Social Media Examiner Turns 5 Years Old: 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?

Social Media Examiner Turns Five Years Old: Five years ago today, we started Social Media Examiner. Wow, how things have grown!

If you’ve been reading for a while, thank you!


Watch this video to see what our peers have to say.

We published our very first article, Top 10 Easy Steps to Starting a Business Blog, by Denise Wakeman, on October 12, 2009.

Here’s what Social Media Examiner looks like today:

  • 287 of the industry’s top social media professionals have written for you here.
  • 1,583 helpful articles have been published.
  • 24.7 million people like you have read our site.
  • 293,000 of your peers subscribe to our daily newsletter.
  • Our podcast has been downloaded 3 million times.

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More Facebook Page Layout Options: 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?

Marketers Get More Facebook Page Layout Options: Facebook Page admins now have “more control over the look and functionality” of their Pages.

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“Now, admins can adjust the placement of sections in the top navigation menu and left-column menu.”

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How to Develop a LinkedIn Content Strategy

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Do you have a LinkedIn content strategy?

Do you want to maximize exposure of your content on LinkedIn?

Reach LinkedIn users with professional, valuable content that stands out, and they’re likely a step closer to pursuing a business relationship with you.

In this article, I’ll share four ways content on LinkedIn can help you meet strategic goals.

#1: Publish on the LinkedIn Publishing Platform

LinkedIn recently made waves by announcing that all members will have access to the same content creation and sharing tools that had previously been reserved for hand-picked LinkedIn influencers. (The feature is currently rolling out in waves. If you don’t have it yet, you will soon!)

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Publishing Platform lets you blog right on LinkedIn.

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Twitter Photo Tagging: 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 Rolls Out Photo Tagging on Mobile: “You can tag up to 10 people in a photo and still have all 140 characters at your disposal, making it easier to connect with your friends.”

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“Tagging people in a picture makes conversations around photos fun and easy.”

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Essential LinkedIn Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide

social media how toDo you want to learn how to present yourself and your business on LinkedIn?

Are you looking for a resource to guide your LinkedIn marketing efforts?

Whether you’re using LinkedIn as an individual or as a brand, here you’ll find expert articles to help you develop a LinkedIn marketing plan and find prospects and leads.

Each of these articles will help you understand and master a specific part of the LinkedIn networking platform.

Create a Presence for Yourself

How to Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile With Professional Portfolio: Find out how to add images and embed video and SlideShare presentations to your LinkedIn profile so you can highlight achievements and awards, provide social proof and make links to articles more visually interesting.

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Add Professional Portfolio to stand out from the crowd.

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LinkedIn Member Blocking: 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?

LinkedIn Announces Member Blocking: This new LinkedIn member blocking feature will be rolled out to all LinkedIn members.

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Use the drop-down menu to block or report a LinkedIn member.

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LinkedIn Opens Blogging Platform to All: 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?

LinkedIn Influencers Publishing Platform Opens to All LinkedIn Members: LinkedIn is slowly opening up its publishing feature to all members. “Now members have the ability to follow other members who are not in their network and build their own group of followers.”

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LinkedIn is also “adding new influencers who are excited to share their insights and experiences directly with LinkedIn members.”

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Facebook Paper App: 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 Introduces Paper App: “A new app that helps you explore and share stories from friends and the world around you.”

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“Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and full-screen, distraction-free layouts.” Facebook has “also made it easier to craft and share beautiful stories of your own.”

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Top 10 Social Media Blog Finalists 2014: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2014

We received over 600 nominations for our fifth-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs).

The list of 22 finalists is pretty impressive! See for yourself below.

The judges: Our judges include Lee Odden (author of Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing and CEO of TopRank Online Marketing), Denise Wakeman (founder of the Blog Squad™) and Neal Schaffer (author of three books, including Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing). They are currently finishing up their reviews of these sites.

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Here are the finalists (in alphabetical order):

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