More Social Networking Options: 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?

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.

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

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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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  • http://ideagirlmedia.com/ Keri at Idea Girl Media

    Cindy,

    Lots of idea-licious stuff this week!I discovered the Facebook Picture tagging feature before the announcement — was was typing, and stuff just kept popping up.  This should be a good thing for brands on the network.With Facebook Promotions – The timing seems out of place.  With all the other recent changes, and upgrades to current features, in my opinion, this confuses and frustrates the average user.  At the same time, when we see this type of thing, usually a cool update is on it’s way.  So, lets see.With Google Places… Excellent, especially considering the current Facebook-Google jousting.  I’m not a fan of Facebook Places, and really haven’t done much with Google Places – more intrigued with Foursquare.  But I can see some very nifty advantages here, considering some other small developer things that I hear are coming.  :)Can’t wait to try the lijit, tumblr, & Tweetshot tools!!  Tweetshot, especially!So many groovy options lately, so little time…..Who else is attending Social Media Success Summit?

    ~Keri

  • Mac

    The @mentions are pretty cool @cindyking:twitter!

  • http://www.bluebanana.co.nz Linda Coles @ Blue Banana 20

    Good one as always @Cindyking :) I just don’t seem to be able to get the tag.

  • http://felixrelationshipmarketing.com/ Juan Felix

    Thx Cindy for this valuable weekly update.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Linda, I think you need to login via Twitter to tag people not in the current comment thread

  • http://www.bluebanana.co.nz Linda Coles @ Blue Banana 20

    Der, silly me :) Thanks Michael.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Keri, you always give valuable feedback! Yes, I agree with you, sometimes the timing of Facebook changes makes you wonder. And location based tools are definitely fun to keep an eye on.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks Linda!

  • http://www.seo-alien.com/ SEO Alien

     Awesome list of updates and new features! Thanks for sharing!

  • Guest

     The website screenshot tool is especially cool.

    Will Lijit’s embedding code work the same as google analytics? 

  • http://bloggerjet.com/ Tim Soulo

     Hey Cindy, thanks for the awesome roundup! I think lots of business pages will benefit with the ability to tag them on the photos! This is super cool!

    I am also VERY excited to read the official Marketing Guide by Facebook themselves. This is like the official SEO Guide by Google – should be highly valuable and full of actionable tips. … /me out reading :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sozo.profile Mark Plunkett

    Hey Cindy,

    Fantastic roundup of some of the cool new things out there. Really pleased to see Facebook getting out there and publishing a set of guides/rules. It has always been a bit nerve racking thinking that any small mistake on your part could result in a page being shut down…

    Tweetshot is going to be a particularly good fun little tool to show off new websites I have built!

    Cheers for the share.

  • http://www.thenerdynurse.com/ The Nerdy Nurse

     I’m realling digging the new updates to disqus.

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  • http://blogctech.com Communitech

     I love the new page tagging feature on Facebook, it’s about time!

  • http://twitter.com/WebSEOSMO Web SEO SMO Services

    Its good information about social media thanks,

     

  • http://www.ilovetumblr.com Love Tumblr

    Ha, true, it did feel like the manual came out when this was released (sorry, I know your comment was 3 months ago), but there are other guides that give just as much if not more insight, I really like the KISSmetrics one.

    The Tumblr shares seem to not be as popular I would have hoped, as I love that platform.







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