Instagram Direct: 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?

Instagram Introduces Instagram Direct: Instagram Direct gives you “a new way to send photo and video messages to friends.”

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Facebook News Feed Updates: 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 News Feed Update Delivers Higher-Quality Content: Facebook will “be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high-quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook when people click on those stories on mobile. This means that high-quality articles you or others read may show up a bit more prominently in your news feed, and meme photos may show up a bit less prominently.”

facebook news feed update

“Soon, after you click on a link to an article, you may see up to three related articles directly below the news feed post to help you discover more content you may find interesting.”

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Facebook Updates Follow Button: 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 Redesigns Follow Button and Like Box: “Similar to the Like and Share buttons, the Follow button and the Like Box plugin will also be updated with” Facebook’s new design.

facebook follow and like box buttons

The newly designed Follow button and Like Box.

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LinkedIn Introduces Showcase Pages: 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?

LinkedIn Announces Showcase Pages: LinkedIn’s new Showcase Pages “are dedicated pages that allow companies to highlight different aspects of their business and build relationships with the right community.”

linkedin showcase pages

"LinkedIn members will be able to follow the specific brands and products they care most about that have Showcase Pages."

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Twitter Custom Timelines: 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?

Twitter Introduces Custom Timelines: The custom timelines “give you more control over how tweets are organized and delivered on the Twitter platform.”


Watch this video to see how it works.

Click here to see an example.

twitter custom timeline examples

"Share the best tweets about a topic you care about, or an event—planned or unplanned—that's happening right now."

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Facebook Changes Like Buttons: 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 Introduces New Like and Share Buttons: Facebook has “a new design for both Like and Share to help people share more great content across the web. If you are currently using the old Like button, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the new design as part of their rollout.”

new like and share buttons

Facebook has “made it easy for you to include the Like and Share buttons side by side and the Share button by itself.”

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Google+ Custom URLs: 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?

Google+ Expands Availability of Custom URLs: “If your profile meets the following criteria, you’ll now be able to claim a custom URL: has a profile photo, has at least 10 followers and has an account that’s at least 30 days old.”

google plus custom url

"Once you meet the eligibility criteria, just visit your profile or page to begin the claiming process."

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LinkedIn Integrates With iPhone Mail: 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?

LinkedIn Announces Intro, an iPhone Mail Enhancer: “Intro shows you LinkedIn profiles in your iPhone Mail app. This is a rich, interactive, application-like experience—right in your iPhone Mail app.”

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Twitter Changes Direct Message Rules: 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?

Twitter Allows Direct Messages From All Followers: Up until now, you could only send a direct message on Twitter when the other person followed you back. Now you can change your setting so that anyone can send you a direct message even if you do not follow him or her back.

twitter setting direct messages

Go to Settings on your Twitter account and check this box if you'd like to receive direct messages from everyone.

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