Social Media Matters: Old credit card could lead to lost website

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, May 11, 2012
Metro section

Old credit card could lead to lost website

If you own one or more domain names, this is your friendly neighbourhood reminder to ensure that you set them up for automatic renewal. That way, you can sleep at night knowing that the domain names you slaved over finding are safe from those who may covet them for their own use or for reselling.

A Facebook friend lamented earlier this week that he’d forgotten to keep his credit card updated on the website where he bought his domain name, meaning that he temporarily lost the use of the domain.

This can be a tragedy for a business that has successfully acquired a domain name and used it extensively only to find out a few years later that an expired credit card meant that the automatic payment didn’t go through, resulting in a deleted website, no more e-mail account and marketing materials such as business cards or other items that are immediately obsolete. This can be absolutely terrifying. I know, because it’s happened to me and to many others, I’m sure.

A reminder e-mail from your domain company can easily be misconstrued as junk mail and ignored. We’ve all become so accustomed to scanning our e-mail at lightning speed to look for the real stuff that sometimes we can miss legitimate ones.

Yes, a spam filter can help, but I’ve chosen not to use one because – at least in my experience – very important e-mails can sometimes get sorted to your junk e-mail folder. These are usually group e-mails. If you’re on a volunteer board or any other e-mail lists, spam filters sometimes file these directly to your junk folder, where they are usually ignored.

Of course, you should always check your junk folder and tweak your spam filter to ensure that e-mails from certain individuals or domains are tagged as legitimate, because I’ve seen it happen way too many times where legitimate e-mails get shipped off to the junk e-mail folder by mistake.

Are spam filters even worth it in that case?

I’m in business and I don’t want to miss anything, so I’ve decided not to use a junk e-mail folder. It may take me a bit of time to sift through my inbox, but I move at lightning speed when doing it, so anything that’s even remotely fishy gets deleted.

Time waster? Some would classify it as such, but I’d rather ensure that I don’t miss an e-mail that could be business-related or otherwise important.

Australian blogger apologizes for tweet

Cardinal George Pell
Cardinal George Pell

According to a report published May 9 in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, Australian blogger Catherine Deveny has apologized to Sydney Roman Catholic Archbishop Cardinal George Pell for a tweet he interpreted as implying that he may be a pedophile.

During a television interview, Pell’s unfortunate pause after saying, ‘We are preparing young English boys…’ caused the audience to erupt into nervous laughter before Pell continued with ‘… for Holy Communion.’ To take advantage of the unintentionally awkward pause, Deveny posted a photo to her Twitter account (with more than 16,000 followers) that, according to the news report, ‘showed Pell’s face on a mock flag saying, ‘We were preparing young English boys’, and omitting the clarifying words, ‘for Holy Communion.” After Twitter alerted Deveny to the lawsuit threat from Pell, she apologized profusely, claiming that she didn’t mean to imply that Pell was a pedophile.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I suggest three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to May 8. Have a favourite channel? Let me know about it and I may feature it here!

1) HealthGuru.com (65,305 subscribers): With nearly 450 million channel views, this channel offers more than 1,000 videos on a variety of health-related topics such as allergies, pregnancy, hair care, treating cold and flu symptoms, migraines, sex and even addiction to nasal sprays! (Most popular video: Pregnancy Booster Clomid (Pregnancy Health Guru) – 177,920,372 views.)

2) Erin, Steve & Willow (4,999 subscribers): With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, here’s a vlog that is regularly updated by Ontario-based new mother Erin. According to the channel’s description, ‘We are a family of three that lives in Ontario, Canada. Our daughter Willow was conceived after three years of trying and was born on November 24, 2010.’ Erin shares her motherhood experiences on the channel. So far, she’s uploaded more than 200 videos that have garnered more than 1.5 million views in total. Seems like other new moms are interested in Erin’s experiences, too! Playlists include baby products, heartbeat videos and pregnancy vlogs. (Blog + Video = ‘Vlog’) (Most popular video: Our 12 Week Ultrasound Scan!! – 93,539 views.)

3) Sony Music Canada (459 subscribers): I’m not sure why this YouTube channel for a major record label has so few subscribers. It seems to be updated regularly and features some very popular artists such as Carrie Underwood, Tony Bennett, Foster the People and the smash British-Irish boy band One Direction. The channel’s 33 videos have a total of 316,360 views. This will only grow as the channel continues to be updated. (Most popular video: One Direction in Canada – Behind-The-Scenes – 70,077 views.)

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