Google+ Custom 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?

Google+ Expands Availability of Custom URLs: “If your profile meets the following criteria, you’ll now be able to claim a custom URL: has a profile photo, has at least 10 followers and has an account that’s at least 30 days old.”

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"Once you meet the eligibility criteria, just visit your profile or page to begin the claiming process."

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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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Facebook Gift Cards: 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 Introduces Gift Cards: Facebook Card gifts are rolling out gradually in the U.S. You’ll be able to give your friends “gifts to Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora and Target all on one reusable gift card from Facebook.”  After you select a gift for a friend on Facebook and complete your purchase, your friend will be notified immediately and will then receive the Facebook Card in the mail.

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"Facebook Cards are reusable. After you've received a card, the next time you get a Facebook Card gift, it will instantly be added to your existing card."

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Twitter Mobile Video: 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 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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