Welcome 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 to Remove Share Counts: In a recent update, Twitter announced that “Twitter share counts will no longer appear alongside Tweet buttons AND third-party direct access to tweet share stats will be curtailed.”
Blab.im Rolls Out Co-host and Notification Features: The ability to add co-hosts on Blab has been “the most requested feature and an amazing one at that.” Blab also added notification controls, which will “let your followers know you’re on air.”
Did you find any particularly useful for your business?
We asked our writers to share their favorite social media blog posts.
Here are 31 blog posts worth exploration.
#1: The 16 Most Important Social Media Updates of 2012
This post includes some major updates to the top social media networks this year. Although I feel I’m usually on top of the latest social news, there were a few things I had missed that were covered in this post for Facebook and LinkedIn.
Although it doesn’t mention the changes to LinkedIn professional profiles, it covers the main things businesses need to know about changes to their social media.
Social relationship management is about managing these relationships. And you need the right tools to help.
In this article, I’ll show you 3 new social media tools to help manage your online relationships and grow your presence on social media platforms.
#1: Engagio—Manage All of Your Online Conversations in One Place
Engagio is an inbox for conversations on the web. It tracks your conversations, your friends’ conversations and you can even track any conversations you’re interested in through the search feature!
Do you want new tools to simplify your job?
We asked a group of social media pros for the hottest social media tools they use today.
Check them out to see if these social media tools are a good fit for you!
#1: Unlock to Share Plugin
My favorite social marketing tool of all time is the unlock to share plugin. What is it? It’s a simple plugin that “unlocks” additional content when your web visitors share your stuff on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
Social media can provide a free treasure trove of data about your customers.
With the right social media tools, you can learn what questions your customers have and which types of content they’re sharing.
This information will help you answer their questions, solve their problems and define your social media and content strategies.
In this post, you’ll learn how to quickly conduct research on social media and put it into action.
Find Out What Questions Your Customers Are Asking
Hearing the questions your prospective customers are asking and problems they’re facing can help you find new customers, support existing ones and outline a content strategy that will appeal to both.
The best products solve problems. If you can solve someone’s problem, they’ll be much more likely to check out your products, because they already trust you as an expert.
Many businesses feel overwhelmed when implementing their social media marketing.
Sometimes the solution is to focus on the right social media tools for your business.
We asked social media experts for their most valuable tool for small businesses using social media. Here are 13 tools to help you execute your social media strategy effectively.
Crowdbooster is my tool of choice to manage social media activities on Facebook and Twitter.
This tool does many things to help me save time and streamline activities.
We sought expert opinions from a wide range of pros you’re likely familiar with.
We are grateful for the dozens of social media professionals who have written over 600 articles for us since we started Social Media Examiner in October 2009.
To give you a glimpse of what we can expect in the next 12 months, we decided to tap their knowledge and expertise. Here are their predictions of where social media is headed in the next 12 months.
#1: Businesses consolidate social media activities
As the social media landscape becomes more crowded in 2012, businesses will pick their battles and dig in. What used to be simply Facebook and Twitter is now Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (and who knows what’s next). On top of this, you have many specialty networks like Foursquare, Yelp and Instagram.
Welcome 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?
HootSuite Enhances Facebook Management: The popular scheduling tool HootSuite now supports Facebook Groups and Events, exclusive search streams, plus photo uploading directly to Facebook. Hootsuite has also enhanced refreshed the process for posting to Pages and Profiles.
As Twitter continues to grow, tools to enhance your Twitter experience and measure your influence are popping up all over the web. In this article, I’ll highlight five free tools that offer easy ways to keep track of your influence on Twitter and beyond.
Perhaps one of the more well-known resources for measuring your Twitter influence is Klout, which is available as an extension for Chrome and Firefox, as well as the stand-alone site. Late last year, Twitter client Seesmic also integrated Klout scores into its desktop and web versions.