This week in social media (November 11-15, 2013)

New Google+ cover photo layout

Google+’s new cover photo layout

Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.


Flipboard

Users can now curate products into their magazines: “When flipped into your magazine, most products will display a price, quickly indicating to readers that it’s a shoppable item. [...] You can mix products with articles, photos, videos and even audio from SoundCloud, creating a catalog with a story to tell.”


Google

Gmail users do not need to leave their inbox to view attachments and save files to Google Drive anymore.

Google has rolled out several updates for the Plus, including inline post sharing, the ability to share posts from the notifications drop-down, and a new search functionality for Photos.

Google+ profiles and pages also have a redesigned cover photo layout. According to Mohamed Rafiq, dimensions are as follows:

  • Cover photos to remain 16×9 (for up to 2120 x 1192 pixels)
  • Minimum Cover Photo size 480 x 270 pixels
  • Recommended Cover Photo size 1080 x 608

GPlus Expertise reports that Google+ Page admins have until November 20, 2013 to connect their pages to their YouTube channels if they want to be able to host Hangouts on Air from those pages. 

The new version of Google+ for Android is available.

Finally, some news on the YouTube front. This week, Google launched Fan Finder, a free service aimed at helping video creators reach out larger audiences.

To get started with Fan Finder, just create and upload a video introducing new fans to your channel (more on that below) and then submit it here to Fan Finder.

We’ll turn your video into a TrueView video ad, which gives viewers the option to skip after 5 seconds. We’ll show your ad for free across YouTube to connect you with brand new fans. Fan Finder takes into account the interactions that viewers have with millions of YouTube channels in order reach the people who are most likely to engage with your channel.

(Source: YouTube Creator Blog)


LinkedIn

Feeling like showing off your educational accomplishments on your LinkedIn profile? Now you can with the new Direct-to-Profile Certifications pilot program, a partnership between the social network and companies like Coursera, EdX, lynda.com, and Udemy:

After the completion of a course with a participating provider, you will receive an email with a link that will present you with an automatically populated certification field, complete with the details of the course you just completed. When you click “Save,” it will seamlessly add the certification or completed course work to your LinkedIn Profile.

(Source: LinkedIn Blog)

Additionally, you may have noticed a change for LinkedIn Today. The magazine has been replaced by LinkedIn Pulse.


Pinterest

Pinterest now supports Japanese and a few more languages: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Further, the team has added several unique features just for Japanese users.

Pinterest has also started partnering with several companies (Disney, Nestlé, Walmart, Hearst and Zappos) to allow visitors of their sites to view their most popular Pinned items.


Quora

The Quora team has launched Stats. The new feature, which replaces the old Views page, offers users key insights into the visibility of their content.


Twitter

Custom timelines, here we come! You can now build columns on TweetDeck to only feature the Tweets you want to see. Just drag and drop them from other columns. Each timeline is public and embeddable, and has a dedicated page.

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WordPress

Do you have a WordPress.com blog? If so, you may have noticed a Related Post section under your articles. The new feature was introduced this week.

To turn it off or show thumbnails for those posts, visit the Reading Settings in your Dashboard.

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