Facebook’s New Messaging Email System |How to Set it Up

Recently Facebook introduced a new messaging system that allows you to communicate through email, text message, chat or Facebook Messages…all in one place.

This guide will show you how the messaging system works and how simple it is to set up.

When you’re invited to try the new system, you’ll see a message in Facebook asking you if you want to upgrade to the new system. When you click it, you’ll see an overview like this. Click “Upgrade Now” to get started.

Next you’ll be invited to claim your @facebook.com email address. Your email address matches your username. So if your name is janesmith, your email address will be janesmith@facebook.com. Click “Activate Email” to get your address.

Facebook messages

Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a message that explains how the email works:

As you can see, emails to that address now go to your Messages folder and if it’s message from people who aren’t your friends, they will go to your “Other Messages” folder. You can also manage who can send you messages in your privacy settings. [Read more…]

Using Twitter Tools to Your Advantage for Business

More of our Help and Solutions for Social Media Marketing and Services Series

So we have covered many aspects of Twitter. But let’s dig into the Tools category and how you can use them to your advantage. Or maybe I should say Use the Right Tools to Maximize Your Twitter Usage and Using Twitter to Its Fullest Potential…

One of the reasons you may not have tried Twitter yet, or been successful with it is because you just don’t have time to sit and tweet all day. As a business owner, your day is filled with running a business, so the last thing you have time for is keeping up with the latest conversations on Twitter. Fortunately, smart programmers have developed tools that you can use to automate some processes and maximize your time with others.

Here are 10 of our favorite Twitter tools for businesses to get the most from their Twitter usage:

TweetBeet This tool will help you keep track of your @replies and @mentions so you don’t miss out on a conversation. Even better, it will email you the conversations that mention you, your product or your company.

TwibsAdd your business to this site so people searching for yTwibsour products or services can easily find you. Naturally, you can find relevant Twitter users as well. You can even tweet from this site directly.

TwitterCounterAre you more comfortable using email than any of this new-fangled social media stuff? With this service, you can send tweets by sending an email to an address the service sets up for you. They’ll forward the email to Twitter. Now, that’s just nifty.

TwitPic This service enables you to upload photographs from your computer or your phone and share them on Twitter. This is perfect for a physical product seller who might want to show images of new inventory, a customer making use of a product or a demonstration of a product feature.

Mr TweetMrTweet This is a must-have if you’re trying to build your following. Mr. Tweet helps you find relevant followers, recommends you to others, computes your Twitter usages statistics and cleans your kitchen sink. (Just kidding on the last part)

TweetKarmaStarted at the suggestion of a friend, this service enables you to get an overview of your friends, followers and those who you just follow.

Remember The Milk If you live on Twitter and are having trouble Remember the Milkremembering to go run your business, this service can be a great task reminder.

StrawPoll There’s nothing like a good poll to help you understand your customers, the state of your industry or just have a little fun with your followers.

twtQpon If you’d like to offer a discount code to Twitter users, this is a

Sample coupon

Sample Only Coupon

perfect solution. Not only can you fill out a simple form to create your coupon to send to Twitter (naturally, you have to have it setup in your shopping cart…) you can also use the site to search for coupons from other companies.

Twittertise This service blends scheduled tweets with tracking so that you can measure your return on investment with each promotional tweet.

FriendOrFollow – Who’s following whom? Who’s not following you back? Who are you not following back? Who are your mutual friends? Find out! In a business sense, it only makes sense to Follow the Right People!

So, there’s an extra one to grow on. This list of Twitter tools that will help you connect with the right people, manage your network of colleagues and customers and track the effectiveness of your messages. These are only a few. There are many, many tools out there including the tools right at Twitter.

Let us know which ones you like best! Or if you have better ones and why you like them…

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