Social Media Platforms Get Facelifts: 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 Starts Rolling Out New Design: And there are new ways to embed tweets. Be sure to check out the new enhanced profile pages which are currently only available for 21 advertising partners. These new profile pages will slowly roll out to a wider audience of brands in the coming months. Learn more in the video below.

YouTube Adopts a New Design: YouTube redesigns the Home page “making it easier to find and follow great Channels when you arrive.” And there’s “an improved Channel design focused on what matters most.”

Introducing the New StumbleUpon: StumbleUpon redesigns “the experience, including a revamped site design, new logo, streamlined StumbleBar and even more ways to explore with the addition of Channels and a deeper integration of the Explore Box.”

Klout Improves Topics: Klout adds more topics and now lets you add any missing topics to your profile.

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Klout adds sashes to your scores to show how influential you are.

Groupon Adds a Scheduler for Merchants:  Groupon merchants now have a tool to help them “manage their schedules and accept bookings directly from consumers.”

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"Groupon Scheduler can accommodate schedules for different employees, services, and business locations, allowing consumers to book appointments without having to call or email."

Facebook Begins Rolling Out the New Timeline: After offering the new Timeline feature through the Facebook developer platform, Facbook is now rolling Timeline out to users in New Zealand.  Other countries are to follow “in the near future.”

Here’s an interesting social media infographic:

How Social Media Changed the Ad Game:

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Check out how the social shift is redefining and redistributing the ad industry’s focus.

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

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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