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Twitter Links Don’t Count

Twitter No Longer Counts Photos, GIFs, Videos Toward 140-Character Limit Brands can say more with their tweets

Any photos, videos, animated GIFs and polls posted with a tweet won’t count towards the total.

According to The Verge, the service is also experimenting with allowing users to mention other users by including their Twitter names or @ handles, without having those usernames count towards the total number of characters.

Twitter Character Limit: 140 Characters or MORE!!

Yay! Twitter is expanding it’s 140 character count limit. It’s long overdue!

Twitter-character-limitOver the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more. In just the past few months Twitter added the ability to poll your community, react quickly and cleverly with GIFs, and share and enjoy Periscope broadcasts in Tweets.

So, you can already do a lot in a Tweet, but Twitter wants you to be able to do even more. In the coming months they are making changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters. Here’s what will change:

  • Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.
  • Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!
  • Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: They’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.
  • Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

Twitter Update Character LimitTWITTER SAYS:
These updates will be available over the coming months. Today, we’re notifying you and our developers, so that everything works as it should when we roll these changes out. The updates have a significant impact on Tweets, so we want to provide our developer partners with time to make any needed updates to the hundreds of thousands of products built using Twitter’s API.

In addition to the changes outlined above, we have plans to help you get even more from your Tweets. We’re exploring ways to make existing use easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations.

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I Heart Twitter

Twitter opts for Hearts over Stars!

Change is tough. Especially when it comes to our social media that we’ve grown to rely on and use daily er… hourly…no secondly?

But, some change is good. I love the new star icon for favorites on Twitter. They created a heart as a ‘likes; symbol. The star was a bit confusing.

It’s the action of the gif that really shows some work by the developers – I just really dig this little thing. Thanks; Twitter!

If you are one of the thousands who don’t like the change you can commiserate with the author of this article in New York Times. :/

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Hearts on Twitter
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | By Akarshan Kumar (@AkiK), 

We hope you like what you see on Twitter and Vine today: hearts!

We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be yourfavorite.

The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.

Hearts on Twitter


We hope you like what you see on Twitter and Vine today: hearts!

We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be yourfavorite.

The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.

You’ve embraced hearts in a big way on Periscope, and we’re delighted to bring them to Twitter and Vine, making them the common language for our global community.

Starting today, you’ll see hearts on Twitter for iOS and Android,, TweetDeck, Twitter for Windows 10, and on Tweets across the Internet, as well as on the Vine Android app and website. You’ll see them soon on Vine for iOS and Twitter for Mac. Tap the heart and see what happens!

Password Safety | The Best Password Managers for 2015

jenlew-north-fork-marketingAny time you use the same password on multiple websites, the risks to your security increase dramatically. A breach at one site could expose all of your accounts. If that password is a lame one like “123456” or “password,” a hacker could get into your account just by guessing. The problem is, avoiding same passwords and lame passwords is really hard—too hard for most people to manage without help. The solution is simple—install a password manager and change all of your passwords so every single one is different, and every single one is long and hard to crack.

Until our Internet culture evolves into some post-password Nirvana, everybody needs a password manager, even our own John Dvorak. There are plenty of good choices. All the commercial password managers listed here earned 3.5 stars or better. Don’t let a stressed budget stop you from securing your online accounts. We’ve rounded up free password managers separately.

The Basics
The typical password manager installs as a browser plug-in to handle password capture and replay. When you log in to a secure site, it offers to save your credentials. When you return to that site, it offers to automatically fill in those credentials. And if you’ve saved multiple logins for the same site, the password manager offers you multiple account login options. Most also offer a browser toolbar menu of saved logins, so you can go straight to a saved site and log in automatically.

Some products detect password-change events and offer to update the existing record. Some even record your credentials during the process of signing up for a new secure website. On the flip side, a password manager that doesn’t include password capture and replay automation needs to offset that lack with significant other assets.

PC-MAG-LogoWhen you create a new secure account or update a weak password, you don’t want to strain your brain trying to come up with something strong and unique. Why bother? You don’t have to remember it. All but one of our top-rated products include a built-in password generator. Do make sure your generated passwords are at least 12 characters long; some products default to a shorter length.

Entering a password like S$U?_wzF4boBQNLD on your smartphone’s tiny keyboard can be tough. Fortunately, almost all of our top password managers can sync across all of your Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. A few even let you authenticate on iOS or Android with your fingerprint rather than typing the master password. Most include some form of two-factor authentication, be it biometric, SMS-based, Google Authenticator, or something else entirely.

