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Facebook Pages Get New Design

In June, Facebook rolled out a new design for all Facebook Pages. The new design has been around since March, but was only available to select Pages and those who opted-in. Now all Facebook Pages have been switched to the new look.

The most noticeable and disruptive change in the new design is the relocation of the Page name from below the cover photo to the right of the profile picture laid over the cover photo. Facebook also has added the Page category to display below the Page title. Finally, they have overlaid the "Like," "Follow" and "Share" buttons in the lower-right corner of the cover photo. If your cover photo has text or a light colored area where the Page title, category or buttons now appear, you'll want to change your cover photo (see below).

Facebook Design Change

Dave Haasser in Ag Comm graphics has been adjusting the custom Facebook cover photos he designed for some counties to comply with the changes. If you need a new cover photo, email Dave Haasser or call him at (701) 231-8620.

If you want to design your own cover photo, here's an infographic showing the dimensions of the new Facebook Page design.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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Online Scams - Red Flags to Look For

Online fraud is alive and well. Check out my blog post Job Scams - What to Look for in Online Postings. My friend almost fell for it.

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Image credit: Don Hankins on Flickr "Online Fraud"

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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Send a YouTube Video by Text Message

Someone asked me the other day how to share a YouTube video via text messaging on a smartphone. This is a handy tip for those who work with youth, who frequently view YouTube videos and use text messaging.

First, download the YouTube app through the Google Play Store or App Store- both are free.

Find the video you want on YouTube. Tap the “share” icon in the upper right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




You should get options to share the video through (text) “Messaging” on Android or "Message" on iPhone. Other apps you have downloaded will also be included as sharing options.

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Sharing options on my son's iPhone:

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Android: just add the text recipients name/number and a link to the video will be sent via text.
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Same with iPhone, just enter the text recipient's name
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The recipient(s) will get the text with the link to the video and be able to view it.

If you need help sharing videos from your phone, please contact me or Web Technology Specialist Bob Bertsch.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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Disability Accommodation Statement is Required

Remember to add a disability accommodation statement to your event materials and publications. This is required by federal law and NDSU Policy. NDSU events and publications must reasonably accommodate those who have diminished access.  

Look on the back of NDSU Extension publications and you should see:
This publication will be made available in alternative formats for people with disabilities upon request, (701) 231-7881.

For example, to comply with this alternative format accommodation, Ag Comm once made a publication in larger print so the requester with diminished vision could view it. Another time, a meeting attendee with diminished hearing requested a sign-language interpreter, which was provided.

When promoting your event, include a phrase like this in your print and online materials:
Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable ac­commodations to participate in NDSU-sponsored programs and events. To request an accommodation(s), please contact (office) at (xxx) by (deadline) to make arrangements.

If you have a sign-up form (online or hard copy) for events, include a space for attendees to request accommodation.

If you receive a request for accommodation, you may work with NDSU Disability Services to ensure reasonable accommodations are met.

For more information about accommodating people with disabilities, refer to Ag Comm's Required Statements on Printed Materials.

Image credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Disability_symbols.png

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231- 6403

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How To Watch a Video Without an Internet Connection

no internet connectionWant to use video in your presentation but won't have internet access at your location? You can download videos from YouTube and Vimeo right to your computer to play later, using Keepvid to download. See the 1:53 video how to Download Online Video

Not All YouTube Videos Can Be Used in Presentations Due to Copyright Restrictions

Here's the kind of YouTube videos you can use in your presentation:

- videos that are not copyrighted all rights reserved (like NDSU Extension videos)
- videos that fall under the classroom use exception to copyright- when the performance of the video/audio is for a non-profit educational use and held in a face-to-face setting in a classroom (a place devoted to instruction), you can use a copyrighted work.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

Image from Ben Dalton on Flickr

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Getty Images Allows Free Embedding

Getty Images, the world's largest photo service, is allowing embedding of some of their images (more than 12 million as of this writing) on websites, blogs and social media for free, as long as you do not use them for commercial purposes.

The embedded images, like the one below, link back to the Getty Images website and include a footer crediting Getty Images.

I had trouble finding images I could embed until I went to http://www.gettyimages.com/Creative/Frontdoor/embed which included a link to all embeddable images.

Using the embed code for the images can be a little tricky in Ag CMS, as you will have to navigate the HTML view of the content item you are editing. Resizing the embedded image is a manual process as well. You will need to change the "width" and "height" settings in the HTML code, making sure you maintain the image's aspect ratio.

There are many free and some right reserved images that you can use more easily and flexibly than Getty's embeddable images, but if you are looking for an image of a specific person, place or event they are a great option.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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Copy and paste when you have long lists in Google Forms

Long list imageWhen you ask a question on a Google Form that has many response options, you don't need to enter each one manually.

For instance, if you ask the question "Which ND county do you live in?" you don't have to type in each of the county names for the response options. You can just copy and paste from a list online or in a document right into your form.

See YouTube video (3:48) about long lists in Google Forms.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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Always Link to Public URLs in Ag CMS

When you are sharing a link to an item in your Ag CMS site, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the web address (URL) of the item as you see it when logged into Ag CMS and the URL of the item as the public sees it. The two URLs can be similar but the place each of them leads is very different.

Whenever you share a link to an item on your Ag CMS site, whether you are posting a link to Facebook, sending it by email, printing it in a newsletter or creating an external link to it on your site, your should always use the public URL, not the URL you see as a logged-in Ag CMS user.

If the URL starts with "https://" and/or has "misc-sites," "rec-sites," "county-sites" or "academic-sites" in it, it is a URL intended only for Ag CMS users, not the public. In most cases, if you share that URL with someone they will be redirected to the Ag CMS login page when they click it.

Ag CMS URLs intended for the public start with "http://" and should never contain "misc-sites," "rec-sites," "county-sites" or "academic-sites." For example, when I am logged in to Ag CMS and view the NDSU Extension website, I see it at this URL, https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/misc-sites/extension. If you click that link, you will probably be prompted for an Ag CMS username and password. When you view the NDSU Extension website, you are seeing it at the URL, http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension. At that URL, anyone will be able to see published items in the site without logging in to Ag CMS.

Always use the public URL when sharing published Ag CMS items, even if you are sharing them with other Ag CMS users. It's the best way to be sure the people you are sharing with will be able to see what you want them to see.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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New Feature in Ag CMS: Upload Multiple Files

so many filesThis new feature will save you time if you need to upload multiple items to Ag CMS. All you need to do is add a portlet and upload your files. Find out how to use the Quick Upload portlet.

Photo courtesy of Business Insider

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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