Year: 2019

How to Add an Avatar and a Background to Your YouTube Channel

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If you have a YouTube channel, you can personalize it by adding your own avatar and background. This task is pretty simple, it’s basically knowing where to go in order to do it. If you would like to personalize your YouTube channel with an avatar and background, follow the steps in this guide.

Login to Your Channel

You will need to start by logging into your channel. Once you are logged in, go to your channel’s home page.

Select the Settings Tab

Next, you will need to select the settings tab at the top of your page. It is actually a button that says “Channel Settings”. Once you click it, you will see the new box open. This is where you will change your avatar and background.

Choosing an Avatar and a Background for Your YouTube Channel

Before you can add a background and avatar to your channel, you will need to find the one you want to use. As for the background, you can use a number of things. You can use a large background or you can use a small background and tile it. Search the internet and find the avatar and background you want to use for your channel. Save it to your computer and continue on with the instructions below.

Adding the Avatar and Background to Your YouTube Channel

Let’s add the avatar first. Click the “Choose File” button in the avatar section. When the box opens, locate the avatar you saved on your computer, select it and click open on the box. Once you select the file, it will automatically upload. Next, click the “Choose File” button in the background section. Again, you will need to search your computer for the background you want to use, select the background and click the open button. Your background will then be uploaded.

If you are using a small background and need to tile it, drop the box down with the arrow and select how you want your background to be placed on your channel. You can also apply a color to the channel if you do not want to use a background. Simply click the Background Color option and select the color you want to use.

See, it’s very simple, you just have to know where to go. When you are finished and ready to save it, click the Done Editing button in the top, right hand corner. Any time you want to change your background or avatar, come back to this page, click the Remove button and repeat the steps above. Have fun and personalize your YouTube channel!

Using Social Media in the Classroom

Facebook and Twitter have become the latest and greatest ways to communicate with anyone and everyone. This social media has taken our world into a whole new level of mass communication. Facebook and Twitter have not only made it easier to make contact with friends or other interests, but these social medias allow teachers and professors to have a different method of communication. Today's education is trying to keep up with the latest and greatest form of technology; education is finding ways to become more interesting for the students.

As a college student for five years now, it is becoming so much easier to keep up with assignments and lectures. Facebook and Twitter has become the latest tool my professors use to keep us up-to-date on assignments, on discussions, answering any questions, and more. Each student can have input and questions for not only the professor, but for other students. Our new online status has allowed us to have open debates at any time. We are able to find new ways and new approaches all the while learning from each other. "Twitter can be like a virtual staffroom where teachers can access in seconds a stream of links, ideas, opinions, and resources from a hand-picked selection of global professionals." (Tech & Learning, 2009)

Facebook has become a way for me to talk with any professor and many students. There are always rules involved with anything and everything. You have to be careful as to what you put on there because you are not talking with your every day friends. This is a place to learn from not only your professor but your peers as well. It is crucial to make sure that the comments and/or questions pertain to actual school related information. In my case, we are all adults and should not have to be reminded that it is inappropriate to post offensive or illegal information. However, that is yet another rule that exists. You would think that most rules that exist should be common sense. This could be a potential hazard….people not thinking before speaking/writing. Content could easily be taken in the wrong way creating an uncomfortable environment. Again…it should be common sense on how you project yourself online or even in public for that matter!

Facebook and Twitter are just the beginning of where things are going in technology. Luckily education is finding a way to keep students more informed creating an open forum.


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Twitter Success – Making Your Photo Work

This is probably the most important part of the Twitter set-up process as it’s the first thing that people gravitate towards when they see you on Twitter. You may have heard the phrase ‘People buy people first’. It’s the same in social networking.

I regularly hear people say that they’re not in sales so they don’t need a photo that sells them well. Nothing could be more wrong.

Even if you’re only using Twitter to meet new people socially, your image is what people look at first to determine what sort of a person you are. This is a human instinct that dates back millions of years. We look at someone’s face to see if they’re approachable and to assess their emotions and feelings towards us. We make this assessment hundreds of times per day and it’s as vital on Twitter as it is in real life. Your photo must therefore be a snapshot of what you want people to see, which in most cases is a friendly, bright person who looks like they are open to being contacted. If you are using Twitter for business, this becomes a vital part of your interaction with potential followers.

There are a few little ‘rules’ that I personally think apply to your photo on Twitter or indeed, any social media site. Here’s the lowdown!

