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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 Revamped Insights Tool for Business Pages: Facebook page admins now have a new improved Insights tool for better Facebook marketing.

  • Admins can find this new Insights tool in the left navigation sidebar once they opt in.
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    Check out the new Facebook Insights tool.

Facebook Mixes Sponsored Stories Ads With Content in the Site-Wide Ticker:  Facebook’s Sponsored Stories (a type of advertising on Facebook) are now seen in the Facebook Ticker feature which was introduced earlier this year.

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The types of content shared in Sponsored Stories are page likes, page posts, page post likes, check-ins, app shares, apps used and games played and domain stories.

Facebook Asks Users to Adopt the Facebook Timeline: Many users are seeing the notification below asking them to get the Facebook Timeline.

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Are you getting the new Facebook Timeline now?

Here are a few social media tools worth noting:

Quipol: An easy-to-use, easy-to-embed polling tool with comments that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Note the handy thumbs up/down function.

StatFly:  A social media tool for agencies, small business owners and individual bloggers to easily post and monitor campaigns on Facebook pages, Twitter and (coming soon) Google+. It’s a platform with one-step publishing, a simple interface, bit.ly interactivity,  and comprehensive at-a-glance reporting that are useful for strategizing social media efforts.

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A social media management and analytics site designed "for the rest of us."

TweepsMap: A free tool to see where your Twitter followers are located.

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Here's a snapshot of @SMExaminer's community on Twitter.

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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.

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