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 Channels Get a New Look: There are a few new features for YouTube channels. The first is a new set of four different Channel templates to choose from. Plus the Channel Feed has been improved to make it clear what you’ll get if you subscribe.
The New YouTube Player Has Thumbnails: YouTube is rolling out a new feature over the next weeks where you’ll see an image preview or a series of thumbnails. These new thumbnails allow you to take a sneak peek, scan through thumbnails and zoom in on long videos.
Facebook Introduces Interest Lists: These new Interest Lists allow you to create different lists for your Facebook friends and favorite Pages to create filters for your News Feed. Lists can be private, public or only visible to you and your friends. Others can subscribe to your public Lists.
Here are a few social media tools worth noting:
Itweetlive: An engagement tool for social media that enables companies, organizations and individuals to target their audience and talk with thousands of people each day in a personalized way.
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SmartSynch: An iPhone app which brings social media interactivity to your phone.
Garretz: A free social community forum with lots of features to help you share your topics and ideas!
PeerPerks: A tool to reward prolific social media users with free products.
AvalanShare: “An easy to use social media tool that turns your existent clients into loyal supporters by allowing you to reward them for sharing your product or service across their social networks.”
OptimalKeyword: A self-service audience and interest discovery tool for Facebook ads.
Here are a couple of useful infographics:
Check out how businesses are using Pinterest.
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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.