Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.
Facebook has shortened the post-scheduling process for Pages. Admins also have the ability to add multiple images to their updates.
Additionally, you may have noticed changes for the chat sidebar. This section now features active icons for the web and mobile apps: “If there’s just the mobile icon, the message will go to their phone and they will see it when they engage with their phone again,” says InsideFacebook’s Justin Lafferty.
Business owners can expect changes to the ad campaign structure next year.
This week saw quite a few minor updates on the Google+ front:
- A “Communities you moderate” section has been added to the dedicated Communities page.
- The “Read more” link in updates and comments now displays the remaining number of lines of text. This also applies to YouTube comments.
- The “Hangouts on Air” tab has been replaced with “Hangouts” in the menu section. Google Apps customers can also take advantage of new features for video sessions, including support for the Global Address List, better user discovery and chatting abilities, and admin control over the features available to employees.
- The notifications system has been updated.
- The “email” button has been removed from profiles.
Google Ventures has a new website.
LinkedIn is making it easier for members to follow specific brands and products. The new feature, which is called Showcase Pages, allows companies to “highlight different aspects of their business and build relationships with the right community.”
If you’re a Company Page administrator, you can easily create your company’s own Showcase Page. First, identify the business areas of your company that need a Showcase Page. Then go to the “Edit” dropdown menu and select “Create a Showcase Page.” Once created, you can start sharing content from your page. You will also be able to monitor the performance of your Showcase Page through our analytic tools.
(Source: LinkedIn Blog)
Pinterest has updated its Pin It button to allow slight customization. Users can choose between three colors (red, white or gray) and two sizes (small or large).
And if you are a traveler, you can now map your pins.
Place Pins were designed to combine the beautiful imagery of a travel magazine with the utility of a map online so you can share it with friends. You can access them from anywhere on your smartphone, too, which means you can find new places on the go and even get directions!
Place Pins also include extra details like the address and phone number right on the Pin so you can easily pull up useful info on a weekend adventure or before a night out.
(Source: Pinterest Blog)
Users pin 1.5 million places to their Boards every day. So far, 750 million locations have been bookmarked on the social network.
Scoop.it members can now share their curations on the LinkedIn Company Pages they own or manage. To enable the feature, visit your Sharing Options page. First, connect your LinkedIn account, then click the “Other Social Media” tab and “Connect” next to the LinkedIn Company Page icon.
Availability for Twitter Alerts has expanded to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Launched earlier this year, the notification system allows users to get time-sensitive information from reliable sources during critical events.
This week, Twitter also removed the ability to receive Direct Messages from any follower and released updated versions of its apps for iOS and Android. Additionally, the company launched a new site for the media industry. The site, “a searchable database of how-to’s curated by the @Twittermedia team, is designed to complement [Twitter’s] other channels:
- [the official] blog, which regularly chronicles the great work media players are doing with Twitter
- our portfolio of newsletters, which detail successful Twitter uses by industry
- our various Twitter accounts“
(Source: Twitter Blog)
Vine now supports 19 new languages: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai and Turkish. Vine for Android is also available in Filipino and Polish.
To enable Markdown on your site, visit your Dashboard and click “Writing” under “Settings”. Then, check the box next to Use Markdown for posts and pages, and save.
For best results, make sure that you use the Text Editor.
Do you know that Yahoo has a URL shortening service (y.ahoo.it)? If not, you are not alone. That’s probably why the company has decided to shut it down on November 20, 2013.
Feeling like turning your Flickr pictures into a physical photo album? Check out Flickr Photo Books.
In other news
Disqus members now have the ability to include links to media in their comments. Providers include YouTube, Vimeo, Imgur, SoundCloud, and Twitter.
Storify users can also add GIFs to their stories.
— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) November 21, 2013