6 Easy Ways to Find Out Who’s Looking for You Online

If you’ve ever Googled your own name, you may have noticed
that there are a lot of places where people can find information about you
online. These sources include Google itself, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and
more.

How do you find out who’s looking for you online? Luckily,
most of those resources have monitoring services you can use to get alerts
whenever someone searches for your name.

The following are very simple things you can do to set up
alerts or otherwise monitor when people look up your name using the internet.

LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Alerts, Google Analytics (on a
site with your name/domain), Facebook Stories, Facebook friend list algorithm

1. LinkedIn Profile Views

People can search for your name from inside LinkedIn, or they can discover your profile using Google and access your public profile information that way.

LinkedIn gives members an easy way to see who viewed your
profile.

To see this information, log into your LinkedIn account.
Under your profile name on the left side of the screen, you’ll see a link named
Who’s viewed your profile.

To the right of the link, you can see how many people have
recently viewed your profile. To see more details, click on the link.

Scroll down to the All profile viewers section. Here
you’ll see some details about who recently viewed your LinkedIn Account.

This information includes:

  • Name
  • What company they work for
  • How they found your profile
  • Which of your LinkedIn connections are also
    connected with that person
  • How long ago they viewed your profile

Unfortunately, you can’t see the entire list of
people who’ve viewed your profile without purchasing a Premium LinkedIn
membership.

If you do need to know who’s viewing your LinkedIn profile, that premium membership may be worth it.

2. Create Google Alerts for Your Name

The most common tool people
will use to look for information about you on the internet is Google. While you
may not be able to monitor who’s searching for your name using Google, you can
monitor when new information is published with your name on the internet.

To create an alert for when anything gets published mentioning your name, visit Google Alerts.

Make sure you’re already logged into your Google Account. In the Create an alert about field, type your name and select Create Alert.

Whenever you add anything to your Google Alert list or any time Google has a new search entry for a website that contains your name, you’ll receive an email for that google alert. This email will include links to the websites that have mentioned your name.

You’ll notice that the bottom
of the email, you can click a link to receive the alerts as an RSS feed. This
would let you add the feed to any kind of feed reader you may use.

3. Facebook Story Viewers

One of the most common
requests Facebook users have is to see who viewed their Facebook profile.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to do that. However, there are areas of Facebook
where you can see the people who’ve visited.

If you make a regular
Facebook post, the only way to know who viewed your post is how many people
have “liked” the post itself. There’s now way to actually see every one of your
friends who looked at it.

However, that’s not the case
when you add to your Facebook Stories. If you select the field to enter a
Facebook post, you’ll notice that you can switch the post from News Feed
to Your Story.

You can post up to 20 seconds
of video (or an image) to your Facebook Story. The post will remain active for
24 hours before disappearing.

Once you post to your Story,
you’ll notice an eye icon show up in the lower left corner of the post with a
number next to it. The number represents the number of your friends who’ve
viewed the post. If you click on the eyeball icon, you can see your specific
friends who’ve viewed the post.

If you view your Facebook
news feed, to the right you can see a link to Your Story. To the left of this,
you’ll see your profile photo with a + symbol. If you click this, you
can view all your recent story posts, and which of your friends have viewed
those posts.

It’s unfortunate that
Facebook doesn’t offer this feature for regular posts, but at least when you
post to your Story list, you can see all of your friends who’ve viewed the
post.

4. Facebook Friends Algorithm

While it isn’t possible to see a list of friends who’ve
viewed your specific Facebook posts, there is an indirect way to see which
friends have been interacting the most with your Facebook profile.

No one really knows the specific details of Facebook’s algorithm for the order they display the friends in your friends’ list.

But there has been enough research conducted to know that
the all the following factors are considered.

