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 Launches Vanity URLs for Vine Users: “A profile URL is a unique Vine profile address accessible from the web. Once you select an available URL, you will be able to access your profile by visiting[yourURL].”

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“Selecting a custom URL allows you to share your profile easily and makes it easier for others to find and watch the videos you’ve created.”

Twitter Adds New Features to Twitter Alerts: Twitter has “added some new features to make Twitter alerts even more accessible to you. Now, on your iOS or Android app, you can go to a participating organization’s profile and easily subscribe to their alerts as push notifications by tapping on the bell icon.”

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Twitter has “also added in-app notifications for iOS: when you’re browsing on Twitter, you’ll now receive a notification at the bottom of your screen when an alert is sent by an organization whose alerts you subscribe to.”

Windows Phone Releases Update to Facebook App: “The team behind the official Facebook app for Windows Phone” has released an update “that significantly evolves the app’s notification capabilities, making it easier than ever to stay plugged in.”

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“Now you can see what your friends have posted on your wall right from your Start screen. “

Here’s a cool social media tool worth noting:

Storytellit: a tool to make it easy to get customized suggestions for highly engaging posts; automate and schedule your posts; connect Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr; and reach your audience on multiple networks at once.


Check out Storytellit to grow your business or personal brand via social media.

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  • Christopher Pontine

    Hey Cindy,

    Are you using storytellit? Just curious if you have tested it out.



  • Lilli Bewley

    Hi Cindy,
    I currently use HootSuite to manage my posts. What’s the difference between storytellit and Hootsuite?

  • Dave Kerpen

    Thanks Cindy for the post! Lilli, the biggest difference is that storytellit gives you new ideas for posts – think of it as the Mad Libs of social media marketing. Also it’s more fun 🙂
    -Dave, ceo / founder of Likeable Local / storytellit

  • Dave Kerpen

    Would love for you to check it out and give me some feedback. It’s built for your smartphone. Thanks! Dave

  • So for your Twitter app, you are now posed with the possibility of subscribing to each tweet from an individual user?

    If that’s true, the tweets will become notifications on your smart phone?

    I like the new update to the Twitter app even though I miss the “easier” access to the “@” feature of Twitter.

    Speaking of social media, I really would like to see more tools tailored to Google+, specifically the personal profile.

    I am wondering why many current social media tools are not tailored to the personal profile of Google+?

    The support isn’t there yet?

    Thanks for the updates.

    – Samuel

  • treb072410

    I agree with Lilli.. What are the difference between storytellit and Hootsuite…

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Super cool post as usual. New thing I came across is Storytellit. I have not used it. let me know how it works and know about the pricing part of it.

  • Hi Samuel, the news this week is about Twitter alerts (not subscribing to individual tweets). You can read more about it here:

    With regards to Google+ tools I suggest you reach out to @IanCleary as he’ll have more insight. We’ll be publishing an article on Google+ tools, most likely later this month.

  • Christopher, I haven’t used it myself yet, but am looking forward to hearing from those who have.

  • Storytellit is a tool to find ideas for your content.

  • Dave Kerpen

    Thanks Vivek! Storytellit is free and always will be – give it a try.

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Cool Thanks Dave. Will use and give me my feedback.

  • treb072410

    Thanks for letting me know Cindy..