Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face

On 20th March 2018, I received this message from Facebook:

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“Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers”. I could not continue on to Facebook until I uploaded my photo. It was the same whether viewing Facebook on my desktop on via the Facebook app on my mobile or iPad. Yes, I tried all! Fearing that it may be a scam of some sort, I even deleted the Facebook app from my phone and installed it again but when I clicked on Facebook, I received the same message again. So, I had no choice but to upload my photo.

After, I uploaded my photo, I received the following message:

“You can’t use Facebook at the moment. We are reviewing the photo that you sent us on 20 March 2018. We’re always looking out for your security, so until then you won’t be able to use Facebook.”

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Oh dear. I wouldn’t have minded very much if just my personal profile was affected as I don’t really post on it very much. However, I have several Facebook pages and I run 4 Facebook groups as admin.

I learned quite a few lessons from this but before I move on to the lessons or tips, I will share how long it took for me to get back my genuine Facebook account. I read that it was supposed to take 72 hours but searching online, I found various answers from 2 days, 6 days to one month even. Some even reported this issue coming back repeatedly. I hope this does not happen to me. I was shutoff from my Facebook account on 20th March 2018. I got back my account on 24 March 2018.

Tips:

1. I read some comments online about their precious photos being gone when they are locked out of Facebook. That’s true because when you are locked out, you cannot access anything. You simply disappear without a trace. All your photos, posts and even your comments in groups disappears. Poof! Just like that. So, don’t put all your precious memories on Facebook. It may be gone just like that if there are any issues with your account. Always have a backup.

2. The second tip is for persons who run a business page. It is a good idea to appoint a trusted person as a backup admin. When you are locked out of your personal profile, you cannot get into Facebook. This means that you also cannot get to your Facebook Page. Previously I had been locked out of Facebook before when they requested for my photo id (that’s another story), so I had appointed another admin for my Page and therefore I could still access my Page via my friend’s account.

3. The third tip is for persons who run a Facebook group and a Facebook page. When you lose your Facebook account, you also lose your Facebook group since you cannot get into Facebook at all. Now, if you had previously linked your Facebook page to your group, your Facebook page would be an extra admin for your Facebook group and if you had done Tip 2 of appointing someone else as your Page admin, you would still be able to admin your Facebook group as usual by using your friend’s Facebook account temporarily. This is important because if you are the sole admin of a group and you lose your Facebook and access to your group, it will mean that your group has no admin now and anyone can take over as admin. You don’t want that to happen to a group you had spent a lot of time building up.

With all of the above tips in place, I was not too frazzled when I lost my personal Facebook profile. I was still able to run my page and group as usual. The only set back was I had an upcoming event. I had posted details of that event in my FB group using my personal profile. When I lost my profile, my posts disappeared. I didn’t realize that at first because, as a Facebook page admin of my group, I could see my posts, but my members could not! I didn’t know till they sent me screenshots of my missing post.

So, I quickly sent them email notifications instead of private messages and tagging them on FB as I normally do. While at it, I learned how to send emails to all the contacts on my Google Forms with one click. I also learned how to embed Google map in the email. So losing my Facebook profile for a while turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I learned some new skills.

I hope this post helps some of you who may be searching for information on this topic. I was searching too and all I could find were negative posts that made it seem so much worse than it actually turned out to be.

One other thing, just before I got my account back, I got impatient and sent out an email to security@facebookmail.com I’m not sure if that helped to get back my account or it was just a matter of time.

 

Top 20 ways To Use An iPad

 

  1. Educational Tool – I refer to it a lot to teach my kids. I use Google image search a lot to show my kids something they do not understand. A picture speaks volumes and they instantly get it.
  2. Dictionary -I refer to it as a multi-language dictionary and translator.
  3. Reminder – It is perfect as a reminder, an organizer and a notebook. I take pictures and make notes of everything.
  4. Calculator – I use it as a calculator and worksheet to make list and excel like files.
  5. Mobile Gaming – I play games on it with my kids and sometimes on my own. With the iPad, you don’t need another handheld console for your kids.
  6. Drawing Tablet – I draw and make motivational posters with my iPad. I love using the iPad for drawing.

    I Use My iPad To Draw And Create Graphics For My Online Writing

    Even an amateur can create sometime beautiful from free drawing apps. It is so easy.

  7. Portable TV – I watch my favorite movies via streaming video on it.
  8. eReader – I read my favorite magazines and books on my iPad. With the iPad, I don’t need another reading tablet.
  9. Recipe Book – I keep my favorite recipes in it and constantly find new ones I can easily refer to when cooking.
  10. Communication – I keep in touch with my friends on Facebook and other social media using my iPad.
  11. Camera – I take beautiful pictures and videos and share them easily. I like to add quotes and fun stuff to my pictures. It is easy to do that with an iPad and the free photo apps available. I also like to make my own Facebook covers using my iPad.
  12. Fingertip Surfing – I surf the internet regularly to find anything and everything with my iPad and I can surf on my couch or bed.
  13. Organizer – My iPad is my calendar, clock and alarm.
  14. Information – I catch up with the latest news on my iPad.
  15. Sharing – I use it to share and receive files online. This is great for work as well as for fun.
  16. Music – I can listen to music from my iPad when I work.
  17. Tracking – I use it to track my exercise and fitness routine. Although I surf the internet on the couch, I am at no risk of turning into a couch potato because I can use fitness apps on the iPad to keep me on my feet.
  18. Keeping In Touch – It is a perfect tool for video conferencing and keeping in touch with loved ones.
  19. GPS – It is my map and GPS when I need to find my way in an unfamiliar place. I particularly like the free waze app.
  20. Family Entertainment – It is my companion and my family entertainment center.

