This Week in Social Media: The News You Need to Know

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 User Profiles Change: The new Facebook design collects more information from users (i.e., employer, languages, and location).  This should make it easier to use Facebook for business networking. To help you implement these changes, you should read this article.

You now have to navigate through the sidebar to see the bio information in this new layout.

Watch SlideShare and More on Twitter: When the new Twitter interface launched earlier this year, users could view YouTube videos, photos and other media in the links shared in tweets.  Twitter has just extended the list of media supported and you can now watch entire SlideShare presentations from your Twitter interface, as well as other media files from blip.tv, Instagram, Rdio and Dipdive.

Now you can view links to SlideShare presentations in the right-hand column of the new Twitter.

Gowalla Embraces Facebook and Foursquare Check-ins: Gowalla joins its bigger location-based rivals by supporting check-ins on both Facebook Places and Foursquare. They also support updates to Twitter and Tumblr.  Gowalla has also recently announced their partnership with the Sundance Film Festival.

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A few of Gowalla's custom stamps for the Sundance Film Festival.

Cityville: Zynga Launches its Fourth Facebook Game for 2010: Only four days after its launch, Zynga claims Cityville is its fastest-growing game.  If you’re not sure how games could impact your business, read more here on social gaming.

Cityville had 290,000 users after its first day.

Here’s a new social media tool worth a look:

Vacation Relation: A New Tool to Socialize Your Vacation: Connect with people of similar interests before going on vacation.  Vacation Relation hopes to enhance the travel experience for their visitors in a fun and innovative way.

And you’ll find a few more new social media tools to check out in these articles:

What social media news caught your interest? What do you think about these announcements? Please share your comments below.

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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