By Cindy King
Published January 19, 2013
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.
Facebook Introduces Graph Search Beta: This new Facebook feature gives people the tools to “map out their relationships with the people and things they care about.” Facebook calls this map the graph. Graph Search is a new way for you to find people, photos, places and interests that are most relevant to you on Facebook, and is currently available in beta with a limited preview.
Twitter Updates Are Easier To Make: Now when you type something linkable into your updates on Twitter.com, the link will automatically become blue and clickable. Twitter also highlights in red any text that goes past the 140 character limit.Note the link shared in this update and how the text beyond the 140 character limit is highlighted in red.
Discussion From Our Networking Clubs: Thousands of social media marketers and small business owners are asking questions and helping others in our free Networking Clubs. Here are a few interesting discussions worth highlighting:
Google+ Hangouts On Air Get Full Screen Capability: The new full screen option for Google+ Hangouts On Air is now available by default when only one participant is visible in your broadcast.See the difference with the new full screen option.
Google+ Makes It Easier To Share Photos On Local Restaurant Pages: “After you upload your photos to a restaurant’s local Google+ page, you can also quickly share them with the world – or just the people in your circles – in one easy step.”When you upload your photos to a Google+ Local restaurant page, click “Publish”, add a comment and select who you want to share it with.
Bit.ly Introduces New Bitmarks List: This update of the popular link shortening tool, Bit.ly, makes it easier to view click counts, grab the shortlink, and sort your links from your bitmarks list.You can view clicks on your shortlink at a glance, grab your shortlink faster and sort your saved links.
LinkedIn Survey Shows Professional Goals: Check out the infographic below for insights into LinkedIn users around the world.The top professional goal in the U.S. is to learn new skills for professional development.
Here’s more news to follow:
LinkedIn Answers Shuts Down: “As of January 31, 2013, the LinkedIn Answers feature will be retired from LinkedIn.” LinkedIn will focus on “the development of new and more engaging ways to share and discuss professional topics across LinkedIn.”
The New MySpace Is Now Open For Everyone: The new MySpace has come out of beta and you can now sign up without needing an invite.
Here’s a social media tool worth noting:
Now: “A free iPhone app that lets you see what is hot and happening in your city based on crowd sourced photos.”Now is “a public platform where users can stand as city journalists and share their best experiences happening in their city.”
And don’t miss this:
What do you think? Please share your comments below.About the Author, Cindy King
Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by Cindy King »