Plenty of Updates: 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?

Twitter Enhances Search Capabilities: It’s now easier (and faster) for marketers to find exactly whom to follow. When you search for a topic, you’ll get suggestions of people who tweet about that topic.

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Twitter now gives you people results for your search queries.

RockMelt Gets Faster and Adds More Features: Are you interested in testing the latest version of this browser? RockMelt Beta 2 has a new chat feature, a view later option, a new Twitter app and a faster browsing experience. Here’s what we had to say about the previous version. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think of this version.

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Chat features are particularly popular on social browsers such as RockMelt.

LinkedIn Updates Their Developers Platform:  This demonstrates LinkedIn’s commitment to expanding their platform and it means marketers can expect more useful tools for LinkedIn marketing in the future.

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LinkedIn has a new set of tools available to developers.

HootSuite Acquires TwitterBar and Brings You the HootBar: “This handy tool for Firefox allows you to update Twitter profiles directly from the browser address bar. Combined with HootSuite, this tool gives you even more publishing options.” The HootBar is a Firefox add-on. You can check it out here.

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The HootBar adds more tools to this popular social media platform.

KissMetrics Shares Latest Quora Stats: If you followed the buzz about Quora, you may be interested in the latest statistics for this Q&A platform below.

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Here’s another social media tool worth a look.

Freelish.us: a micro-blogging service based on the Free Software StatusNet tool.

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Freelish.us lets users store URLs – bookmarks – with tags to make them easy to organize and share.

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

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

    All good stuff – Thanks for the updates, Cindy!

    I’ve been loving Rockmelt! I’ve found it very easy to keep up with favorite blogs and news I want right when it is published.

    Glad to see LinkedIn make their move. Quora stats – not a suprise.

    As a “hoot-er” I need to grab that Hootbar – a great update for my new MacBook Pro.

    Anyone tried freelish.us to give feedback? The purple is groovy! The list of bugs on their info page…not so much.

    A great week to everyone!! :)

  • http://felixrelationshipmarketing.com/ Juan Felix

    Thanks Cindy, especially interested in the KissMetrics Quora Stats. Have you used it and what’s your experience?

  • http://twitter.com/UtahPainters Chris Haught

    Love Rockmelt as well! If only I could use the share tab for FB pages, it would be perfect!

  • http://twitter.com/pererikolsen Per-Erik Olsen

    Thanks Cindy! As always, really useful words from you. Looking at this post I really HAVE to get working with my LinkedIn account. Lucky for me there are so many great posts here about that.
    Liked the new Hootbar too!

  • http://twitter.com/acuatia Acuatia Media

    Thanks Cindy!! We checked out most of the updates this week, RockMelt has a few people buzzing here :) Look forwards to seeing what happens next week!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Hi Keri, thanks for the feedback as usual! It’s great to see the social platforms improving.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Hi Juan, I know many people who use Quora and love it. I think it depends on whether your community is there or not.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Chris, let’s hope that comes with a future update sometime soon :)

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Per-Erik, you know I think many of us will need to increase or re-think our LinkedIn interaction to take full advantage of their new social features.

    I recently started using the Tweet app on LinkedIn and adjusting my tweet strategy in consequence. Because it’s cool how this LinkedIn Tweet app brings in your tweets as LinkedIn status updates and gives you more visibility on LinkedIn. I’ve had people ask me what feed I was using for my LinkedIn updates because they look cool. And it’s simply this Tweet app bringing in tweets.

    So I’m sure there will be more LinkedIn features we’ll need to look at closely.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Cool! I love using different browsers for different types of work. So it’s always great to have a new browser to work with.

  • http://dukeo.com Dukeo

    The Quora stats are pretty interesting. Thank you for sharing that.

  • http://www.christine.biz Christine McCarthy

    Definitely interesting stats about Quora (and a cool infograph). Need to jump on that bandwagon and checkmark it on my list (never seems to be enough time in the day. Lol)

    As for RockMelt, tried that one, but i just didnt jive with it.

  • http://softwarebuzzer.com/ Suresh Kumar

    thanks for quora infographics :) its really helpful

  • http://www.marketingm8.co.uk Peter L Masters MCIM

    Hi Cindy, more great news from you, thank you. I’ve been hearing about Rockmelt for a while and now you’ve posted this I’ve just got to look into it more! Thanks for the motivation. Good to see LinkedIn still upgrading everything, I was delighted when I saw their Products and Services section for listed businesses, it took me a while to complete everything with photos, copy, comments, videos etc but it was so worth it! I can’t believe some people still aren’t on LinkedIn!! That makes no sense to me?? Good to see Quora getting a little action going too, they’ve been very quite lately. Great stuff, thanks again! (I keep recommending SME to people and adding links to my posts because you guys do a great job!!)

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