Twitter Changes Direct Message Rules: 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 Allows Direct Messages From All Followers: Up until now, you could only send a direct message on Twitter when the other person followed you back. Now you can change your setting so that anyone can send you a direct message even if you do not follow him or her back.

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Go to Settings on your Twitter account and check this box if you'd like to receive direct messages from everyone.

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LinkedIn Contacts 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?

LinkedIn Introduces LinkedIn Contacts and App: “LinkedIn Contacts, a smarter way to stay in touch with your most important relationships. LinkedIn brings all your contacts from your address books, email accounts and calendars together with the power of your LinkedIn network.”

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The new LinkedIn Contacts is available both on LinkedIn.com, as well as a brand-new app for iPhone and is rolling out to a limited number of members in the United States over the coming weeks.

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Facebook App Chat Heads: 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 Updates iPhone App With Chat Heads and Stickers: “Now you can keep chatting even when you’re doing other stuff on Facebook, like checking your news feed. Tap Chat Heads to reply, drag them around or flick them down to close.” And you can also add stickers to your messages.

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The Facebook iPhone app's new Chat Heads make it easy to follow chat conversations on the go.

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How to Use Twitter for Business and Marketing

social media how toIs Twitter a part of your social media marketing?

Or have you let your Twitter marketing drop off lately?

In any case, with the latest Twitter updates, trends in multi-screen usage and real-time marketing, you’ll likely want to take a fresh look at what Twitter has to offer.

Here’s a checklist of everything your business needs to do to get on (or back on) Twitter and start seeing great results.

About Twitter

Twitter is a short message communication tool that allows you to send out messages (tweets) up to 140 characters long to people who subscribe to you (followers).

Your tweets can include a link to any web content (blog post, website page, PDF document, etc.) or a photograph or video. If a picture is worth a thousand words, adding an image to a tweet greatly expands what you can share to beyond the 140-character limit for tweets.

People follow (subscribe) to your Twitter account, and you follow other people. This allows you to read, reply to and easily share their tweets with your followers (retweet).

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29 Tools to Enhance Your Business Blog

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Are you looking for cool blogging tools to enhance your business blog?

The right mix of blogging plugins and widgets can make it easier to blog and also help you achieve your business goals.

To help you keep up with the latest and greatest, we asked a group of blogging pros to share the favorite new tools they’ve recently discovered.

Here are the latest blogging tools adopted by these social media pros.

#1: Lucky Orange

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Nichole Kelly

Arsham Mirshah of Web Mechanix turned me on to Lucky Orange. It allows you to watch activity on your site in real time and play back people’s sessions.

I’ve been using it to watch fall-off and landing page activity. It has heat maps so you can see where people are engaging with your pages, and it even has live chat. You can proactively chat with someone who is on a page and let them know you are there to help or people can reach out to you directly when you have chat online.

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Instagram Expands to Desktops: 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 Feed for PCs: Instagram has gone beyond its mobile-only interface and now allows you to browse Instagram feeds from the desktop – just like you do on your mobile device. Go to instagram.com and log into your account to give it a try.

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"Your Instagram feed on the web functions much like it does on your mobile phone. You can browse through the latest photos of people whom you follow with updates as people post new photos."

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How to Maximize Your New Twitter Profile

social media how toTwitter is starting to look a bit like Facebook.

Twitter changed their account profiles so you can visually tell the story of your business.

With a little thought and planning, you can now create a Twitter page that performs like a business welcome page for existing and potential customers.

And you can instantly publish your story to desktop and mobile Twitter users.

What’s New With Twitter

Twitter recently announced changes to Twitter account profiles and headers. These changes include:

  • New profile header images. Now, your Twitter account starts with a main image, much like the Facebook timeline format’s cover image, but with some important differences.
  • Updated photo streams. It’s easier than ever to highlight images you have posted with your tweets and share them with your followers.
  • New mobile apps for Android, iPhone and iPad. These Twitter changes are not just on the desktop. They rolled out to most mobile devices at the same time.
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The new Twitter header profile for the Today Show visible on the web and across all mobile devices.

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New Twitter 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?

Twitter Rolls Out New Profiles: You can now “upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or twitter.com, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps.” Apple iPad users also have a new Twitter app.

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"While the header photo keeps your profile simple and consistent on iPhone, iPad and Android, you will also still have an additional photo—a background photo—on twitter.com."

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44 Useful Mobile Apps for Social Media Marketers

social media toolsAre you spending more time each day using your smartphone or iPad? Looking for some cool apps to simplify your work and life?

According to a recent study by Flurry, consumers spent 81 minutes per day using mobile apps, compared to 74 minutes of web surfing. Here’s where it gets even more interesting. Social networking is one of two categories that dominate mobile app usage with 32% and games are responsible for 47%.

In Search of Apps

As a social media marketer, you’ll likely want to find apps that will help you keep up with social networking and stay productive while on the go. Many of us hear about apps from friends and colleagues, from articles we read, from searching around on Apple’s App Store to see what’s new and through dedicated search engines such as Chomp.

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