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

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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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Vine Web Profiles: 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?

Vine Introduces Full Profile on the Web: “Log in at vine.co to view your home feed and like, comment and share videos just as you do” on Vine’s mobile apps.

vine on the web

“Now you can share your profile with others so they can see your posts.”

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Vine Vanity URLs: 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 Launches Vanity URLs for Vine Users: “A profile URL is a unique Vine profile address accessible from the web. Once you select an available URL, you will be able to access your profile by visiting vine.co/[yourURL].”

vine custom urls

“Selecting a custom URL allows you to share your profile easily and makes it easier for others to find and watch the videos you’ve created.”

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YouTube Live Streaming: 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?

YouTube Rolls Out Live Streaming for All: “Now, all YouTube channels that verify their account and are in good standing will be able to live-stream video to the world.”

youtube live events

“To give you even more ways to connect with fans, you can now launch a Google+ hangout on air directly from the YouTube Live Events manager.”

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Instagram Direct: 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?

Instagram Introduces Instagram Direct: Instagram Direct gives you “a new way to send photo and video messages to friends.”

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Facebook News Feed Updates: 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 News Feed Update Delivers Higher-Quality Content: Facebook will “be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high-quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook when people click on those stories on mobile. This means that high-quality articles you or others read may show up a bit more prominently in your news feed, and meme photos may show up a bit less prominently.”

facebook news feed update

“Soon, after you click on a link to an article, you may see up to three related articles directly below the news feed post to help you discover more content you may find interesting.”

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Facebook Updates Follow Button: 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 Redesigns Follow Button and Like Box: “Similar to the Like and Share buttons, the Follow button and the Like Box plugin will also be updated with” Facebook’s new design.

facebook follow and like box buttons

The newly designed Follow button and Like Box.

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LinkedIn Introduces Showcase Pages: 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 Showcase Pages: LinkedIn’s new Showcase Pages “are dedicated pages that allow companies to highlight different aspects of their business and build relationships with the right community.”

linkedin showcase pages

"LinkedIn members will be able to follow the specific brands and products they care most about that have Showcase Pages."

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Twitter Custom Timelines: 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 Introduces Custom Timelines: The custom timelines “give you more control over how tweets are organized and delivered on the Twitter platform.”


Watch this video to see how it works.

Click here to see an example.

twitter custom timeline examples

"Share the best tweets about a topic you care about, or an event—planned or unplanned—that's happening right now."

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