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, 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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  • David Perdew

    Thanks Cindy, for including the references to great social media tools, those are some interesting apps. I also like the new Facebook profiles, they help businesspeople see information about who they’re looking to connect with. Great read.

  • Cindy King

    You’re welcome David. I like the new profiles too. Have you tested to see how your new Facebook profile looks for people who are not friends?

  • DeniseWakeman

    On this Facebook profile change, it’s now easier to link your business page to your profile by adding it as your page as your employer. I like that a lot. Thanks for the update, Cindy!

  • Topher Teck

    Awesome article, I am new to social networking so it all looks very new to me. I am leaning tons of stuff. Signing up for the newsletter was excellent.


  • Brosix

    I like the new Facebook changes, its easier to read. Could Cityville overtake Farmville?

  • Nick Robinson

    Just checked out marginize on the open forum link. Definitely participating in the beta program. I think website check-ins provide the perfect gaming aspect of surfing the web. Also, in the future, attaching the gaming mechanics to financial incentives will prove worthy.

  • Amar Trivedi

    Thanks Cindy, Nice compilation of the top stories.
    I think the new FB profile breaks monotony. LIKE!
    Cheers, Amar

  • Cindy King

    Good point Denise.

    Officially Facebook Profiles aren’t supposed to have business related updates, so I wonder if this will change due to the increased business information there.

  • Cindy King

    Nick, Marginize does look interesting. I’m already using Amplify, but this seems like it’ll do the same thing while linking comments on Facebook and Twitter. Plus having a website widget looks fun.

  • Cindy King

    Glad you like it Amar. I like the new profiles too.

  • Cindy King

    I don’t know Brosix. But the business of gaming is definitely big enough to be worth watching.

  • Cindy King

    Glad you like the newsletter Topher!

  • DeniseWakeman

    Many, many of my colleagues have used Profiles from the outset to post a mix of personal and business. For many, including me, it we started using FB before Pages were introduced, or at least before we knew about Pages. Now, many of those same colleagues are “shutting down” their profiles to everyone except family and close friends and are moving all their biz stuff to pages. But the problem is how to move all those “friends” over to a Page. I think having the ability to link a Page as an employer helps with that.

  • Amanda M

    Hi Cindy,

    Can you upgrade your company group profile? Or do you know when we will be able to?