Things You Might Not Know You Can Do on Instagram    

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Receive notifications when a friend posts a photo To ensure that you never miss a post from a favorite Instagrammer, go to the profile of the account you wish to receive notifications from, press the options button at the top right of the screen, and select “Turn On Post Notifications.” If you decide you no longer want to receive notifications from an Instagrammer, you can easily select “Turn Off Post Notifications” using the same steps. Post notifications are especially useful with Instagram’s recent switch to an algorithm-based newsfeed and will ensure you never miss a post from the accounts you care about most.   Clear your search history To avoid the potential embarrassment of having someone glance at your phone and see the peculiar hashtags and pages you have searched…
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Chris Janson Brings Tour To The Mississippi Valley Fair

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[caption id="attachment_1523" align="alignleft" width="336"] Chris Janson opened the 2016 Mississippi Valley Fair last night.[/caption] It had been a really long day.  We toured the fair, we interviewed the smokin’ butt bbq vendor, the Coco Mango drink guy, set our sights high on an interview with a stilt walker and even made our way into the livestock barn.  It was our tour of the Great Mississippi Valley Fair 2016.  The fair’s general manager, Bob Fox is one of the nicest guys on the planet. He’s easy to work with and very appreciative of any help he receives.  So, the team from Mickle Communications set out on a 6-day quest to bring the fair to social media as well as the Jumbo Tron in the grandstands. At the end of our hot…
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Trump Rally Brings Out Supporters And Critics Alike

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https://youtu.be/zFhXZQAen_g This Presidential election is history making.  Wherever you stand on the issues, there is no denying that it is quite possibly the most fiercely-fought battles we’ve ever seen.  The two main party candidates are seemingly polar opposites.  This week’s Trump rally demonstrated the loyalty of his supporters, but also the support Hillary Clinton has. People were turned away from the rally at the Adler Theatre. The main level and balcony were filled to capacity.  There were chants for Trump, chants against Clinton and a room of people who, for the most part, are staunch supporters of Trump’s ideas.  On the outside of the Adler, you found groups of people who were most definitely not Trump supporters. The protests were, for the most part, peaceful. We are not writing this…
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97th Annual Mississippi Valley Fair is Right Around the Corner

97th Annual Mississippi Valley Fair is Right Around the Corner

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This year’s Mississippi Valley Fair will take place from August 2 through 7 and will feature a variety of carnival rides, attractions, and food vendors, in addition to agriculture, home arts, and leisure time exhibits. Each evening will showcase a grandstand music act from some of the biggest names in the music industry. A FunCard costs $55 and serves as your entry into the fairgrounds and grandstand acts for all six days of the Mississippi Valley Fair. The card will be punched at the admissions gate and at the entrance to the grandstand shows. No individual tickets will be sold for the grandstand shows so, whether you wish to see one show or all six shows, you must purchase a FunCard. FunCards can be purchased online at mvfair.com and by…
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Food Truck Trend Comes to the Quad Cities

Food Truck Trend Comes to the Quad Cities

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Food trucks are a dining trend that is starting to gain traction in the Quad Cities. Offering affordable meals on wheels, these vendors are selling a variety of foods throughout the Quad Cities. Be sure to check some of them out and enjoy the new dining options the area has to offer!   Meals—  La Flama on Wheels What they offer: tacos, burritos, chips When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30am to 7:30pm Where: K&K True Value Hardware in Bettendorf, IA http://tinyurl.com/laflamaonwheels    Static Melt What they offer: grilled cheese sandwiches When and where: Since opening last week, Static Melt hasn’t found a consistent location or time yet. Check their Facebook page for updates! https://www.facebook.com/staticmeltqc   Saucy Sisters What they offer: sandwiches, salads, wraps, sausage When: Tuesdays-Sunday 10:45am-5:30pm Where: Menard’s…
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Restaurants to Discover in the Quad Cities

Restaurants to Discover in the Quad Cities

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  Enjoy Quad Cities Style Pizza at Harris Pizza http://www.harrispizza.com Yelp: 4.5 stars The Quad Cities is known for its distinctive pizza style, one that features a nutty crust, spicy tomato sauce, toppings under the cheese, and pizza cut into strips rather than slices. The best example of this pizza can be found at Harris Pizza and is an experience all Quad Citians must have.   Have an Authentic Mexican Experience at La Rancherita https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Rancherita/ Yelp: 4 stars La Rancherita is a local favorite with some of the most authentic Mexican food in the area. The restaurant’s impressive pico de gallo and beef tacos are sure to make your experience at this cash-only establishment worth the visit.   Benefit from a filling lunch at Café d’Marie http://www.cafedmarie.com Yelp: 5 stars…
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Quad City Instagrammers to Check Out

Quad City Instagrammers to Check Out

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Social Media Takes Us to Places Live We Might Not Want to Go

Social Media Takes Us to Places Live We Might Not Want to Go

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The nation is trying to come to grips with what has happened in the last few days. Many of us sat in shock and disbelief last night as we watched the Dallas sniper attack unfold live on social media. The gunmen were reportedly upset over recent shootings of two black men. 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot several times while being held down by two white police officers outside a convenient store in Louisiana. A very graphic video taken by a bystander hit the internet shortly after Sterling’s death causing uproar across the nation. You can watch the video here. Warning! This video contains graphic images. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckuUk9R5ES0[/embed]   Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, who was shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Castile was with his girlfriend and their two-year-old…
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Five Social Media Apps to Check Out

Five Social Media Apps to Check Out

Social Media
The content we consume on social media plays an increasingly prominent role in our daily interactions. Applications and websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are now used frequently as tools for communicating and connecting with others. The growing importance of social media in our lives has led to the regular creation of new social media platforms, each hoping to become the next Facebook, but only a few gaining widespread traction. Here are a few emerging social media platforms that you will want to pay attention to as they begin to find a wider audience.   Periscope Periscope is a video-streaming app that allows users to share presentations, conversations, and other important moments live. It can be used in a variety of ways—from product demonstrations, interviews, behind the scenes tours, to…
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Things You Might Not Know You Can Do On Facebook

Things You Might Not Know You Can Do On Facebook

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Let your friends know how to properly pronounce your name Finally a way to avoid mispronunciation! Go to your profile page, click About, click Details About You, then click “How do you pronounce your name?” and select or write in the proper pronunciation.   Access your second Facebook Messages inbox There is a second Facebook inbox for messages from people you are not Facebook friends with. To access it, click on the messaging icon in the upper right hand corner of the homepage and then click on Message Requests.   Look for a specific post If you ever accidentally close a tab, it can often be difficult to find the specific post you were looking at again when you scroll back through your newsfeed. Luckily, you can type a few…
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