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+ Expands Availability of Custom URLs: “If your profile meets the following criteria, you’ll now be able to claim a custom URL: has a profile photo, has at least 10 followers and has an account that’s at least 30 days old.”

google plus custom url

"Once you meet the eligibility criteria, just visit your profile or page to begin the claiming process."

Pinterest Introduces Related Pins: “Related pins are picked specially for you based on the unique things you’re into, such as other pins you’ve saved or liked.”

pinterest related pins

"To help control what kinds of pins you see, click the 'i' info icon on any related pin in your feed."

Twitter Makes Timelines More Visual: “Timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging: previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine will be front and center in tweets.”

more visual tweets

"To see more of the photo or play the video, just tap."

Google+ Improves Hangouts and Photos: The “improvements to Google+ Hangouts and Photos aim to take a lot of the work out of messaging, video calling and photo editing.”

schedule hangout on air

"Broadcasters can now schedule Hangouts On Air, then promote them with a dedicated watch page."

Tumblr Introduces New Search Feature: “The new Tumblr Search has been rebuilt, front to back, to help explore all of your 65 billion(!) posts.”

tumblr search

There are a lot of big new additions to check out.

Here’s some upcoming news to follow:

Facebook Tests New Messenger Experience: Facebook is “testing an update to Messenger on Android that makes it a faster and more reliable mobile-to-mobile messaging experience.”

facebook messenger experience for android

"You'll know which friends are using the app if you see the Messenger icon Testing a New Messenger Experience on Android next to their name."

Instagram Reveals Sample Ad: “If you’re in the United States, you’ll see the sample ad below sometime in the coming week. This is a one-time ad from the Instagram team that’s meant to give you a sense for the look and feel of the ads you will see.”

instagram ad

"You'll know a photo or video is an advertisement when you see the 'Sponsored' label where the time stamp normally would be. Tap this label to learn more about how advertising works on Instagram."

Here’s an interesting tool worth noting:

OptinMonster: a lead-generation plugin for WordPress that allows you to create attention-grabbing opt-in forms that convert.

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  • Hey Cindy: Thanks for the updates. Google + actually contacted me to let me know of my custom address and whether I wanted to use it. I activated it without question. Hope that was a wise thing to do.

  • Tumblr New Search Pages Sucks! Previous one’s were way better!

  • Looks like you didn’t read the tos, according to which they can start charging, and you’ll have to pay to keep your custom url!

  • Fady Kamal

    Good article, (Y)

  • Any word on how to get an actual custon G+ URL? My first and last names aren’t how I brand myself online.

  • Any idea if old links to G+ pages/profiles will still work if I adopt the new custom url? Or will I have to go revisit every post i’ve written in the past to change the link?

  • Jennifer Arnett

    Where do I set the custom G+ URL? I can’t find that option and I meet all the qualifications. Thanks.

  • James

    What is the value of a Google + custom URL?

  • Yikes, I missed that. Is there a way to reverse this or complain about this (I know what you are saying, yeah, right!). How do you even contact Google + about this if you do not want to be charged?

  • They will ask you whether or not you want to keep your vanity url before they start charging for it! Pay them or roll back to your old code url! Simple

  • I have not read the terms of service but would be greatly surprised if Google+ ever charges for such a thing. I really would not worry about it.

  • Indeed the old still works. I tested it out with a Google search on my name and the old one came up and when I clicked it the new URL showed

  • My guess is a search benefit and also it is easier to let folks know how to get there.

  • Awesome. Thanks, Michael! I’ll get my custom url right away! 🙂

  • Hi Thanks Cindy! I like the new update of G+ the custom URL in my profile. Continue posting Cindy:)

  • You’re welcome Julie. It is nice to have the custom G+ URLs.

  • I agree Mike Stelzner, it is unlikely that they will charge for it. No other social media company does it and quite frankly Google + is trying to play catch up. Charging for the service would just make things more difficult for them to gain a userbase.

  • This blog is about the brief overviews of what is going on at social media. I really liked this weekly update on leading social networking sites and particularly interested about update made by Google+ regarding the custom url. I hope they won’t charge for it.

  • Noticed this change to Twitter. Saw that the photos I’d included in one of my accounts were actually being displayed in the stream, rather than just the TwitPic urls. Certainly made it come alive. Will post more photos there in future to enhance this effect.

  • Ktracho13

    I read the same thing they will start charging for a custom URL and I have not use the custom URL for that same reason.