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You might be a Photo Quiz whiz, but do you know the rules for putting those photos on social media? Test your Facebook smarts with our Social Media quiz.

Social Media Quiz

Going Beyond YouTube for RE Video

For many years YouTube was the network of choice for online real estate video, it still is, but some social networks are now joining in. Vine, a Twitter owned company, lets users create 6-second looping videos. Instagram, which was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion, now allows you to create 15-second videos.

YouTube still remains supreme – but someone in the Valley could dominate these networks to become the Vine Realtor or the Instagram Agent – it could be you. Side note: the Best of Real Estate Video Google+ Group is a great place to learn about video.

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How to Remove Unnecessary or Unwanted Personal Data Online

The rise of social networks, smartphones, and consumer reviews means a lot more of data about “you” is now online. Maybe you created a Myspace account before Facebook came around. Maybe you want your blog to be the first thing that comes up when your name is typed.

Whatever scenario you find yourself in, Account Killer gives step by step instructions on how to clean up old accounts and data. The website also grades how hard it is to remove your data. Give it a try.

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Facebook Enacts 20% Text Rule

This cover photo example is comprised of  more than 20% text of its area.

This cover photo example has more than 20% text, which is now against the rules on Facebook for Pages.

If you’re using a Timeline Cover photo, ads or sponsored stories on Facebook, you’ll want to take note of these new Facebook rules (Rule 1 III. B. and Rule 2 III. D.).

Rule 1: Covers may not include: i. images with more than 20% text;

Rule 2: Ads and sponsored stories for News Feed that originate from Pages may not include images with more than 20% text (effective January 15th, 2013)

Rule 1 only applies to those who have Facebook Pages, not Facebook Profiles. Don’t know the difference? Read this. Since Pages and Profiles can now both run ads, Rule 2 applies to both.

While most Subscribers are not using Facebook Ads, many have created Timeline Cover photos that resemble their business cards. Text may not cover more than 20% of the image, measured programmatically by Facebook on a grid system. Facebook uses an algorithm that lays a grid of 25 blocks over an image, if the image has text in 6 or more blocks, it fails and Facebook rejects the image. Poor Jessica has 15 blocks or 60% of her image is considered text.

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You could say – “I’m not a graphic designer and/or I don’t have time to count blocks”
You’d be right and Facebook is in the process of releasing a tool to help businesses measure the text percentage of Cover photos and ads. Until then, here’s a great resource on how to measure the text in your Timeline Covers and Ads.

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