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 Graph Search Beta: This new Facebook feature gives people the tools to “map out their relationships with the people and things they care about.” Facebook calls this map the graph. Graph Search is a new way for you to find people, photos, places and interests that are most relevant to you on Facebook, and is currently available in beta with a limited preview.

Twitter Updates Are Easier To Make: Now when you type something linkable into your updates on, the link will automatically become blue and clickable. Twitter also highlights in red any text that goes past the 140 character limit.

twitter update

Note the link shared in this update and how the text beyond the 140 character limit is highlighted in red.

Discussion From Our Networking Clubs: Thousands of social media marketers and small business owners are asking questions and helping others in our free Networking Clubs. Here are a few interesting discussions worth highlighting:

Google+ Hangouts On Air Get Full Screen Capability: The new full screen option for Google+ Hangouts On Air  is now available by default when only one participant is visible in your broadcast.

google+ full screen hangout

See the difference with the new full screen option.

Google+ Makes It Easier To Share Photos On Local Restaurant Pages: “After you upload your photos to a restaurant’s local Google+ page, you can also quickly share them with the world – or just the people in your circles – in one easy step.”

google+ local photo

When you upload your photos to a Google+ Local restaurant page, click “Publish”, add a comment and select who you want to share it with. Introduces New Bitmarks List: This update of the popular link shortening tool,, makes it easier to view click counts, grab the shortlink, and sort your links from your bitmarks list.

bitmark list

You can view clicks on your shortlink at a glance, grab your shortlink faster and sort your saved links.

LinkedIn Survey Shows Professional Goals: Check out the infographic below for insights into LinkedIn users around the world.

linkedin goals

The top professional goal in the U.S. is to learn new skills for professional development.

Here’s more news to follow:

LinkedIn Answers Shuts Down: “As of January 31, 2013, the LinkedIn Answers feature will be retired from LinkedIn.” LinkedIn will focus on “the development of new and more engaging ways to share and discuss professional topics across LinkedIn.”

The New MySpace Is Now Open For Everyone: The new MySpace has come out of beta and you can now sign up without needing an invite.

Instagram’s Updated Terms Of Service And Privacy Policy: In December Instagram announced changes to their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and these come into effect today, January 19th.

Here’s a social media tool worth noting:

Now: “A free iPhone app that lets you see what is hot and happening in your city based on crowd sourced photos.”


Now is "a public platform where users can stand as city journalists and share their best experiences happening in their city."

And don’t miss this:

Social Media Marketing World is Social Media Examiner’s latest mega-conference—taking place at the waterfront San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, California on April 7-9, 2013.

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  • Telluridekhh

    What I haven’t figured out yet is HOW to do a search…. Thanks for the help

  • Mike,
    I think Graph Search is a terrific enhancement, but its real impact is commercial, it offers an opportunity for advertisers to make an impact where the was none before. This is how Facebook will monetarise their networks, and generate a return for the disgruntled IPO buyers whop stayed around believing the hype.

  • Great summary of things happening in social media this week! Kudos Cindy.  I’m disappointed that LinkedIn is shutting down LinkedIn Answers. I guess Quora is more popular.  Interesting LinkedIn ended its Events tool too late last year.  So I’m eager to see what it will come up with next.

  • This new feature of Facbook looks very interesting.

    Will need to look into this Asap.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Scott

    Graph Search has the potential to be a very useful tool. However, I have a hard time believing it will prove to be powerful anytime soon. A lot of users simply do not take the time to input the information necessary for the search to provide sufficient results. For users to truly enjoy the new Facebook the way Facebook intended, then they will need to quickly adjust the way they use the social network. Otherwise, I don’t think this feature will make the desired impact in the foreseeable future.

  • Thanks for this summary of what to expect this week. I personally think that the Graph Search, when it will evolve, will have a lot of potential to be serious competitor to Google, but especially Bing. It has the potential to show more relevant and more user-focused results, which will be very user-friendly and I think that many people will start to like these personalized search results. I’m really looking forward to see, what impact it will really have.

  • Carl Grothays

     That’s a tremendous article and you have provided a nice glossary of social media sites and also the way to promote ones social happenings. Thanks for your commendable input.

  • The latest happenings listed here on Social Media are way too interesting! Especially the Facebook Graph Search, this is actually going to build more connection among friends. 
    For eg: Users with same interest can form their own group and then plan things accordingly.
    In the long run, this going to be very useful.