Free Upgrades: 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?

YouTube Allows You to Take Off Its Logo: You can now set your YouTube videos to remove the YouTube logo on the bottom right-hand corner. Many businesses will appreciate this gesture from YouTube.

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Note the absence of the YouTube logo in the video below.

Bit.ly Upgrades Services for Everyone: Bit.ly Pro has come out of beta and is now available to everyone for free.  One of the cool new features of this popular URL shortening tool is that marketers can now create their own customized link shorteners. Instead of creating links with “bit.ly/xxxx”, you can create short links with your own short domain “name.com/xxxx”.  Check this out and learn about the other new features here.

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You'll need to have your own domain to create these custom shorteners.

HootSuite Launches New Tools: HootSuite came out with a few new features too. Marketing professionals should find the new HootSuite scheduling tool useful.

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This scheduling calender makes it easy to manage your updates.

Apple Announces Comprehensive Twitter Integration: This is great news for  iPhone and iPad users as it makes it easier to use Twitter on the go. Find out why it’s a great move for Twitter.

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The new Twitter integration makes it easier to Tweet on Apple products.

Tumblr Now Has More Blogs Than WordPress.com: On Wednesday Tumblr had 20,873,182 blogs and WordPress.com had 20,787,904 blogs.  This news stands out, as earlier this week Steve Rubel announced he ditched his other blogs to write exclusively on Tumblr.

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You might want to keep an eye on Tumblr and check out how other businesses are using their Tumblr blogs.

RockMelt Partners With Facebook: The social browser RockMelt has improved features since it first came out and is now partnered with Facebook.

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Check out this browser for an enhanced social experience.

Here’s a social media tool worth noting:

Wajam: This social search tool makes it easier for you to find content shared by your friends.

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Launch Photo Contest Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of the Launch photo contest. With 80 entries and nearly 4500 votes cast, it was a crazy competition. The Grand Prize winner is Ken Sehres with the 855DontText campaign—a student fundraiser aiming to save teens’ lives by keeping them from texting while they drive. Ken received the Ultimate Business Launch package including a library of books, passes to the next three Success Summits and three hours of coaching with Michael Stelzner.

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Ken Sehres wins the Launch photo contest with this entry.

The other finalists were Debra J. Frank, Ryan Brown, Evan Milton and Amos Marvel. Each of them received a free pass to Facebook Success Summit 2011 and a free autographed copy of Launch.

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Debra's entry for the Launch photo contest.

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Ryan's entry for the Launch photo contest.

Evan Milton

Evan's entry for the Launch photo contest.

Amos Marvel

Amos' entry for the Launch photo contest.

To see the entries of all the winners, go here. Congratulations on all the excellent entries!!

And don’t miss this:

launchGet your FREE chapter of Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition to discover the formula Michael Stelzner used to make this blog one of the top small business blogs in the world (according to Technorati).

What social media news caught your interest this week? 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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  • Erika McGhee

    Very helpful indeed. I believe I can now fly high

  • http://www.greenteagraffiti.com/ Jason Yu

    This Youtube update is very good to know.  On a side note, I did like the Starcraft 2 videos as the Youtube examples.

  • http://felixrelationshipmarketing.com/ Juan Felix

    Thanks for these interesting upgrades Cindy. With the logoless player, Youtube proves to listen carefully to its users. And congratulations to the winner of the Launch photo contest. Very creative photos.

  • http://www.thenerdynurse.com/ The Nerdy Nurse

    I am HUGELY excited about the twitter integration into iOS!

  • http://marismith.com/ Mari Smith

    Phenomenal contest entries, Mike!! Kudos to you for the creativity and to all the entrants for their creativity too!! Would love to see everyone win!! :)  

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    I tried out Hootsuite’s new Publisher and while the weekly and monthly calendars are helpful for seeing what I have scheduled, I’m extremely irate that they did away with the Pending Tweets column. I used that feature constantly, and their so-called “improvement” has added hours to my workweek. Hootsuite touts itself as a service that makes managing social accounts easier, when in reality, this change makes it much harder for those of us who manage multiple accounts.

    Thanks for the Bit.ly and YouTube info — both of those will come in handy!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

     You’re welcome Juan.  I wonder if the competition between the big social media platforms means we’ll see more steps like this from YouTube.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Laura, thanks for your feedback on Hootsuites. Let’s hope they bring back the Pending Tweets column!  

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    There were indeed many great submissions!  

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    I wonder how many more tweets Apple users will make :)

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

     It’ll be fun to see how businesses embrace the logo-less YouTube videos and if this helps them or not.

  • Kristy Cartier

    I definitely agree with you Laura on HootSuite’s upgrade. It would be nice to be able to have both options. I use it personally and as a volunteer for the Social Media For NonProfits conference (@SM4Nonprofits). For the latter, the update makes it harder for me to check if I’m duplicating another tweet already scheduled.

  • Marilynlrice

    Congratulations to Ken on winning the competition; a worthy opponent and winner. . .I couldn’t catch him up but he deserved to win. All the best and every success with a most worthwhile campaign. 

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  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Kristy, If you want to let Hootsuite know about your frustration with the disappearance of the Pending Tweets column, they have a short online survey you can fill out here: http://ht.ly/5ko5N

  • http://felixrelationshipmarketing.com/ Juan Felix

    If growing competition leads to even better listening to users, I encourage this development.

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  • http://benjaminbeck.com/ Benjamin Beck

    Another great post Cindy, I also like the pictures for people to launch, haha. 

  • http://netvani.com Anne Patrick

    I do not actually use all of those social media in my marketing though I’ve seen already how Bit.ly, Tumblr and  Twitter works well with my friend’s blog site. He really get used with its features and enjoy the benefits as he monitor his site using Google Analytics. What you have share here, Cindy, are all interesting and I couldn’t wait to study more about those social media and start using and benefit from latest features. By the way, I thought WordPress has more blogs than any other CMS. Glad that I read about Tumblr anyway. Thanks a lot.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    It was a fun contest!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Ben, there were some really good photo entries! Lots of fun to follow.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Anne, those are only the stats for wordpress.com.  Most people use WordPress on self-hosted blogs.  I’ve noticed more and more businesses with a Tumblr blog. So I think it’s interesting to note how Tumblr is continuing to grow.

  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    I’m surprised it too Twitter so long to integrate with Apple products.

  • http://www.directresponse.net David Polykoff

    Wajam looks like a very useful tool.  Integrates your search results with all your social media channels.  I have a feeling Google will be on this soon.  Even beyond their +1 button.

  • http://hootsuite.com Daniel R. (from HootSuite)

    Hi @Laura, @Cindy, @Kristy,

    Thanks for your feedback about our recent Publisher release – we’ve just announced an update to the dashboard including the return of the Pending Updates stream.

    The Publisher and Pending stream are now interchangeable allowing you to schedule and manage with your preferred tool. In most cases, your previous Pending Update streams will also re-appear.

    While we were at it, we increased the limit on Batch Scheduling to 200 per social network (in batches of 50) and improved support for international character sets.

    Please take a spin and let us know what you think: http://owl.li/5oj2e

    Thanks!

  • http://www.ilovetumblr.com Love Tumblr

    So true, as an SC junkie I was glad to see this as well.

    …But even more glad to see that Tumblr is taking off!

    WordPress.org may hold a special place in my heart, but as far as hosted blogs go, it’s Tumblr or nothing!







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