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+ Hangouts On Air Now Available Worldwide: Google+ Hangouts On Air was launched last September to a limited number of broadcasters and is now rolling out to the rest of the world.  This means “you can now go live in front of a global audience.” Here’s a reminder of what you can do:

Facebook Announces The App Center: The App Center is a new place for people to find social apps. “For the over 900 million people that use Facebook, the App Center will become the new, central place to find great apps”

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"Everything has an app detail page, which helps people see what makes an app unique and lets them install it before going to an app."

What You Need To Know About Facebook’s IPO: Facebook’s initial public offering is expected to take place on May 18.

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:

Google+ Notifications in Gmail Get More Interactive: You can now view, comment on and +1 Google+ notifications from your Gmail inbox. These updates will appear in your Google+ stream in real time and responses from others will appear in Gmail.

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You can adjust which Google+ notifications you want emailed to your Gmail account via Google+ settings.

Google Offers Get Closer to Your Business: Android users in the U.S. can now find Google Offers from nearby businesses using the latest release of Google Maps. You will be able to “see all the Google Offers near you in list or map form, making it easy to get great deals from local businesses on the go.”

Twitter Tweaks the Tweet Design: “Now, when you hover over the newly redesigned tweet, you’ll always see options to reply, favorite or retweet in the lower-left corner against a grey background.”

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This design modification makes it easier to interact with others on

Tumblr Introduces Storyboard: Storyboard is Tumblr’s “new hub for in-depth conversations with Tumblr’s creative community.”


Foursquare Adds a History Page: With the “new, fully searchable history page, you can easily jump to all your past check-ins from any month or year, and even filter them by who you were with, what type of place you were at, or which neighborhood, city, or country you were in.”

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Foursquare will be "adding more features like filtering by venue and adding tips or creating lists right from this history page."

Groupon Rewards Launches Nationwide in the U.S.: “When you visit a participating Groupon Rewards merchant and use the credit card saved in your Groupon account, Rewards are unlocked after you’ve spent a certain amount predetermined by the business.”

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"Eliminating the hassles of check-ins, extra apps or punch cards, with Groupon Rewards you can automatically get benefits for things you already do."

Here are a few useful social media tools worth noting:

WP Pinner: A WordPress plugin that lets you manage your Pinterest account. “With this plugin you can easily auto-pin WordPress postsschedule your pins throughout the day, auto-follow users to get noted and keep track of your account (CTR, clicks, likes, repins, reach, etc.).”

Lujure: An easy tool for businesses to customize Facebook fan pages.


Lujure is a simple, quick tool you can use, with no technology expertise at all, to customize your own Facebook page.

Curate Me: A tool to help you stay current, find good things to share and get content ideas.

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Curate Me finds the best stories from your friends and the brilliant people you follow and delivers them straight to your inbox.

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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.

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  • Toothy Grins

    Hi Cindy,  there is some fantastic information here. 

    I did not know about the groupon reward card program, that sounds interesting to me as a merchant.

    Google hangouts sounds cool, but I am not sure how to use it to my benefit,  any thoughts on that?  

  • Cindy King

    Hi Toothy Grins :)  Businesses can use Google Hangouts On Air a bit like webinar software, to hold live online meetings of all sorts with people in different locations… but this time it’s free.  We’ll have an article on this here soon.  

  • Putri Arisnawati

    This…this…this…very informative, I need this info to see what I should to do with social media and blog.

  • Jeff Korhan

    Good stuff as always Cindy. I was on a Google Hangouts on Air with Google themselves this week and it had to be cut short due to technical difficulties with one of the participants – slightly embarrassing but they handled it well.

  • Cindy King

    Thanks for sharing, Jeff.

  • Widian Othman

    i prefer ShortStack for Facebook custom tabs … easier, more options and amazing service!

  • Cindy King

    Cool!  Thanks for sharing, Widian!

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  • Facebook Likes

    This is really great! Thank you for sharing. 

  • freddy

    Really useful. Always great stuff here!

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  • Jay Eagleson

    I used to use Lujure, but with timeline, aren’t custom fan pages irrelevant?

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