Friday, May 22, 2020

Using video technology to stay connected

NECN's Colton Bradford interviewed my mom and me about how she uses technology to stay connected:

Need a smile? Meet Millie Garfield. The self proclaimed “Internet’s Oldest Living Blogger” and she’s got a message for us all. #CallYourMother

cc: @NECN @TheHubToday @stevegarfield





My mom is one of the Internet's Oldest Bloggers according to The Ageless Project.
wegads - Ed Weiland, born 1923
Age of Rieson - Marie MacBeath, born 1925
Last Quarter - Game of Life - Ralph Leonard, born 1925
My Mom's Blog - Mildred Garfield, born 1925
Not Dead Yet! - Judith Taylor, born 1927
Milts Muse - Milton Rebmann, born 1931
A Little Red Hen - Naomi Dagen Bloom, born 1933
Along The Way - Joared, born 1935
Occasional Pursuits - Patricia Torbert, born 1937
Light Sweet Crud - Rey Barry, born 1937
BLB's Xanga Site - Bonnie, born 1939
justaskjudy - Judy, born 1940

Thursday, May 14, 2020

HOW TO: Set Up Your First Facebook Messenger Room

HOW TO: Set Up Your First Facebook Messenger Room

Facebook is now rolling out Messenger Rooms to everyone. I tried it out for the first time, and had a chat with my niece. When I created my room, I allowed ALL FRIENDS to JOIN. After creating my room, on my computer browser, my phone rang with an invitiation!

Opps! Did Facebook Messenger Rooms just invite ALL MY FRIENDS with a message at 8:30 AM. D'OH! I don't think so, but I'm not sure. As I learn more I'll figure it out. I took screen shots of each screen in the process of setting up a room.

Here are the steps to set up a Facebook Messenger Room.



Image: Facebook asks you to Learn More or Create a Room


Image: Create Your Room options:

- Room Activity
- Who is invited?
- Start time

ROOM ACTIVITY:

Image: Room Activity Page 1


Image: Room Activity Page 2

WHI IS INVITED:

Image: Who is invited

Choose all your friends or specific people.


Image: Invite people

START TIME:

Image: Start Time

Select a start time.


Image: Trying Rooms. Invite.



Image: Join room


Image: Continue as YOU!


Image: My first room with my niece.

Facebook rooms. Bringing people together!



Image: Video and Audio controls



Image: What my Facebook page looks like after I left the room.

It looks like my room is still open after I leave it. Oh wiat, Jeff Cutler just asked me to join a room! It's my room!

I guess I can leave this open all day for friends to join.

Interesting.

UPDATE:

If you leave your room open to FRIENDS, any can join, even after you leave you room, if you leave it open. A friend from CT just joined a chat with my nephew. That never would have happened with Zoom.


Image: J. Bruce Jones and me. ;-)