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Verify Your Twitter Account: Request Your Blue Tick!

Have you ever noticed the little blue tick on some Twitter accounts? This signifies that the account has been verified by Twitter, and is often awarded to celebrities and public interest sites to identify them as genuine.

Previously it has not been possible to apply for verification of your account, but Twitter has announced that any user can now request verification.

Verified accounts will not be awarded simply by request: a user will need to show that their account is genuine and of public interest.

With the rise of fake and cloned accounts there is a real benefit in obtaining that little blue tick.

If you have requested verification of your Twitter account I'd love to hear about your experiences of the process.

#Twitter #Verification

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Quite right +Donna Beckett​ But the fact that it's verified makes it much more appealing to a hacker or phisher, for obvious reasons.

Another question to ask, is how many of us who are not particularly well known in "music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas", have had their account hacked, faked or phished?

Not me so far.

And the fact that Twitter itself has stated that: "Accounts that don’t have the badge next to their name but that display it somewhere else, for example in the profile photo, header photo, or bio, are not verified accounts", raises questions as to how many people will be savvy enough to actually recognise the accredited genuine account from the fake accredited genuine account which, if the case, makes a complete mockery of it all.

As they say. Beware of ticks in the summer time.
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Have you had an accident ....?

An excellent way to deal with those pesky claims calls ☺
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Talking of pesky callers. Have you a minute to spare for a poor old chap if I give you a call with a pleading attitude? Two minutes tops.
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Buffer or Hootlet .... or something else?

This is a useful post from +Ian Cleary discussing the pros and cons of using Buffer and Hootlet for social sharing.

I dabbled with Hootsuite a few years ago but I didn't like it, and I found that scheduling posts made me a 'lazy engager'. I therefore went back to posting 'by hand' (I've posted over 55,000 times 'by hand' on Twitter!)

However, tools can increase your productivity so I decided to give Hootsuite another go a few months ago. I still didn't like it. Buffer, however, is a brilliant tool. I use the Pro version of Buffer for $102 per year. I mainly use the app on my phone and I love it. I particularly like the way that you can add RSS feeds and use the app as a content curation tool.

Do you use a social sharing app and, if so, which one?


Buffer and Hootlet have similar functionality for scheduling content on social media, which one is better? Have a look to see.
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We use a combination of the two - planning and scheduling posts to go out.

We do adjust each post for every social platform though, and will always log on to share additional posts or comment
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Today is Social Media Day!

To celebrate I thought that I'd re-share the tale of my social media journey The Phantom Stalker.

After a rocky start, my journey has been fun.

Have you enjoyed your social media journey?

#SocialMediaDay   #SocialMedia   #socialmediatips  
Social media marketing tips and advice to help small businesses and law firms to get the most from their social media efforts
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i am fine and you
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How to get 'money for nothing' after a car accident

My own personal experience of a non-fault rear-end shunt accident might not be quite what you expected. Or maybe it is?

#RoadAccident #Insurance

Beckett and Co Solicitors Blog posts - personal injury cases, legal information and news
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I have nothing but bad experiences with LV and avoid them like the plague. They really are a very greedy bunch.
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Publishers to hit back against the Ad-Blockers?

This is an interesting idea: block access to your site by any user with an active ad-blocker.

I think that it would have to be pretty good content, that could not be found elsewhere, for this to successfully encourage users to abandon ad-blockers .... but if there was a widespread adoption of this idea across media channels, who knows?
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Meeting the Content Masters!

This week I took my first ever flight (yes, really) to travel to Dublin for the Content Mastery Summit with +Mark Schaefer​​​​ and +Ian Cleary​​​​

Having followed Mark and Ian for some time, having subscribed to their blogs, and having thoroughly enjoyed reading Mark's books, I had high expectations for the Summit.

I can honestly say that it did not disappoint. In fact it was fantastic!

If you get the opportunity to see Mark and Ian at any event, do it! You won't be disappointed.

And in the interim I'd recommend checking out their websites:

Ian: http://www.razorsocial.com

Mark: http://www.businessesgrow.com

And yes, we did manage to fit in a few cheeky drinks at the pub!

#ContentMastery #ContentMarketing

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Good for +Donna Beckett​. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Some sad, sad news

I've just heard the very sad news that our friend +Peter Lunn  passed away on 4th July.

Peter was one of the original members of UK Connect and many of you will remember him from our early hangouts, and from our get-together in Birmingham.

For me, meeting Peter for the first time really did feel like meeting an old friend: one who knew me well enough to bring chocolates to go with his hug. Peter was such a lovely man, always willing and ready to help anyone who needed it, and always providing encouragement and support. He certainly helped, supported, and encouraged me in so many ways for which I will be forever grateful.

The photo below was taken in Birmingham and is how I always think of Peter - with a smile on his face.

I'm sure that you will want to join me in sending sincere condolences to Peter's family at this very sad time.

RIP Peter, you will always be remembered and missed x
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Very sorry to hear this.
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Today is #WorldChocolateDay !

Who's celebrating?
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Love holidays like this one!
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Yet another inflammatory political post!

It made me smile .... I always did love The Two Ronnies.
 
I look down on him because he is middle class.
I look down on him because he is working class.
I look up to both of them...
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I use Johnstone's paint all the time. Just the best!
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Microsoft deal to buy Linked In for $26 billion

What do we think of this?
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I think most people see Microsoft as the suite of applications you learn on before becoming an adult. This is I suspect, is Microsoft making an effort to appear more grown up and business worthy.
What I have always disliked (and still do) about LinkedIn is the constant pressure to congratulate someone's work anniversary or recommend a skill set of someone you've never dealt with.
Constant requests to upload my connections - why? I already know my connections and came here to make new ones.
At least once they are allied it will be easier to avoid both.
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Should we be our honest selves online?

People buy people. I think that this is true. You could offer me a wonderful product or service but if I dislike you or don't trust you, I won't buy.

For this reason the advice is generally to be open, honest, authentic and human in business, and also when posting online. But can we share too much?

Can we be too honest in our storytelling?

h/t +martin shervington​​​
Being open with your story and your opinions can make life simpler. Here's when to share — and when not to.
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+Nicholas Berry good point! 
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Lawyer. Social Media Addict. Consultant. Always happy to answer questions and queries!
Introduction

Hello! I’m Donna, and as my tagline says, I’m a lawyer, social media addict and consultant.

The Lawyer: I qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and have specialised as a personal injury solicitor since 1997. I am the owner of Beckett and Co Solicitors Solicitors which is a specialist personal injury practice. 

Connect with Beckett & Co Solicitors on G+


The Social Media Addict: it’s true, I am completely addicted to social media, particularly Google Plus and I am on a mission to get the UK plussing!

I love to help people to connect. I run the UK Connect Community, which I set up to help UK users find, connect and network together. 

I am also very active on Twitter and you can connect with me at @BeckettandCo 

I blog about social media here.

I won the award for Best Use of Social Media at the Lancashire Business Awards 2013

 

The Consultant: I love talking about social media. I mean, I really love it! In particular, I enjoy teaching business owners how they can use social media to catapult their business into the limelight and use social media to achieve real results.

I run social media training workshops, speak at events, and offer 1 to 1 training. If you’re interested in social media training call me for a chat on 01257 469332 or you can contact me here


My other interests: animals, motorbike racing (I absolutely love MotoGP), books, and rock music. I love to spend time in Northumberland – my header photo was taken at Beadnell beach.

What else do you need to know? Nothing much - what you see is what you get!

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Personal injury solicitor at Beckett & Co Solicitors
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Handling personal injury claims and obtaining compensation on behalf of injured accident victims since 1994. Social media training.
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