Actually upload a photo – This might seem really obvious, but the number of Tweeters who don’t put a photo on their profile is incredible to me. As one of my colleagues in social networking says: ‘You wouldn’t go networking with a paper bag on your head’, so why would you prevent people seeing you when that situation is transferred to the online world?

Looking Good – If you met somebody at a networking event and they’d decided to turn up wearing a grubby t-shirt, three quarter length trousers, old trainers and had a week’s growth of stubble, you’d think ‘Wow, she’s really let herself go’! Seriously though, whether male or female, the way you look is important as people will assess you on it, whether you like it or not. If you look business-like, they’re likely to do business with you. So, find a good picture of yourself that puts across the image that you want potential followers to have of you. Simple really. Even if this just means wearing a shirt or blouse instead of a T-shirt, it will change people’s perception of you.

Logo No Go – A surprising number of business people who run small to medium enterprises have a logo as their Twitter profile picture. Often, their thinking behind this choice is that they want to appear like a larger company to attract more respect and credibility from potential followers. Quite simply, I believe this is an error. Think about it: Unless you are a large multi-national company, they will be dealing with you personally when they do business with you. So start the relationship by showing them who you are and what a lovely friendly individual you are. Don’t hide behind a logo, no matter how pretty it is. Like I said, people buy people first.

Sunny Side Up – For many of the same reasons as having a friendly photo, don’t wear sunglasses. They act as a barrier between you and the outside world. We’re programmed to look into someone’s eyes first when we talk to them and to keep looking back at them as we chat. If I can’t see your eyes, I won’t feel a connection to you. The same applies to social media sites like Twitter.

All Change – Try not to change your photo too much. If you change your look (say, with a vastly different hairstyle) then change your photo. But don’t keep putting up a new photo every week if you still look roughly the same. Having a photo that people identify easily means that they’re actually recognizing you personally, as well as what you stand for and what you twitter about. Changing it is disconcerting for people and can get in the way of you building a rapport with them.

Sensitive Information – It might sound odd, but make sure that your photo doesn’t contain sensitive information about you. For example, a colleague told me that he’d seen a girl’s profile picture (the daughter of a friend) which had been taken outside her house, clearly showing the location and house number. If you click a photo on someone’s profile, it will increase the size of it to nearly full screen size. If anything that shouldn’t be there actually is, it will be seen by people.
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Logitech Harmony 880

See the source image I recently purchased a Logitech Harmony 880 in an attempt to consolidate the multitude of audio/video remote controls and I have to say, I’m impressed. The key differentiator of this device is that it allows for setup and configuration via a USB cable connected to your computer. Via a web interface, you are prompted to enter the manufacturer and model of your devices via a wizard (e.g. cable box, DVD player, AV receiver etc.). The remote control is then automatically configured based on the devices entered. One of the key features of this device is the ability to setup activities. For example, the “Watch TV” activity on my remote is programmed to turn on the TV, turn on the cable box and change the TV’s input to cable box. Other activities I have programmed include “Watch DVD”, “Watch VCR”, “Listen to Digial Music (via my Netgear MP101 digital music player). The remote have a full color display as well as a base charging unit to keep the battery charged. I did have some initial problem with navigating the website but once I figured these out, I was in business. The Logitech Harmony 880 is a valuable, and worthwhile addition to my audio/video system. I wish everything worked this well!…

2 Atlanta Social Media Junkies Compete for MTV TJ Gig – Atlanta Social Media

Out of the 18 finalists listed, 2 hail from Atlanta, Kayki (@KayKiSpeaks) and Xavier Moreno (@officialdjx). Kayki currently covers pop culture on her blog, KayKi Speaks and when Xavier isn't deejaying, he writes about hip hop news and entertainment on his blog, I Speak with My Hands. Kayki and Xavier will be a part of the final 20 who will compete in a series of challenges which will culminate in a live televised finale on August 8, when five will be left standing to battle on air. In the end, one lucky person will be selected as the new face and voice for MTV's social media platforms.…

