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?

Google+ Introduces New Features: Check out what’s new on Google+:

  • What’s Hot: this allows you to easily find interesting and unexpected content.

  • Google+ Ripples: this is a new visualization tool for public shares and comments. See how Google+ updates get shared below.
  • Google+ Creative Kit: you can now have more fun editing your photos. See how here:

Google Launches GoMo: This new Google initiative helps businesses create a mobile-friendly site.

Google Apps Turns on Google+ for Organizations: Google Apps users can now turn on Google+ for their organization.

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Google Apps users will also have the option to share with everyone in their organization, even if those people are not in their circles.

Anti-Facebook Social Network “Unthink” Launches to Public: Unthink “is an all-in-one social media platform that enables you to connect with the world around you and collaborate with others to bring the change you want to see in the world.”


Unthink is "a community with a shared way of thinking."

Here are a couple of social media tools worth noting:

Vizify: A tool for insights into your results on Twitter which gives you an instant infographic based on your Twitter activity.


Discover your top Twitter content, keenest followers, geographic influence and more.

PROskore: a tool for professionals to measure their reputation.


Check out this new measuring tool.

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  • Brian Jacobson

    I actually don’t see What’s Hot in my profile. Strange.

  • Google has an awful lot of things going on. I just hope they don’t branch out to the point where creativity in specific projects suffer because they have spread themselves too thin.

  • doctorhands

    All of this looks fine but it’s not on my google+ account

  • Google+ is awesome. Loving the easy interactions and design.  It is going to be heavily integrated with other google products.  So start building your community there now if i were you =)

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  • andywassung

    What’s hot: This year, rhino poaching in South Africa has reached a record high with nearly 400 Rhino’s killed for their horns. Last year was 333. More than 1 rhino a day is being killed. Please can Google make that ‘hot’. We will lose all our rhinos by 2018. 

  • timothy willan

    Looking for new things that will come in the future!

  • Carla Leininger

    Good question.  I am not a Google + user yet so if you find out the answer, please let me know.  I am letting the first wave go through and streamline the process ….

  • Maureen Cioni

    I was trying the Gomo site but none of the links actually work. The test doesn’t work and the feedback page doesn’t work. I can’t even tell them that the site isn’t working.  Hmmm…

  • Not able to see Google Ripples on my profile yet.

  • Its odd that many of you said these functions are not on your google+ account? Are you guys active and have you make a post? Are you circling anyone on it? They showed up pretty much right when they announced it for me.  

  • No doubt. They just closed down Sidewiki too, which joins Wave, Buzz, Notes, JotSpot, and a host of other services I liked. Shutting down Notes really hurt. I used it a lot, and haven’t really taken to Delicious or Evernote in the same way.

    I want to like G+, and I know everyone who is anyone is promoting it heavily, but I’m finding it tough to devote the time to it. Seems really risky given past experience.

  • Google+ creative kit will be more useful to edit the photos on here. Great tasks on here 🙂

  • Brian, it seems that these things take time to roll out. Are you able to see What’s Hot now?

  • Hi Michael, yes indeed. Google seems to be rolling steadily ahead on all fronts at the same time. 

  • Hi Dave! What I find challenging is having to constantly update my daily/weekly routines almost as soon as I get used to them. The constant change takes up time too.

  • Hi Rich, have the changes rolled out for you yet?

  • Brian, the deeper integration is definitely what’s motivating a number of people to jump in early.

  • These add-ons roll out geographically. This I first noticed when games were released. Others said they had a link to games but mine showed up a day later. After a couple days though, I would report it to feedback through the link in the lower right corner.

  • Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for sharing the latest information regarding the Google+ new features.

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  • Google+ is gearing up and this should increase their traffic as well as new users who will use Google+ permanently.

  • Unthink really makes me think, ironically. I think I’ll try it sometime soon. Thanks! I didn’t know about it before your post!