How to Support TechBoomers

Here at Techboomers, we’re committed to creating and maintaining the largest online library of thorough and up-to-date tutorials on how to use the most popular websites and Internet-based services.  However, we’re also committed to always having our content accessible to everyone without requiring them to pay us any money!

It’s a pretty tall task, so we could use all the support that we can get!  Here are a few ways that you can help us out.

Follow us on social media

Techboomers has pages on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and YouTube, so it would be great if you could follow along and help us make our content work for you every step of the way!  Wherever you see the message “Follow Us” on our website, click one of the buttons beside it to go to our pages on, respectively:

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Google Plus

  • YouTube

Follow Techboomers social media accounts

(NOTE: For Twitter and YouTube, you will automatically be given the option to “Follow” us.  For Facebook or Google Plus, however, you must manually click Follow.)

While you’re there, consider leaving us some feedback or praise.  Watch our video tutorials on YouTube and tell us what you like, and how they could be improved.  Leave a comment on one of our status updates on Facebook telling us what you’d like to see from us next, or just post a status update of your own telling all your friends how helpful we are!  It would also be great if you could mention us in a tweet on Twitter; the more people who know about us, the more people we can help!

Share our courses and tutorials

Like one of our courses or tutorials? Know a friend or two that would really benefit from it?  On each course or tutorial page on our website, there are buttons beside a message that says “Share this with your Friends and Family” or the like.  Click on one of these buttons to share the tutorial or course by, respectively:

  • Posting a status update on Facebook

  • Sending out a tweet on Twitter

  • Posting a message on your Google Plus page

  • Sending an email to someone you know

Share Techboomers courses and tutorials

The more you share our courses and tutorials, the more people will know about us, and the more we’ll be able to help them.  Not only will we be able to teach more older adults like you how to use the Internet, but we’ll also get more feedback on how to make our services better, and which features we should roll out next.   That makes Techboomers more useful for everyone, including you!

Send us an email or message

We’d like to hear from you if:

  • You’re having trouble using our website, or find something on it that doesn’t work correctly

  • One of our tutorials is out-of-date or is overly confusing to you

  • You know of a website that you think would be useful to our user base, and think we should create a course for it

  • You have a general question about anything that we do at Techboomers not covered by these tutorials

  • You’d just like to send us a few words of praise!

Whatever the reason, you can send us an email at contact@techboomers.com.

You can also send us a message by going to our website at www.techboomers.com, clicking on Contact Us at the bottom of the page, filling out the form on the right-hand side with your name (just your first name is fine), email address, and whatever you want to say, and then clicking Send Message

Techboomers contact form

Either way, we’ll follow up with you as soon as we can!

Partner with Us

If you have connections to the older adult community, whether they’re through a useful service you provide or a large social media following that you hold, Techboomers would be glad to team up with you!  In addition to opportunities for renting advertising space on our website, we also offer cross-promotion: we write tutorials on how to use your product or service, and you promote us on your website or social media channels by sending your users our way when they need help.  Win-win!

If any of this sounds enticing to you, just scroll to the bottom of our website and click either Library Partnerships (if you’re a library or other technology training organization) or More Partnerships (if you’d like to feature or advertise your service on our website). 

Techboomers partnership options

Each page will give you a bit of background information on the partnerships and services that we offer.  Just fill out the contact form, or send us an email at contact@techboomers.com.  We’ll get back to you as soon as we can in order to work something out!


Techboomers on Social Media

There’s more to Techboomers than just our website!  We have pages on quite a few social media websites, too.  To get to one of them from our website, find where it says “Follow Us!” and click one of the logos highlighted in the screenshot below.

Follow Techboomers social media accounts

They are, in order from left to right:

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Google Plus

  • YouTube

Techboomers on Facebook

(www.facebook.com/Techboomers)

On our Facebook page, you can get general updates on what Techboomers is doing, and discuss with fellow Techboomers users what you like about the website and what you’d like to see from us in the future.  Plus, we’ll occasionally be running polls to determine what websites or Internet services to write lessons for next, so be sure to log on and tell us what you want to learn!

Techboomers Facebook page

Techboomers on Twitter

(www.twitter.com/Techboomers)

Our Twitter feed consists of short messages about what we and our partner services are up to.  Share them on your own feed to help us get the word out, or leave us a short message about what you like about our website or what you want to see us do next!

