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+ Launches New Plugins for Your Website: Google+ launches “a bunch of new plugins that help visitors to connect with you on Google+, directly from your website.”  There’s an updated Google+ Follow plugin and updated badges for your Google+ Profiles and Pages.  You can now also create a badge for your Google+ Communities.

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Check out the updated Google+ Page badges.

LinkedIn Adds the Top Requested Features to Their Mobile App: LinkedIn has “added the top requested features — the ability to search for jobs, companies, groups and people on-the-go. In addition they have added a few tips to help you be more productive from wherever you may be working.”

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With LinkedIn mobile, you can now find and discover people, jobs and groups.

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:

Facebook Announces a New Review Policy for Pages and Groups: Facebook will “implement a new review process for determining which Pages and Groups should feature ads alongside their content. This process will expand the scope of Pages and Groups that should be ad-restricted.”

For example, Facebook “will now seek to restrict ads from appearing next to Pages and Groups that contain any violent, graphic or sexual content [content that does not violate (current) community standards]. Prior to this change, a Page selling adult products was eligible to have ads appear on its right-hand side; now there will not be ads displayed next to this type of content.”

Twitter Decides Auto-Follow-Back Is Now Taboo: SocialOomph reports that “Twitter changed their terms of service and outlawed automated following back of people who followed you first.”

Bing Integrates Search Prevalence Into the Klout Score: Klout announces “the official integration of Bing search results into the Klout Score.” This means that “the number of times you are searched for on Bing will now contribute directly to your Klout Score.”

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Bing has just been added to Klout.

Groupon Rolls Out Groupon Reserve: Groupon Reserve “allows you to easily book tables (from the comfort of your own couch) at some of the best restaurants in your city at discounts of up to 40 percent.”

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Groupon Reserve allows you to book from the comfort of your couch.

SlideShare Adds Dropbox Functionality: “You can now easily upload your presentations, documents and videos saved in Dropbox to SlideShare!”

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Use Dropbox to upload your presentations, documents or videos to SlideShare.

The HootSuite Syndicator Combines the Power of RSS With Social Media: With the shutdown of Google Reader this week, HootSuite has enhanced its “RSS capabilities to not only provide a powerful solution for bringing content into the dash from around the web, but also for managing and curating content through social syndication.”

Here’s more interesting news to follow:

Twitter Starts Experimenting With New Ways to Tailor Ads: Starting soon, Twitter will be experimenting with a way to make ads on Twitter more appealing to users in the United States “by displaying promoted content from brands and businesses they’ve shown interest in. Users won’t see more ads on Twitter, but they may see better ones.”

Digg Reader Is Now Open to the Public: “After a week of testing and scaling, adding batches of users and improving our infrastructure, Digg are happy to fully open Digg Reader to the public!”

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  • Thank you Cindy, what a great “week in review.” So Bing and Klout, eh?

  • Jane

    Hate Google+ in particular and Google in general on principle. Now they REQUIRE you to sign up for all their products to get one. And when you want to close Google + you have to close ALL of your Google accounts. I like Picasa. I like gmail. IMHO Google+ is redundant.

  • Thanks for sharing, Jane. I haven’t heard anyone mention Picassa for a while. I’ve got to check it out again.

  • You’re welcome, Ali! Yes, Bing has surfaced in social media news a couple of times recently, hasn’t it?

  • Cindy, I love Picasa! & now when I open the G+ app on my phone or my iPad it backups my pictures to Picasa & web albums app for iPhone & iPad. I can create an album in web albums & it saves to G+ & Picasa. Love G+ & Picasa!!!

  • Sherry Prince

    It has been a somewhat busy week for social media. I find myself experimenting more and more with Google+ so these enhancements came at a great time for me. I will be checking them out. But Hootesuite has caught my attention this week. It looks like a great advancement for all of us “Hooters”!

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    So I am, Excited to see Digg’s new reader, waiting for it since long time.
    Also twitter added the auto-fill/suggest the hashtags feature. And also excited to use Hootsuite RSS feature.

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Picasa is really good to use, its nice to have integrated with G+.

  • Cindy, thanks to update us about New Google+ Website Plugins. Waiting for your next post.

  • Hi Cindy great blog post really great to hear google has rolled a new plugin for use on our website. Did moving around the ropes with gplus at the moment, but getting there. Cheers Kim PS What is the bigger search engine in the States? Bing or google?

  • Thanks a lot for this great walkthrough Social Media tool land! It is growing so fast, your post is highly appreciated.

  • It seems that the search giant is keen on spreading some joy around. The new Google+ Plugin can now easily help visitors to connect with the users directly from their websites. It is an amazing feature. Thank you for sharing the blog with us.

  • Lindsay

    I’m in the process of learning all of the ins and outs of social media
    rules and regulations so that I can best represent the company I work for with my full potential.

    1. Is it against any rules to sign off a comment on a bloggers post,

    LinkedIn, and other social media platforms by saying my name and then the company I work for? For example, “Lindsay from Company Z?