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+ Pages Can Now Interact With Users Who Haven’t Circled Them: A Google+ Page “can now +1, share, comment and plus mention personal profiles that have not circled them.”

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Google+ Page admins will be happy with this latest update, which provides more networking options.

Foursquare Shows Users’ Full Names Publicly: Foursquare sent an email to users advising of an update to its privacy policy.  Until now, usernames were displayed with a first name and the initial of the last name. “From 28 January 2013, full names will be displayed everywhere across the service.” Businesses on Foursquare will also be able to see more recent check-ins, instead of the three hours’ worth visible up to now.

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Foursquare users received an email outlining the changes to the updated privacy policy.


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:

Here are a few social media tools worth noting:

Moolta: a tool to create and take on challenges for cash, moolta points or charitable donations.

Ritetag: a multi-network social media tool to help you identify hashtags with the best reach.


Sign up for the beta version to try out this new tool.


Pinto: a free tool for Facebook users to pin images to their Facebook albums.

Kumbuya: a new social commerce platform designed for original content creators.


Kumbuya's goal is to combine everything we love about social media while adding sophisticated tools to enable business-savvy influencers to transact business directly with their audience.

And don’t miss this:

Social Media Marketing World is Social Media Examiner’s latest mega-conference—taking place at the waterfront San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, California on April 7-9, 2013.

As you’d expect, Social Media Examiner recruited the biggest and best names in the world of social media marketing for this conference. Only the best for you! Be sure to check it out.

Watch this video to get a quick overview of Social Media Marketing World.

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  • With whom is there to interact on G+? Seems like kind of a pointless “upgrade.” 

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  • Thank you, @cindyking:disqus for showcasing #ritetag in Social Media Examiner.  I am the founder, the concept and core features are mine, and I am at your service, please G+ connect, let me give you a tour, show you how you might get RiteTag to produce the hashtags you need, to reach beyond your followers, and also, to use the advanced features.  For others, please mention “Social Media Examiner,” and I will gladly take you from zero to hero as a #ritetagger!

  • Thanks @cindyking:twitter.
    Hope to see you in Social Media Marketing World!

    Noam Schwartz, CEO @ Moolta

  • bobbyknows

    Interesting comment. You apparently are doing a diservice to your customers. I feel sorry for them.

  • Arun7331

    Google+ is much better than any other social media. Its informative and creating a community is simple and fun. There is one more thing I would like add, is that it has very professional look and sharing anything brings lot of positive response.

  • Google+ is much better than any other social media. Its informative and creating a community is simple and fun. There is one more thing I would like add, is that it has very professional look and sharing anything brings lot of positive response.

  • I think that Google+ is very much underestimated and the potential of this social network is still to be discovered. Thanks @cindyking for sharing this story with us and drawing our attention to this phenomenon.

  • G+ is also useful in SERP 🙂 as google now counting social signals in SEO rankings  

  • Small businesses need to leverage the power of Google+. Yes, the whole notion of “Circles” and +1 can be a little confusing, but Google+ offers a lot for small businesses, especially local SEO. A well built Google+ page that gets updated with new content works to promote the company’s Google Places listing as Google rolled Google Places into Google+ Local.

  • Dara Khajavi

    This is some great information to help me start my week off right! I am excited to read about these sites that I have not used before, like RiteTag and Kumbuya. The new Google+ changes is also going to affect how I use my Google+. It will improve how I network with people on Google+. Thanks for the post. 

  • Interesting that Google+ would make this update for pages. My guess is this has been done out of desperation to get businesses to use the platform more. Agree?

  • Thank you for your kindly nice information . i have already used Google Plus Page to share my blog post. i would love this service from Google. 

  • Not sure if the Google+ change is a systemwide change. 

    I just tested it and was told that the person had to circle the page before it could follow the person. 

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  • Nah. When G+ shows an ROI anywhere near other social networks in real dollars, insofar as “social” goes (as opposed to AdWords), we’ll revisit the network for our clients.

    Until then, we prefer to show actual results. Good comment though Bobby. 

  • Great post.Google has put a lot of thought into the constant
    innovations it rolls out through the system and it only get’s better each time.

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