Major Facebook Enhancements: 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?

Facebook Adds Subscribe Feature to Personal Profiles: You can now allow people to subscribe to your updates on your Facebook personal profile (think Twitter follow).  This gives your friends control over what they see from you.  People who are not your friends can also subscribe (subscribers only see things you share publicly). When people subscribe, they can filter the types of updates they want to follow.

facebook subscribe button

Subscribers can select updates about Life Events, Status Updates, Photos and Videos or Games.

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Social Search

social media how toIs your business ready for social search? In this article I’ll reveal what you need to know and what you need to do to prepare for social search.

The Emergence of Social Search

Earlier this year I predicted that this would be a breakout year for social search. It seems I was right—however, it’s unfolding differently than I expected, with Google leading the charge.

It turns out that Google is not going to sit back and allow Facebook to eat away at their search advertising revenue. Instead, Google has recently made some bold moves that all online marketers should be responding to.

What’s happened is Google recently changed its search algorithm that determines what type of online content is the most relevant—specifically placing greater emphasis on original social content.

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Social Network Enhancements: 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?

Google Socializes Search Results With +1:  ”Plus one” is digital shorthand for “this is pretty cool” and it’s Google’s version of the Facebook Like button.  “To recommend something, all you have to do is click +1 on a webpage or ad you find useful. These +1’s will then start appearing in Google’s search results.”  To try out this new feature, you need to have a Google profile and visit the Google Labs site to opt in to the +1 program.

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