  • Facebook Interactions: How frequently
    you’ve interacted with those friends on Facebook.
  • Profile Views: How frequently those
    friends have viewed your profile, or you viewed theirs.
  • Photo Tagging: Friends that have tagged
    you in photos.
  • Wall Posts: Friends who’ve posted
    recently on your wall.
  • Likes: How often friends have liked your posts,
    or you’ve liked theirs.
  • Commenting: Frequency you or friends have
    commented on each other’s posts or pictures.
  • Photos: How often you’ve viewed each
    other’s pictures.
  • Online: If friends are currently online,
    they’re more likely to show up at the top of your friends list.

Since the most common activity on Facebook is viewing
friends’ profiles and posts without interacting with them, the odds are good
that the friends at the top of your friends list are the friends who’ve been
viewing your profile and your posts most frequently.

5. Twitter Viewers

Twitter provides a bit more information about your Twitter
followers than Facebook does, but still doesn’t provide the names of the people
who are looking for you there.

However, you can learn a lot about the people who are
interacting with your Tweets.

To see your audience information, you’ll need to use Twitter
Analytics. You can access this by clicking the down arrow beside your profile
name and selecting Analytics.

This page will show you who your top follower is, and the
general performance of all your tweets.

You can click the View followers dashboard to view general
details about your Twitter audience.

You can see demographics like gender, household income, and
interests of your followers. This may not tell you the names of people looking
for you on Twitter, but it at least tells you their interests so you can tailor
the topics you tweet about for your followers.

6. Create a Profile Site with Google Analytics

Thanks to blogging platforms like WordPress of Google Sites, it’s very easy to build your own profile website filled with information about your background and experience. A profile website is a fantastic way to easily share your background and career experience with potential employers.

In time it’ll also become a top search result when people
search for your name if you’ve purchased a website domain for your name.

This will become a likely website most people will click on
when they’re looking for you online.

If you embed Google Analytics into this site, you can gather
a lot of information about the people who are looking for information about you
on the web.

Google Analytics may not provide the names of the people who
visit your site, but you can learn just about anything else. For example,
Google Analytics will provide:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Country
  • Interests
  • Frequency of visits
  • Search terms used

This information can give you some insight into the type of
people who are searching for you online. If you’re a writer or in any other
business where you provide information to people, this information can help you
tailor your work toward the demographics of the people who are looking for your
work.

Who’s
Looking for You?

As you can see, LinkedIn and other social media sites are
the best ways to see specifically who’s searching for you online. But Google
Alerts and your site can provide even more insights as well. Which approach you
take depends on what kind of information about those people you want to know.

Do You Really Need to Eject a USB Drive Before Removing?

Short answer? Yes. Wait…but why? You’ve just yanked it out like a bad tooth so many times and nothing has ever gone wrong. Why should you start caring now? What’s the worst that could happen?

There’s plenty of bad that could happen and it’s only a matter of time. Let’s see what’s in store for you if you keep just pulling it out, and why these bad things could happen.

How Do USB Drives Get Damaged by Removing Without Ejecting?

How a USB drive and a computer interact together is
surprisingly complex. First, the computer must provide power to the USB drive
so that it can work. Then the computer and the USB drive will talk to each
other to establish a connection. That requires the computer to have the right
drivers installed.

Today’s USB drives are all plug-and-play meaning that they
can provide the necessary drivers for the computer. Then the computer must
understand what data is on the USB drive so it can allow you to access it. The
computer does this by reading the Master Boot Record (MBR) or Partition Boot
Record (PBR) or directory structure on the USB.

All of that happens in the couple seconds before you start
using your USB flash drive.

During the time that you’re using the flash drive, you may
think that it’s just reading files or every time you change something it is
immediately written to the drive. That’s not how it works.

When reading files, there is still changes happening. The
file’s metadata is getting changed by the system doing things like updating the
last accessed or last modified date and time.

The changes happen in batches. You make a change to
something, the change first takes place in a cache on your computer, then it eventually
gets written to the USB drive.

Also, other programs may be accessing your USB drive and you
don’t realize it. If you’ve got antivirus or anti-malware software, it could be
checking your drive at any point in time.

So, at any time, even if you’re not doing anything with the flash
drive, your PC might be using it. If you pull your USB drive out while any of
these things are happening, you can corrupt your files, or the USB drive
itself.

