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 Forces Users Worldwide to Download Messenger for Mobile Chat: “Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app.”

facebook messenger app

Facebook mobile users will soon be forced to use the Facebook Messenger app instead of the previous app options.

LinkedIn Introduces New LinkedIn Profile on Mobile: The new LinkedIn mobile profile “helps you tell your story to other professionals when they’re looking for you on the go.”

Flickr Launches New Licensing Experience: “A new way for you to partner with photo agencies, editors, bloggers and other creative minds who are seeking original content like yours.”

flickr curatorial

Flickr’s “curatorial team will provide assistance, outreach and connectivity to help you get your photos licensed!”

Google Analytics Introduces Bot and Spider Filtering: “You can simply select a new checkbox option which would be included in the view level of the management user interface.”

google analytics bots and spiders

“This option would be labeled ‘Exclude traffic from known bots and spiders’.”

More social media news to follow:

Facebook to Shut Down Gifts: Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and iTunes.

facebook gifts

Facebook Gifts was launched in 2012 and will close next month.

A few cool social media tools worth checking out:

Edgar: “A social media scheduling tool in the same vein as Buffer and HootSuite, but with unique, never-before-seen features that allow users to make the most of their time on social while preventing their updates from going to waste.”

SocialRank 2.0: “An easy-to-use and affordable central location to help brands manage their followers across multiple networks.”


This new version “pulls in all of your followers for free instead of just your top 10 (free in original version) or top 100 (paid in original version).”

Refresh Updates Mobile App: Version 2.0 comes with a “complete redesign that makes it quicker and easier to find specific details by swiping through insights.”

refresh insights

“Insights about everyone.”

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  • Eva Gantz

    Thanks, Cindy! I didn’t know about the Google Analytics bot filter. I’ve been wanting to see this feature for a very long time, and have already updated all the sites I monitor now. Thanks again!

  • You’re welcome, Eva! This is definitely a useful feature for many of us.

  • Ashleigh Verdier

    I completely agree Ashley. I was pretty upset this weekend when I found out I was forced to download another app (and take up more space on my tablet) just so I could continue a conversation I was already having in the regular Facebook app. Does Facebook ever bother to ask if we want these things or do they just decide for us? I’m pretty sure I know the answer to that.

  • Exactly.

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Great updates Candy !! I am very delighted to use Edgar app. Can you suggest similar app where I get free analytics with scheduling as well. Hootsuite is paid for all the channels.

  • Hi Vivek, I don’t have an answer for you here, now and quickly. Perhaps you’d like to ask the social media marketers in our Social Media Marketing Networking Club group in LinkedIn and see what they suggest:

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Thanks for your suggestion Cindy!! Would definitely check there.