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?

Multiple Google+ Page Managers Now Possible: There are a few new features on Google+ Pages including multiple admins, or page managers.  You can now have up to 50 page managers for your business page.  There are also notifications for page managers to stay in the loop.

Learn More About Facebook Ads: After recently announcing Sponsored Stories will show up in the news feed in early 2012, Facebook published a page for learning more about Facebook Ads.

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It's easy to find out how Facebook Ads work.

Here are a few social media tools worth noting:

Shareaholic’s Top Posts App: This app shows bloggers their most popular content, keywords, traffic sources and demographics for 2011 by leveraging Google Analytics. Check out the Top Posts in 2011 on Social Media Examiner:

shareaholic app

There's an embeddable app available for wider blogs.

ZoomSphere: This nifty tool ranks the top brand pages on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.


Discover the brand pages leading on Google+.

incentiBox: This is a free community rewards program solution to allow e-commerce stores to create their own social media–based customer rewards program.

Frrole: This allows you to follow locally relevant social news on Twitter.


Frrole currently gives you the news from 20 cities and is expanding to 50+ in the next couple of months.

Here’s an interesting infographic:

Friends and Frenemies: Why We Add and Remove Facebook Friends:

facebook friends infographic

Learn more about your Facebook friends.

And don’t miss this:

sbss12Social Media Examiner presents Small Business Success Summit 2011 (online conference).  On sale for 50% off for a limited time.

Join 28 experts, including including John Jantsch (author, Duct Tape Marketing), Anita Campbell (founder, Small Business Trends), Michael Stelzner (founder, Social Media Examiner and author, Launch), Mari Smith (co-author, Facebook Marketing), Jesse Stay (author, Google+ for Dummies), Hollis Thomases (author, Twitter Marketing), David Siteman Garland (founder, “The Rise to the Top” and author, Faster, Smarter, Cheaper), Joe Pulizzi (founder, Content Marketing Institute and co-author, Get Content, Get Customers), Brian Clark (founder, Copyblogger Media), Lee Odden (founder, TopRank Online Marketing), Ramon Ray (founder, Small Biz Technology and author, Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses) and Lewis Howes (co-author, LinkedWorking)—just to mention a few (scroll down to see full list)! Go here to learn more.

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

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  • Cindy – Nice compilation of news to close out 2011.  I like your Top 20 list too. 

    Just yesterday I received a call from a small business association in response to the QR code article (#3 on the list) – which will be used in part in their publication, and also opened a door for potential speaking opportunities! So, my sincere thanks for all you and the SME team do – and looking forward to being a part of the growing Social Media Examiner community. 

    All the best for 2012! 

  • Cindy, you’re the BEST.  Great way to wrap-up 2011….and “hello” 2012.  Thanks

  • Thank you so much Ali 🙂   And hope you have a fantastic 2012!

  • Thank you for sharing your QR code story, Jeff! We’re lucky to have people like you writing for us!

  • Smashing share Cindy, thank you 🙂
    Happy New Year’s Eve to you! 

  • Ravi Shukle

    Happy New year! Great post @CindyKing:disqus . Very interesting read just wanted to ask what you think about Google+’s problem with the ability to duplicate pages without any real security procedures in place. I feel if a separate password could  be made for both Facebook and Google+ so fan page admins can be notified who has posted would be a great benefit when multiple admins are on one page. 

  • This is a great read, Cindy ! Really enjoy all your blog posts!

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  • Thank you for the very good article. I just bookmark this site.

  • Amarpreet Kalkat

    We are glad to have Frrole as part of this list, Cindy. Thanks for having us on here.

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  • Thanks for the information on Google+. They needed some more features and it looks like Google+ will grow considerably in 2012.

  • I have just joined in the zoomsphere ( – it’s truly a good tool.

  • Interesting. I haven’t tried out Infographics but it definitely looks worth checking out!
    Yes, Google + should grow this year, especially if they are hoping to catch up with Facebook.
    I still think they need a lot of work. I kind of think their current platform can be a little dull.

  • Thanks for the article. Very interesting.

  • good facebook ads