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 Gives You Better Controls to Manage Your Content: Facebook's latest updates include “Privacy Shortcuts, an easier-to-use Activity Log and a new Request and Removal tool for managing multiple photos you're tagged in.”
YouTube and Google+ Improve Integration: Now “when you upload a new public video to YouTube, you'll have the option to share to Google+. Simply check the box, add a note and you're all set.” Google+ will display all of your public YouTube videos on your Google+ profile.
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:
- What are your thoughts on Facebook's latest updates?
- What content marketing questions do you have for Rich Brooks?
- What are your social media plans for 2013?
YouTube Gets a New Look: This new design focuses on helping you subscribe to and watch channels on YouTube. YouTube is taking the next step in their latest design by “bringing your subscription-filled Guide with you across both the site and all devices, as your best source of what to watch on YouTube.”
Google Maps Is Now Available for iPhone: Google Maps is “rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. It's designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you're looking for faster and easier.” This intuitive mobile mapping experience has made this a popular app.
Pinterest Builds a Dedicated Spam Team: This new Pinterest team is “hard at work investigating reports and building systems that detect, remove and prevent spam.”
Foursquare Adds Events for Businesses: You can “add events, like a trivia tournament or open mic night, to Foursquare listings you manage.” People will see these events when they're deciding where to go, when they check into your business and when they look at their check-in history.
Foursquare's Android Update Gives You More Information: “Foursquare now shows you the most important stuff up front, like the rating, the address and things like hours, the menu and a phone number. And there are big, swipeable photos at the top to help you get a sense of what it's like.”
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Facebook Announces the Preferred Marketing Developer Center: “Since launching last April, the Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) program has brought developers to the right clients and made it possible for any brand or company to build comprehensive Facebook campaigns and presences.” This new PMD Center is to help marketers “easily find the companies they need to build enterprise tools and apps—all in one place.”
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Bit.ly iPhone App Gets More Features: With these new features, you now have “easy access to your bitmarks and bundles wherever you are.”
Scoop.it Unveils Newly Redesigned Platform: The content curation tool Scoop.it's new design now includes an Insight feature that “allows a user to quickly enrich and personalize any article, video or image they post to their network with personal commentary and unique perspective.”
Flickr Gets New Navigation Bar and Explore Page: These new features make browsing Flickr faster and easier “so you can quickly get to the photos you love.” There's also an updated Flickr app for iPhone.
LinkedIn Announces 12 Best LinkedIn Company Pages: Here are some “great examples of how businesses and organizations are using their LinkedIn Company Page to showcase their brand and connect with their target audience in a meaningful way.”
Here are updates on other recent news items:
New Twitter Profiles Are Now Live for Everyone: The new Twitter profiles launched a few months ago were originally optional. Today all profiles automatically have the new look on Twitter.com. If you didn't adopt the new design when it first came out, you might want to see how yours looks now.
Here's our new cartoon video on how to dress up your profile with photos and images: youtube.com/watch?v=uCE3w0… Give it a go!
— Twitter (@twitter) November 9, 2012
Facebook Gifts Now Available to Everyone in U.S.: Facebook Gifts started rolling out a while ago and is now available to everyone in the U.S.
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