Fill Those Forms
Since most password managers can auto-fill stored credentials, it’s just a small step for them to automatically fill in personal data on Web forms—first and last name, email address, phone number, and so on. Almost all of the top-rated products include Web form filling. The breadth and flexibility of their personal data collections vary, as does their accuracy when matching Web form fields with their stored items. Even if they miss a field or two, the ones they do fill are ones you don’t have to type. Think about how many sites you go to that want all the same information; this feature is a huge time-saver.

Different products handle form-filling in their own ways. Some immediately fill all recognized fields, some wait for you to click in a field, some pop up and ask what you’d prefer. You’ll even find products that offer your choice of credit cards using realistic images with the correct color and bank logo!

Advanced Features
Given that all these products take care of basic password management tasks, how can one product stand out from the pack? One handy advanced feature is managing passwords for applications, not just websites. Another is provision of a secure browser, designed to protect sensitive transactions and invoked automatically when you visit a financial site.

As noted, these top products let you sync your passwords across all of your devices. Some of them also include a built-in mechanism for securely sharing passwords with other users. Some let you share a login without making the password visible, some let you revoke sharing, and with some the sharing goes both ways—that is, if the recipient makes a change it will change the original.

On a grimmer note, what happens to your secure accounts after you’ve died? A few products include some provision for a digital legacy, a method to transfer your logins to a trusted individual in the event of your death or incapacity.

The Very Best
Veteran password manager LastPass 3.0 Premium offers an impressively comprehensive set of features. Slick and polished Dashlane 3 also boasts a ton of features, even some that LastPass lacks. Sticky Password Premium handles essential tasks better than most, and a portion of every purchase goes to help endangered species. Any one of these three will serve you well, though it’s always possible you’ll fall in love with the particular feature set of another excellent password manager. Read our reviews to decide which will serve you best.

For more information on The Best Password Managers for 2015 read the full article on PCMAG

Hashtag Meaning and Popular Slang Terms for Instagram & Twitter

Hashtag-Slang-GlossaryHashtag slang meanings and the top slang terms defined for use with Twitter and Instagram. Hashtag terms and acronyms used in social media.

Photo of the Day

Throw Back Thursday

Flash Back Friday

Cracking the Fuck Up

To Be Honest

Blowing My Shit – that is blowing my mind

The Fuck – why the fuck did you say that

Da Fuck – what the fuck are you doing

Outfit of the Day

Outfit of the Month

You’ve lost a ton of weight or redecorated your house.

Gram of the Day – an instagram photo that you think is just amazing and winning the day.

Women Crush Wednesday

Man Crush Monday

girlfriend or boyfriend – because saying those words became far too laborious

Today I Fucked Up

Today I Learned

In My Opinion

Follow for Follow – you follow me i’ll follow you back

Shoutout to Shoutout – follow @jenlew she’s awesome!

Like for Like

figuratively i can’t even comprehend this situation.

Retweet – retweeting someone else’s tweet on Twitter only

Modified Tweet – on Twitter only

share another persons photo on Instagram Only

Dogs of instagram

still your pet but maybe a bit cuter

a good post on instagram

Laugh My Ass Off

see above and… just add fuck.

Laugh Out Loud

Get the Fuck Out of Here

You Only Live Once

Be Right Back

Real Life


Real Life Tweet – something overheard in real life

Hat Tip – a compliment

a pic of you

ooh look the family is out for a bike ride.

your pet

a pic of you on sunday

a nicer way of saying your being a total bitch.

i want everyone to see the shitty picture of my awesome food

uhm… really do i have to explain this. Fried Chicken is sexy as hell. Take a pic, post it and use this hashtag.

you aint usin’ no filter that sunset really is this beautiful.

Instagram Users


your status

Person to person

Business to business

Shaking My Head

Follow Friday

There are tons more slang terms and acronyms …this is just the beginning. If you think I’ve missed a few please write them in the comments below or tweet me @jenlew

When, Why, How to connect Facebook and Twitter

connectfacebookandtwitter jenlew.comPosting the same post on Facebook and Twitter is a controversial topic for me.
Here are 3 simple rules.

