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?

Google+ Introduces a New Look and New Navigation: There’s a new Google+ interface. These design changes add more white space, make Google+ easier to use and pave the way for future updates.

LinkedIn Introduces Targeted Updates From Company Pages: LinkedIn is progressively rolling out a couple of new features for LinkedIn company pages:  Targeted Updates and Follower Statistics.  You will soon have the ability to send targeted updates from your LinkedIn Company Page as shown in the video below. Note that Company Pages will also have a new tab for Follower Statistics.

YouTube Live Gets Real-Time Analytics and Paid Live Events: On the one-year anniversary of the launch of YouTube Live, users get real-time analytics and the option to create paid live events. “You can now monetize your live events with advertising or paid options. A live event can be claimed in the new video manager like any other video and monetized with instream ads or paid options where you can set price by country.”

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Check out the new options to monetize live events on YouTube.

Pinterest Introduces Board Covers: Users can choose covers for their Pinterest boards.

Pinterest Users Now Also Share Vimeo Videos: The Pin It bookmarklet can now pin Vimeo videos in addition to YouTube.

Here are a couple of social media tools worth noting:

myCurrent: A free desktop application that unobtrusively streams Facebook and Twitter updates in a format similar to a stock ticker on your screen.


myCurrent makes it easier to multitask, connect socially and still be productive all from one location, and brings the information to you.

Rankable: A Twitter tool to rate anything you want out of 10 by entering it as a hashtag and using the Rankable hashtag.


Rankable is about crowdsourcing info, ideas and opinions.

Here’s an interesting infographic:

Instagram infographic: Learn more about Instagram’s brief but explosive history, from its conception to its recent $1B purchase by Facebook.

instagram infographic

Track Instagram's brief but explosive history.

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  • Hello Cindy! Seems like Googl+ is on way to facebook and will continue to upgrade the interface. Don’t you think this week’s another big news story (or just a rumor) may be facebook search coming to the internet world to take a seat against google search? If this happens to be true, facebook will become more social but i don’t think they will be able to replace google search which is already being social with search plus your world. What do you say?

  • I hope the new white space is not going to be all filled with ads 

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  • i noticed the new change in G+ 2 days ago
    i was just changing my new cover theme hours ago
    i think the design is better now

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  • Re: Google +, love the new look! I think the new picture on the pages looks a lot like Facebook, but for the most part the new look is amazing!

  • These updates are more proof that website design isn’t the mainstay of being a proactive marketer on the Internet.  It is about content and position.  Both of the largest entities on the web Google and Facebook have made the move to make this a material truism.   Now anyone can have a beautiful presentment of their USP or personalized content online, on a more level playing field with those who have spend big bucks on website designers, and it is all accessible on the social graph…HOW COOL!?!  

    A new company that is working as a genuine catalyst to make this all possible for the smaller business entities is Bloom Digital Media – USA; where they are offering to update a customized header image, profile images, manage photos, organize the timeline and offer a 5 step ongoing social media marketing tip sheet…at NO charge.  All someone needs to do is message them through their Facebook page:

  • Yep I agree. It seems easier to use and I like that you can change the order of the navigation. I tend to use the pages more than my profile, so it’s useful to move that to the top!

  • Hi Moin!  Things continue to move forward with both of these major platforms… it’s definitely going to be interesting!

  • Hi Nima, I wonder if Google really needs to put ads here…? It seems they’d have more interesting options.

  • Meka, the new design is great!

  • Sam, I think this is what appealed most to me too! 

  • Hilary, I like that you have the option to keep the photo strip or choose the new big photo header.

  • Diggin’ the new look! It is more attractive than the recent one! 

  •  I have also seen G+ new look. Its good. And thanks for telling about “Social Media Success Summit 2012” as i was unaware of it.

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  • I’m a fan of the new look, but I couldn’t decide what banner image to use so I made a whole set. Feel free to use ’em if you like ’em:

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  • Hmmmm I wonder what will be done with the huge blank space on the right? I really dont think it will be filled with ads, maybe a “hangouts happening now” area. They should make finding new G+ peeps easier than it already is. Maybe the area will lets us drag in whatever feature we want! I would love to be to read articles while reading friends posts. We will see!

  • Google+ changing for the better. Looks like they will have to keep up with Facebook before they purchase yahoo.

  • I am completely in love with the Google’s new interface.