These are the 20 ways I use my iPad for. What about you?

 

Why I Love My iPad

I Wanted An iPad Badly

I wanted to have an iPad and told my husband so. Indirectly and then directly when he asked what I wanted for my birthday for Christmas etc. However, he didn’t get it for me. “What do you need an iPad for? You’re always at home and we have two desktop computers at home. That should be more than enough for your computing needs.” I hinted indirectly and directly and pouted and finally last year I got it as a Christmas present after waiting 3 whole years for it!

I’m madly in love with my iPad. Like my husband said “Why get an tablet computer when you already have a desktop computer?” I’m going to tell you why. I love the iPad for its mobility and flexibility. I use it daily, many times a day. I love how my emails are organized so neatly on the iPad. Checking, reading and replying my emails from my different email accounts is so convenient and easy.

However, checking emails is not what I got the iPad for. In my next post, I will tell you what I use the iPad for. I will group it into the Top 20 Ways I Use My iPad.

I love how my iPad is so portable. Finally after watching how useful the iPad is for me, my husband agreed that he should have bought it for me earlier. An iPad is not a replacement for a desktop computer. It is a totally different tool all together. I also love how there are many free apps for almost anything and everything. The iPad is a multi functional tool which is so versatile.

Tips To Get The Most From You iPad

When buying an iPad cover, do shop for one that allows it to stand up. This makes it so much easier when using it as a recipe book or for watching streaming videos.

A removable keyboard is very useful if you are always on the go and need to do some work using your iPad. Though the iPad keyboard is perfectly functional, a physical keyboard is very useful if you do a lot of typing.

You May Need A Protection Plan For Your Tablet

Just like any computer, it is always a good idea to plan ahead and have a protection plan for your iPad.

What’s A Good Gift For A Couch Potato?

Do you know someone in your life who loves to sit around and watch TV all day long? If you do, then this is just perfect gift for him or her for Christmas. It is also an excellent gift for a dad for Father’s Day or mom for Mother’s Day. A massage chair pad. It is much cheaper than getting a full blown massage chair and it is portable. You can carry it around from room to room and even attach it to your car seat if that is what you prefer. However, I think it belongs in the living room best for when you are relaxing watching TV. This shiatsu massage cushion with heat is excellent as a gift for someone who loves watching TV.

I got this as a ‘just because’ gift from my husband a while back. I often suffer from lower back pain. This massage chair pad provides great relief for my lower back. I love how you can adjust the massage, vibrating, rolling or deep kneading with or without heat. You can also adjust the areas you want to massage, all over, higher or lower, concentrate on just one area of your back or all over. I like to have my back massage while the seat is heated and vibrating at the same time. You can customize it to your liking.

I really prefer a Massage Chair Pad to a massage couch because of its portability. In fact, I am sitting on my massage chair pad now as I write. I am a writer and blogger. I maintain 5 blogs and have written several ebooks. This means I work long hours online. My massage chair pad gives me good relief for my aching back. It is also very nice to use in the living room for TV time.

Some massage cushions are not high enough to reach the back and neck in which case a massage pillow may do the trick for massaging the neck.

 

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You can customize your massage cushion to your liking.

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You can customize your massage cushion to your liking.

Rolling, Deep Kneading, or Gentle Vibration. Its up to you.

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Rolling, Deep Kneading, or Gentle Vibration. Its up to you.

A shiatsu massage cushion is the perfect gift for a couch potato this Christmas.

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A shiatsu massage cushion is the perfect gift for a couch potato this Christmas.

The massage chair pad comes with a remote control for ease of use.

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The massage chair pad comes with a remote control for ease of use.

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If you like a total body massage, you can go for a foot massager as well. In this way, you can get a foot reflexology while you watch TV.

Making Time For Yourself

Making Time For Me

I Need Some Me Time. Everybody does and everyone deserves some Me Time. I need some me time to take care of myself. I need to spend some time alone doing the things I love or just doing nothing. It is the best stress reliever of all. I felt this even more when I was a new mother looking after two young kids on my own 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week without pause. Apart from the kids, we have the spouse, the extended family, friends, colleagues, bosses. There is so much multitasking and organizing to do. Sometimes, I just want to shout out ”LEAVE ME ALONE!” and get away from it all. That is when I know I seriously need some me time and I will claim this time for myself.

I don’t feel guilty claiming some me time. It is essential to keep me going. It is good for my mental health. Once I am recharged and rejuvenated, I come back better than before in my relationship and I can better manage everything that life throws at me including lemons.

Read my previous post 18 ways To Make Time For You to get some ideas on how to make time for yourself.

 

Me Time

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