Time to Edit Your Social Networking History?


As technology continues to rise in popularity, users sometimes find themselves regretting social media faux pas of the past. From deleting inappropriate photos to removing regretful comments, an occasional cyber trail check-up is important for everyone with an online presence, especially those looking to apply for schools and jobs.

A blog by SocialControl.com offers four tips for cleaning up your social media profiles and managing your online reputation going forward.

For Many, Social Media is a Primary News Source


Recent findings from The Pew Research Center indicate that people are turning to social media for more than connecting with friends. According to an article from Fast Company, “63% of users consider Facebook and Twitter a source of news.”

The research center surveyed 2,035 adults age 18 and above for the report. Resulting data shows people across all demographic groups now use social media to stay updated on current events, in addition to more traditional news sources.

The full report is available online.

Kids Stay a Step Ahead on Social Media

If your children’s Facebook activity has slowed down or come to a screaching halt, it could be they’ve joined the many who have moved on to Instagram, Snapchat or one of the growing number of other social media sites.   An Associated Press article in USA Today explores the trends and the challenges for parents trying to keep up with them.

How to Avoid Facebook Scams

To avoid being scammed, be skeptical of Facebook offers for free products, advises tech writer Rob Pegoraro in a USA Today article. He recommends going on a “social media diet” by changing notification options.

TNT Launches New ‘Dallas’ Series Facebook Page

In preparation for its new Dallas” cable TV series, set to premiere this June, TNT today launched a Facebook page to bring viewers up to date with the Ewing clan.

Using Facebook’s Timeline, the page features photos, videos, check-ins and comments to chronicle all 14 seasons of the original series. It also reveals what has happened in the characters’ lives over the 20 years since they were last seen on TV, as envisioned by the new show’s writers.

TNT is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Interest in Pinterest Soars

The fastest-growing craze in social networking is Pinterest. It lets users create “virtual pinboards” for sharing photos and links of interesting things they find on the Web. In January, the site hit 11.7 million unique monthly visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any independent site in the history of the Internet. The New York Times examines why Pinterest has caught fire.

Prepare for Facebook’s Timeline Feature

Many Facebook users are concerned with the social network’s new, mandatory Timeline feature, which will display all the photos, links and posts they’ve ever shared on their Facebook page.  According to Facebook, over the next few weeks, every user will get the Timeline feature. They will have seven days to preview it and edit what content the feature will show.

Rob Pegoraro, in a USA Today article, offers suggestions on how to edit your history before it becomes visible.

Project Imagine Update

In late 2009, Suddenlink embarked on Project Imagine, a three-year program that calls for approximately $350 million in investments, above and beyond traditional capital spending levels.

At the end of March 2012, those investments increased the average number of high-definition (HD) TV channels to 83, with several lineups featuring 100 or more. Video-on-Demand (VOD) service is now offered to more than 87 percent of customers. Industry-leading DOCSIS 3.0 technology is available to 88 percent of customers. (DOCSIS 3.0 enables Internet download speeds up to 20, 50, and more than 100 Megabits per second.)

As Project Imagine continues, more communities will receive new and enhanced services.

Nielsen: Facebook, Blogs Dominate Time Online

Social networks and blogs dominate Americans’ time online, accounting for nearly a quarter of total time spent on the Internet, according to the latest Nielsen Social Media Report.

Americans spend more time on Facebook than any other site – 53 billion minutes in May – far more than runners-up Yahoo and Google.

Facebook Challenges Twitter


Facebook may have decided to be more like Twitter

… Several [Facebook] users were notified yesterday that they were being given access to the project site as testers for a new concept that was basically a slimmed down version of Facebook that had its focus on friend updates — kind of like the tweets on a Twitter profile page.

Hedging our bets, Suddenlink is active on Twitter and Facebook, in addition to this blog. We are also active on a variety of user forums across the Web. You know the rule: Go where your customers are.