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social media researchAre you struggling to keep up with what’s happening in social media? We’re happy to introduce a new weekly column where we review the hot social media news items of the week.

To help you keep up-to-date with social media news, here are some of the links that caught our attention this week.

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This Week In Social Media

Facebook Announces New Integrated Messaging Platform: Facebook announced a new function that will integrate email, chat and SMS messages into a single new solution that will roll out in the near future. You can request an invitation here. What’s your take on this so far?

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Facebook announced a new message system this week.

Facebook Credits Arrive in UK Retail Stores. This holiday season both American and British consumers will be able to buy “Facebook Credits” for use in Facebook games and beyond. How Christmas sales of Facebook Credits impact the business of social media gaming? Share your thoughts below.

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Facebook Credits can be used on Facebook games.

Bit.ly Introduces New “Bundle” Feature: You can now create one short link for groups of links and still benefit from bit.ly’s tracking statistics. This is a great way to share a group of links like this essential reads on Facebook marketing.  What other ideas do you have for using bit.ly bundles?

On bit.ly you can now create one short link to a group of links.

Gist Announces New FireFox Extension To Socialize Your Gmail Account: A widget pops up in your Gmail account showing you the social profiles for anyone in your inbox with latest contact details, work information, social network status updates and news.

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Your Gmail account becomes more social thanks to the new FireFox extension for Gist.

Here are a three new social media services worth a look:

Google Hotpot: A Recommendation Engine. Google released its new recommendation service for Google Places before other location-based services launch similar tools.

Path.com: The Personal Network for 50 of Less Friends. This new social platform comes from industry heavy hitters and limits your network to groups of 50 people.

Blurts: Voice-Tagging Made Easy. Check out this new service to add a 30 second audio tag to your photos, tweets, emails and social posts.

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

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