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?

LinkedIn Introduces One-Click Endorsements: On LinkedIn, “you can now endorse your connections for a skill they’ve listed on their profile or recommend one they haven’t added yet.” Endorsements launches in English across the United States, India, New Zealand and Australia and will roll out to all languages and all members over the next few weeks.

Get Email Notifications From Twitter Suggesting People You May Know: You can now have Twitter send you weekly emails with suggestions of people you may know. Choose whether to receive new messages from Twitter in your email notification settings.

people you may know

"Suggestions are based on signals like who your friends follow and the contact information imported by people you know."

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:

Dropbox Comes to Facebook Groups:  You can now share stuff from Dropbox right inside Facebook Groups.

dropbox in facebook groups

"Once you choose to link Facebook to your Dropbox account, you'll be able to search through your Dropbox and select what you'd like to share."

Foursquare Gets New Notification Settings: With Foursquare’s new notification settings, you can “keep up with close friends no matter how far they roam.”

foursquare notifications

"To make sure you always get check-in notifications from close friends, just go to their profiles on and select 'Always On' from the dropdown menu."

Gmail Gets Interactive Email Notifications for Google+: The new interactive Google+ Events invitations in Gmail allow you to RSVP, invite and comment from your inbox.

Google+ Events get interactive notification features in Gmail.

YouTube Makes it Easy to Translate Video Captions Into 300 Languages: “By providing translated captions, you’ll not only make your video globally accessible, but also improve discoverability in other languages.”

youtube translation captions

"Now you can increase your audience by reaching more people around the world."

Some upcoming news to follow:

MySpace Gets a New Facelift: MySpace is currently building the new MySpace entirely from scratch. Here’s a preview of what’s to come.

Google May Be Shutting Down Feedburner‘s API: Many blogs rely on Feedburner to manage RSS feeds. “The future of the service remains unsure and a service shutdown is not out of the equation.”

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  • PhilMershon

    Cindy, have you noticed if there is a limit on how many endorsements you can do?

  • Hi Cindy!
    Great wrap up for the week!  Is SME planning on doing an in-depth analysis of the new My Space?  I am really curious as to where that is going to go.

  • Hi Phil, I’ve played with the new LinkedIn endorsements a little this week.  No, I haven’t noticed any limitations and have not heard of any yet.  But it seems you can only endorse the people you are connected with… which is a bit obvious.

  • Hi John!  We’ll have to wait for the new MySpace to actually come out. At Social Media Examiner we focus on showing businesses how to use social media for their business… so if the new MySpace is a good fit for this, sure.

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  • Mark Lynch

    Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for the LinkedIn information.  I feel this new endorsement feature is an easier and more ‘gentle’ way to be endorsed or recommended versus sending endorsement requests and hoping the other party will write a key word rich recommendation.   I still feel those are valuable but I predict this new endorsement feature will play a role in SEO. Do you feel the same?

  • The number of endorsements you can do is not limited. You are, however, limited just to people you are connected with as Cindy already pointed out.

    Anyway, great wrap up of the week, Cindy. Great as usual…

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  • I keep getting endorsements on LinkedIn from two people and when I click on the link to view them there’s nothing there.  I looked all over for a way I can endorse some of the people I’m connected with and can’t find it.  I used both Internet Explorer and Firefox.  Hmmm…

  • If someone had told me a year or so ago that Myspace was going to be relevant again, I wouldn’t have believed them. But the new look is so sleek and engaging! You can’t help but sign up for an invite after that video.

  • LinkedIn Endorsements are a great new feature.  Nothing like making it super easy to recommend other professionals.  Is Google working on an alternative to feedburner API?  This will affect lots of blogs (my own included).

  • Hi Maria, apparently the news about feedburner has been around for a while… at this time I’m not sure what will happen next.

  • Hi Mandy, isn’t it interesting how things change? It’ll be fun to follow the MySpace story.

  • Hi Cindy, I wonder if they are located in countries where it hasn’t rolled out yet…?

  • Hi Mark, right now I just think this is a great networking tool. It makes it super easy to get on the radar of someone you want to have a deeper conversation with.

  • Thank you, Peter!  

  • Partnering with professional social networking site like LinkedIn may be the best step to do if doing marketing on your own is viable that is exactly why it generates an excellent result on your profile. 

  • Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for the great heads up and what to be expected review – As LinkedIn
    offers a tremendous amount of social media value when it comes to business, and
    the new endorsement functionality will be a great improvement and should be welcomed
    by employers and employees alike. 

  • Great move. Getting anything done in one-click is the magic combo online.

  • I did get a temporary block on my one click endorsements. I don’t know if it was just a bug or if I did too much all at once. Just a heads up. I didn’t have it for about a week but have it back now. 

    Also, forgot about the Stumbleupon redesign. 

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  • LinkedIn has been making a lot of changes recently and is in the process to revamp itself. The introduction of the header image and new company page and profile layouts are a big improvement.

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