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 is Easier to Control Privacy and Sharing: Facebook is rolling out a few changes in response to certain Google+  features. In addition to simplified privacy settings, you’ll also have the option to review any tag someone tries to add to your photos and posts. Here are two videos showing you all the options:

The Google +1 Button Enhanced to Share Content With Your Google+ Circles: Check this out, as well as the new +Snippet feature in the video below. The +Snippet allows content publishers to customize the snippets of information shared through the Google +1 buttons.

The Google+ Network Lets You Ignore And Block People: You can now ignore and block people on the Google+ platform. Find out where you can find these new buttons and how they work in the video below.

Twitter Adds User Galleries for Images: “User galleries on Twitter aggregate the images you’ve uploaded in your tweets into an organized page where you can view all of your most recent images.”

twitter user galleries

View your most recent images shared on Twitter in the new user gallery feature.

Facebook Reaches 1 Trillion Page Views a Month: Recent data from the ad network DoubleClick (a Google subsidiary) shows a trillion page views a month now.

facebook trillion page views

Facebook is the most visited website online.

LinkedIn Helps You Find Groups You May Like: This new Groups You May Like (GYML) feature gives you personalized group recommendations powered by LinkedIn’s Recommendation Engine.

linkedin groups you may like

You can find the Groups You May Like link under the Groups tab on your LinkedIn account.

Here are two social media tools worth noting:

FrameBar: a free tool allowing bloggers and website owners to display a photo strip on their site.


FrameBar also has social and group sharing features.

Jamcloud: is like adding a turntable to YouTube. Jamcloud is a “free social music app that lets you play music and watch videos with your friends in real time.”


"Create listening rooms with an international audience where you can chat about what's playing and vote up or down."

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  • So, Facebook agreed to privacy flaws. Good. As a social media blogger myself, I have made few observations in social media space lately,
    1. Google+ is not going to replace either Facebook or Twitter. In fact it fills out the space in between. Here is a site that has the engagement levels of Facebook and works similar to Twitter. I feel all three will co-exist without being a threat to one another.2. New sites continue to redefine social media. Take for example Now who would have thought  you could create a social networking site with club music as a theme.
    3. Curating social media content is going to be a big challenge. I see some start-ups doing it, but nothing has emerged that can be considered as a serious prospect.
    4. Other social media sites continue to grow under the hood. I still can’t understand why marketers do not leverage platforms like Reddit and Stumbleupon. Here is some news, Reddit has just crossed 1.2 billion page views per month and advertising is dearth cheap. 

  • Thanks you so much for such a wonderful share Cindy. These infos are really valuable. This is what I always look forward here in social media examiner. The social media updates just keep me coming back. Thanks!

  • Nice recap of the exciting news of this week, Thanks for summing it up!
    I like the new privacy changes Facebook has done, but don’t understand why they’re removing the “check in” feature, I wonder what other people thinks about it.. 

  • It’s refreshing to see actual bug fixes instead of purposeless changes for no reason. But given Facebook’s history of random unexplained fundamental changes, I just wonder whether these changes will stick around or if they’re going to do other random stuff that will jeopardize these changes.

  • I am having trouble uploading photos to Frame Bar.  Tried twice and page times out and goes to “internet explorer cannot display….”.

  • Looks like google has inspired FB

  • Thanks for the updates. It’s nice to be able to come to one place and stay in the know of all things social media. And with videos too! Love it.

  • Hi Cindy,

    Super share here.

    I dig the FB privacy updates. Anything to improve the tagging situation works for me.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • I think Facebook photo sharing changes & Facebook deals are missing in this post!

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  • Thanks for your feedback Shashank!

    My first thought about Facebook improving privacy was: why didn’t they listen to their users first instead of waiting for competition to jump in?

    And with regards to Stumbleupon, I used to use it regularly when I first launched my personal blog a couple of years ago and the traffic did help to get my new blog going. But after a few months I looked to grow my customer base and found my efforts were best spent elsewhere. Stumbleupon seemed to drive too much “empty” traffic, or too many people who were not really interested in going any further.  It was easier to use more targeted marketing efforts relevant to my audience.  That was a while ago and I have not used Stumbleupon seriously since then.  I still think it’s great to get your website going when you first start and after that it depends on your topic.

    And Reddit used to be rather “clicky”: you had to fit in. I’m not sure if it still is. Social networking circles also depend on your personal style. Some are an easy fit and some aren’t.

  • You’re welcome John.  And thank YOU for being a part of our community!

  • Arik, yes, it’s great to see improvements on Facebook 🙂  I don’t have any thoughts yet on the check in feature. Let’s see what others have to say 🙂

  • Ambrose, at least Facebook has taught us to take their changes in stride. It can easily become frustration after frustration.  And this has helped me to take a step backwards and analyze exactly why I’m there and what I want to do there.

  • Thanks for your feedback Donna!  It seems like they have issues with certain web browsers and internet explorer is one of them.  Have you tried it using another browser?

  • …and I wonder what other good things this competition will bring 🙂

  • Glad you like them Lionel.  That’s exactly what we’re hoping to achieve there: make it easy to keep up to date on the latest social media changes which can get overwhelming when you are busy elsewhere.

  • Ryan, the spam tagging used to be really bothersome a couple of months ago and it seems to have died down a bit for me.  I’m not sure if it’s because I systematically blocked everyone that did that or not. 

    More control on tagging is also helpful in separating personal and business visibility which is something I’m looking forward to.

  • Thanks for the updates Cindy, great news!

    I’m particularly interested in frameBar, will check that out immediately!

    Looking forward to your take on the new Klout/Formulist list features on Klout. I’ve had great fun with it today, I’m amazed at how many lists I’m on and it seems a brilliant excuse for people to engage with each other and build relationships further!!

    A stroke of genius from Klout for bringing people together, probably not quite as sustainable as Empire Avenue (the novelty may be short lived) but pretty good nevertheless!!

    A lot of people are still a little cynical about Klout, but I think they’re becoming a force to be reckoned with and to me, they’re still just building a base.

    Thanks, inspiring stuff as always, all the best, Peter

  • Thanks Cindy, you made some fair points about Stumbleupon and Reddit. And about Facebook, I guess they were a bit stubborn to listen to their users initially.

  • Hi Peter!  At this stage Klout is still a fun diversion for me and only when I have spare time.   The lists are a little like a quick tip of the hat to give recognition to people I know, but right now I prefer to spend time on more in depth networking on other platforms where you can go further. But let’s see how things evolve with Klout.

  • Yep. it happened too late to make this edition…

  • Louis Jr Tshakoane

    Hi Donna, I’m the Co-founder of Frame. I advise you try using a different web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as beautifully recommended by Cindy. I thank you for your patience as we are working on accommodating the Internet Explorer browser.

  • Louis Jr Tshakoane

    Hi Cindy, Thank You very much for sharing news about the FrameBar toolbar. I will certainly keep you up to date with any new developments from our side. May God Continue to Bless You Abundantly!

  • SAPTrainer

    compare to these Linkedin is far better for free publicity…

  • thanks cindy for sharing this. i just recently uploaded new pictures on my fb album, and yes i can feel the changes, the i guess pixelized the photos too.

  • The amount of research to and keeping up with the news was impressive. I’m new to this sort of business and I’ve been trying to keep up with current news and overlooked social media news. Thanks to a few great articles such as these I’ve learned to look at things another angle. 
    In regards to the article, is the 1 trillion views a month on Facebook true? WOW! Astounding numbers and showing the importance of social media on this playing field.

    Tom Ta
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