Techboomers Twitter page

Techboomers on Google Plus

(plus.google.com/+Techboomers)

Our Google Plus page has some general information about us, as well as how to get to pretty much all of our other social media websites.  You can also see updates from us, and connect with people who like Techboomers as much as you do.  Try leaving a comment on something that you like, or share it with someone you know who might like it.

Techboomers Google Plus page

Techboomers on YouTube

(www.youtube.com/c/techboomers)

If you’re a person who is better at learning by watching than learning by reading, check out our YouTube channel.  There you’ll find all of our current video tutorials, created and narrated by our very own Alyson McLeod!  Be sure to leave a comment on what you liked about our video walkthroughs, or if there’s something that you think we could have explained a little better.  We’re always looking for feedback to build on!

Techboomers YouTube channel


Techboomers Newsletter

As an added bonus for signing up for a Techboomers account, we’ll also automatically subscribe you to our weekly user newsletter.  Included within it is information on things like:

  • If we have any special events or changes with our website, or we have news from one of our partner services

    Techboomers newsletter announcements

  • Information on our newest course, as well as a list of some popular courses or tutorials that you may be interested in

    New and popular tutorials on Techboomers

  • Links for you to get in touch with us on our Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube accounts

    New course revealed in Techboomers newsletter

How to unsubscribe from the Techboomers newsletter

If you ever want to stop getting email newsletters from us at Techboomers (and don’t worry; we’ll completely understand if you do), here’s how.

  1. Open one of your newsletter emails from us.  Scroll to the bottom and click Click Here to Unsubscribe.

    Unsubscribe from Techboomers newsletter link

  2. You will be taken to a screen where you will be asked to confirm that you want to unsubscribe.  Click in the box that says “Email Address” and type in your email address, and then click Unsubscribe.

    Confirm cancelling Techboomers newsletter subscription

  3. After unsubscribing from our newsletter, you can tell us why you did so (if you feel like it).  Click a button beside one of the listed reasons, and then click Submit.  Click Return to Our Website when you’re done and want to go back to the main Techboomers website.

    Feedback for Techboomers newsletter on cancellation

  4. If you ever want to re-subscribe to the Techboomers newsletter, send us an email at contact@techboomers.com, and we’ll put you back on the list manually.

Well, those are the basic ins and outs of the Techboomers newsletter!


Multiple Browser Tabs and Windows

Having multiple windows or tabs open in your web browser at the same time is an advanced trick that can help you get the most out of Techboomers.  The most obvious way it can help is if you want to keep one of our tutorials open while you work on the website that the tutorial is for.  Using multiple browser windows or tabs can let you do this without having to keep doubling back from one website to the other whenever you want to read what the next step is in our tutorial or apply it practically on the designated website.

Most of the links from Techboomers to the websites of the services that we provide tutorials for open a new web browser window or tab when you click them.  However, in case they don’t (or in case you want to use this trick with other websites), here’s how to do it.

How to use multiple browser tabs

  1. The easiest way to use multiple browser tabs is by finding a button or link that takes you to a new website, right-clicking on the button with your mouse to bring up a menu, and then left-clicking Open (Link) in New Tab.

    How to open a web page in a new browser tab

  2. Now, at the top of your web browser, you should see two different windows open: one for the website you came from on the left, and one for the website you just went to on the right.  Just click which one you want to look at right now to quickly switch back and forth between them.

    How to switch between browser tabs

  3. You can also open a new blank browser tab by:

    – Clicking the button next to the last open tab in your web browser
    – Clicking File and then New Tab in your web browser’s menu
    – Using your keyboard, holding down “Ctrl” and then pressing “T”

    Opening and closing browser tabs

    From there, you can use a search engine to find something else that you want to be able to be doing at the same time as everything else, or if you know where it is, just type in its address in your browser’s address bar!

    Or, if you have too many tabs open and they’re cluttering up your screen and making it difficult to know what to focus on, you can click the “X” next to any tab to close it.

How to use multiple browser windows

Using multiple browser windows is similar to using multiple browser tabs, but it can allow you to have multiple websites not only open at the same time, but also viewable on your screen at the same time.  They take up a lot of space, though, so you may need to resize your windows — or even use multiple monitors — if you want everything to display properly.

