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 Integrates Into Apple’s New iOS 5 Mobile Operating System: As Apple’s new iPhone rolls out with the latest operating system with full Twitter integration, Twitter reports it triples its daily sign-ups in the process. Have you tried Twitter on the iPhone or iPad?  Let us know your experience below…


Now it's even easier to share and read tweets on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Google Analytics Lets You Visualize the Flow of Your Visitors: Google Analytics’ latest feature, Flow Visualization, “allows you to analyze site insights graphically, and instantly understand how visitors flow across pages on your site. Starting this week, ‘Visitors Flow’ and ‘Goal Flow’ will be rolling out to all accounts. Other types of visualizers will be coming to Google Analytics in the coming few months.”

visitor flow

"The Visitors Flow view provides a graphical representation of visitors' flow through the site by traffic source (or any other dimensions) so you can see their journey, as well as where they dropped off."

Use LinkedIn Classmates to Expand Your Horizons: This new LinkedIn feature is a “tool for insights and networking for alumni of colleges and universities around the world.”

linkedin classmates

"LinkedIn Classmates provides high-level insights about alumni of your school, as well as access to the more detailed professional profiles they've shared."

SlideShare Rolls Out New Private-Sharing Features: SlideShare’s paid Pro accounts now allow you to assign a password to your private presentation, set the password to expire in a specific number of days and hours and schedule a private presentation to change to public at a specific time and date.


SlideShare Pro allows you to set up passwords for your presentations.

StumbleUpon Reaches 20 Million Members: StumbleUpon’s user base has more than doubled since last year. There are now more than 1,000 stumbles per second at peak times of the day.


Key milestones along StumbleUpon's path to 20 million users.

Here’s a social media tool worth noting:

Kred: A tool similar to Klout that measures your social influence.


Kred is a social scoring system to measure your online influence.

What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.

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  • Love twitter on my iPhone with iOS 5. On the app itself I can easily go back and forth between accounts. I can tweet a picture immediately after taking it. Great so far.

  • LinkedIn Classmates – When you drill down into companies and disciplines it presents some useful information.  After that its a matter of connecting the dots with connections and friends to uncover new business opportunities.

  • Sedale, thanks for the feedback!  Can’t wait to try it out next week myself 🙂

  • Business networking on LinkedIn seems to be getting better and better, doesn’t it Jeff?

  • Absolutely – Evidently lots of folks have built communities there but have been challenged with making the most of them.  Here’s one article on LinkedIn tips I wrote recently that received a nice response:

    I’m pleased that LinkedIn is finally shaping up to be social CRM of sorts.

  • RandyRealtor

    I do already tweet, but this new integration is really cool enough that it make me a more consistent tweeter. 

  • Thanks Cindy. Again, interesting social media news.

  • Thanks for the update on things Cindy. I was traveling the past two weeks and really felt out of it. SME is a great resource.

  • Extremely great update Cindy. It’s a great news that the twitter sign-ups have tripled this week. The iPad and iPhone features has been a great progress, too. Thank you very much for sharing your updated news.

  • “full Twitter integration” – ah. now it makes sense why I don’t have more followers – all my frinds have iPhones!

  • That’s exactly what’s interesting about this! It’s easier to integrate into our busy lives 🙂

  • I just updated my iPad to iOS5 to match my iPhone. Had to get rid of my DroidX (which I loved) because it stopped working as a phone. really hard to receive call. as a device, it was great.

  • 🙂  Juan, are you going to be at Blog World LA next month?

  • Glad to hear, Frank.  That’s exactly what we’re here for 🙂 

  • You’re welcome John 🙂  It’s going to be fun watching how the continued advances in mobile technology impact social media.

  • Ahhhh, David… at least your friends will find it easier to share your posts 🙂

  • Cool!  BTW, do you know if we can now directly import tweets into Company Pages?

  • hi Cindy, I can’t be there, but thanks for asking.

  • It would be nice to meet in person some day  🙂

  • I have not seen evidence yet that it is possible – and that probably means there is a reason for it. 🙂

  • I’m looking forward to the rollout of Google Analytics “Visitor Flow.” It looks as if it’ll be helpful. Thanks for the heads-up, Cindy.

  • Barry

    Like the stuff about Kred.Just about to give it a go

  • Thank you Cindy, that’s very kind. I’d love to meet you in person some day 🙂

  • Ron

    The Google Analytics Visualization looks amazing! can’t wait to use if for my site:


  • agolds9

    I don’t have an iPhone, but I was lucky enough to find an app where I could update my Twitter in a simple phone call and voice recording.  The app is free, still a few bugs here and there since its in beta, but its been really helpful.  If you’re interested – check it out: .  The set-up is less than 5 minutes.

  • Now that the iPhone is getting picked up by Sprint, more people will be in the loop.  Can’t wait to check out the App!

  • Hi Cindy! Nice information is posted. Thanks for sharing this post.