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?

Facebook Launches New Pages: Facebook users are now discovering the new Facebook page design. Admins can preview the new design and have the option to upgrade now, or wait until March 1st when all pages will be automatically upgraded to the new design. Here’s a summary of the latest important changes to your Facebook business pages:

  • Page admins can now get notifications when fans interact with their page or posts
  • There’s a place to showcase photos along the top of your page
  • There’s a news feed for your page
  • Page admins now have the ability to Like and post on other pages as your page

new facebook page

The new Facebook page design is optional up until March 1st.

Facebook Rolls Out Live Commenting: This real-time commenting feature allows users to see new comments by others as they “appear in-line without having to refresh the page.”  Check out how this works below in the video from TheNextWeb.

In addition to rolling out live commenting, Facebook now enables ads to link to specific landing tabs on your Facebook page. Are you going to try this new feature out soon?

Twitpic Launches New Video-Sharing Feature: You can now upload, store and share your videos on the photo-sharing site Twitpic, used by many people on Twitter. This is a useful feature as video marketing continues to rise in popularity. Do you share videos on Twitter?


Twitpic now offers video-sharing features too.

AOL Agrees to Buy the Huffington Post: “Acquisition will solidify AOL’s strategy of creating a premier content network with local, national and international reach.”  This is one of the first big pieces of social media news this year. Are you predicting any other buyouts for other social media players this year?

aol buys huffington post

Arianna Huffington to lead newly formed The Huffington Post Media Group, which will integrate all Huffington Post and AOL content, including News, Tech, Women, Local, Multicultural, Entertainment, Video, Community and more.

Gigya Publishes LinkedIn Infographic:  While Facebook continues to draw attention, this is a good reminder of LinkedIn’s growth this past year and how it services the B2B market. How much time do you spend on LinkedIn?

gigya linkedin infographic

LinkedIn continues to grow.

Edelman Digital Insights Releases “Attentionomics: Captivating Attention in the Age of Content Decay”: Check out this SlideShare presentation for valuable insights to get your social media marketing right.

Here’s another new social media tool worth a look: This new service makes it easy to get useful social media data.


"Analyze your Twitter audience, Facebook fan page and more with an awesome spreadsheet full of data."

What social media news caught your interest? What do you think of the other news items this week? Please share your comments below.

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  • What an exciting week it’s been! Enjoyed reviewing the recap, Cindy… Twitpic Video-Sharing feature is going to be a useful tool, I’m really looking forward to using that. Facebook Live Commenting is very cool — immediacy adds to the connectedness and helps keep the convo flowing, don’t you think? Onshared to my networks… thanks for the update!

  • What a great summary from a busy week in social media. Thanks for putting this all together.

  • Paul

    I am surprised it took Facebook so long to include realtime commenting (something Quora had out of the gate). Maybe this is good for next weeks round-up, but TweetDeck’s launch of is a huge game changer for Twitter! Thanks Cindy for your efforts on these round-ups. I learn something new ever week!

  • Jill Wiltberger

    I HATE the black background under the photos now! How can we get it reversed to the way it was before??

  • Lisaradke

    Great summary Cindy. What a great way to get topline news….I feel current.

  • Thanks a lot Cindy! So much new stuff all the time, I had a feeling this would be a very exciting year for Social Media (Examiner)! As always an immediate addition to Facebook etc…

  • What are your referring to Jill?

  • Paul

    Facebook changed the way you can view your gallery pictures. I agree with Jill, iIt is rather ugly now!

  • Thank you Becky! It has been a very exciting week indeed!

  • You’re welcome Jeff!

  • I’m glad to hear you’re getting value out of them Paul! And thanks for the heads up about

  • Thank you Lisa!

  • You’re welcome Peter! And it looks like you were right… these are exciting times for online marketers.

  • Great insights on SM trends!

  • That was insanely helpful. Thanks! I especially like “exportly,” as it may be useful in the future as I start to expand my blog into a business.

  • Very interesting infographic on LinkedIn. I’m surprised to see that Marketing doesn’t take up a bigger slice of the pie. Does anyone have any clue as to why there is such a proportionally small amount of 5001-10000 size businesses on there? Seem to be an odd drop in figures.

  • I too am not a fan of the new photo feature.

  • Great article, Cindy,

    Mainly a good week!

    I like most of the new Facebook page features. Still a few bugs, and things on my wish list. But LOVING the ability to comment and interact as the page. Really helped finish out a promotion I’m running!

    To throw out a possibility regarding Digital Visitor’s comment – LinkedIn: the 5001 to 10,000 sized businesses may have been in a position to like the resources they already had, or it may have been hard for them to figure out just what their social media policies will be and how to implement them. I see this changing in the future, and for those figures to increase. Anyone disagree?

    Thanks for the weekly resource! 🙂

  • Neeraj Varma

    I’m really excited about getting access to fan interaction information on Facebook…although it leaves open the possibility of being overwhelmed with comments to respond to…maybe that’s a good problem!

  • Great summary Cindy! Lots of news this past week. Would love to get your 2 cents on our recent article on Permission Marketing – do you agree? –

  • Thanks for the article!

    May I ask you to explain the current situation with FBML?


  • Interesting social media marketing data from Edelman.

  • GD

    I was told by someone earlier this week that the new Facebook pages allow you to use iframes instead of having to code everything in FBML. Is this true? Because that seems like a massive gamechanger to me.

  • it has to be maintained and is tiresome