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How to Stop Videos from Automatically Playing on Facebook

Friday, August 28th, 2015

After the tragic and disturbing video of the recent news crew incident (I’m being vague here on purpose out of respect for the families, and because the man responsible deserves not one more shred of attention) I have been asked why Facebook has the videos in the news feed play automatically.

The answer is because it increases views, shares and “connection.” Unfortunately in circumstances like this, it can make you sick to your stomach before you’ve even had your coffee.

The solution, though, is to OPT OUT on Facebook. You can change your settings. It works differently on desktop version and mobile devices, so I’ll go over both here.

How to OPT OUT of Facebook newsfeed video autoplay on your laptop or desktop:

1. Click in upper right hand corner, and scroll down to Settings and click it.

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2. At the very bottom of the left-hand menu, click on Videos.

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3. Turn OFF Auto-play Videos

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It’s a little trickier, but still possible.

You can adjust the Facebook app’s auto-play settings to OnWi-Fi only or Off.

To adjust the auto-play settings on your Android phone or tablet:

  1. Open the Facebook app
  2. Tap 
  3. Scroll down and tap App Settings
  4. Tap Video Auto-play
  5. Choose an option

Note: If you don’t see the Video Auto-play settings on your Android phone, log out of the Facebook app. When you log back into Facebook, Video Auto-play should be visible in App Settings.

To adjust the auto-play settings on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Facebook app
  2. Tap 
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings
  4. Tap Videos > Autoplay
  5. Choose an option

Note: If you don’t see Videos in your iPhone or iPad’s Facebook app settings, try updating the Facebook app.


I, myself, have opted out of autoplay for many reasons. The one mentioned above is a given, but I also don’t like being distracted into watching something. I hope this instructional has helped.



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Why I finally deleted Foursquare app

Friday, July 25th, 2014

RIP4squareYou may or may not know this, but I am a social media pack rat. Yes, it’s part of my job to try out the new apps out there and find the ones that are best suited for business, the ones that make your lives better, easier and way more fun. But, I have been hoarding social media profiles for as long as I can remember. I’m fairly certain I still have a Friendster account floating around out there, truth be told.

However, I finally had enough with the “new” Foursquare, better known as the SWARM app. One of the several things that made Foursquare worthy originally, aside from the fun of “earning” badges, was the deals with retail and vendors out there who could get me a free or discounted cup o’ joe, as well as see who else was hanging out in the airport while I waited on my delayed flight.

This new SWARM app that they are pushing everyone who has Foursquare to use is not fulfilling its destiny (and I’m not really even sure what its app destiny is). It lets you know which of  your friends are hanging out in the area, but that’s really it. I hear there are upgrades coming — the old “mayor” status will come back, etc., but I’m not seeing the value here.

While it’s great to see who is hanging out nearby, another feature I liked found in the original Foursquare app was the ability to meet NEW people, and exchange NEW ideas. It was a true networking app. SWARM seems to be a friend app to let you socialize with friends. The “check-in” feature has officially been dropped from the original Foursquare app and switched to SWARM, but the benefits of that have been left behind.

I resisted deleting the app because my fingers actually get twitchy and I start to sweat a little, but enough is enough. While Foursquare has fallen in significance recently anyway, I still found it useful as a way to connect. Alas, no more. I’ll check-in via Facebook and use other discovery apps for the rest.

Rest in peace, Foursquare.

Tags: check-in, discovery app, foursquare, geolocation app, swarm
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The Fortune is in the Follow Up

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

I love that Podcamp exists. When Chris Brogan and Christopher Penn birthed the unconference back in 2006, I doubt even those visionaries knew it would touch all four corners of the globe and still be going strong six years later.

This is my third time hosting a session at Podcamp. This year I’ll be heading a panel about the third largest social network, Pinterest, with friend and lawyer Stephen Zralek who knows a thing or 60 about internet, copyright and social media law. Joining us is the second most followed man on Pinterest, Daniel Bear Hunley, who, in addition to being a “southern gent” is the social media coordinator at Powell Creative in Nashville, TN.

In fact, I actually cut my “speaker” teeth at Podcamp in 2010. Since then, I’ve spoken at events and to organizations nationwide, so I owe a lot to the format for helping me gain confidence, leverage, community and clients.

One of the most important things to remember about conferences, conventions and events like Podcamp, is that the fortune is in the follow up. These are amazing opportunities to network. However, the last thing anyone really wants at a conference is to be sold to.

Jason Falls, who is actually in town Friday for social media conference Explore, always says…

“Don’t sell. Give people opportunities to buy.” 

this, but with biz cards

Now, I’m not saying that if someone comes up to you and is ready to buy your services and become your new bestie client that you shouldn’t run the credit card through your fancy Square app device and iPad. What I am saying is that you’re not there on a scavenger hunt to see who can collect the most business cards and then do nothing but make a castle out of them when you get back to your office.

Spend time with the people you exchange cards with. Find out what they do. Find out why they do it. Discover what’s coming up for them — a new launch, new partnership, an event, etc. Figure out if there is anything they are currently struggling with. Really listen. Chew on the information and take notes after you part ways so you can remember them. Then make sure you actually follow up with them. I can not tell you how many people I know who don’t do anything at all with new contacts they’ve made at events — not even an email.

I’ll say it again — the fortune is in the follow up. After Podcamp has closed the bar and turned out the lights, that’s when your work should really pick up steam. Reach out to those you met on the phone. Yes, I said on the freakin’ phone. This is your time to help. Perhaps your contact with them becomes nothing more than a new friendly relationship in the industry right now, but at some point down the line, one of you may need each other or may be able to refer someone.

I’ve gotten clients, conducted interviews for my blog, made referrals, and most importantly, enriched my business and my life by expanding my network through events like this. And you can do the same.

What other tips do you have for remembering and following up with people you meet at events? Let me know in the comments.

Tags: pcn12, podcampnashville, podcast, Social Media, unconference
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