Google+ Custom URLs: 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?

Google+ Rolls Out Custom URLs for Profiles and Pages: Google+ is “introducing custom URLs to a limited number of verified profiles and pages.” Custom URLs will be made available to others in the future, but Google has not said when.

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Google+ will be rolling out custom URLs like this one for Hugo Boss.

Klout Gets a Major Update: Klout has made changes to the way they calculate Klout scores to increase accuracy, give more transparency and improve website design. There’s also a new feature called Moments, which displays the content and ideas that have been most influential across all of your networks. With these recent changes, Klout helps “everyone to gain a clearer, more accurate understanding of how they influence other people through the ideas they share.”

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:

Pinterest Introduces Android, iPad and iPhone Apps: Pinterest makes it “easier to take your inspirations with you by providing new apps for Android, iPad and iPhone. The apps are now available for download at Apps.Pinterest.com.”

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Pinterest apps allow you to pin, discover and access your account from wherever you choose.

LinkedIn Joins the New Office App Store: LinkedIn is a featured partner in Microsoft’s new app store with a new LinkedIn for Outlook app. The new LinkedIn for Outlook app offers a few new features that allow professionals to immediately see rich insights right where they need them most—in email and calendar.

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LinkedIn features are accessible directly within Outlook.

Facebook Sponsored Stories Get Performance Metrics: Inside Facebook reports that “Facebook is now offering advertisers new metrics about how their Sponsored Stories perform in the news feed, including the average position within the feed where the story was inserted.”

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These metrics give advertisers insights into how well their Sponsored Stories ads are working.

Facebook Streamlines Ad Creation Process: The new Facebook Ad creation process strives to help businesses create ads and Sponsored Stories in alignment with their goals. Find out more here.

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The new Facebook Ad creation process helps businesses determine the right mix to build their campaigns.

Facebook Gives Developers the Ability to Publish More Prominent Stories: Facebook made a few improvements to Open Graph and introduces “explicitly shared actions” to let apps notify them when a user wants to prominently share something like they would through posting it directly on Facebook.

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The new Open Graph options will allow developers to get the content users share through their apps to appear on Facebook as users expect.

Google Maps Now Has More Than One Million Public Transit SchedulesToday, Google Maps has public transportation schedules for more than one million transit stops worldwide in nearly 500 cities including New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney. There’s also a useful update to the Google Maps for Android app.

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On Google Maps, the public transport station pages now show you departure times, lines serving the station and the distance to nearby stations.

Google Updates Search Algorithm to Punish Copyright Violators:  Popular business blogs often find their content republished on other websites without their consent. Google is now taking into account a new signal in their rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices they receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in Google search results.

Here’s a useful social media tool worth noting:

Bitrix24: a social intranet tool, free for small businesses.

bitrix24

Check out Bitrix24 to create your own social intranet.

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Social Media Examiner presents Facebook Success Summit 2012 (online conference).

Facebook Success Summit 2012

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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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