Using Social Media in the Classroom

Social Media has changed the way people connect. Twitter, Facebook, and other sights allow people to engage in ongoing conversations by the click of a button, and this includes students in a classroom. A blog allows the student to engage in an ongoing conversation, and the student can go back and review the previous information since the blog saves the information. The discussion is typically informal, ongoing, and permanent (on record). Some teachers promote blogging for educational purposes; some teachers oppose blogging for educational purposes. Blog usage can provide the student with an audience outside the classroom, so why would teachers not use blogs if such technology helps the student learn? A clear-cut answer may be desirable, but it may not be possible because blogs, like anything else, offers some educational advantages, as well as presents some challenges. Benefits of blogging versus challenges of blogging: which one wins out? The following overview takes a look at each side from the standpoint of an educator: Benefits of Using a Blog for Student Writing and Other Educational Purposes
  • Writing on a blog provides the student with an unrehearsed audience. Imagining an audience outside the teacher can be difficult. The student typically views the teacher as the intended audience and includes the information in writing that the teacher would desire, rather than the information for whom the argument is intended. Allowing the student to engage in a blog conversation allows the student to place the writing outside the classroom, making the writing vulnerable to criticism from outside sources.
  • Allowing a student to engage in a blog conversation where others can see the posts helps the student understand that others are reading because someone other than for whom the student intends the message may respond. A response from an unintended audience member may be kind, but it may not be. Either way, the student learns from the outside response that word choice counts, arrangement of words counts, and aim of words count. Such an exercise helps the teacher hold the student responsible for the written word.
Challenges of Using a Blog for Student Writing and Other Educational Purposes
  • One of the biggest challenges with allowing a student to use a blog for educational purposes (even outside the physical classroom) is who owns the information that the student produces? If the blog exists within the school’s computing system, the school owns the information. This gives the school the right to govern what takes place in such a blog. What about blogs outside the school’s computing system? Who holds authority over social media blogs that the school does not own, but involves students (and possibly teachers)? Who governs should a mishap take place with a student post?
  • Facebook and Twitter are two popular social media sights that allow blogging or blog-like communication for the student, and schools are using such popular blog tools to manage other areas of school. For instance, some schools use such social media tools to create an official page for the school to deliver important updates and to help people stay connected. What happens, though, when unhealthy correspondence takes place on the official page? Is the school or the social media site liable? Can a school make disciplinary decisions based on what the student posts on such social media sites?
The bottom line seems to come to this: Using a social media blog provides excellent opportunity for the student to learn how to write toward an intended audience, while considering unintended audience. At the same time, using a social media blog that exists outside the school’s computing system leaves open the possibility of abuse to the student (and possibly even by the student) without any legal repercussion. Should the teacher chance blog usage for education? Should the school allow blog usage for education? You decide.…

Social Media Rules for Students

As a recent graduate of Hawaii Pacific University, social media played a big part in our curriculum. It is a new medium for learning and communicating, that when used correctly, can enhance a students learning experience. The computer lab is one of the busiest places on HPU’s Honolulu campus. It is where students go to both work on projects together or to keep themselves busy on the internet in between classes. As you walk through the rows of computers to find a free one, you can’t help but notice that most students are on their Facebook pages. This is a way that students connect and keep in touch. Some professors even had class pages on Facebook so students can keep in touch. The University has Pipeline, where every class has it’s own page, but professors noticed that not all students were comfortable asking for help where everyone could see their questions. Social media sites aren’t blocked on campus, they are a good way for students to keep in touch and to make new friends. Some of my friends from HPU connected with me through class Facebook pages and then later met on campus for study groups. HPU recognizes that social media is a good thing for both teachers and students to be a part of and it’s an active part of life on campus. Some of the professors and one of the admissions counselors that I know of even have their own Twitter accounts. These are easy ways for students to find out what is going on campus and to ask questions of the professors. All of the students that I have talked to said that their professors using Twitter shows that they are willing to adapt to the new ways of learning and communicating with students. So overall, social media has had a positive effect on the students of my alma mater, Hawaii Pacific University. It is a good way to connect both professors and students on campus and around the island.…

YouTube '2 Days' Logo Counts Down to 'Life in a Day' Film

A YouTube '2 Days' logo is on top of the popular site today. The YouTube '2 Days' logo will probably just be up for one day, as a "1 Day" logo will probably go up tomorrow. All of this is used to remind users of how long they have to prepare for July 24. On that date, millions will likely post footage of what they did on July 24, as part of a new movie project. The YouTube '2 Days' logo today is just a prologue to the "Life In A Day" project that will unite users around the globe.

