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.

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What’s New This Week?

Foursquare Supports Brands Without Physical Locations: Up to now Foursquare was only for businesses with a physical location. With Foursquare for Business, “brands that are not tied to a specific physical location” can now use Foursquare’s Pages and Custom Badges in their social media marketing mix. Find out more about what this means to you here.

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Brands can now use Foursquare in their social media marketing.

verizon iphoneVerizon and Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon: Americans will now be able to use an iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network. You can find out more about how Verizon’s iPhone will impact mobile marketing here and about the new iPhone hotspot feature here.  Will you get an iPhone or change your mobile service?

Facebook to Distribute AMBER Alerts: “It’s another sign that web services like Facebook and Twitter are becoming the fastest ways to disseminate information to the largest number of people,” says Inside Facebook.

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Groupon Raises $950 Million: In case you missed this, check out how well Groupon did in 2010, expanding from 1 to 35 countries, growing subscribers from 2 million to over 50 million and working with 58,000 local businesses worldwide.


Groupon grew substantially in 2010.

dimdimSalesforce Acquires DimDim: Many small businesses will no longer have a free web conferencing service through DimDim. Salesforce will disable free DimDim accounts on March 11, 2011. Businesses might be interested in noting how Salesforce is integrating DimDim with their Chatter platform, “combining collaboration and communication into an integrated service.”

Facebook Rolls Out Their New Profile Layout to Everyone: If you didn’t make the change earlier, remember to take a few minutes to check out what’s new.

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

Pixable: A new Facebook app for viewing your friends’ photos on Facebook in one spot without clicking through their profiles.

And don’t miss this:

Social Media Examiner Announces Blogging Success Summit 2011: This is your chance to hone your skills with some of the best in the industry for this key social media tool.

What social media news caught your interest? Will you try out Foursquare for Business?  What do you think of the other news items this week? Please share your comments below.

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  • I’m really excited about Foursquare for business! Thanks for sharing Cindy!

  • Amber, I’m definitely going to check it out too!

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  • Thanks Cindy – It sounds like I can now get my business on Foursquare. Now I just need to decide which airplane to locate with. 🙂


  • Thanks for sharing a ton of valuable info. I’m sure with Foursquare opening up to businesses without a physical location, we’ll see a spike in local businesses jumping in. Plus, I know quite a few people who’ll love pixable.

  • Stephen

    I really think that Foursquare and other location based social networking services are going to be HUGE for businesses! Can’t wait to see what we can do with them besides having fun.

  • Paul

    think you missed the best social media news of my week, Chris Brogan’s animated video there’s a fail whale and even a touch of angry birds!lol

  • Jeff Kershner

    I love the Amber Alerts on Facebook.

  • Great info! I think it is wonderful that we can use social media not only to socialize, network and promote our products and services, but also to save lives. Good stuff.

  • Great roundup of news. Very interested in the ability to use Foursquare, it will be interesting to see where business take this and how creative they become in the space.

  • Jordan

    I’m really enjoying Pixable on Facebook!

  • Where is the news about Emailvision ( acquiring ObjectiveMarketer ( … The pioneers of email marketing working hand in hand with the pioneers of social media management. Awesome! All the info is here

  • Good post !

  • Yes, it’s going to be fun watching how businesses use Foursquare’s new service

  • Glad you like it!

  • Stephen, so do I. I’ve been traveling lots lately and have to admit that the thing I’m hearing most about from my offline friends (in Paris, Toronto and Richmond) right now is Groupon, so I wonder if we’ll see more special deals on Foursquare.

  • Hey Paul, the link didn’t work for me.

  • Yes, it’s great to see social media being used this way

  • Spot on Monika. It really is a great communication channel, or channels.

  • Yes, I’m expecting some creative fun too

  • Jordan, thanks for the feedback. It looks like a great tool!

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  • I actually have not tried Groupon yet. Does it really save me more money when I purchase here? How do I browse for more deals?