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 Tests New “Collections” Feature: Facebook is now testing Collections, a new Facebook feature which reminds us of another popular social platform, Pinterest. Only a few select brands, including Pottery Barn, currently have this new Collections feature to test.
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Google+ Local Updates Rating Scale: The recently updated rating scale makes it easier to “write accurate, useful reviews on Google+ Local.” You can “rate the food at a restaurant, or the quality of a mechanic” and behind the scenes, Google+ will “convert your ratings into numbers and factor them into the business’s precise 30-point score that shows up in Google+, Search and Maps.”
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 social media activities do you do every day?
- Do you like the new LinkedIn features?
- Do you use SEO, social media, or both?
New Google+ App for Android and iOS Supports Google+ Pages: This new Google+ app provides one of the “most highly requested features: support for Google+ pages.”
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YouTube Announces Better Analytics: YouTube Analytics gives you “more tools to help you interpret the performance of your videos.” These improvements will help you track audience engagement better and make Analytics easier to use.
TweetDeck Gets a New Look: “This update makes TweetDeck easier to use with design enhancements, personalization options and the addition of several frequently requested features.”
Groupon Serves Up Breadcrumb: Breadcrumb is “an easy-to-use, powerful and affordable iPad point-of-sale (POS) system that helps local restaurants, bars and cafés run more effectively.”
Tumblr Introduces Photoset: Photoset is “a new app for creating and sharing beautiful high-res photosets on your iPhone or iPad.”
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