Facebook Enhances Controls: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Gives You Better Controls to Manage Your Content: Facebook’s latest updates include “Privacy Shortcuts, an easier-to-use Activity Log and a new Request and Removal tool for managing multiple photos you’re tagged in.”

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To access key settings for the new Privacy Shortcuts, you just go to the Facebook toolbar.

YouTube and Google+ Improve Integration: Now “when you upload a new public video to YouTube, you’ll have the option to share to Google+. Simply check the box, add a note and you’re all set.” Google+ will display all of your public YouTube videos on your Google+ profile.

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Google+ will "also rename the 'Videos' tab to 'YouTube' and send people to YouTube when they click."

Discussion From Our Networking Clubs: Thousands of social media marketers and small business owners are asking questions and helping others in our free Networking Clubs. Here are a few interesting discussions worth highlighting:

Amazon Adds Facebook-Enabled Gift Suggestions:  You can link Amazon’s new Friends & Family Gifting feature to your Facebook account to discover gift ideas for friends based on their Facebook likes.

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You can use Amazon's Friends & Family Gifting feature for better gift ideas for your Facebook friends.

YouTube Gets a New Look: This new design focuses on helping you subscribe to and watch channels on YouTube. YouTube is taking the next step in their latest design by “bringing your subscription-filled Guide with you across both the site and all devices, as your best source of what to watch on YouTube.”

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You can now access your YouTube Subscription Guide across all of your devices.

Google Maps Is Now Available for iPhone: Google Maps is “rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier.”  This intuitive mobile mapping experience has made this a popular app.

Pinterest Builds a Dedicated Spam Team: This new Pinterest team is “hard at work investigating reports and building systems that detect, remove and prevent spam.”

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You can use Pinterest's blocking and reporting features to help stop spam.

Foursquare Adds Events for Businesses: You can “add events, like a trivia tournament or open mic night, to Foursquare listings you manage.” People will see these events when they’re deciding where to go, when they check into your business and when they look at their check-in history.

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You can add your own event for your business on Foursquare.

Foursquare’s Android Update Gives You More Information: “Foursquare now shows you the most important stuff up front, like the rating, the address and things like hours, the menu and a phone number. And there are big, swipeable photos at the top to help you get a sense of what it’s like.”

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Foursquare gives you "all the information you need to help you make your decision."

Facebook Announces the Preferred Marketing Developer Center: “Since launching last April, the Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) program has brought developers to the right clients and made it possible for any brand or company to build comprehensive Facebook campaigns and presences.” This new PMD Center is to help marketers “easily find the companies they need to build enterprise tools and apps—all in one place.”

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Facebook's new PMD Center makes it easier for marketers to get started doing business with Facebook's Preferred Marketing Developers.

Bit.ly iPhone App Gets More Features: With these new features, you now have “easy access to your bitmarks and bundles wherever you are.”

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"You can now see click counts for your links directly from bitmarks list, giving you the chance to check your stats in seconds while out and about."

Scoop.it Unveils Newly Redesigned Platform: The content curation tool Scoop.it’s new design now includes an Insight feature that “allows a user to quickly enrich and personalize any article, video or image they post to their network with personal commentary and unique perspective.”

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You can now easily share your own insights as you share articles from others on Scoop.it.

Flickr Gets New Navigation Bar and Explore Page: These new features make browsing Flickr faster and easier “so you can quickly get to the photos you love.” There’s also an updated Flickr app for iPhone.

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Flickr's new nav bar provides a simpler and cleaner experience.

Buffer Gets a New Web and Mobile Interface: This popular social media management platform gets a brand-new web app and iPhone app to further help social media marketers.

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The new Buffer features are "more tailored to manage and learn about your social sharing."

LinkedIn Announces 12 Best LinkedIn Company Pages: Here are some “great examples of how businesses and organizations are using their LinkedIn Company Page to showcase their brand and connect with their target audience in a meaningful way.”

Here are updates on other recent news items:

New Twitter Profiles Are Now Live for Everyone: The new Twitter profiles launched a few months ago were originally optional. Today all profiles automatically have the new look on Twitter.com. If you didn’t adopt the new design when it first came out, you might want to see how yours looks now.

Facebook Gifts Now Available to Everyone in U.S.: Facebook Gifts started rolling out a while ago and is now available to everyone in the U.S.

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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