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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.

Click through the links to get the full story and then be sure to come back and share your comments below.

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.

facebook credits

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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  • i love staying up to date with some features , social media is adding new great “functions” every single day, so thank you for the information below ! 🙂

  • Thanks Rahul

  • Thank you for the information! It is not easy to know the last trends in social media, every day there is something new!!

    Greetings from Spain

    Sara

  • Michael,

    Thanks for the mention. Much appreciated! Chrome support coming soon as well as getting the “Gist” on more websites than just Gmail!

    -Shane Mac

  • Cindy that was a great mashup of current social media news. Thanks for saving me some time 🙂

  • hi Cindy, (Mike and Mari), I just love the value social media examiner adds to increase my knowledge of the social media world. My insights grow with each social encounter I experience with you guys. Whether it is via these articles, the facebook success summit or feeds I receive as a fan. Thanks a lot.

  • Thanks Juan, your feedback means a lot!

  • Oretta

    I’m such a social media geek and this new weekly column is right up my street. Thank you :0)

  • Thanks! this is an awesome new content feature, there’s so much going on and it’s really difficult to stay up to date. Maybe you guys could rank the news items-so we can see what is the most important stuff according to the experts…

  • Awesome and thanks Oretta!

  • Glad you like it 🙂

  • GuruCindy

    Thank you for such great blogs. Blurts.com is going to be a new addition to the social media training classes I present. I enjoyed recording my first blurt and posting on Facebook. I am waiting to see what comments will show up.
    Thanks for all your great information.

  • This is the best column I have seen online yet! GREAT info! Keep it coming 🙂

  • Pharindra

    yes, the social media play a great things like google gives us social profiles link recently.

  • This is great, a week’s worth of reading in bite sized chunks. Perfect :o)

  • Laura McGregor

    Thanks so much! A wee blurt of gratitude! http://blurts.com/8o6idh

  • Thanks for the list of the hottest stories. I definitely don’t think the facebook messaging will catch on.

  • Jessica

    Thanks for all of your great posts. I am always looking forward to the next one.

    On a side note, I’m trying to figure out how to add ‘share buttons’ to some of my articles and I really like the ones you’re using here and how they pop up when you hover over them. Do you happen to know the html code for this or any other ideas on how to help me?

  • Jessica

    Thanks for all of your great posts. I am always looking forward to the next one.

    On a side note, I’m trying to figure out how to add ‘share buttons’ to some of my articles and I really like the ones you’re using here and how they pop up when you hover over them. Do you happen to know the html code for this or any other ideas on how to help me?

  • Mariapeagler

    As much as I try to keep up on emerging social media tools, I’m amazed at what I miss. Thanks guys for keeping me in the know. I’m immediately trying Gist.

  • Mariapeagler

    As much as I try to keep up on emerging social media tools, I’m amazed at what I miss. Thanks guys for keeping me in the know. I’m immediately trying Gist.

  • This is terrific! A much needed resource to keep readers posted on what’s happening in the world of social media without the noise or saturation of some of the aggregate sites.

  • This is terrific! A much needed resource to keep readers posted on what’s happening in the world of social media without the noise or saturation of some of the aggregate sites.

  • That was awesome, thanks Laura!

  • That was awesome, thanks Laura!

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  • Jessica – Thanks! We are using WordPress Sexy Bookmarks plugin

  • Sara, thanks for following us all the way from Spain!

  • Sara, thanks for following us all the way from Spain!

  • Your welcome Shane. Looking forward to what’s coming next.

  • Your welcome Shane. Looking forward to what’s coming next.

  • Glad you liked it Karl 🙂

  • Glad you liked it Karl 🙂

  • Great to hear that! Would love to hear more about what you think of Blurts.

  • Great to hear that! Would love to hear more about what you think of Blurts.

  • Maggie

    I love your summary! I was out sick this week and you just made catching up so much easier!!! Thanks SME for a job well done!

  • Maggie

    I love your summary! I was out sick this week and you just made catching up so much easier!!! Thanks SME for a job well done!

  • Thank you for keeping us posted with the latest in social media Cindy! Social Media Examiner is my main source of all social media news and trends. Keep it coming guys. Cheers!

  • Thank you for keeping us posted with the latest in social media Cindy! Social Media Examiner is my main source of all social media news and trends. Keep it coming guys. Cheers!

  • hey cindy im new to social media marketing and after reading this igot to know there is lot to learn and explore n u guys r doin a awesm job to make ppl like me to be familiar….gr8 job

  • This is awesome! i can’t wait to read it!

  • You’re welcome Flora! It’s great to hear you are getting value out of Social Media Examiner!

  • Hey Sandeep, we are all learning and exploring social media as it evolves 🙂