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+ Page Badges Are Publicly Released: You can now add a Google+ badge to your website. See the sidebar of this site to see it in action. Adding these badges do impact search results.

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Check out Social Media Examiner's Google+ badge in the sidebar on the right.

HootSuite Announces Google+ Pages Integration in the Dashboard: HootSuite has been selected as an official launch partner for the Google+ Pages trial.  For the moment, only HootSuite Enterprise customers can benefit from this new service.


HootSuite Enterprise customers now have Google+ Pages functionality in their HootSuite dashboard.

LinkedIn Reinvents Business Cards With the New CardMunch iPhone App:  With the new CardMunch app, you now have access to deeper and richer information about the person behind the business card. Thanks to their LinkedIn profile, you can find out who you know in common, where they’ve worked, where they went to school and much more. Emphasizes Discovery: Foursquare has made some changes to its website to help you discover more places and people. “The first thing you’ll notice when you load up is a big map on the top (you can click on the arrow to make it even bigger). It shows everything interesting nearby – your friends, places that are trending (in yellow), places on your lists (green), places with Specials (orange), and places that are popular (blue).”


Discover more places of interest with the new Foursquare design.

Here’s a social media tool worth noting:

AugmenteDev: A free augmented reality tool that allows you to add an image onto a QR code so that others can use their smartphone to visualize it or project it onto a wall. Use this tool to add an image onto a QR code printed on your business card, for example.

Plus an interesting infographic:

More Small Businesses Willing to Use Social Media:

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Check the results from Constant Contact's recent survey.

And don’t miss this:

Social Media Examiner presents Small Business Success Summit 2011! (online conference)

Go here to learn more.

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

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  • Raj

    I wish that Google+ Badge for Pages was more customizable – At least on the colors part. I set up two of them yesterday and it was over within a couple of hours. On FB, I tried for a whole day (almost) to do the same thing for just one site, quite unsuccessfully. FB should make these things easier for people. Not everyone are technical wizards.

  • Raj – I fully agree.  It should at least list the company name, show the total number of fans, allow different widths, and so on…

  • Adam Hoeksema

    I have actually seen some positive SEO results since I have started getting involved with Google+, and we saw another jump in traffic just this week after creating a Google+ page and including the badges on our site. I wrote about some of the growth we have seen in a recent blog post –

  • Anshuman Gandhi

    Google is still learning. Any updates on the multiple admin thing ?

  • Thanks Cind, great summary ! I love the Small Biz outlook, it is encouraging to see small biz getting involved in Web Marketing and social media marketing more and more. I also love the cardmunch app but, unfortunately, it is not available outside the US, the appstore dumped me out 😉

  • I agree  Anshuman, google is still learning and I believe they are pursuing the right direction and over time it will be an excellent social platform !!

  • google Alwaya the best.

  • Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  • Lupe we use – Mike

  • I noticed today when I opted to my page I was questioned whether I was the administrator. There was no functionality but I am guessing it wont be long.

  • The Cardmunch IS available outside the US (I’m in Australia). But I don’t like it because it isn’t OCR (software) based, but rather you take a picture of the card, which then gets uploaded into the Linkedin database manually, and a few hours later comes back to you as a contact, which you can choose to invite to join your Linkedin network. I don’t like the fact there is someone with a record of my contacts, without their permission (I’ve received the card, so I have permission to hold the contact details).
    I don’t like the fact that the message to invite someone can’t be customised (it’s a 1-click-to-invite only).

  • well, it loads faster, meaning waiting time for a visitor is reduced and specially for low to mid range net speeds and the visitor gets to see the page before he/she gets bored.

  • Hi Cindy! Thanks for sharing these new updates. Keep updating about the new concepts. I like this post.

  • I am so confused about today’s social media fever, as it is just the craze or it will be developed continuously. It’s like a ‘group of ship’ that follows to each other when they are in the group, same will be apply to the companies that they did not analyze that what is best for them…they just pull themselves which followed by others…

  • Thanks for the great article!

  • Google+ integration has paved way for social media marketing. Its badges still need to get more customized further. However reports have that it has boosted the SEO and traffic to website.