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 Brings Weekly Email Digest to Your Inbox: You can now “discover the best of Twitter in a weekly email digest delivered to your inbox. This summary features the most relevant tweets and stories shared by the people you’re connected to on Twitter.”

twitter email digest

"Stories feature a design similar to the recently updated Discover tab, emphasizing who shared each story beneath summaries to help you decide which ones matter most to you."

Facebook Initial Public Offering Proves Social is Hot: “Facebook has priced its initial public offering at $38 per share, making it the third-largest IPO in U.S. history.”

Discussion from our Networking Clubs: Thousands of social media marketers and small business owners are asking questions and helping others in our free Networking Clubs. Here are a few interesting discussions worth highlighting:

Facebook Insights Has Two New Features for Apps: You can now check App Ratings and Negative Feedback for your apps on Facebook Insights. “App Ratings and Negative Feedback can inform not only how you design your app experience to increase engagement and satisfaction, but also how your app grows through the App Center.”

facebook app rating by gender age

The new App Ratings provide a variety of information including statistics by gender and age.

Facebook Improves Mobile News Feed Design: The photos in your mobile Facebook news feed are now much bigger. Shares of single photos look a lot like Instagrams.

facebook photo shares on mobile

Photos shared on Facebook are now larger on mobile news feeds.

Facebook Slowly Launches Facebook Pages Manager iPhone App Outside of the U.S.: iPhone users in Australia, New Zealand and possibly a few other countries can currently download a free Facebook Pages Manager app to manage their Facebook pages.

facebook pages manager app for iphone

This new app helps Facebook page managers on the go.

Google Adds More Google+ Integration Inside Gmail: “Today’s changes include quick access to contact details when viewing past conversations as well as improved integration with Google+ circles.”

 in the search box.””]google+ circle integration with gmailLinkedIn Today RedesignLinkedIn Today has a new design. LinkedIn has “made changes across the product experience to offer further customization of news so that members can receive the most timely and relevant news impacting their peers and industry.”

linkedin today redesign

There's a “Customize your news” tab on the right side which enables you to control the news feed in LinkedIn Today.

LinkedIn Introduces Windows Phone App: This is LinkedIn’s latest mobile application.

linkedin windows phone app

"You’ll find that in some cases (hint: companies and jobs), the Windows Phone app offers even more functionality than its iOS and Android siblings."

Here’s a useful social media tool worth noting:

Scan-to-gram: A tool to turn your Instagram profile into a QR code.


Scan-to-gram provides a new fun way for companies to have a web presence and grow their following on Instagram.

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

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  • Hi Cindy,  I don’t really like the twitter email updates.  Most end up in my spam folder.  

    It does look like linkedin is doing really well though – I like how they keep making improvements.  It appears that their motto is ‘quality’.  

    They are now number 12 on Alexa and I see them getting even better.    I think they have learned from FB and have made some improvements on the way the network operates.  Any thoughts on that? 

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  • Hi Cindy, Now that fb has gone public and now that some of public personality will gain control of fb by putting heavy investment, do you think this will create any problem for zuck and team? I mean if you are putting big sum of money in any company then you have rights to speak in major decisions of the company, but what if you don’t have much insights on their business and though you want management to follow your thoughts in their technical discussions? Do you think this might happen to fb and might block some road for social media giant?

    With Twitter, i would say that they are going to copy fb’s weekly fan page update!

  • Kohinoor Devroy

    I truely don’t support the fact that Facebook is going public (If it’s true at all). It’s premium user base have already reached the saturation point and such developments would further provoke them to withdraw their profiles from the most popular social networking platform.  This is future is likely to affect all kind of aspects, starting from brand promotion, marketing ,PR etc.

  • Hi Cindy.. I am wondering about new facebook launched as its going public, I am curious about the facebook privacy. Do you really think that the privacy of facebook account would be distracted by this launched?

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  • Ray

    The Facebook IPO has been a hot topic for a while now and continues to make news headlines. I admit I don’t know too much about it, but I am a little curious to see what becomes of it or how it performs.