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.

bufferapp tweets

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:

YourBuzz: A new free tool from American Express OPEN to help small businesses manage their online presence, learn what is being said about them, and connect with customers in the places where they are most vocal—social media.


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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  • Facebook and skype getting together will be crazy and off the scale..I see them really making a difference in the way we communicate on social sites.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • great update Cindy!  had not heard of YourBuzz or Buffer yet…do you use either?

    Mtn Jim


  • Great new tools.  I was at the Facebook/ Skype product launch and also got into Google+ thanks to Mike.  I really like Google+ and here’s my take on how it will impact SMM strategy (part 1)  I’d love to hear reactions from others for a post I’m working on for today.

  • sure hope they can enable video capture/recording with the new FB/Skype endeavor!

  • Thanks for the latest updates Cindy; feedback I’m recieving reference
    the Facebook/Skype isn’t good. I’ve not heard one person I know say
    they’d use it.

    Thanks to a friend I’m now exploring Google+ …… so far so good. In fact, I’m loving it.

  • eDigitalAus

    Thanks cindy for the update.
    Good news for linkedin and b2b businesses that have now this opportunity for their websites.
    Escobar Digital

  • Ian,

    That is the exact opposite of my experience. It was actually better quality than Skype

  • Denisse Marie

    Buffer and Alex Open caught my interest this week. Will have to check those out.

  • Hi Jim, I’ve  used Buffer a little bit.  It’s useful to help program our tweets.

  • I believe that Facebook and Skype (now owned by Microsoft)  teaming up is just a preparation toward the google+ SM, I do believe it would make a change in the social media field but honestly, Skype is giving more troubles lately than ever, and the same for facebook, unfortunately.
    Maybe the competition will encourage them to deal with their bugs quicker and more efficiently and us, the users will benefit from this competition… so hooray to that!

  • About the Google Project, does it mean that because all it requires are two things, does it mean you can’t be located easily, at least privacy wise? Do they guarantee complete generality, or is it open to markings and identification?

  • Mary

    Buffer looks great but I see it’s only available in US and Canada. Do you know if they plan to open it up to the rest of the world?

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  • Thanks for the updates Cindy. Last two weeks have been a real boon to social media and expect more to come.

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  • The Skype Facebook video looked good, but I wanted to add it to my company page on facebook. They don’t allow that yet. I have requested it, but not hopeful it will be any time soon. Anyway thanks for the posting always good to keep ontop of whats going on out there.

  • I’m really liking YourBuzz from American Express. I find their social media efforts and support of small businesses to be very alluring, respectful, and well put together.  Very glad they are embracing Social Media the way they are, I’m impressed!

  • The facebook/skype combo seemed like a logical next step after facebook chat was introduced a few years ago.  So far, it’s looking like a perfect partnership!

  • It’s been a crazy week on social media! And, it’s incredibly exciting to live in a time where you have different options to choose from to connect with people.
    The competition is getting tough,  so expect lower prices, innovation and greater choices. At the end of the day, we will end up as WINNERS. 

  • When I go to the Facebook Video Call site it says it is coming soon.
    I’d like to know a statistic of how many Facebook user’s computers have web cams.

  • Ray

    There was a bit of hype in the news before Facebook announced the Skype video calling feature. I was a little surprised that it was what their big news was about. There are a lot of Skype fans out there. I am sure they will appreciate the new feature. The 200 million tweets per day for Twitter is pretty impressive. Who would have thought something so simple would become something so big and popular.

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  • Yep. I heard about the video calling in the news so many times since its launching. It’s yet another breakthrough in Facebook, eh? Everything is getting bigger and bigger there.