But wait, there’s more. There’s the whole ceremony that
happens when you eject the USB drive.

Just as the computer and the drive have an introduction
phase like above, they also have a goodbye phase where they shake hands one
last time, finish talking, and then the computer disconnects from the USB, and
stops providing power to it.

If that does not happen properly, corruption can happen. Apparently,
the computer and USB need closure at the end of their relationship. The power
supply part is important too. Ever unplug something from the wall and saw just
a little flash of electricity? A similar thing can happen when pulling out the
flash drive and this can cook your drive. It almost never happens, but it still
happens.

What is the Worst that Could Happen?

The worst-case scenario is that your USB drive stops
functioning completely. You cannot write to it, you cannot read from it, it
just does not work.

Not a big deal if it’s stuff you don’t care about or if you
have it all backed up somewhere else. But let’s be honest, that’s never when it
happens. It happens when it has important documents or you’re in a rush to give
a presentation with what’s on the USB drive. It never happens at a convenient
time.

Fortunately, it might be possible to fix your USB flash drive and the data on it. Unless it was damaged by electricity when you pulled it out. That can happen.

Why Doesn’t This Happen All the Time?

Windows has a feature called Quick Removal that usually will
prevent corruption from happening. The Quick Removal policy ensures that
Windows keeps the USB drive in a state where it is ready to be removed at any
time. By default, Windows uses the Quick Removal policy on your USB drives.

It’s not foolproof though. It’s still possible that you
could remove the flash drive while it’s being written to or accessed by another
program.

Why it doesn’t happen all the time is that computers are blazingly
fast. In the time that you saved a file to your USB drive and then pulled the
drive out, your computer has already written the file, drove to the coffee
shop, had a latte and came back. There’s also a measure of luck.

How Do I Know I’m Using Quick Removal?

Click in the Type here to search bar near your start button. Start typing device manager.

You’ll see the Device Manager as one
of the search results. Click to open that.

In Device Manager, expand Disk Drives and find your USB flash drive. In this example, it’s a Kingston Data Traveler 3.0 USB Device. It could be something different in your case.

Right-click on your USB flash drive and
click on Properties.

In the device’s properties window, click on the Policies tab. There you will see if your USB drive is set to use Quick Removal or Better Performance. If it isn’t set to Quick Removal and you want that, select it and click OK.

How Should I Eject the USB Drive?

In Windows, there’s 2 good ways to eject the USB drive so it
goes through the necessary steps to ensure it ejects safely. You can eject a
USB drive through the taskbar or in File Explorer. Let’s go over how to do
that.

Eject USB Drive from Taskbar

Click on the USB icon in the taskbar. If you don’t see it, click on the up arrow to show all items in the taskbar.

A small window will appear above this, listing all the devices plugged in via USB. Find the device you want to eject and click on it.

Once Windows has safely dismounted the USB flash drive, you’ll see the following confirmation screen open. You may safely remove your drive now.

Eject USB Drive in Windows File Explorer

Find the USB flash drive you want to eject in File Explorer and right click on it. In the menu that opens, click on Eject.

Wait for a couple seconds and you’ll see the confirmation notification pop up by the clock in your taskbar. You can now safely remove your flash drive.

Are You Going to Eject Your USB Drives Now?

Face it, even though you now know more about ejecting USB flash drives than you ever wanted, and how bad things can go, you’re probably not going to start ejecting the drives. Or will you?

Maybe you’ll be working on an important work project one day. Before you yank the USB drive out, you’ll pause. Upon remembering this article and the fact that things seem to go wrong at the worst times, maybe you’ll eject that flash drive. Just to be safe.

How to Remove a Green Screen From a Video Quickly and For Free

In this guide, I will explain how you can
remove a green screen from a video incredibly quickly. The whole process takes
just a few seconds once you have installed the software that I’m going to
suggest.

Follow the steps below to learn how it’s all
done. I will also explain how you can add your own background to the video, or
choose to add other effects.

The whole process should take less than an
hour if you have a reliable internet connection to install the software.

