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?
LinkedIn Gives Thought Leaders a Publishing Platform: Thought leaders can now publish articles on LinkedIn and users can choose to follow content from their favorite authors. This new feature is currently limited to “150 of the most influential thought leaders on LinkedIn,” but will expand over the next few months. “Those interested in becoming an influencer on LinkedIn can submit their request here.”
LinkedIn Adds Featured Updates on New Company Pages Now Rolling Out for Everyone: The new LinkedIn Company Pages now also have a Featured Update functionality. This is “a new way for companies to highlight important content by promoting it to the top of their Company Updates stream.”
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Facebook Gifts Roll Out: This new feature allows you to “give real gifts to your friends on Facebook using Gifts.” Facebook Gifts are gradually rolling out in the U.S.
Facebook Tests Promoted Posts for Personal Profiles: As part of a test, “people in the U.S. can promote personal posts to their friends on Facebook.” These Promoted Posts will cost $7 per post and “Facebook hopes it will be used for garage sales, parties, wedding photos and other important announcements.”
Twitter Partners With Nielsen to Offer Twitter Surveys: Twitter’s newest tool for advertising partners is brand surveys. “Brand surveys will appear to users just like a Promoted Tweet—right within the user’s timeline on both mobile devices and desktop. Users may see a tweet by @TwitterSurveys, inviting them to fill out a survey directly within the tweet itself.”
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Twitter Improves Discover Feature: “When you visit the Discover tab on twitter.com, you’ll see a continuous stream of tweets, which automatically expand to show you the most relevant stories and most engaging photos.”
Tumblr Upgrades Tag Search and Tracking: Tumblr now features “auto-complete, thumbnail previews, related tags and a very clean new interface. Get to them even faster by hitting the Tab key.”
Klout Begins Scoring Facebook Pages: “Facebook Pages are integrated into the Klout Score.”
YouTube Improves Content ID Feature: YouTube’s Content ID feature provides the following benefit: The “rights of both content owners and users are protected and everyone can control their original content and make money from it.” There’s now a new appeals process, smarter detection of unintentional claims and improved matching quality.
Facebook Redesigns Help Center: The new Help Center is “designed to get you the information you need in just a few clicks.” The Support Dashboard is also now available to all Facebook users. This is “a tool designed to help you track the progress of the reports you make about photos and timelines, which are the most commonly reported types of content.”
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