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+ Attracts 10 Million Users in the First 2 Weeks: Google+ is the fastest growing launch of a new social network. Many users are checking out this new platform. Here are some recent updates on Google+:

  • Google explains how to upload email addresses to your Google+ account:

  • Google asks for you to wait to create your business account on Google+:

And here’s a useful Google+ cheat sheet shared by Simon Laustsen:

google+ cheat sheet

Here are a few social media tools worth noting:

SocialBase: This new platform from Oneforty helps solo entrepreneurs, social media teams and agencies organize, manage and scale social tasks in one place. Social Media Examiner readers get 30 days’ free access here.

GoogleCards: This is a WordPress plugin to create a Google+ card in your sidebar.


This GoogleCard widget makes it easy for your blog readers to connect with you on the new Google+ platform.

GoPollGo: Here’s  a free, quick and easy Q&A polling site.


GoPollGo recently launched a new Twitter polling feature. Here’s a place to find and promote infographics. is also building a tool to make it easy to create your own infographics.

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  • FaceBook is losing it’s appeal, new sites like Google Plus 1 and DillyDip are the future, combined social is the future

  • Thanks Cindy, for all these resources…. Google+ has my vote. Is there a way (for the unknowns) to become members yet?

  • KarenCV

    Thanks for all the great info. I just went to sign up and Google+ is at capacity and will let people know when their doors will be open again. I think Facebook started to go downhill when then added Fan pages. Many with regular accounts didn’t want to have to bother creating a second FB account.

  • This is fabulous! I just added the Google Card to both my sites. I’m just getting started with G+ so add me if you wish:
    Thanks so much!!

  • Re the first video, is he speaking of something yet to come? I see “Find Friends: Yahoo, Hotmail” – nothing for importing other address books.

  • Christina Hills

    I believe that first video is a digitally created character and not a real person.  Kinda creepy…

  • Christina Hills

    Besides that, thanks for keeping us updated on Google +.  I just started using it, not sure if I like it or not yet, but I’ll be watching what you say about it!

  • Let’s see how things are in a few months 🙂  

  • Chris, if you ask for an invite in the right circles and give your email, you should find someone to send you a Google+ invite. This is what happened in the comment section of our recent article on Google+:  

  • Thanks for the feedback Karen! 

    Yes, Facebook often creates frustrations for their users… but I’m sure we’ll encounter some with the other big platforms.

  •  Your Google Card looks good Louise 🙂

  • You’re welcome Christina. 

    For me it really is only about whether the people I want to connect with are active there, and whether the communication style on that platform is one that’s natural to me. So, I’m still waiting to see how I’ll integrate into my daily/weekly networking too.  

    But I think the fact that so many people were checking out Google+ the first few weeks made it relatively easy (with good social skills) to connect with some people who may not be as easy to connect with elsewhere. Let’s see how things evolve…

  • Google’s plus’s start is good and if it continues to be like that way its got a great fuure. Having said that Orkut was great here in India at one time and then facebook swept it off the perch and threw it down. Now noone uses it, well atleast the up to date people. So its a wait and watch game .. common people will go where they are  engaged more and facebook is way ahead in those terms. maybe in another year we can talk again

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  •  THanks for sharing the socialbase.

  • Totally loving some Google+ thanks for the wordpress widget!

  • I think Google+ is the future of social website, since they already dominate so much on the web they can easily grow bigger than Facebook in a couple of years. If someone want they could send me a invite and help Google become the champ. Thanks.

  • Maria Lee

    Can someone invite me onto Google please?


  • Maria Lee


    That should be Google+, don’t know what happened there, must have been a typo!!!



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  • eDigitalAus

    A social media aggregator will have to be in the market soon so consumers can push status updates, photos, etc on different social media platfrorms… Would gowalla be playing in that space?

  • Tim

    He looks real to me.

  • Denisse Marie

    Can’t wait to try it! Unfortunately I received a message that it’s over capacity. If anyone is willing, I would appreciate an invite. Email:


  • Hi Cindy!

    Thanks for the great post. Loved reading it.If +1 works, it will not only improve search quality, but also make ads more engaging.   This may potentially improve Google’s ads, and eventually may turn into a core social product that can expand in new directions


  • Mattrhew

    Just checked out Google+ and would like to applaud what has been done so far, I think it looks very slick and imho it will be setting the next social media trend, I think FB has a real rival now…

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  • ultimateyou

    Great post and great information…thank you for sharing!

  • Google + has a few privacy issues that raise a red flag for me.  I guess we will see how it goes. 

  • Thanks for sharing this, Cindy! It seems that all of Twitter and Facebook’s limitations were perfected in Google+ and I must say that The Big G is on its right track now after failing on Google buzz before to topple Facebook’s domination.

    By the way, is there any other way of getting G+’s profile badge aside from GoogleCards? 

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  • After the downfall of their previous attempt (Wave) Google did a great job with G+. But I think no one expected such a big buzz around this + thing, and I’m sure Mark Zuckerberg got a bit frightened as well.
    So can’t wait to see how the competition between the two giants continue. Facebook needs a big hit other than making questionable changes in the messaging/chat system.Round 2. Fight!

  • Could this be the big breakthrough that Google has been looking for in Social Media?  Sounds like their has been initial success but long term performance is key.

  • here is how to make a google + gadget for blogspot blogger:

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