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?
YouTube Allows You to Take Off Its Logo: You can now set your YouTube videos to remove the YouTube logo on the bottom right-hand corner. Many businesses will appreciate this gesture from YouTube.
Bit.ly Upgrades Services for Everyone: Bit.ly Pro has come out of beta and is now available to everyone for free. One of the cool new features of this popular URL shortening tool is that marketers can now create their own customized link shorteners. Instead of creating links with “bit.ly/xxxx”, you can create short links with your own short domain “name.com/xxxx”. Check this out and learn about the other new features here.
HootSuite Launches New Tools: HootSuite came out with a few new features too. Marketing professionals should find the new HootSuite scheduling tool useful.
Tumblr Now Has More Blogs Than WordPress.com: On Wednesday Tumblr had 20,873,182 blogs and WordPress.com had 20,787,904 blogs. This news stands out, as earlier this week Steve Rubel announced he ditched his other blogs to write exclusively on Tumblr.
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RockMelt Partners With Facebook: The social browser RockMelt has improved features since it first came out and is now partnered with Facebook.
Here’s a social media tool worth noting:
Wajam: This social search tool makes it easier for you to find content shared by your friends.
Launch Photo Contest Winners
We’re excited to announce the winners of the Launch photo contest. With 80 entries and nearly 4500 votes cast, it was a crazy competition. The Grand Prize winner is Ken Sehres with the 855DontText campaign—a student fundraiser aiming to save teens’ lives by keeping them from texting while they drive. Ken received the Ultimate Business Launch package including a library of books, passes to the next three Success Summits and three hours of coaching with Michael Stelzner.
To see the entries of all the winners, go here. Congratulations on all the excellent entries!!
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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.