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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 Photo Tagging for Pages: “For now, only Pages within the Brands & Products or People categories brands, can be tagged in photos.” But Facebook is looking to “expand this functionality to more Page categories over time.”

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This new photo tagging feature extends networking and advertising options for Facebook Pages.

Google Now Takes Photographs Inside Businesses to Add to Google Places: “Google photographers are currently visiting businesses in select cities in the US, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Any business can apply for a photo shoot, and demand will help us decide where to send our photographers next.”

Lijit Goes After Google With New Analytics Dashboard: This new tool provides “more comprehensive audience analytics to help publishers better understand their readers and monetize their site. Publishers who take advantage of Lijit’s free audience analytics tool receive a detailed dashboard with trending intent information and statistics that are unavailable elsewhere, such as popular search terms, social referral traffic, and audience demographics.”

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Check out Lijit’s free audience analytics tool.

Tumblr Releases “Share on Tumblr” Button for Publishers: These buttons are similar to the Facebook and Twitter buttons you can put on your website. But the Tumblr button also gives you “complete control over how your content appears when shared on Tumblr” and you can put in the footer or set it to hover over paragraphs. These are options not currently available on other social share buttons.

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You can select Tumblr buttons for your content to appear as a Link, Pull Quote, Photo or Video Embed.

Popular Commenting System Disqus Adds Tagging Option: Now you can use the “@” symbol to tag connections as you comment on Disqus.  The people you tag will get an email if they have a Disqus account, or a message on Twitter linking back to your comment.

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This is an easy way to invite people to conversations in comments using Disqus.

Facebook Publishes a Best Practice Guide for Marketing on Facebook: You can download it here.

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This Facebook marketing guide is also useful for your overall social media marketing.

Here’s another social media tool worth a look.

Tweeshot: This tool is easy to use and lets you take full-length and full-width screenshots of any website and share them across your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picasa) and via email.

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Tweeshot also allows you to edit the size, crop the images and leave comments before sharing them.

And don’t miss this:

Social Media Examiner’s Social Media Success Summit 2011: Check out the largest online social media conference! Help your business grow with social media. Although this conference has already started, it’s not too late to join. You’ll have immediate access to the recordings for the previous sessions.

What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.

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