  1. The easiest way to use multiple browser windows is by finding a button or link that takes you to a new website, right-clicking on the button with your mouse to bring up a menu, and then left-clicking Open (Link) in New Window.

    How to open a web page in a new browser window

  2. You can also open a new blank browser window by:

    – Clicking File and then New Window in your web browser’s menu
    – Using your keyboard, holding “Ctrl” and then pressing “N”

    From there, you can use a search engine to find something else that you want to be able to be doing at the same time as everything else, or if you know where it is, just type in its address in your browser’s address bar!

    How to open a new blank browser window

  3. Now, to switch between two open browser windows, find the icon that represents your web browser at the bottom of your desktop screen (you’ll notice that it has overlapping squares on it, representing how many windows you have open).  By moving your mouse over this icon, you should see thumbnail images of all of the browser windows that you have open.  Click the thumbnail that corresponds to the window you want to look at to display it. 

    How to switch between or close browser windows

    You can also quickly close an open browser window here by clicking the “X” in the top-right corner.

  4. If you want to view two browser windows at the same time, you can click the restore button () on each of them and then move your mouse to the edge of the window until two lines pointing in opposite directions appear (↔).  You can then click and drag your mouse to change the window’s size.  Then click and drag in an empty space at the top of your browser window to move the window where you want it to be. 

    How to resize and move browser windows

    If you have your computer set up to use two monitors, you can even move one window onto the screen on your spare monitor!

And that’s a quick introduction to how you can use multiple windows or tabs with your web browser!


Techboomers Tips and Tricks

Once you have the basics down for using our website at www.techboomers.com, here are a few ways to make your experience with us as smooth and efficient as possible.

6 Handy Tips and Tricks for Techboomers

1. If you’re lost, click our logo

If at any time you want to get back to the homepage of our website, just click our logo in the top-left corner of the page you’re on.

Techboomers logo - link to home page

2. Follow your “Breadcrumbs” back the way you came

When you’re browsing through categories, websites, and tutorials, you’ll notice what are called “Breadcrumbs” in the top-left corner of the screen.  These show you the sequence of links that you clicked in order to get to where you are now.  Another strategy if you get lost is to click on one of the words here to take you back to that page.

Techboomers website breadcrumbs

3. Use shortcuts to jump between tutorials

Instead of going back to the website page each time you want to view a new tutorial for that website, you can get to a new tutorial for the same website from a tutorial page.  Simply click one of the buttons in the right-hand menu to quickly go to your tutorial of choice.

Related Techboomers course tutorials

You can also use the buttons at the bottom of the tutorial page to go to the previous or next tutorial in the sequence.

Previous and next Techboomers course tutorials

4. Stay up-to-date with our newsletter and social media

Signing up for our email newsletter allows us to send you news about what we’re up to, what new lessons we have in the works, and other important announcement about our partner services and the products we feature tutorials on.  You are automatically signed up for our newsletter when you sign up for an account on Techboomers.

A sample Techboomers newsletter

You can get some of this information by following our social media accounts, too.  Click one of the buttons beside where it says “Follow Us” to see what we’re up to on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or YouTube, respectively:

Follow Techboomers social media accounts

For more information, see our Techboomers Newsletter and Techboomers on Social Media tutorials.

5. Print out tutorials if it makes things easier for you

It’s possible to have a tutorial on our website open at the same time as the website that it’s for, so you can flip back and forth between reading the lesson and actually going through the motions on the actual website.  Our Multiple Browser Tabs tutorial will show you how to do this.

However, it may be easier for you to just have the tutorial on a piece of paper in front of you while you only have the website that it’s for on your computer screen to focus on.  You can do this by navigating to a tutorial page, clicking Print This Tutorial in the right-hand menu (if a new browser tab appears, close it), and click Print in the top-left corner of the window that pops up.  From there, just use the prompt that appears to set up the page(s) for your printer, and print the lesson out!

Print Techboomers tutorial button

6. If all else fails, contact us

If you still aren’t having an easy time using our website, send us an email at contact@techboomers.com, or click on Contact Us at the bottom of pretty much any page on www.techboomers.com, fill out the form on the right-hand side with your name (just your first name is fine), email address, and whatever you want to say, and then click Send Message.

How to contact Techboomers by message form

We’ll respond to your concern as soon as we can, and hopefully, we can work together to make Techboomers easier to use for everyone!