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Knowing About Twitter: The Basics

You have probably heard about Twitter and if you haven't gone to the site and looked it over, you might wonder what the big deal is and why people seem so excited about it. First, it is a social networking site and can be used for a social marketing campaign, but that should be done carefully. It is also a micro-blogging service.

So unlike a regular blog where you posts longer messages, perhaps of article length at Twitter the posts or tweets can only be one hundred and forty characters. These are shown on the writer's profile page and are sent to the writer's followers, which are other members of Twitter. They subscribe to follow your tweets.

You can opt to restrict who gets your tweets like family, friends, and business associates or you can allow the Twitter public to see your tweets. Alexia ranks it traffic wise at number 27. It gets some heavy traffic so it is a good site to join and do some social networking and social marketing.

It is important not to spam people with your tweets. You can get in there and follow other people and socialize some, which encourages people to desire to follow your updates. When you tweet about your site, business or blog be certain that your tweet contains useful, interesting information. Linking your Twitter account to your cell is a good method for getting and sending tweets. Look in the settings part of your account to link to your cell.

When you tweet be comfortable and act like yourself. Let your personality shine through. Make sure you don't update too often and find the people that are interested in what you have to say. You can locate any family members or friends on Twitter by utilizing the search tool. If you want to send a personal message use the direct message option so that message can be private. There are several tools for linking Twitter to your blog, website, and to some of the other social networking sites.

These are some tips for successful socializing at Twitter. Your name, will that is tricky, you may want to brand an online moniker, but many people like the real name. A pic helps to make you a real person to people online, if you use a company logo make certain it looks professional. If you are a marketer, your profile should be public.

Your follow count should be balanced. You have to judge this, but when you follow a huge number of people - the idea may get around that you are a spammer. If you don't follow enough people of similar interests; you can seem unfriendly or like you don't really care.

Your tweet count should be between six and twelve before you begin to follow others. It seems that tweeters like for you to have rolled up your tweeting sleeves some before you become a follower. People don't like too many tweets as it engulfs their time-line, but if you tweet infrequently people will stop following you. Basically, one or two tweets a day keeps you in there without getting dropped.

This basic information about Twitter will get you started. Otherwise, explore the options and tools at Twitter so you can master it.


How To Keep Dust From Destroying Your Computer

Remember the days when a computer room used to be the sanctum of pure air and a dust-free zone? All carpeted and air-conditioned? Today you have your computer in your den and your laptop lying on the floor. Does that mean that your computer is susceptible to malfunctioning? Yes, it is! Although computers today are better-built, saves power and generates less heat, still no computer is immune to dust and dirt. It is thus of paramount importance that you keep your computer clean in order to ensure that it functions properly.

What will dust cause?

Dust will affect the most important part of your computer; the fan that keeps your central processing unit CPU cool. Dust lodges itself on the fan blades and clogs it resulting into excessive heat generation. The fan then fails to cool the CPU which may eventually completely stop the working of the computer. A partially functioning fan due to dust clogging will make your computer work harder with less output but a definitely higher electricity bill. So yes, you would want to stay off the dust!

So what are the precautions?

You can follow these steps in order to clean dust from the fan of your computer. Keep the computer in a dust-free environment. Avoid smoking in front of your computer. Nicotine and tar residue harm the computer. Try dusting it very regularly and use a CPU cover if need be. Also it is a good idea to keep your computer in a cold environment. Even if air-conditioning is not possible, try keeping it away from the sun, or near open windows. That being said, do not keep your computer in a closed area either. This may heat up the CPU and make it work harder.

A casual dusting of the keyboard, the monitor or cleaning up the mouse will also help in the long run. Remember dust accumulates in the mouse ball and makes the mouse interactivities quite difficult.

However even after you have taken all the precautions, dust will still accumulate on the fan. There is no alternative to regular cleaning.

So how do you clean the fan?

Open up the back of your CPU. Use a can of compressed air and an anti-static cloth to clean the dust. Hold the can vertically and spray air such that dust is not sprayed on other parts of the CPU and the circuits. Now use the anti-static cloth to clean off the dust.

Do not attempt to use a vacuum cleaner as that might cause static electricity and may also draw in any loose wiring. Adopt a liquid free dusting method and do not use any oil-based cleansing agent.

If you are not comfortable with cleaning it yourself then drop it at a service center. It generally does not cost a fortune. To keep your computer running in a good condition and to give it a longer life, keep dust off your computer. Do not ignore the maintenance of your computer, even in the busy life find out time to clean your computer.


Data Centre Security: What 10 Features Should they Have?

A data center is an outside location that houses equipment and information that is used for your business. This information or equipment can be accessed from a remote location. Many businesses use a data center, especially when customer information must be retrieved. This is especially true with customer service centers. When you call with a question or problem, you may get a different call center each time. However, they are able to pull up the same information every single time. This is because they are pulling that information from a data center. This allows for retrieval of information from all authorized parties at any time, which also results in consistency.

With such access, this may make one wonder how secure a data center really is. All of this information is being transferred to and from using a computer can seem somewhat dangerous, especially since much of the information is very sensitive.

That is why it is important that each data center be equipped with top-of-the-line security features that protect that information:

1. Encryption: Encryption is a code that cannot be cracked. The information is transferred in this encrypted form that only the computer it is going to can decipher. The information that leaves the computer is once again encrypted to be stored in the data center. This is what prevents a lot of the information that is going back and from being stolen by hackers.

2. Password protection: It is important for the password to remain protected. If the password is entered incorrectly, then it is important to have a security feature that locks someone out after three attempts. This prevents someone from intruding and in order to unlock it, they must answer a security question.

3. Individual security: This is when each individual receives their own username and password to access the data center. This means the encryption key for each user is unique.

4. Redundant power: A data center that runs on redundant power is one that is going to survive such incidents as blackouts. This means they are running from separate sources of electricity and they also have backup generators. That way, if the power goes out there and not at your facility, you're still in business.

5. Verification at each end: Every single time a file is written to disk at the data center, their integrity is verified. They are verified each time they are written to the disk. If verification fails, it is transmitted to an identical server.

6. Protocol security: Protocols such as HTTP are vulnerable to hackers, so a secure data security system uses one that hackers do not target.

7. Firewalls: The firewall that is used should be similar to those used on home computers so that the business can connect with backup software and not be locked out.

8. Restricting remote access: This only limits access to certain IP addresses. This is so someone cannot access the data center from another location when they aren't supposed to.

9. Virus protection: Viruses come in all shapes and sizes and the data center must be protected as well. Virus protection keeps the data center virus free.

10. 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL): This is what you want to see to make sure information is not retrieved or corrupted in any way.

So if you're looking for a data center that can make your business as successful as you want it to be, these are ten security features that you can look for that will make a large difference in how securely you do business. You can also confidently ensure your customers that their information is safe.


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