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Are You Being Followed by an App?

Have you ever wondered when you download an App if it follows you even if you are not using it? Apparently the Tim Horton’s Coffee App did, does just that. The Canadian authorities investigated and found violation of the law pertaining to just that. I chuckled at the subtitle, ““Inappropriate form of surveillance”.

All of this does bring into my mind how accurate is that, “only when in use”, when asked by most apps which need a location when used. It is a question that has been asked for many years. Many of us turn off any tracking, if for no better reason than it drains the battery. And that is silly if it is from a dormant app. Lesson? Install less apps, especially ones that require locations.

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Under way

Changes to PMV Productions are under way as you may have noticed. The Top 1 classes will resume next week. Its looking like Monday 2pm MST time or the 3pm slot is the final choices. Am considering a Q&A 15-30 minutes before and after so that the full hour can be devoted to the week’s topic.

ALSO looking at adding a Lecture Series, since I was the prof, concentrating on a full talk. This may take on the Master Class format and concentrate on topics like Spreadsheets, Web Design and others. These may take shape around current events or needs as asked for. The length would be about 90 minutes each time.

ALSO a major re-vamp of the Your Google Business Page and you is underway. The main question to ask is “What would one more client, each month, mean to your business?”

Five of 31 Musts on Websites

There are five must haves on any website. These may be simple, but you would be surprised by how many websites do not have them. Many of these sites are in the form of the one pager, which is not a bad thing, but sometimes the implied brevity makes folks forget to include some obvious items.

The five are:

  • An email address – Email addresses can be gotten in a number of ways. Getting a Google email, or opt for the Google Suite, gets you many other accesses to Google features. ALSO, most hosting companies give you one email per domain. In many cases you can have any number of email to your domain. The system can sort them out. Either way it makes you look much more professional and big.
  • A phone number – Yes it may be old school, but some folks do like to chat with someone. Get the number from Google Voice, it is free and you can get whatever area code you need. You could also consider a form of text message, or a chat area on your site.
  • The locations of the above items, as well as others is usually at the bottom of the page. Makes sure it is easily found, and that if there is a menu at the top of the page that there is a link. Also, make sure this information is on every page of your website.
  • If you have social media presence make sure of two things. First, that the link works and that is going to the right account. If you are going to use the logo of the social platform, make sure the graphic also links. There is a reasonable debate on whether to write out the service such as Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. This most from the Search/Google view point. Also, remember that these are graphics, therefore the ALT tag plays a role.
  • Speaking of ALT tags, make sure ALL of your images are a) properly sized for easy loading, b) properly file named, c) properly defined in the description of the graphic, d) made into a link and e) use proper keywords in the ALT tag itself.