Getting Started – Installing Free
Video Editing Software

To start with, you must install a video editing software. For this guide, I’m going to suggest Hitfilm Express. You can download it from their website for free.

The entire software is free, so long as you give them a share on Facebook or Twitter. You can delete your share after the software has downloaded. Once the software has downloaded, it’s time to get started. Click File in the top left, then click New.

You can select the defaults, which should be
1080p Full HD @ 60 fps. Once they are selected, click OK. If your video has other dimensions, don’t worry, the right
dimensions can be applied automatically once the video is added.

Once you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll
be in the editor. The only parts you need to pay attention to for now are the
media and editor tabs at the bottom. The media tab is where you need to place
your imported video with the green screen. The editor tab works as a timeline
and you can drag imported media into it.

So, let’s begin. Drag your green screen video
into the media tab on Hitfilm
Express. Doing this is simple: find your green screen video on your PC, then
click and drag it into the media tab.

Next, drag the green screen video from the
media tab into the editor tab within
Hitfilm Express. You’ll see the outline of the clip in the timeline. Let go of
the mouse button and the video will be placed into your timeline. If the
resolution of your video is different, a pop-up will appear, you can click OK here.

Next, click the Effects tab in the bottom left window. In the search bar of this new window, search for Color Difference Key. Next, drag the color difference key text onto your video clip in the editor timeline.

The green screen will be removed. Generally,
the end result will be good so long as the video you have used has good
lighting conditions

After you’ve removed the green screen, it’s
time to add a background video. If you don’t need a background, you can skip
this step.

How to Add a New Background to a Green Screen Video

First, you need to have a suitable background.
It can be a video or a picture. Ideally, it needs to be the same resolution as
your original green screen video for the best results.

Once you have a suitable background, find the
file for it on your PC and drag it into the media tab on Hitfilm Express, just like you did with the green
screen video earlier.

Next, it’s important to understand how the
timeline works. When you add a new clip or image on top of another, it appears
over the top of it in the final video. You will need to move the background
underneath the green screen video.

To do this, first click and drag the green
screen video from within the editor timeline and bring it into the video 2 slot.

With your green screen video now occupying
video 2, you can click and drag your background media into the video 1 slot in the editor timeline.

Once it is in video 1, you can use the playback
tools in the top right to test the results. As you can see from our example
video, we managed to get the our green screen video to appear above the
background.

You can go back to the editor timeline and
press C to select the slice tool.
This will allow you to cut any excess footage of the background. With the slice
tool selected, hover over the edge of the green screen video and then click to
cut it.

Once the excess footage has been cut, you can press V to select the selection tool. Now, click on the excess footage on the right side of your cut. You can now press Delete to remove it.

Finalize Your Green Screen Video by Exporting

Once you’re happy with the results, you can export it. Right now, it’s only a Hitfilm project file. To export your video, Click Export on the right side of the screen, just above the editor tab. After, click Contents.

Doing this will take you to the export screen. Click Start Exporting at the bottom of the screen. Your video will now export. The time it takes will depend on how long the video is and how powerful your processor is. Once it is done, you’ll hear the familiar Windows alert noise. The Hitfilm icon in the taskbar will also glow orange.

You can open Hitfilm again and click on the
link in the Output fieldto find the
file on your computer.

Summary

If you’ve read this far, you should now know
how to remove a green screen from a video and how to add a background with free
software. If you have any questions about this guide, please leave a comment
below and I’ll reply to you when I can.

How to Save Web Page to Word Document Fast and Easy

MS Word is more
powerful than you think. The popular word processing tool is used for all sorts
of tasks. Not everyone knows this but it can also be used to open web pages in
HTML format.

In this post,
you’ll discover how you can open HTML files in Word and save them in one of the
supported file formats.

Saving
Web Pages to Word

First, open your
browser and go to the webpage you want to save. In the example below, we’re
using Google Chrome but the process should work for any web browser.

Right-click
anywhere on the page and click Save As.

