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?

Social Network Launches for Social Media Industry: Social Media Examiner’s Networking Clubs just went public. “It’s a social water cooler for social media marketers,” says Michael Stelzner, CEO of Social Media Examiner. The free network has rich discussion and networking taking place.  There are three active clubs: The Facebook Club, the Blogging Club and the Small Business Club.

Social Media Examiner's Networking Clubs

Social Media Examiner launches Networking Clubs for social media marketers

Online Search Introduces Their Social Media Jobs Salary Guide: This is a “comprehensive look at the best job markets, the most in-demand job titles and salary ranges for social media professionals in the top 20 U.S. cities.”

social media jobs salaries

Click through to check out the current social media job salaries.

Tumblr Introduces Highlighted Posts: Tumblr users can pay to have their posts featured on the Tumblr Dashboard.

tumblr highlights

"For one dollar, your post will stand out in the Dashboard with a customizable sticker to make sure your followers take notice!"

LinkedIn Announces a More Secure Browsing Experience:  “LinkedIn now supports https for your browsing experience. This is currently an ‘opt in’ feature that will be rolled out gradually in the next coming weeks.”

linkedin secure settings

On this Settings page you will also see a link to the https FAQ with more information about this feature.

Foursquare Improves “Explore” Search Feature: Foursquare’s Explore on the web features are now available on Explore for iPhone and Android.


The new mobile features include changing your location, filtering your recommendations and photos in your search results.

Here are a couple of social media tools worth noting:

Pholiofy: a Facebook Pages application that easily publishes your latest campaign, promotional coupons or branded messaging into your Facebook Page through WordPress.


Check out Pholiofy to publish your Pages on Facebook.

BuildChatter: a tool to build your Facebook app in minutes and without professional help.


Check out BuildChatter to build your own Facebook app.

And here’s another interesting infographic:

Yammer: 2011 by the Numbers:


Check out the stats for Yammer, the free private social network for your company.

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

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  • LinkedIn must have felt some pressure to introduce secure browsing. The fine print notes that activating that feature disables all of the LinkedIn apps – this includes blog feeds, Slideshare presentations, etc. 

    Why would they introduce something that that disables their applications. Interesting. They say they are working on it.

  • Jeff – That is very odd indeed!

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  • I love the Social Media Jobs Salary infographic, guys. It’s a great way to see where the social media hubs are.

    Keep up the great work, SME. There’s always great stuff here.

  • I also found the social media jobs info very interesting. look forward to these posts very much.

  • Thanks for the heads up Jeff. I was going to switch over this weekend but I don’t want to exclude login/use access from SME Club,, My Web Career/Klout, etc.

  • David Miller

    Hey Cindy!

    Thanks for the mention in this weeks blog post! All of us at Pholiofy appreciate it.

    David Miller
    CEO / Pholiofy

  • Thanks for that – will be checking out the LinkedIn security settings now.

  • Do you think that running a contest on Phollofy would fall within Facebook’s promotional guidelines?  That would be a third party app since they’re hosting the pages.  Might be a cheaper alternative, especially if you can customize the WordPress pages on Phollofy.

  • You’re welcome, David!

  • Hi Cindy,

    Great post! I love the Tumblr highlighted post and it is really an effective way to grab attention. 

  • Oh! Cindy, I am really thankful to you as lot of new and interesting concepts have been published in this post. I came to know the social media job salaries details by reading this post. Keep updating.

  • Great info. thanks for sharing!

  • Great stuff! It will be interesting to see if the Tumblr highlighted posts take off!

  • Jack

    Great post! We’ve been using Pholiofy for a few months now and it works like a charm.

  • Would you say that a social media specialist makes less than any other specialized marketing rep?

  • David Miller

    As long as you follow the Facebook guidelines, you’ll be alright.

  • My guess is that a significant percentage of those with a social media specialist title are pretty fresh out of school. I may be wrong.