What will you do in the month of May? Maybe you'll kick your outdoor exercise routine into high gear. Maybe you'll share celebrations with the mothers in your life. Or maybe you'll take your tablet to the patio and explore the world from your own backyard. Whatever May means to you, maybe you'll get ideas here to enhance your experiences.
This issue starts with a warning about a fraudulent American Express email that's making the rounds. Take a minute to read about this phishing scam so you don't accidentally give away your account information. You'll also learn about the new dinosaur showing up on Facebook and get tips on how to correctly use hashtags on Twitter.
Purely for the fun of it, check out the springtime projects in the Pinterest section, browse around websites featuring everything from the moon to a museum, and view two incredible videos showcasing a natural wonder and man-made special effects.
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Phishing Alert – Watch For Emails Claiming To Be From A Major Credit Card
3 Rivers wants to know why you think "Rural is Cool". What makes your rural, small-town community a great place to work, learn, live and play?
Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your brief comments on what makes rural cool (feel free to include pics).The first twenty-five 3 Rivers customers who respond will receive a free "#rural is cool" plastic drinking cup that looks like an old-fashioned Mason jar (so please include your mailing address in the email). One of the cups will contain a $25 credit towards a lucky customer's 3 Rivers bill! We'll post some of the best ones here and on Facebook to spread the word.
This Month's FAQ – What's The Story With Facebook's New Privacy Dinosaur?
Question: When I was on Facebook recently, a "Privacy Reminder" pop-up window showed up with a dinosaur on it. Can you explain what's going on with this dinosaur?
Answer: Facebook is testing this pop-up reminder to encourage users — who are about to make public posts that all the world can see — to pay attention to who they're sharing with on its platform.
For those of you who haven't had a visit from the privacy dinosaur yet, its message reads, "Sorry to interrupt. You haven't changed who can see your posts lately, so we just wanted to make sure you're sharing this post with the right audience." It then asks the user to click on Friends, Public, or Options (for more choices).
It's a good reminder for all of us to think before we share on Facebook so we don't overshare with the wrong group of people.
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In May
If The Moon Were Only One Pixel joshworth.com – Just how vast is the solar system? It's difficult to wrap your head around it so this site does its best to explain. It uses a scale model based on "if the moon were only one pixel." To explore, scroll through using your keyboard's right arrow key. Please be patient; you have many miles to cover!
Dive Into Delicious Distractions foodgawker.com – In a nutshell, this is like Pinterest just for foodies. What you'll find is photo after photo of the most amazing food, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. We warn you: This site is guaranteed to make you hungry, so think twice about visiting if you're on a diet!
Stay Home And Visit The British Museum britishmuseum.org – For the 36th year, the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day around May 18. In honor of this, take a look at many online tours offered by The British Museum. Its collection is dedicated to human history and culture, and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
Looking For Government Benefits? benefits.gov – Many Americans receive government benefits at some point during their lives, from career development assistance to Medicaid/Medicare to Social Security. This site features the Benefit Finder, a questionnaire to make it easier to find out which benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
Boardwalk Empire Special Effects Take a fascinating, piece-by-piece look at how Brainstorm Digital puts together many separate images to create complete scenes in the popular HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. What's real? What's not?
Inside An Active Volcano Thanks to the drone, KJI Phantom, you can get a very close (yet safe) look at the fiery eruption of an active volcano. This is the Yasur volcano on the remote island of Tanna in Vanuata.
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
Check out this advice on hashtags from the Twitter Help Center:
Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:
People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics. Example: In the Tweet below, @eddie included the hashtag #FF. Users created this as shorthand for "Follow Friday," a weekly tradition where users recommend people that others should follow on Twitter. You'll see this on Fridays.
Using hashtags correctly:
If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet.
Don't #spam #with #hashtags. Don't over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than two hashtags per Tweet.)
Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.