This will prompt
the Save As box to pop up. Edit the filename to your liking. Under Save As Type, select Webpage, HTML Only. Click Save.

Launch MS Word
then open the HTML file you want to edit.

The HTML file
will open on Word. However, the document itself will not display as it does
online. For starters, the formatting will be ruined. The navigation bar, for
example, will be broken up and menus are displayed in separate lines.

You will have to
edit the document manually to make the page more cohesive.

Removing useless
links and web elements will make articles easier to read. Using Word’s Web Layout view makes the cleanup
process that much easier.

After some edits,
your document should somewhat resemble its source.

When you’re
satisfied with your edits, go to File
> Save As. Select .docx as your file format.

You should now be
able to open the file in Microsoft Word.

Using
Alternative Solutions

If you’re not
satisfied with the first solution, know that there are other methods available
for saving web pages and opening them in Word.

There are Google Chrome extensions like Save Webpage As Word Document that lets you download the HTML file as a Word document.

While the end
product looks exactly the same, this tool spares you from having to download
the webpage as an HTML file.

Install the
extension and activate it. Go to the page you want to convert. Click the
extension and select Complete Page.

The tool will
then download the entire webpage as a Word document.

Tip: You can also highlight a
section of the page and click Current
Selection
. This will allow you to download a specific section instead of
the whole page. 

You can also try
copying the entire webpage and pasting it in Word.

But instead of
pasting the file as normal, you’d have to use Paste Special. Right-click on
Word. Under Paste, there should be
several options. Select Keep Source
Formatting
.

This paste option
lets you copy the HTML code while keeping most of the formatting intact.

Do note however
that there is no perfect solution. Once the document is in Word, you’d likely have
to make a couple of edits to make the document resemble the source material.

Once you’re
finished making all the necessary changes, go to the file menu and save the
document as .docx.

How to Import Shazam Songs Into YouTube

Shazam is awesome for identifying songs by their sound. You can use it anywhere you go for near-instant tagging, like while watching movies, walking through the mall, riding in a car, etc. However, what use is it if you never go back to listen to the music?

If you want to put your catalog to use, import
all your Shazam songs into a YouTube playlist. This lets you listen to every
song in full, and even see videos with the music just like you can with regular
YouTube videos.

There isn’t an “export Shazam to YouTube”
option in your Shazam account or an “import Shazam songs to YouTube” feature
built-in to YouTube. To get this Shazam to YouTube conversion done properly,
you can use a third-party website. The one we’ll look at is easy to understand
and definitely beats adding all the music manually.

Make a YouTube
Playlist From Shazam Songs

The easiest way to find YouTube videos for
your Shazam music is with Shazam2Youtube Playlist Converter. It runs entirely
online, so you don’t need to download the converter. However, you’ll need to
download the list of Shazam songs, so it’s best to do this from a computer:

Step 1: Visit Shazam.com and log in to your account.

Step 2: Go to Shazam2Youtube Playlist Converter and drag the myShazam.json file from the second step into the bookmarks area of your browser.

Step 3: Return to your Shazam account to view all your Shazams.

Step 4: Click the bookmarklet you just dragged into your browser.

Step 5: Wait a few seconds until you see a prompt to download myShazam.json. Confirm it by choosing
where on your computer to save it to, but be sure to remember where you put it
because you’ll need it in the next step.

Step 6: Open Shazam2Youtube Playlist Converter again and then select the blue
upload area in step 3.

Step 7: Select and upload the myShazam.json
file you downloaded.

Step 8: Wait while the tool loads all your Shazam songs and prepares them for
the YouTube import.

Note: If
you’re already logged in to YouTube, the playlist will start importing into
your account immediately. If not, continue with these steps.

Step 9: Select Login to Youtube
and then sign on to your YouTube account.

Step 10: Choose a privacy level for the YouTube playlist and then select continue.

Step 11: Wait while the MyShazam YouTube
playlist is being created. It should only take a minute or so if you have less
a thousand songs.

Step 12: Select Watch it with Youtube
to open the new Shazam playlist on YouTube.