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First, what is this event?

Social Media Success Summit 2013 is a large online conference dedicated to helping marketers and business owners master social media marketing.

More than 1900 businesses have already signed up! Hundreds of small businesses and well-known brands such as Wells Fargo, Motorola, AT&T, 3M, World Vision, United Way, US Chamber of Commerce, Dell, Dow Jones, Penn State, US Air Force and PBS will be attending this year’s summit.

Forty-five of the world’s most respected social media experts will share their strategies with you.

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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 Introduces New Look for Groups: LinkedIn brings “a new streamlined look that will give group managers and group members the ability to customize and visually differentiate their conversation space.”

new look linkedin-groups

This new look is rolling out to English-speaking members.

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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 Reveals 78% Of US Users Are Mobile: TechCrunch reports “a new level of transparency from Facebook will help the world see whether its mobile growth is entirely propped up by international users that don’t earn the company as much money.”

facebook mobile users

Facebook mobile users continue to grow.

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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 Updates the News Feed Ranking Algorithm: There are two new features to note regarding Facebook’s new news feed: Story Bumping and Last Actor. Both of these now ensure that Facebook users see more of the updates from the people they interact with.

facebook newsfeed algorithm

"This update does a better job of showing people the stories they want to see, even if they missed them the first time."

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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 Embedded Posts: Facebook’s Embedded Posts “make it possible for people to bring the most compelling, timely public posts from Facebook to the rest of the web.”

new embeddable facebook posts

"When embedded, posts can include pictures, videos, hashtags and other content. People can also like and share the post directly from the embed."

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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 Introduces Sponsored Updates: LinkedIn is expanding its “content ecosystem with the launch of Sponsored Updates.” This allows companies “to build relationships by delivering their content into the homepage feed of members beyond those who are following their company.”

linkedin sponsored updates

Sponsored Updates will allow companies to build relationships.

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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.

Introducing MyKidsAdventures.com

The team at Social Media Examiner launched My Kids’ Adventures this week. It’s an online magazine for busy parents who want to have fun adventures with their kids anywhere (in the home, the backyard or the great outdoors). It’s your go-to resource for articles on how to do really cool stuff with your kids (and grand kids). Be sure to check it out.

What’s New This Week?

Tumblr Users Can Now Create GIFs With Webcams: “Tumblr users surfing on Chrome and Firefox v20+ can create four-frame GIFs with their webcams and load the GIFs directly to their Tumblr feed.”

tumblr webcam gif

Make Tumblr GIFs with your webcam.

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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 Web Embeds: Instagram adds web embedding for Instagram content and brings you “an easy way to add Instagram photos and videos to the stories you want to tell.”

instagram web embeds

Now, when you visit an Instagram photo or video page on your desktop web browser, you'll see a new Share button on the right side of your photo (just under the Comments button).

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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+ Launches New Plugins for Your Website: Google+ launches “a bunch of new plugins that help visitors to connect with you on Google+, directly from your website.”  There’s an updated Google+ Follow plugin and updated badges for your Google+ Profiles and Pages.  You can now also create a badge for your Google+ Communities.

new google plus plug ins

Check out the updated Google+ Page badges.

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