office to engage with the entire Johnson County community about a variety of different topics regarding elections. The first post talks about proposed legislation that would allow for electronic storage of voter registration forms and save us thousands per year. Enjoy!

Blog For Iowa Promoting a Hit Piece Being Aired by Al Jazeera America

Blog For Iowa will sink to any level in their efforts to try and paint any and all Republicans in a negative light, as if they're all inherently evil (and Democrats can do no wrong).  There's no honor in what Blog For Iowa tries to do.  There's no such thing as fair and balance in their posts.

Their latest is to promote a blatant hit piece being aired by none other than Al Jazeera, the propaganda network, you know, the anti-American network that bought up Al Gore's liberal Current TV for $500 million last year to get a foot in the American TV door.   If you'll recall, Al started his network with the claim of, the corporate media suffocates the free flow of ideas.  

Al Gore is a complete hypocrite and Blog For Iowa is pathetic.