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?

Facebook Helps Businesses: Facebook announced a business resource center that makes it easier for marketers and advertisers to find the information they need to use Facebook.  This information used to be scattered across different locations and is now centralized through this page.

facebook for business

Use this Facebook for Business page to find everything you need to know about how Facebook can help your business.

LinkedIn Gives Businesses an Easy Tool for Job Applications: Businesses now have a LinkedIn app for job applications.  And job seekers can now apply for jobs with a few clicks on LinkedIn.  Watch the video below to see how you can also make changes to the LinkedIn Profile as you submit a job application.

The Google +1 Button Experience Gets Faster: These little social sharing buttons now load faster on your web page. You don’t need to do anything to experience this improvement. In addition to these improvements, you can add a new asynchronous snippet which allows your web page to continue loading while your browser downloads the +1 JavaScript.

Google +1 button speed

Add this asynchronous snippet to increase loading speed even more.

Here are a couple of social media tools worth noting:

Webtrends Social: A new entry-level social suite from Webtrends: free for one Facebook page and one app.

webtrends social

With Webtrends Social, you can build, promote and manage your Facebook presence without having to write a single line of code or integrate disparate tools.

GPhangouts: To find public Hangouts on Google+.  Note: this site is not connected to Google.


There's also a Google Calender integration for your public Hangouts on Google+.

Sign up for these new social media magazines launching next month:

Social Media Magazines: These are four magazines on Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn for businesspeople, and they’ll be published in eight formats. The seven digital formats (iPhone, iPad, Android, Tablet, Blackberry, Kindle and Multi-Media) are all free. The print versions will be available on a paid subscription basis in September.

social media mags

Subscribe now and check out the Social Media Mags website after they start publishing daily in August.

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

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  • Cindy I came across the Google Plus new button that loads faster…I just haven’t had the time to include them. I like the way they looking out for us website owners.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • Thanks Cindy. Have a great weekend.

  • lauraleewalker

    Hi Cindy, it has been a huge pleasure reading your work. Count me in as a rather enthusiastic fan!

    I just received the launch issue of The Social Media Monthly magazine in my mailbox – that’s right, we’re talking about snail mail! I have recently reviewed the magazine on my blog – – and I hope your readers enjoy the virtual tour.

  • Cindy,

    Thanks for the update.  I’ve been nose-to-the projects for awhile and felt a bit out of touch.

    Great to see this LInkedIn button evolution!!  Anyone use it yet to report findings?

    Webtrends – I’ve signed up, looked around a little, but don’t have a lot to share yet.  Would also love to hear from others on their findings.

    I did finally make it onto Google+.  Can’t wait to try some of the groovy stuff there.  Who’s hanging out?? 🙂


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  • Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for the share. I loved the Facebook for business and the Google + .

  • Hello Cindy! Thanks for keeping SME readers updated.

    Have anyone used Webtrends Social? Is it worth signing up? Any feedbacks would be appreciated!

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  • Yes, website owners need to regularly spend time to keep up!

  • You too Juan. Hope you had a great weekend!

  •  Thank you Laura-Lee! That’s always nice to here 🙂

  • Hi Keri! There seem to be quite a few people who like and use Google+ regularly. I’m spending a little bit more time there too.

  • The Facebook for Business link does make it easy for businesses to find answers.   

  • You’re welcome Henry Louis!  This Webtrends tool is fairly new, so we might have to wait to get feedback. 

  • Thanks for this list. Going to give Webtrends a look.

  • I am still learning my way around Google+, thank you for the info!

  • I was late applying for a Google+ account and now they tell me they’re oversubscribed for the time being so I guess I’ll have to wait to see what the fuss is about.

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  • Great post, always enjoy reading your commentary.