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?
Twitter.com Now Automatically Shortens Links: This is something Twitter users have wanted for a long time. Now all you have to do is “just paste a link of any length into the Tweet box on Twitter.com” and Twitter shortens it for you.
YouTube Adds Creative Commons Library: “You can now access an ever-expanding library of Creative Commons videos to edit and incorporate into your own projects.” And you can also label your YouTube videos under this Creative Commons license. There is only one choice of Creative Commons license and it allows for commercial use with appropriate attribution.
Facebook Turns on Facial Recognition for Tagging by Default: As Facebook continues to roll out tagging on their facial recognition features, you may want to check your privacy settings. Tagging is currently enabled by default. You can find out how to turn it off here.
Broadcast Live Video on Ning: There’s now a Ning extension for Ustream available for all Ning Plus and Pro subscribers. “The Ustream integration with Ning is designed to be easy to use so you can be up and running within minutes and play streaming video directly to visitors and members on your Ning social site.”
Get Expert Social Media Marketing Training!
Want to keep ahead of your competitors? Need to master a social platform? Discover how to improve your social media marketing at Social Media Marketing World 2020, brought to you by your friends at Social Media Examiner. You’ll rub shoulders with the biggest names and brands in social media, soak up countless tips and new strategies, and enjoy extensive networking opportunities . Don’t miss the industry’s largest conference. Get in early for big discounts.
Sale ends Friday, November 15th, 2019.
Here’s a social media study worth noting:
New Study on Social Sharing: ShareThis (that little widget that gives users access to many social media sharing buttons) and Starcom MediaVest Group conducted a study on social sharing. They looked at the sharing activity in March of this year across ShareThis’ network of 1 million sites (7 billion sharing signals analyzed) and concentrated on how and what people share and how sharing spreads content. Here are some of the big takeaways:
- Almost all sharing and clicking on links is “first generation” with little viral effect, which leads to the conclusion that sharing matters more than virality
- Out of 7 billion sharing signals analyzed, sharing accounted for 10% of visits that included 730 million page views
- Sharing accounts for 31% of referral traffic (nearly half of what search accounts for)
- Shared links are clicked on an average of 4.9 times, although this rate varies by sharing channel
And don’t miss this:
Get your FREE chapter of Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition to discover the formula Michael Stelzner used to make this blog one of the top small business blogs in the world according to Technorati.
What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.