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 Announces New Look for Web Profile: “The new web profile lets you use a larger profile photo, customize your header, show off your best tweets and more.”

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“If you’re new to Twitter, you’ll start with the new profile.” The new features will be rolled out to everyone else over the coming weeks.

Facebook Rolls Out New Look for Ads: “This updated look will make right-hand column ads more visually consistent with the ads that appear in the news feed.”

facebook ads column size

“For advertisers, this offers a simpler way to create ads and an enhanced creative canvas on the right-hand column of Facebook.”

LinkedIn Introduces New Groups Landing Page: “This new groups landing page makes it easier to stay up to date on what’s happening in groups you manage or are a member of, making your time spent on LinkedIn and in LinkedIn groups more productive.”

linkedin your groups

“At the top of the page, you’ll see all of your current groups in one place. If the group has new activity, you’ll instantly see the number of updates, new discussions or job postings within that group when you hover over it.”

Vine Adds Messages: “Now you can privately send Vine videos and text messages to your friends.”

vine messages

“You can send videos to anyone in your address book, even if they aren’t on Vine.”

Disqus Tests Sponsored Comments: This new feature will “let businesses deliver a message to the people they need to reach.”

disqus sponsored comment

You might start to see ads across Disqus like this one.

Klout Launches Newly Designed Mobile App: “At the heart of the new app is the personalized content stream, which intelligently recommends articles that will strike a chord with your unique set of friends, fans and followers.”

Here are a few cool social media tools worth checking out:

Carousel: “The gallery from Dropbox for all of your photos and videos.”

Sitedrop: This tool allows you to “connect to Dropbox and create a site from any folder.”


“Sitedrop is a visual way to collaborate using Dropbox.”

Colorbay: “A one-stop app to discover and view photos.”

colorbay iphone

“Colorbay makes it fun to view photos across Instagram, Pixter, Flickr, 500px and with its beautiful and intuitive interface.”

Convies: “This app is designed to provide you with sensational recording and unique viewing experiences.”


“Be creative and discover a new way to chat and create sensational stories.”

Snupps: “Keep track of the things you own and stay connected to the stuff that matters.”

What do you think? Please share your comments below.

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  • It seems like Twitter is following the footsteps of Facebook. The new profile design looks a lot like Facebook’s timeline 🙂 Thanks for the updates Cindy!

  • You’re welcome, Houssem. Yes, the new Twitter design looks similar to Facebook now.

  • I just saw this new format for Twitter profiles and I was wondering how the lady did it! So i can look forward to mine being like that soon?

  • That’s the exact thing I thought when I saw it! Let’s hope the similarities will stop there! I like twitter and facebook, but I like them for different uses.

  • Linda

    Thank you for the article! My – there are changes to more than Twitter! Time to learn a new trick or two!

  • Thanks Cindy! You have gathered a number of important updates!

  • Great post. Thanks for the update and additional resources!

  • I’m interested to see how the new Klout app works. I know they are all about those algorithms over there.

  • Can’t agree more Blake. Twitter and Facebook are very different in nature. They are used for different purposes by different demographics (despite the 1+ billion user-base Facebook has). I believe that Twitter is looking for more ways to diversify their income from advertising through this new design. Who knows 🙂

  • In my opinion,twitter’s design is more on the users’ engagement than the facebook design.facebooks design in more on business accommodation.well,they both look good though.Thanks for the Updates Cindy King.

  • Yes the user base is very different!

  • Thanks for the updates Cindy. I was shocked when I saw the changes made by Twitter on their timeline. But in my personal opinion, it looks better than their previous design.

  • Hi Blake, Twitter says the new format is rolling out to everyone over the next few weeks.

  • Thanks for sharing, Barbara!

  • Thanks for sharing, Jolly! There are lots of design changes to get used to for sure.

  • Great updates Cindy. I could never keep up with all this info. Thank you!

  • I’ll be waiting haha!

  • Thanks for the updates! It seems that the new look of Twitter is much more similar to the Facebook. I think Twitter should have continued with their previous look or they could have invented something new instead of imitating Facebook, as it is one of their top most competitor who is internally fighting to hold the first place in Social Media. Also, the previous timeline was fully filled with the designs and I guess, it was visually more appealing than the new look which they have got now. However, a change is an inevitable part and we can hope Twitter will bring more better updates to become powerful platform.

  • This is a great article! Wasn’t even aware of @colorbay and have heard people talking about @carouselapp. Thanks Cindy!

  • Have you got your new Twitter profile, Blake? It took a couple of weeks for mine to roll in.

  • Social media does keep us all busy 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing, Dave. Over the years our tastes seem to change. And everyone is working on getting the best design on mobile devices as well.

  • Have you tried Colorbay or Carousel, Satu?

  • Yes I got mine shortly after reading this post. I still have yet to really optimize it the way I like though.
    But I am really loving the ability to pin your posts!
    How are you doing with it?

  • I like it! I spent some time looking at lists because they seem to have better visibility now.

  • Oh I haven’t noticed that, I’ll have to be on the lookout!