I hope the guy who invented Auto Correct burns in HELLO!

By Jason Terry, talking about Pixabay for free images and how to turn off Auto Correct on your phone

I was recently looking for an image on Pixabay for a client, when I stumbled across the following:

Blue Gurus: Auto Correct

It made me laugh out loud. That emotional moment when the sentence switches from an angry rant to a smiley, joyful, “HELLO!” is hilarious to me. I’ve had plenty of funny or embarrassing moments on my cell phone when texting friends and family because Auto Correct does something silly. (I hope you can relate.)

This experience gave me two things to try and help you with this week. First, how to find images for your stories. Second, how to disable Auto Correct on your phone.

1) Finding free images for your stories

In August last year, I wrote a story, “Creative Commons CC0 : Free images without worrying about copyright infringement.” It’s a deeper dive on what CC0 licensing is all about. I also do a roundup of websites with free images you can use for your blog or print materials. It’s definitely worth a read if you missed it.

And here’s an example of how you can use it.

Parker Young at Straub Construction recently sent me a story to publish on their website and social media about peer advisory groups. He didn’t have a current photo of either of his peer groups and was wondering if I could help. I said I could find something on Pixabay for him.

I searched Pixabay for “peers” and found the following picture:

Blue Gurus: Pixabay Search Example

That picture was okay, but then I searched for “group” and found this:

Blue Gurus: Pixabay Search Example

I liked this image a lot. There’s more color and it just “feels” right to me. It better represents Parker’s story. I sent both options and he was really happy with the second one.

So the next time you’re struggling to find a featured image for a story, your website, your print collateral… give Pixabay a shot.

2) How to turn off Auto Correct

I ended up turning off auto correct on my iPhone. Did you know you could do that? I thought you might want to know how to do it on your phone as well.

If you use an iPhone

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go to “General” and then to “Keyboard”
  3. Locate “Auto-Correction” and flip the switch to the OFF position.
  4. Exit the Settings app.

If you use an Android phone

I found a great How To article with pictures here.

And that’s about it for this week. I hope one of these tips was helpful to you. If not, maybe you got a chuckle at the title and picture I wrote the story about!

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