Google Gets Social: This Week in Social Media News

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 Shows Your Social Graph in Search Results: Google has updated its algorithm to share more social information in search results. Now your Twitter friends, Flickr friends and blogging friends can all show up in your search results for everyday topics. Watch the below video to see how it works.

Tumblr Launches the Explore Page: Tumblr users are now encouraged to tag their photos.  The new Explore page organizes and filters posts with these tags and stimulates community interaction.

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Every tagged post has a chance to show up in front of an audience of millions that might not otherwise see it.

InboxQ Takes on Quora With Questions on Twitter: This new tool “delivers a realtime stream of questions related to your business, products, industry or general interests from Twitter directly to your browser.” It’s worth checking out even if it’s currently only available on Chrome (and soon on FireFox).


Businesses are sure to find multiple uses for this new tool.

Here are a few more social media tools worth a look. These were mentioned by our readers earlier this week on 22 Hot New Social Media Tools

Cloud Flood helps you get traffic from Twitter and Facebook by adding a button on your site next to your freebies (MP3’s, eBooks, Zip files).


Social QR Code allows your users to share content on Facebook and Twitter through the use of QR codes. The functionality on Social QR Code makes it easy to promote social sharing.

Zerply to create a professional profile and network with “people who love what they do.”


Zerply is currently in beta mode, but you can still sign up.

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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  • Bryden Basil Elizan

    Wow.. interesting move by Google..:) I wonder if the fanpages you’re connected to on Facebook will also show up on the search results? If not, all the more reason to be ‘friends’ with your Facebook fans..: )

  • Deb Augur

    Hi Cindy, Nice discoveries! I love the video you posted on Google posting social responses on search results. I was just learning about that the other day and then I find your post. Very cool stuff!

  • Connie McKnight

    The new things that I love are Cloud Flood and new Google. I look forward to this post every Saturday. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

  • Tyler Coffin

    Hi Cindy. Thanks for mentioning Social QR Code in “This Week in Social Media News”. Here is a link to, in addition to allowing users to share content with QR Codes, users can generate mobile landing pages for each QR Code created with Facebook “Like” buttons, Twitter “Follow” buttons and even coupons that are sharable on Facebook and Twitter.

  • DJT

    Hey Cindy – As always a great resource. was featured on FOX news on leveraging Social Media for College Applications…check out the video

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  • Phyllis Khare

    I think I like better than zerply at the moment.

  • Carol Lefrancois

    Hello Cindy !!! Zerply will be a great help to me since I’m trying to get a new job a a social media manager,the perfect job for me.I justlove following your posts here and will keep you updated for my little surprise I MIGHT get.


  • MWmarketing

    Thanks for the tip on Google.

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  • eBay Virtual Assistant

    Wow, lots to digest. Thanks for generously sharing this useful info. Especially appreciate the acknowledgment that has been given for social media new trends which are more userful for startups like us.The goal may not be tens of thousands of fans but a few hundred solid ones.

  • dred

    thanks Cindy King

  • Cindy King

    You raise some good questions Bryden. It’s going to be interesting following these new search results.

  • Cindy King

    Glad you like it Connie!

  • Cindy King

    Deb, I’ve started noticing the new additions in my Google searches already. It is interesting to see what you’re contacts are up to.

  • Cindy King

    You’re welcome Tyler! I’ve also got the link in the article above.

  • Cindy King

    Thanks Phyllis! The topic of how you can use these sites probably deserves an article all by itself!

  • Cindy King

    Good luck Carol!

  • Justin Style

    Thank you for introducing Zerply. Its important to note that Zerply is a networking tool beyond a personal splash page like other services. I encourage users to sign up to explore Zerply’s worth to improving their online networking capacity.

  • iPhone Application Developer

    Nice tips for me…

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  • Love Tumblr

    Cloud:Flood is such an underrated tool, I was surprised to see it posted here, it is definitely something that people need to take advantage of!

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