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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?

Twitter Tests New Way to Make a Purchase on Twitter: “For a small percentage of U.S. users (that will grow over time), some tweets from [Twitter’s] test partners will feature a Buy button, letting you buy directly from the tweet.”

Pinterest Reveals New Look for Chrome Browser Users: “Now you can start your day off with a little inspiration from Pinterest. All you have to do is get Pinterest Tab for Chrome—it’s totally free, and only takes a minute to set up.”

pinterest for chrome browser users

“Each time you open a tab or new window in your Chrome browser, you’ll be greeted with a new and inspiring full-color pin.”

Facebook Adds View Counts to Videos: With this new update, “people will be able to see how many views a video on Facebook has received.”

facebook video views

“Views will be shown on public videos from people and pages to help people discover new, popular videos.”

SlideShare Introduces Private Uploads Feature: “You can set your SlideShare to be private when you upload it, or make already-published content private via your My Uploads page.”

Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Checkup: “You’ll see the option to take Privacy Checkup when you visit Facebook in the coming days.”

facebook privacy checkup

“Click Let’s Do It! to do the Checkup; it should only take a minute or two.”

Google Announces Free Voice Calls From Hangouts: “You can make voice calls from hangouts on Android, iOS and the web.”

free voice calls with hangouts

“It’s free to call other hangout users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada and the international rates are really low.”

Google Analytics Introduces New Benchmarking Reports: “Analytics users can now compare their results to peers in their industry, choosing from 1600 industry categories, 1250 markets and 7 size buckets.”

Foursquare Introduces Swarm Leaderboard: It’s “based on the type of places you go, so you can see which of your friends go to bars, movie theaters or any other type of place the most.”

foursquare golden sticker

“And, because everyone loves stickers, when you’re number one for any type of place, you get a gold sticker to add to your check-ins.”

Slingshot Updates Sling a Shot to See a Shot Feature: “After shooting a photo or video, now you can choose whether to sling it as a locked or unlocked shot.”

Here’s a cool social media tool worth checking out:

Seahorse: “A new way to document and remember your scenes together with friends and family.”

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What do you think about the new Twitter Buy button and other social media news this week? Please share your comments below.

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