  1. You should post unique content on each social network as often as possible.
  2. Connecting a Facebook Business Page to Twitter is great, Go at it! You can post to Twitter as much as you like.
  3. Connecting Twitter to Facebook I don’t recommend it – but sometimes it might be right

My friend Fran who is a savvy business woman using social media to stay connected with her clients, is a perfect example of how and when to consider posting from Twitter to Facebook.

When I began coaching Fran, she decided to focus on learning Twitter and getting comfortable with using it – so we decided to link her Twitter page to her Facebook business page. This strategy was used because she was afraid she would not have the time to post on both social networks and Fran wanted to learn how to use each network individually.

We considered our options and we decided better to stay connected with fans and followers on both networks – at the same time because in her case, not all the same followers were on twitter that were on facebook.

This was a temporary strategy – now that Fran is comfortable with using both Twitter and Facebook. She has wisely decided to stop her Twitter posts from posting to her Facebook wall and wants to now only have Facebook posts go to her Twitter feed.

This is smart because posting multiple times per day on Twitter is great, while posting multiple times on Facebook can be annoying at best and tune out your customers at worst.

So please keep in mind; that I do not ¬†recommend this strategy to everyone… and I do not think that it is the correct way to go in all circumstances. This situation worked for Fran. How you choose to post on your networks is entirely up to you and depends on where your comfort level lies and where your community will respond best to your efforts.

Social media, while there are a few hard rules — it is a marketing tool that should be used strategically. Not all networks work together and not all posts belong on each network.


How to connect Facebook and Twitter


connect facebook to twitter

  1. Log in to the Facebook account you want to associate with your Facebook profile.
  2. In the URL bar type
  3. You will see options to link your personal page and an option for your business page.
  4. Click Link to Twitter
  5. Choose what activities you would like linked.
  6. Save Changes

Your Facebook posts will now post to your Twitter feed.

Tip: Be mindful that Twitter only allows 140(ish) characters while Facebook now allows 5,000 characters. You might want to do a follow up Tweet if you post a long facebook post that goes on Twitter.

How to connect your TWITTER account to a FACEBOOK Business Page

connect twitter to facebook

  1. Log in to the Twitter account you want to associate with your Facebook profile.
  2. Go to your¬†Settings¬†menu’s¬†Profile¬†tab.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click Sign in to Facebook and connect your accounts.
  4. When prompted, select the privacy settings for who will see your Tweets posted to your Facebook wall. It is set to public by default.
  5. Click Log in with Facebook and enter your Facebook login credentials.
  6. Click Allow to accept permissions.
  7. In your¬†Twitter profile settings¬†page,¬†Select the page¬†you’d like to connect to.
  8. When prompted, click to allow permission to post to the selected Facebook Page:
  9. Your Tweets will now post to your Business Facebook Page  wall and your username will be displayed there as well.
    @Replies will not be posted.

Tip: When posting from Twitter Рtry to NEVER use a hashtag on Twitter that will then go to Facebook.

Do you appreciate my free tips? Let me know your thought in the comments section – or start a conversation on your own facebook or twitter by sharing this post.

Twitter Tools and Optimizing your Efforts

Managers use Twitter tools to effectively execute their social media strategies in the best way. Optimize your efforts and make a big impact.

1. Setup command control. Use a central dashboard to schedule your tweets and track @mentions, retweets and DMs. You can also engage your followers directly through your dashboard. Consider using Hootsuite (the is a free and pro version) or TweetDeck.

2. Keep your tweets topped up. Use Bufferapp right from your browser’s toolbar to easily tweet out pages that your followers will benefit from reading. You can store tweets to be sent out at pre-designated times.

3. Manage your Twitter account. Use ManageFlitter to manage who you follow and unfollow based on a range of criteria. This tool also helps you  find people to follow on Twitter and determine when most of your followers are online, so you know what time to schedule your tweets. Soon, they will also have a feature that allows you to track keyword mentions.

4. Join a tribe. Triberr is primarily a website that bloggers used to increase their reach. It’s a powerhouse of website that uses other’s Twitter streams, Facebook and bookmarking sites to promote blog posts. If you decide to only use one social media tool to expand your online presence and you own a blog, choose this tool.

Tribes are grouped around a common interest, such as Internet marketing, so posts are customized for the bloggers area of interest. The blogger has the option of of approving posts and decides which posts to share and how to share said posts.

This site can also be used to load your Twitter stream with links to quality blogs that your target audience would be interested in. This is done easily and effortlessly at a click of the mouse.