Google+ Traffic Increases: This Week in Social Media : Social Media Examiner

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?

Google+ Increases Traffic by 55%: Experian Hitwise shares statistics for Google+ that show a significant increase in December 2011 compared to November 2011.

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Experian Hitwise tweets about Google+ growth.

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Groupon Launches New Merchant Dashboard: Groupon’s new Merchant Tools provide improved features. Merchants can also access a new customer feedback feature.

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Groupon merchants can now get customer feedback.

Here are a few social media tools worth noting:

Weever app for WordPress: a free new HTML5 tool to build a mobile app for your WordPress site.


You can also add social media icons to your Weever app.

Tokkster: a free social browsing app that enables people who are on the same webpage to see and chat with each other.


Check out this new type of chat room.

Summly: a simple way to browse the web.

Here’s an interesting infographic worth noting:

Top Twitter Trends for 2011:

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Discover the most popular Twitter trends in 2011.

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Small Biz Dream winners: the Goat Milk Stuff

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