Welcome 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?
Facebook Introduces Sponsored Stories: Companies can now sponsor ads in the sidebar to republish check-ins and other updates made by the viewer's friends. This shows viewers what their friends have to say about the brands sponsoring these ads. Watch the video below to see how it works:
Get Facebook Page Updates Via Email With Hyper Alerts: Many Facebook admins have been asking for this service to help them manage and develop their Facebook pages. Hyper Alerts is a free service that now does this. Read more about Hyper Alerts here and here and watch the video below to see how it works:
LinkedIn Launches InMaps to Visualize Your Network: InMaps helps you to “understand the relationships between you and your entire set of LinkedIn connections.” LinkedIn filters your connections into different groups, and using different colors, shows you how everyone is connected. Although this may not be for everyone, some people will find the extra information useful for their professional networking.
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Babylon Launches Live Translation Community: This new Q&A platform provides a great service for businesses with multilingual audiences.
Firefox Launches Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO): All online marketers need to be aware of this new Firefox option to block behavioral ads. This can impact the way marketers measure some of their campaigns.
State of the Internet 2010 Infographic From Focus Research: Here's a quick overview of how the web developed in 2010.
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Zahmoo: An Online Story Bank: This is a great way for businesses, communities and families to collect and share stories. Find out more about how you can use stories to improve your marketing here.
What social media news caught your interest? What do you think of the other news items this week? Please share your comments below.
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