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Online Dating Can Pose Threats

Whidbey Telecom Update
Directory Cover Art & Photo Competition

Two to View
A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Ask the Help Desk
What Is the Correct & Legal Way To Pin Images On Pinterest?

Sites to Check Out in May
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites

Short Tutorial
Managing Your Facebook News Feed By Moving Friends To An "Acquaintances" List


Dear Valued Customer,

This May issue is abloom with a delightful bouquet of tips and resources. It begins with a warning about the potential threats of online dating along with precautions to take to avoid getting scammed. We announce this year's Directory Cover Contest, where your artwork could grace the cover of 20,000 telephone directories. You'll also find captivating videos, guidance on properly pinning images on Pinterest, and a tutorial on how to move those not-really-friends on Facebook to an "Acquaintances" list. For other fresh ideas, spring to action and check out this month's Great Sites list.

We think the information contained in this eNewsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing
your Internet experience.

Here's what's inside our May eNewsletter:

SCAM WARNING - Online Dating Can Pose Threats

Whidbey Telecom Update - Directory Cover Art & Photo Competition

Two to View - A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ - What Is the Correct & Legal Way To Pin Images On Pinterest?

Sites of the Month - Great Websites to Check Out in May

Short Tutorial - Managing Your Facebook News Feed By Moving Friends To An "Acquaintances" List

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team



SCAM WARNING - Online Dating Can Pose Threats

Three major dating,, and Spark Networks--recently announced they will start screening for sexual predators, identity thieves, and scammers to try to increase safety for users. While millions of people use dating sites to meet people, and many forge successful relationships, criminals and scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.

This makes it a good time to review precautions to take if you participate in online dating. For example, that wonderful looking profile may actually be a fake if the person:

  • wants to leave the dating site immediately and use personal email or IM to communicate
  • proclaims love instantly
  • claims to be from the U.S. but is now traveling or working overseas
  • plans to visit you but is prevented by a traumatic event or a business deal gone sour

A common scheme for these scammers is to build online relationships and eventually try to convince you to send money in the name of love. Never wire money to cover travel, medical emergencies, hotel bills, hospital bills for a child or other relative, visas or other official documents, or losses from a temporary financial setback. You may lose your heart on a dating site but you don't have to lose your shirt as well.



Directory Cover Art & Photo Competition

We're pleased to announce the 2012 Directory Cover Contest for local artists and photographers. The contest's winning artwork is featured on the cover of approximately 20,000 telephone directories, which are circulated annually throughout Whidbey Telecom's local and extended customer base. This year's contest theme is Inspiration and the deadline to enter is June 22, 2012.

We would like to encourage artists to submit their best works and express that the contest's theme is open to broad interpretation. Entries can include landscape, figurative, impressionistic, abstract art, etc. All mediums are welcome.

The contest is open to all artists living within the Whidbey Telecom service areas that are at least 18 years of age. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of the company's executive management, as well as members of the local art community. Artwork must have been created after May 31, 2011 to be eligible. The winning entry receives a $500 award and publication on the 2012-2013 directory cover with artist credit and promotional exposure.

Contest entry forms and specific details are available online at, as well as in the Whidbey Telecom Customer Experience Centers. Call 360-321-1122 from South Whidbey, 360-444-1122 from Hat Island, or 360-945-1122 from Point Roberts for additional information.



A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want to Miss

A Moving Tribute to a Mother
Since May is the month in which we honor mothers, it seems fitting to share this video about a young man's last moments with his. More than a million people have viewed his heartfelt reminder to tell your mother, right now, how much you love and appreciate her.

Push to Add Drama
TNT publicizes itself by saying, "We Know Drama." So it should come as no surprise that TNT chose a very dramatic way to launch the network in Belgium--a red button on a quiet square that, when pushed, produced sirens, an ambulance mishap, street fights, and more.



What Is the Correct & Legal Way To Pin Images On Pinterest?

Question: : I recently got started with Pinterest and have been hearing talk of copyright issues that has me a little worried. What is the correct and legal way to pin images on Pinterest?

Answer: We went straight to the source on this one. Here's the statement Pinterest released in April: "Pinterest values and respects the rights of third party creators and content owners, and expects you to do the same. You therefore agree that any User Content that you post to the Service does not and will not violate any law or infringe the rights of any third party, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Rights (defined below), publicity rights or rights of privacy.

We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to remove User Content from the Service for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or the Pinterest Acceptable Use Policy.

It is important that you understand that you are in the best position to know if the materials you post are legally allowed. We therefore ask that you please be careful when deciding whether to make User Content available on our Service, including whether you can pin or re-pin User Content on your boards."

You can visit for more details.

It basically boils down to this--not all site owners want their images pinned. How do you know if sites are okay with it? Pinterest now has some code in their help section that site owners can add if they don't want to be pinned. If you try to pin on a site with this code, you'll see a message stating that the site owner doesn't want images to be pinned. Until this code is commonly used though, the only way to know for sure is to ask. To be on the safe side, you can look for the "pin it" button on sites; it lets you know they are okay with their images being pinned.



Great Sites To Check Out In May

Enter The HGTV Green Home 2012 Giveaway
This year's HGTV Green Home in Georgia blends a farmhouse design with modern amenities and eco-friendly features. For a chance to win this stunning home, enter the sweepstakes by June 1, 2012.

Your Life Can Make Headlines
This site is simply for fun. It lets you instantly generate your own "newspaper clipping" with the headline and article text you provide. You can then use the clipping on your Facebook page to announce big news in a creative way.

Need A Facebook Cover?
If you're still searching for the perfect cover image to use on your Timeline, check out Cover Junction. It literally covers everything from A to Z (abstract to zodiac) including cars, fashion, movies, quotes, and technology. You're sure to find one that speaks to you.

Paws To Make You Say, "Ahh..."
This site claims to feature the cutest animal pictures around the world and it's hard to argue with that. Whenever you need a quick pick-me-up, browse through its adorable collection of cats, dogs, rabbits, and more. You can also share your own animal pictures.

Neat Sweet Treats
It's a busy time of year for celebrations as family and friends gather for events such as graduations and wedding showers. At this site, you'll find lots of delicious and distinctive cupcake recipes to serve, along with photos for decorating inspiration.



Managing Your Facebook News Feed By Moving Friends To An "Acquaintances" List

We all have some Facebook friends that we barely know and never interact with but we don't want to unfriend them. We just don't want to see their constant stream of posts. Thankfully, Facebook has developed a tool to make it easier to classify these people as acquaintances so you'll see fewer of their posts in your News Feed. Facebook will even suggest which people you might want to place in your "Acquaintances" list.

To use this tool, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Click on the Friends link in the left-hand column.
  3. Select the "Acquaintances" list and click "See All Suggestions."
  4. Facebook will point out the individuals with which you haven't interacted much lately, and allow you to add them to the appropriate list with a click. You'll then see fewer of those individuals' posts in your News Feed.


We hope you found this eNewsletter to be informative. It's one of our ways of keeping you posted on news and information about our industry and our community. Thank you for the privilege of serving you!

Best regards,

Your Whidbey Telecom Team

We have used our best efforts in collecting and preparing the information published herein. However, we do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any and all liability for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions resulted from negligence, accident, or other causes.

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