How to go offline on Facebook Messenger App

One of the biggest concerns I keep hearing about the new Facebook Messenger App is that of privacy. People don’t want to appear online or “available” at all times. I happen to be one of them.

I resisted the app as long as I could, but when I began receiving messages that I was unable to access without Messenger, I had no choice.

On my phone, Facebook is almost always active, even when I am not – that was a problem. I am also one of those who has limited my “availability” to daytime hours. I like to spend my evening hours in a bit of a shutdown mode – or one that is reserved for FUN social media interactions or reading/learning on topics that are outside of my normal “work” related topics.

If you are anything like me and would like to use the Facebook Messenger App while remaining in “stealth mode” there is a way.

On the image provided below – you will see how to access the app and adjust your settings so that you always appear offline – as far as the app is concerned.

facebook messenger appear offline

Follow these steps:

1. Open your Facebook Messenger App

2. Click on People (item A)

3. Click on Active (item B)

4. Slide your switch to the OFF position (item C)

You will now appear offline on Facebook Messenger – you will still be able to receive your messages and replay whenever you like – you just won’t be readily available for chatting when it’s not so convenient for you.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I love digging in and researching this kind of thing.

This post is a cross post, shared with Not Before Coffee

4 Steps To Online Business Success

4 Steps To Online Business Success

Running an online business can be challenging, especially to the entrepreneur who is new to the online scene. Running an online business needs just as much time commitment and investment as a brick and mortar store. You need to think about traffic, branding, target audience and SEO, and the following are four tips to help you find online business success.

1. Spend the money on good web design.

The design of your website is just as important as the content found on it. If your users cannot easily navigate your website, you will lose them forever. Make sure that every piece of information on your site is easy to find. Also, you should include a search field to help your visitors access the information they want right away.

You also need to make sure you’re choosing the right colors and the right font. If your content is hard to read, whether due to the size, style or color of the font or background, it will deter your visitors from coming back. Take the time and spend the money on good web design, and you’ll have more success than you could imagine.

2. Choose the right name.

When choosing a name for your business, you have to remember that this is something your audience will be saying and spelling while online. Sure, it may be cute to get creative with the spelling of a company name, but if it’s too hard to remember or too hard to spell, you can kiss your online business success goodbye.

Remember that your audience will be looking for the URL of your website to match the company name, so if it varies or is too difficult to spell, you may be sending your target audience to another website instead of yours. This, obviously, is not good for business. Take the time to choose the right business name, and consider the online branding and URL that will be associated with it.

3. Optimize the site for mobile.

More and more Internet users today are accessing website through their smartphones and tablets. Because of this trend, it’s very important that you optimize your website for mobile. If your target audience cannot access your website through their mobile device, they will simply turn to another website that is optimized for mobile. You have the option of either creating a website specifically for a mobile device, or you can simply have your website replicated for the smaller screens. The choice is yours; just make sure you do it.

4. Implement search engine optimization strategies.

As an online business, you will rely heavily on search engine optimization for your traffic and overall website success. This is why you need to implement as many SEO strategies as you possibly can. Be sure that your content contains keywords and is broken down by topic. You should also add descriptions and meta tags to websites and images. Add backlinks to your website from other sources, such as social media sites or online directories. The more SEO strategies you can implement, the better visibility your website will have.

Online Scam Targets Job Seekers – How The Scam Works

job seekers online scam

You receive an email offering you a job at a business called Send-it-Off, Pick and Send or a similar name. “Here are the application form for you to fill and the job description to get more information about the position,” the email reads.
You read the information. Send-it-Off claims to be a shipping service based in Wisconsin, and it is hiring “agents” to package items and mail them overseas. The company promises to reimburse “agents” for their expenses and pay a monthly stipend. It sounds like easy money, so you fill out the application form and send it back.
Soon, your first assignment arrives. You are asked to ship some electronics, such as an iPhone or iPad, to an address overseas.  You send off the items… but your payment never arrives. You’ve been conned, and you may have just helped scammers move illegally obtained goods.
Watch out for variations on this scam. For example, con artists are likely to change the name of their “business” as word of the scam travels. Also, watch out for requests that could open you up to ID theft. Some victims reported sending a copy of their driver’s license with their “job application,” which gave scammers their name, address and photo.

Spot a job scam before you waste your time and money.

  • Watch out for these phrases: Scam ads often contain the phrases “Teleworking OK,” “Immediate Start” and “No Experience Needed.” Watch out for ads that urge you to apply immediately.
  • Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or paying for training.
  • Some positions are more likely to be scams: Always be wary of work from home, secret shopper positions or any job with a generic title, such as admin assistant or customer service representative. These often don’t require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants.
  • If a job looks suspicious, search for it in Google. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam.
  • Check out the business’ website to make sure the opening is posted there. If you are still skeptical, call the business to check on the position. Don’t rely on websites or phone numbers provided in the advertisement; find the “employer” on your own to make sure it’s the real deal.

For More Information

To find out more about scams or report one, check out BBB Scam Stopper.