We hope you're ready to enjoy what makes September so special — things like classes beginning, leaves changing, and footballs flying.
To add to the fall fun, we've "raked up" some timely content for this issue. It starts with a warning about a Facebook promotion that says you can "Like" and "Share" your way to free Six Flags season tickets; pass on this one since the claims are false. However, don't pass on checking out the cool Pinterest pins, videos, and sites we chose for you this month. We think they'll make you smile, and in some cases, make you want to learn more.
Speaking of learning, this September issue includes a lesson on the "Other" Facebook inbox and tips for finding YouTube videos tailored to your interests.
The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting.
To see what's inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!
- The eCurrents Team
Facebook Alert – Beware of Six Flags Season Tickets Giveaway
You may have seen Facebook posts recently that claim Six Flags theme parks are giving away free season tickets to those who "Like" and "Share" a promotional image and click on a link to claim their prize. These claims are false. The promotion has no connection to Six Flags whatsoever and the theme parks are not giving away free season tickets. Instead, it's an attempt by online scammers to get people to "Like" and "Share" bogus promotional material and participate in survey scams.
By posing as a well-known entity and offering attractive prizes as bait, the "Like Farmers" running the scheme hope to amass a large number of "Likes" for their fake Facebook Page in a short period of time. Pages with large numbers of "Likes" can later be sold on the black market to other scammers and unscrupulous Internet marketers. The pages can then be re-purposed and used to promote dubious products and services to a wide audience or to launch other scam campaigns. They may also be used to trick users into divulging personal information by informing them that they've won a (non-existent) prize. Be wary of any Facebook post or page that promises expensive prizes in exchange for simply clicking on "Like" or "Share" and don't take action when you see them.
Go here to read the response from Six Flags to this questionable program that's using their name.
College Football is Here – Watch Games on ESPN3.com!
Did you know that 3 Rivers offers ESPN3.comFREE to all of our High Speed Internet customers? ESPN3.com delivers thousands of live online events a year from your favorite sports through a rich, interactive, and easy-to-use experience.
Includes live college football games!
Select from a menu of live or recently completed games and events
Pause, rewind, and fast forward the best in-game and event moments
Watch up to 4 games all at the same time with a variety of viewing modes
Register to access ESPN3.com remotely when you are not at home
Current 3 Rivers High Speed Internet subscribers can access ESPN3.com today—there are no additional steps—just log on from your home computer and start watching!
Please note that ESPN3.com IS NOT the WatchESPN app. That is a separate service offered by certain video providers. When you log on to ESPN3.com you will see a list of programming specifically available on ESPN3. 3 Rivers' 3RTV customers are not currently able to subscribe to WatchESPN.
This Month's FAQ – Where Are My Missing Facebook Messages Going?
Question: I use Facebook messages a lot and I've had friends tell me they're sending me messages that I'm not getting. Is Facebook deleting or not sending some of my messages? Where are these messages going?
Answer: Not too long ago, Facebook introduced a "secret" inbox for profiles. It started as a way to separate event invites and group messages from messages your friends send. As you've noticed, messages you actually want sometimes end up in the wrong inbox.
You'll probably find the missing message in this new inbox. Fortunately, it's easy to locate. In the top bar of your Facebook profile, click the messages icon; it looks like two speech bubbles. That will take you to a window with "Inbox" and "Other" at the top. Click "Other" and you'll see the "secret" inbox.
Simply reply to the messages in this "Other" inbox and future messages from that person will appear in your regular inbox. You may want to get in the habit of checking this "Other" inbox once a week or so to make sure you don't miss more messages.
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In September
Food For Football Fans myrecipes.com – Here's the game plan: Rush to this site, check out the tailgating recipes for dips and appetizers, whip a few of them up in your kitchen, and score big points with your fellow football fans. Choose from Grilled Pepper Poppers, Creamy Feta-Spinach Dip, Barbeque Deviled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese Straws, and more!
Goodwill Hunting shopgoodwill.com – This is the first Internet auction site created, owned, and operated by a nonprofit organization. Goodwill stories from across the country offer items for auction and revenues fund Goodwill's education, training, and job placement programs for people with disabilities. Shop for jewelry, books, toys, and more.
Explore Hidden Wonders atlasobscura.com – This is not your run-of-the-mill site. Atlas Obscura, as the name suggests, features a collection of obscure places around the world. From the Winchester Mystery House with doors to nowhere and secret passages to Insectarium of Montreal, with both live and dead insect collections and over 160,000 specimens.
Watch And Learn ted.com – TED originally stood for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but has since broadened its subject matter. If back-to-school season has you thinking about learning something new, check out the wide range of talks on this site. You'll benefit from the experiences of leading CEOs, scientists, and experts from many fields.
Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
See A Young Dustin Hoffman This charmingly simple 1966 VW commercial uses the small stature of Dustin Hoffman to its advantage as he shows off the roominess of the fastback sedan. It offers lots of room in the interior. And lots of room in the trunks. (That's right. There were two!)
Hair-Raising Hygiene In Space Published on July 9, 2013, this video from astronaut Karen Nyberg on the International Space Station is a fascinating look at how a basic task changes when there's no gravity. Nyberg, an Expedition 36 Crew Member, shows how she washes her hair in space.
Short Tutorial – How To Find YouTube Videos Tailored To Your Interests
With billions of hours of video available on YouTube, how do you go about finding quality content that suits your interests? Try these strategies:
Discover Disco YouTube's "Disco" tool is a good way to find high-quality music videos because YouTube curates the playlists. Just enter the name of the artist or band you want to see more of and you'll be presented with an entire stream of relevant videos.
Try the Trends YouTube's "Trends Dashboard" gives you a quick look at what's hot by gender and across various regions and age ranges. Check it out regularly to stay up-to-speed with the latest viral videos and newsworthy footage.
Check Out Charts Visit "YouTube Charts" to see the most popular content on the site. You can view the most-liked, most-viewed, top-favorited, and even most-discussed videos within certain timeframes. There's also the ability to narrow down content by category, giving you a glimpse at the most-loved YouTube videos by subject.
Subscribe, Subscribe, Subscribe Once you find YouTube channels you really like, click on the "Subscribe" button. You'll then be notified whenever that person uploads a new video. Also, pay attention to the "Channels for You" list on the sidebar to find other channels that relate to the one you like.