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.”

Twitter Announces Global Availability of Tailored Audiences: Tailored audiences are “a new way for advertisers to define your own groups of existing and potential customers, and connect with them on Twitter with relevant messages.”

twitter tailored audiences

“With tailored audiences you can reach users on Twitter who have shown interest in your brand or your category even away from Twitter.”

SlideShare Introduces New Homepage: You can now like, share and save SlideShares directly from the homepage. There are larger thumbnails and a new look and feel for how you experience content on SlideShare. And there’s a new Topics section.

slideshare homepage

You’ll notice a few key changes to the SlideShare homepage.

Foursquare’s New iOS 7 Delivers More Local Notifications: When you arrive somewhere new, Foursquare “tells you what you need to know (like the best thing to order or a money-saving special), even if you don’t open the app.”

foursquare notifications

Foursquare shuffles the deck “every time you open the app so you don’t miss a thing. Just swipe to explore great tips, find money-saving specials near you and check out the feed to see what your friends are up to tonight.”

Here’s some upcoming social media news worth following:

Instagram Reportedly Eyes Private Messaging: “You might soon be able to privately message your Instagram friends.”

Facebook Is Replacing Its “Hide All” Button With “Unfollow”: This will give users an easy way to block content they do not want to see from their friends, without unfriending them.

Here are a few interesting social media tools worth noting:

AuthorRank: A free tool, currently in beta, to determine your AuthorRank based on an algorithm that takes into account the quality, quantity and diversity of your authorship posts.

author rank

Virante’s AuthorRank scores the aggregate average search engine ranking strength of the Google Authorship–connected content of authors.

Social Searcher: A free social media search engine that allows users to search for content on social networks in real time and provides deep analytics data.

Social Searcher

Users can search without logging in for publicly posted information on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, save searches and set up email alerts.

ShareBloc: A community of professionals that shares, curates and discusses business content that matters; currently in public beta.

sharebloc

ShareBloc is “building a community of like-minded professionals to share, curate and discuss business content that matters.”

What do you think? Please share your comments below.

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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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