Welcome 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 Introduces Recommendation Engine and New Call-to-Action Buttons for Local Events and Businesses: Facebook introduced “a variety of new features that help you… discover new things in the world around you, decide what to do or where to go and connect with local businesses in easier and faster ways.” Facebook rolled out a new Recommendations feature that makes it easier to gather, map, and organize local business or service recommendations from your friends, and will revamp the Events bookmark to simplify searching for and getting the latest information on local events. The newest version of the Events dashboard will be available in the U.S. “in the coming weeks.”
In addition, Facebook introduced several “new ways for people to take action faster once they’ve found something they want to do or a place they want to go.” With new call-to-action buttons rolling out on Facebook, users can now order food, request an appointment, get a quote, or purchase tickets to a movie or event without ever leaving a business’s Facebook page. These new experiences are currently only available in the U.S., but more ways to “communicate directly with businesses on your time and terms” are expected to be announced in the “coming months.”
Facebook introduced “some new ways for people to take action faster once they’ve found something they want to do or a place they want to go.”