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?

YouTube Channels Get a New Look: There are a few new features for YouTube channels.  The first is a new set of four different Channel templates to choose from.  Plus the Channel Feed has been improved to make it clear what you’ll get if you subscribe.

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Choose the best layout for your YouTube Channel.

The New YouTube Player Has Thumbnails: YouTube is rolling out a new feature over the next weeks where you’ll see an image preview or a series of thumbnails. These new thumbnails allow you to take a sneak peek, scan through thumbnails and zoom in on long videos.

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YouTube thumbnails make it easy to find what you are looking for in long videos.

Facebook Introduces Interest Lists: These new Interest Lists allow you to create different lists for your Facebook friends and favorite Pages to create filters for your News Feed. Lists can be private, public or only visible to you and your friends. Others can subscribe to your public Lists.

Facebook interest list

You can add both people and Pages into your new Facebook Interest Lists.

Tumblr Updates Policies: Check out recent updates in Tumblr policies: Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy and Community Guidelines (formerly “Content Policy”).

Here are a few social media tools worth noting:

Friendsheet: A photo inbox tool that imports images shared by your friends on Facebook.


Check out Friendsheet to view the images shared on Facebook.

Pin A Quote: A browser bookmarklet that allows users to highlight any text on the web and post it straight to Pinterest as an image.

Itweetlive: An engagement tool for social media that enables companies, organizations and individuals to target their audience and talk with thousands of people each day in a personalized way.

SmartSynch: An iPhone app which brings social media interactivity to your phone.


SmartSynch keeps you up-to-date with the latest Facebook news before you call.

Garretz: A free social community forum with lots of features to help you share your topics and ideas!

PeerPerks: A tool to reward prolific social media users with free products.


Check out how businesses are offering free products for social media promotion.

AvalanShare: “An easy to use social media tool that turns your existent clients into loyal supporters by allowing you to reward them for sharing your product or service across their social networks.”

OptimalKeyword: A self-service audience and interest discovery tool for Facebook ads.

Here are a couple of useful infographics:

Google+ for Business:

google+ for business infographic

Check out how businesses are using Google+.

A Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest:

pinterest infographic
Check out how businesses are using Pinterest.

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

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  • Cindy thanks for these weekly updates, it is my go-to source to keep up on the new niche networks and best tools to try out. It’s one of the best sources I’ve found to easily stay up to date as a social media manager. I think the most interesting tool posted was Pin A Quote. I can see it being overused by marketers to try and get traffic to sites that aren’t as photo centric. Pinterest is such a powerful tool to reach a very valuable market but we don’t want to scare them away.

  • Thanks cindy for the weekly stuff! Yes of course youtube changes are good to feel and why not, if everyone is rolling over big changes (fb doing timeline for page, linkedin introducing follow button etc.) why should YT seat back and watch the videos of change! I am pretty sure that these new changes, especially rolling over four theme/templates will have an immense impact on end users. 

    Also, facebook interest list is something that will make people who were used to get updates via rss feeds feel like rss feeds has come to facebook!
    Have a blasting weekend! 

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  • Awesome, thanks…

  • Cindy,

    Thanks for the updates, and especially the infographics!

    I’m excited to take a look at AvalanShare.  And to explore the OptimalKeyword.

    I took a look at FriendSheet, and I have to say that it was nifty for a few minutes, but I was left craving the more feature-rich Pinterest.   The platform didn’t seem to keep me occupied.  Lets see what happens going forward, eh?

    Interested to hear what others have to say…


  • “The time they (all) are a changin” Thanks for all you do!!

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  • SadieMichaelaHarris

    Hello Cindy!
    Thanks for the heads up, Garretz looks fun and useful. I’m loving the new Interest Lists on Facebook! Heaps of Pinterest Interest at the moment I would not be surprised if Facebook bought Pinterest 🙂

  • Hi Matt, that’s true about Pin A Quote being an option to help bring awareness to sites with less visual communication.  I also think we’re seeing lots of fun quotes once again. 

  • Great comment about RSS feeds on Facebook!  These lists do give us an interesting way to consume information!  If we could put Facebook Groups in the list I would use them even more.

  • Thanks for your feedback on FriendSheet, Keri!  I think I’d only use it if I needed to find an image shared on Facebook… or maybe as another way of reviewing some of my feeds. 

  • You’re welcome, Sadie.  Now that’s a thought! (Facebook buying Pinterest) 

  • LOVE the new “Pin a Quote” option…I’ve wanted to pin items in the past but ended up with the “sorry no image available” message – this opens up a whole new world 🙂  I do hope, as Matt said above, that it doesn’t encourage the spam-a-lots…but overall it just made Pinterest that much more useful (and fun!).

    And I have to say I really do like Friendsheet … I’m not always on Facebook (on the profile, anyway) and sometimes miss things my friends post.  It’s a nice way to catch up, when I get the chance to peek in.

    I’m just reading through the “Marketing on Pinterest” info…there’s lots of good information there.Thank you for the great round-up, Cindy!

  • Emeric

    Thanks for the update Cindy! I love the infographic.
    I’ve been amazed by Pinterest growth, but when I saw my girlfriend using it last week (and she is definitely not a geek ;-), I understood it was here to stay!

  • Thanks the great information!

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  • I think Facebook Interest List will be very useful. Thank you for sharing these.

  • Irshad Ahamed

    Cindy thanks. for the update! very useful 

  • Hi Cindy,
    We are all really excited to be included in your list. 

    We love the site and love the enthusiasm of all of your members. 

    Have a great weekend.

    Sean Keyes

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  • great article to start this week …

  • Ceblin2

    Awesome information, thanks!!

  • Hi Keri,

    Thank you for your comment. 

    I am one of the founders of AvalanShare. Please feel free to contact me on here or by email sean.keyes( at) I would also like to discuss with you.

    Best regards

    Sean Keyes

  • Tommy Smith

    Infographics are always useful for me, I suppose I need to see things – more than just reading text.

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  • These weekly updates are great, it won’t let you miss any important social media news and I always try to read them even though I’m not a regular visitor over here.

  • I have seen those thumbnails yesterday on youtube videos and though I’m the first one to notice it 😉 but I was wrong. 

  • Peter Zmijewski

    what a great news of youtube, awesome features….

  • Outstanding article. Good to see some informative share. Liked the infographics a lot. Thanks

  • I have liked the changes on YouTube. The interface has become a lot more easier than earlier.

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  • I love the recent changes on YouTube, specially the video editor. BTW,
    I watched a video from ReelSEO’s channel and found out that YouTube
    will remove subscriber count inflation which quite problematic.

  • SmartSynch looks pretty interesting. As for Youtube, I love the recent changes, especially in the analytics! We use Youtube for a lot of our clients and having this information is always helpful. Thanks!

  • I think the Facebook “Interest Lists” is more work like “Google Reader” where it display new and updated feed for subscribed pages and profiles.

  • That’s bad, if YouTube is really going to remove subscribers count.. as it put positive impressions among visitors if you have good number of following.

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