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?
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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Groupon Launches New Merchant Dashboard: Groupon’s new Merchant Tools provide improved features. Merchants can also access a new customer feedback feature.
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.
Tokkster: a free social browsing app that enables people who are on the same webpage to see and chat with each other.
Summly: a simple way to browse the web.
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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.