Google+ Redesign: This Week in Social Media

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+ Unveils New Design: The new Google+ design “helps you easily explore content as well as dramatically improves your online photo experience to give you crisp, beautiful photos—without the work!”

Google Launches Stand-Alone Hangouts App:  ”Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji and video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices.” Hangouts also works right inside of Gmail.

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The app replaces Google Talk and arrived in both Google Play and iTunes.

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:

LinkedIn Updates Privacy Policy: In addition to “clarifying and simplifying language in these documents to make it easier for members to read and understand,” LinkedIn is introducing “sponsored content in the LinkedIn feed.”

Pinterest Introduces Duplicate Pin Alerts:  Pinterest is rolling out a function that generates a message to remind users “When you pin something you’ve already pinned before…”.  The alert does not prohibit users from pinning duplicate content.

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The duplicate pin function is currently limited to web-based users; a mobile version is expected at a later date.

Pinning On-The-Go Gets Better: Pinterest rolls out iOS 2.4 and Android 1.5 with new features. Notifications are now on mobile. “You can now mention people from your phone.” Pinterest now suggests search terms as you type on mobile.

pinterest app update

"Now you can see who commented on your pin or mentioned you whenever you have your phone handy."

Klout Delivers One Million Perks:  Klout is “proud to have grown into the world’s largest, most successful influencer program with more than one million Perks claimed.”

klout million perks

"Klout Perks rewards everyday influencers and has connected them with more than 400 brands."

Foursquare Adds More Menus:  Foursquare now lets you “check the menu to see if a restaurant has your favorite dish, like spinach, gnocchi or chicken parm.”

foursquare menu

"Foursquare isn't just limited to dinner. If you're searching for brunch, lunch, drinks or dessert, you'll be able to find those menus, too."

Facebook Updates iOS App:  ”Facebook released an update for its iOS app today with a number of small changes and improvements, including faster loading for events and a way for users to easily save photos from Facebook to their phone.”

facebook ios update

The Facebook app update also includes a group messenger composer.

Bing’s Social Sidebar Includes Direct Interaction With Facebook:  On Bing, you “will see comments on a relevant Facebook post within the sidebar, as well as the ability add your own, all without having to leave Bing. You can also like a post directly from Bing.”

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"Now you can see what your friends might know about what you're searching for and engage with them directly without leaving the search page."

Google+ Launches Cross-Platform Single Sign-on:  ”Now, when a user signs in with Google on one device, they grant consent once and can continue their experience seamlessly between web and Android devices.”

Interesting social media news to follow:

SlideShare Tests Mobile Navigation: SlideShare is testing “a new and different way to navigate slides on mobile devices.”

slideshare mobile redesign

To access this new mobile design, add the text "?new=1" to the end of any SlideShare URL from your mobile device.

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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