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 Clickable Hashtags: Clickable hashtags are rolling out on Facebook. “When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you’ll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.”

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"Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion."

Google+ Dashboard Makes Managing Your Online Presence Easier: After signing into your Google+ page, you’ll now have access to a new Dashboard with features that include the ability to update your info across Maps, Search and Google+ and insights on top searches. Local businesses also have access to AdWords Express and Offers campaigns.

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"To start using Google+ Dashboard, simply sign into Google+ as your page, then click the Dashboard icon in the navigation menu."

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:

Tumblr‘s Archive Page Gets Bigger: Tumblr‘s Archive Page got a makeover and now has bigger thumbnails, loads faster and has a new Scroll to Top button.

tumblr archive page

Just add "/archive" to the end of any Tumblr blog URL to see the new Archive Page for yourself.

Pinterest Kicks Off Pin It Forward France: Pinterest launches “a new localized version of Pinterest, created especially for people in France.”

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"French pinners will see more local content in Search and category feeds, as well as links to more French domains and pins with descriptions in French."

Twitter Opens up its Analytics Platform: The Next Web reports that Twitter is “giving everyone access to in-depth data about the people and brands who follow them, as well as the performance of their most recent tweets.”

Here’s some interesting social media news to follow:

Myspace Relaunches: Myspace airs its first commercials for its redesigned platform.

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  • I really like the FB hashtags, hopefully people will start to use it and it’ll become a big deal like on Twitter…

    Have a great weekend everybody!


  • Exactly these are big releases from leading social media platforms. Hope Clickable hashtag would help to increase brand awareness and online visibility.

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Nice insights !! Thanks for sharing. I liked Hashtags on FB. Hope it doesn’t be a failure like Graph Search.

  • Wendy

    The MySpace commercial is awful. The Facebook hash tags are an OK idea. Twitter analytics is excellent news.

  • Gustavormello

    Who let that myspace commercial be aired? The branding is awful, there is no clear vision or message. It’s not a relaunch, but a funeral imo.

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  • shardashilpa

    How cn I get twitter analytics. . Cn somebody help me on this

  • Jennifer Illustre

    Just a question about hashtags. Will the search results make a difference with pulling out data for say, #NBAFinals and #nbafinals? Or will the syntax be disregarded?
    As a marketer, are there ways to get into the stream of propper construction of hashtags?

    About the new MySpace ad…it was a teaser that didn’t tease at all.
    So what’s new about it and what makes the relaunch worth seeing?
    The message it sent me however, was it’s packaged for those 25 and below, and those who refuse to grow up.
    Not a place for marketers hehehe.

  • As per my experiment and testing, they generates almost same results. I mean the first few posts are same but then just the order of the posts in the search result differs. However, from marketer’s perspective, i think this will have both advantage and disadvantage because you may end up in showing your competitor’s posts (this will be depended on facebook’s algorithm and will boost up #FacebookSEO)

  • Laura Weed

    My question re: fb hashtags is, “Will including a hashtag make a private post public?” That’s going to be quite a can of worms.

  • If Facebook will introduce clickable hashtags they already know how to monetize it. So, be prepared for even more advertising being shown.

  • tracysestili

    I don’t know. The whole Facebook hashtag thing seems a little late to the party. Especially after they rolled out graph search – who needs hashtags really. I don’t see what all of the big fuss is about.

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  • Chris Conard Shultz

    So agree, Jennifer. Seems quite a waste of time and money all around to promote a vast ‘nothingness.’ Sad state of affairs if this is to be considered a valuable market for the future (even sadder that such an all-inclusive hard sell by MySpace represents that the under-25 market looks to be offering nothing itself in the way of value).

  • Jennifer Agrazada-Schreiner

    I think using hashtags on FB is a habit that’s hard to get rid of so instead of beating them, facebook decided to join give in.

  • Cary

    At first I was a little intrigued by the MySpace ad thinking they were trying to reinvigorate their brand. But as I kept waiting to see what was so new and exciting about MySpace, and saw absolutely nothing, the whole thing seemed like a big waste of someone’s money, and a waste of my time. MySpace is neither teasing me nor intriguing me with this ad, just making me wonder why I should pay any attention to them ever again.

  • I agree Leo, this new hashtag feature should be interesting.

  • Thanks for the feedback, Wendy 🙂

  • 🙂 Thanks for your feedback!

  • Megan Petersen

    I’m curious as to whether or not there will be any limitation on how many hashtags can be used in a single Facebook post. Without a character limit like there is on Twitter, I can see some seriously annoying abuse going on from some pages…

  • It really seems like there is an accumulation of change at the moment around social media and data analysis and manipulation. I’m hoping any initial battle between ‘controllers’ evens out and ‘WE’ all end up in a better place. *cynic hat placed back in the cupboard.
    Thanks for the article.

  • I hope so too Vivek – I’m definitely not too fond of the Graph Search. It will be interesting to see how people start using the hashtags!

  • Go to then at the top there is an Analytics drop-down menu that you can select a couple of views – very interesting info there!

  • No, the privacy settings will stay in tact. So if your own privacy settings are set to only show your posts to Friends, if a non-friend searched on a hashtag that you had in your post, they would not see it. But if a friend searched on a hashtag that you had in your post, they would be able to see it. We definitely don’t want that can of worms opened 🙂

  • Yep 🙂 I’m sure that is the next area for advertising capabilities. I just hope the posts themselves don’t become overloaded with hashtag stuffing. With so many characters available in each post (unlike Twitter), it could get ugly 🙂

  • I agree Jennifer – I think they are becoming so ingrained in the way we post that Facebook had to join in. The problem with the Graph Search, is that you can’t search on what people are posting about very easily. Hashtags will make that easier.

  • Yes I was totally thinking about that. With 63,206 characters possible, that could be a lot of hashtag stuffing.

  • Kim Triolo Feil

    I clicked the “all” button in twitter on a #fracking search but didn’t see my tweets until I scrolled through mountains of other tweets about fracking. Some links were duplicated and there needs to be a way to consolidate the repeated tweets that have a related link.

  • I like the ideas of Hashtags on Facebook – only because it helps with better searching on topics – which is an interesting exercise.

    Google – I reckon they still have a fair way to go to make things “simpler” for users. Not a challenge I would like on my table thats for sure. But I’ll have a go and see what I think.

    Myspace – ouch – that advert hurt. but then…don’t think I’m the target audience. I’ve always said that if any “new” network hopes to make an entrance in the social space – they will need to be quite different in offering and/or perhaps target a niche community type. I reckon that have the niche down – so I wish them the best of luck. Let’s hope the endorsement from JT will help.

    Twitter Analytics – AT LAST. However – doesn’t seem to be rolled out in the UK yet. Urgh.

    Great sum up for this week guys – thank you!

    Yours in social sanity.

  • That is a good question about hashtag stuffing. Still this may be good news for social media marketing. Don’t have to worry as much about doing different updates for Twitter than you do Facebook, since both can use hashtags now.

  • nice share!