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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Pinterest Promoted Pins: This Week in Social Media

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What’s New This Week?

Pinterest Tests Promoted Pins: Pinterest experiments with ads as its traffic moves from the web to mobile and will be ”promoting certain pins from a select group of businesses.”

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Pinterest says promoted pins will be tasteful, transparent, relevant and improved based on your feedback.

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LinkedIn Groups Get Makeover: This Week in Social Media

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What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn Introduces New Look for Groups: LinkedIn brings “a new streamlined look that will give group managers and group members the ability to customize and visually differentiate their conversation space.”

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This new look is rolling out to English-speaking members.

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LinkedIn Sponsored Updates: This Week in Social Media

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What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn Introduces Sponsored Updates: LinkedIn is expanding its “content ecosystem with the launch of Sponsored Updates.” This allows companies “to build relationships by delivering their content into the homepage feed of members beyond those who are following their company.”

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Sponsored Updates will allow companies to build relationships.

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Facebook Hashtags: This Week in Social Media

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What’s New This Week?

Facebook Launches Clickable Hashtags: Clickable hashtags are rolling out on Facebook. “When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you’ll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.”

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"Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion."

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Twitter Mobile Video: 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?

Twitter Adds Mobile Video Capabilitity: Twitter introduces Vine, “a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos. Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity.”  You can find out more about this standalone app here. Click the video to pause it.

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LinkedIn Embraces Publishing: 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 Gives Thought Leaders a Publishing Platform: Thought leaders can now publish articles on LinkedIn and users can choose to follow content from their favorite authors. This new feature is currently limited to “150 of the most influential thought leaders on LinkedIn,” but will expand over the next few months. “Those interested in becoming an influencer on LinkedIn can submit their request here.”

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LinkedIn provides thought leaders an opportunity to reach a wider audience.

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New Twitter Ad Features: 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?

Twitter Releases New Ad Features: Twitter adds two new enhancements that advertisers frequently request—follower growth reporting and manual Promoted Tweet selection.

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Small businesses using the self-service Twitter ads can now track Twitter audience growth.

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LinkedIn Pages Redesigned: 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 a New Look for Company Pages: “Starting this week, a few companies are getting early access to the redesigned Company Pages, including PhilipsCitiHP and Dell.” LinkedIn aims to roll out the experience to all companies later this year.

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