Top 10 Social Media Blog Finalists 2013: This Week in Social Media

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Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2012

We received over 750 nominations for our fourth-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs).

The list of 24 finalists is pretty impressive! Take a look for yourself below.

The judges: Our judges include Gini Dietrich (co-author, Marketing in the Round, founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich), Marcus Sheridan (co-owner of River Pools, founder of The Sales Lion) and Michael Stelzner (author, Launch, CEO of Social Media Examiner and host of the Social Media Marketing podcast). 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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Google+ Pages Can Engage Anyone: This Week in Social Media

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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+ Pages Can Now Interact With Users Who Haven’t Circled Them: A Google+ Page “can now +1, share, comment and plus mention personal profiles that have not circled them.”

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Google+ Page admins will be happy with this latest update, which provides more networking options.

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Facebook Poke for Mobile: This Week in Social Media

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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 Poke For Mobile: Facebook Poke is “an iPhone app that makes it fun and easy to say hello to friends wherever you are.”

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The poke feature, part of Facebook since 2004, is now available on mobile.

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Facebook Nearby: This Week in Social Media

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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 Announces Nearby:  Facebook’s new Nearby for iOS and Android apps makes it easy to discover new places your friends like. This provides more reasons for local businesses to build a Facebook Page and offers users an alternative to Foursquare.

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"From the app menu, open the tab to find local spots your friends have recommended, checked into or liked."

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Facebook Enhances Controls: This Week in Social Media

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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 Gives You Better Controls to Manage Your Content: Facebook’s latest updates include “Privacy Shortcuts, an easier-to-use Activity Log and a new Request and Removal tool for managing multiple photos you’re tagged in.”

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To access key settings for the new Privacy Shortcuts, you just go to the Facebook toolbar.

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LinkedIn Releases Ads API: This Week in Social Media

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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 Introduces New Ads API:  This new program will “empower developers to build custom tools and solutions specifically to help social marketers meet their goals.” LinkedIn’s Ads API program is only available to a select group of partners.

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LinkedIn users can expect more useful advertising tools in the future.

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Instagram Badges: This Week in Social Media

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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?

Instagram Launches Embeddable Badges: These new Instagram badges can “help you link to and promote your Instagram web profile.” Businesses now have a way to promote their Instagram profiles online.

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"Instagram badges are available in a range of sizes and can be added to your website, blog or anywhere that you want to link to your Instagram web profile."

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Pinterest Business Accounts: This Week in Social Media

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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?

Pinterest Rolls Out Business Accounts: Pinterest now offers a set of free tools and resources for businesses. There are new terms of service for businesses. To set up your Pinterest business account, go here.

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You can now use Pinterest for business.

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Instagram Web Profiles: This Week in Social Media

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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?

Instagram Announces Web Profiles: The popular mobile app Instagram now has web-based profiles. “Your web profile features a selection of your recently shared photographs just above your profile photo and bio, giving others a snapshot of the photos you share on Instagram. In addition, you can follow users, comment and like photos and edit your profile easily and directly from the web.”

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Instagram users have a new way to share their photos and interact with their community on Instagram.

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