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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 Launches Video Calling Feature: Facebook and Skype have teamed up to provide video calling capabilities fully embedded inside the Facebook platform. Click here for a tutorial. Also, Facebook also announced they now have 750 million active users.

skype on facebook

Speak to your Facebook friends all over the world via video chats.

LinkedIn Allows Embedded Groups On Your Website: LinkedIn announced a new API that allows you to bring the power of it’s groups directly to your website.

Here's an example of a LinkedIn group embedded on an event site.

Google+ Closes All Private Profiles on July 31: No private profiles are allowed on the new Google+ platform. The only required information is your full name and gender, but all profiles must be public.

google plus project

Google is paving the social path for the new Google+ platform by only allowing public profiles.

Foursquare Adds a Notification Tray: You can now keep track of what’s happening on Foursquare with the new notification tray.

foursquare notifications

Here's what the Foursquare notification tray looks like on the web and on Android phones.

Buffer Adds New Buffering Patterns: You can now create different tweet patterns for weekdays and weekends.

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Choose different schedules for your tweets.

Twitter Reaches 200 Million Tweets Per Day:  As Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone of 750 million users on Facebook, Twitter announces their milestone of 200 million tweets per day. “For perspective, every day, the world writes the equivalent of a 10 million–page book in tweets or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Reading this much text would take more than 31 years and stacking this many copies of War and Peace would reach the height of about 1,470 feet, nearly the ground-to-roof height of Taiwan’s Taipei 101, the second-tallest building in the world.”

200 million tweets

A comparison of the volume of tweets shared each day.

Here’s a social media network worth noting:

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yourbuzz

YourBuzz aims to help small businesses master social media.

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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.

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