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?

Klout Adds Content Aggregation: The “new content platform helps Klout users be better content creators. (It) also allows you to schedule your posts so they can be delivered when people are actually listening.” Klout has reportedly been sold to Lithium Technologies.

new klout upgrade

“The Create tab helps you find great articles and posts worth sharing with your audience.”

Facebook Adds Gender Diversity: Facebook now offers “a new custom gender option to help you better express your own identity on Facebook.” This new Facebook gender option offers “an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves.”

facebook gender diversity

Facebook has also “added the ability for people to control the audience with whom they want to share their custom gender.”

Yelp Introduces New Interface: The “new design emphasizes the unique local content (Yelp’s) community has contributed and makes finding key business information even easier for consumers.”

yelp new interface

The new design puts photos front and center.

Path Announces Path for iOS7: “Focused on simplicity and usability—from an entirely new coat of paint, to adjusting your settings, to browsing the shop, to iOS 7 swipe gestures—(Path has) made it simpler and easier to do the things you do every day with (this app).”

path ios7

Path has “also included iOS 7 swipe functionality, which will allow you to quickly swipe from any messaging thread back home.”

Haiku Deck Launches iPhone App: “You can download any or all of the Haiku Decks you’ve created for fast, fluid viewing and impromptu pitching, even if you’re on a plane, in a taxi or at a conference with sluggish Wifi.”

haiku deck for iphone

You can “use your iPhone as a remote.”

Here are a few cool social media tools worth checking out:

Snippit: An app that allows you to “create precise, short clips from any song in your music library. Attach to a photo. Share with friends.”


“Search for snips by music genres, trends and hashtags. Users can also search and discover iTunes music through the app to download full-length songs.”

Chaatz: This new app “provides the widest range of messaging consolidation, identity management and privacy available in a social messaging app today.”


“Chaatz is the first messaging app that allows you to create and manage multiple profiles and personas or aliases for work, family, personal and other conversations and purposes.”

EasilyDo: A free app that makes sure you never miss anything important.


Get more organized with EasilyDo.

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  • Hmmm, that Facebook’s custom gender option. Interesting!

  • treb072410

    Interesting read.. Thanks for sharing Cindy..

  • I’m especially interested in the news on Klout, I’ve not felt it’s had much value up to this point, the way it calculates scores seems a little flawed – perhaps the new ownership and direction will allow it to become much more useful.

  • I think it’s great that Klout is trying to expand and find new ways to reach users, but most of use were using it as a tool to measure impact and maybe some networking. I’m not sure this move will be successful and if people will decide to publish on another Social Network… time will tell.

  • It is indeed… I wonder how they are planning to roll it out, since I have it available on my profile, but NOT on Power Editor.

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Great insights Cindy. It was again a useful blog. there are few new applications will try and give you my feedback.

  • Nice to see the updates and the helpful apps.

  • Let’s see how this will impact us

  • You’re welcome!

  • It’ll be interesting to follow for sure.

  • Let’s see if people use it differently in the future.

  • Cool! I hope you like the apps.

  • And Klout just became even more useless…

  • I do wonder how the new Gender selections will affect ads…

  • The updates to Klout are definitely intriguing. I will be checking that out more for Medialoot. As far as the updates to Path, I saw that push through earlier this week and was ecstatic. Now if I could only get more of my core group to use Path!

  • treb072410

    I really had a great read with your post Cindy… Thanks for sharing!..