On July 24, the popular website wants people to film themselves and post the results. That normally wouldn't be different from any other day, but, this time, it will be seen by Hollywood filmmakers. The "Life In A Day" project will gather the best footage from July 24, and edit it together into a full length movie to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

As such, a YouTube '2 Days' logo is up at the far left of the site, to remind people how long they have to prepare. Yesterday, it was 3 days, and, tomorrow, it should be 1 day.

The experiment is produced by legendary director Ridley Scott, although he is not the director. Documentarian and Last King Of Scotland director Kevin McDonald is at the helm instead. However, if a user gets his footage from July 24 in the movie, he or she will be declared a co-director. What's more, 20 contributors will be flown to Sundance in 2011 to see the final cut, and to meet McDonald.

As such, the YouTube '2 Days' logo is a hot topic, as is the "Life In A Day" experiment itself. This kind of project was likely inevitable, given how millions have shared their lives and activities on the site. However, the most they got out of it was fame on the blogosphere, and a few million Internet hits that don't pay anything. Now, the best of the bunch on July 24 will be movie stars, which is the next logical step.

The project is also a challenge to Facebook, which is also putting together a collection of stories. After reaching 500 million users, Facebook is asking its users/friends to tell their "Facebook Stories" of how the site changed their lives. They are also being featured in movies, with David Fincher's The Social Network detailing the site's history in October – although Facebook was not involved in making it.

But the YouTube '2 Days' countdown is more immediate, as would-be Internet phenomena can leapfrog their way to the big screen. The site will start accepting entries at midnight on Saturday.…

1993 Miss Universe Dayanara Torres talks effects of social media on pageants – Los Angeles red carpet

See the source image Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres attended the premiere of “Linsanity” documentary at the TCL Cinemas last Thursday, September 19, 2013. While she’s been busy with various projects, she was asked her thoughts on the negative comments on social media regarding the win of Nina Davuluri for the 2013 Miss America crown. Torres admitted that she hasn’t had time to watch many beauty pageants including the recent Miss America which crowned to first American of Indian descent. However, the Puerto Rican beauty chimed in on the effects of social media on beauty pageant results, “I think with social media its difficult because it kind of gives them that protection for them to say what they want to say that they wouldn’t say in front of the faces (of the contestants). It gives that power to say and maybe say a little too much or make their opinion a little too big without thinking of the consequences and who they might be hurting.” Torres adds, “It happens in every pageant, in every game and no one is completely happy and it’s just part of life.” The beauty queen turned actress, model, singer and writer who had been a popular figure in the Philippines recently starred in her own film “200 Cartas.” She hopes to return to the island nation with plans to premiere her film there.…

Technology Built a Bookstore

I don't have a cell phone. I don't use GPS. I don't own a Kindle. I don't need one. I can read a map. I prefer real books. I still enjoy the newspaper.

Technology changes everything. When, I got my first computer. I didn't feel I needed it. It wasn't required for work. I was self-employed as a personal trainer and a massage therapist.

Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter didn't exist. I didn't need my computer for networking or scheduling appointments. I mostly used it to email friends, and get news that wasn't covered in my daily newspaper.

In November of 2003, the wellness center where I was employed closed. I decided to move. It was close enough that I still had some of my massage clients, but I needed to supplement my income.

I had always enjoyed reading, and loved books. One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon was to wander around book shops looking for a new book to read, or a cherished favorite. I decided to sell my used books on eBay.

I started small. Just the books I didn't plan on reading again. After all, a mystery is not a mystery once you've read it. I could part with a few, and it'd give me space on my book shelves again, and I needed to pay my rent.

I listed some books, arranged them where I could find them once I sold them, and bought some shipping supplies. I quickly sold several books, and wrapped them for the post. I learned the difference between first class, parcel post, and media mail.

I was off to a great start, but I needed more books. This was my favorite part. When I didn't have massage clients, I would comb thrift shops and yard sales to find books. I found new books to read and then I could turn around and sell them. Soon, I had more books than when I started.

I love books and so does my wife. I didn't know she was going to be my wife when I met her, but I knew she had to love books. She had recently moved back to our hometown, and was also selling books online.

We joined inventories and our love of books and took the leap to Main Street and opened our store, From My Shelf Books in 2006 with only 3,000 used books and dreams of filling the 800 square feet.

It's been just over ten years since I sold my first used book. Today, From My Shelf Books & Gifts has outgrown the original location and now has over 50,000 used and new books, and is bursting with puzzles, cards, games, book-related gifts, and general good cheer. Some bibliophiles fear that technology will kill the bookstore, but it helped build this one.…