This week in social media (December 16-20, 2013)

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

Facebook

Facebook is making it easier for select nonprofits to collect money with its new Donate button. The button will appear next to posts in news feeds and at the top of the organizations’ Pages. Note that 100% of donations will go to recipients.

If you develop Facebook games and apps, do you know that you can add videos to your App Details page in App Center? When people land on your page, the videos will start playing automatically — but without audio.

The new Facebook Page Manager for iOS 7 lets you tag people in posts and comments. Facebook has also updated Page Insights to provide  admins around the world with real-time and expanded historical data:

Page Insights data for the Likes, Reach and Visits tabs is now available in a single view from July 19, 2011 (the date we launched Page Insights) onward. Prior to this update, the archive of Page data covered 89 days.

(Source: Facebook for Business)

Facebook Home for Android has been revamped.

Google

If you represent a business or brand on Google+, check out the redesigned Google+ Brands website.

Have you checked Google Drive recently? If not, you will notice a new drop down menu at the top of folders. Google has also added folder hierarchy right underneath. Additionally, shared folders display the profile pictures of those who have access to their content.

Oh, and apparently, some lucky Plussers will get their own Year in Review videos

LinkedIn

LinkedIn updated its search engine to include Influencer articles. English-speaking users can also sort, like, and share the results.

Twitter

Tired of having to delete and retype Tweets when you have caught a mistake? The Edit feature might soon become a reality.

Twitter Alerts are now supported in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Ireland, Australia and Brazil.

Now, on your iOS or Android app, you can go to a participating organization’s profile and easily subscribe to their Alerts as push notifications by tapping on the bell icon. We also added in-app notifications for iOS: when you’re browsing on Twitter you’ll now receive a notification at the bottom of your screen when an alert is sent by an organization whose Alerts you subscribe to.

(Source: Twitter Blog)

This week, Twitter also made its Promoted Accounts functionality within mobile Timelines and conversion tracking tool available to all advertisers.

Vanity URLs for Vine accounts are coming!

More social media news

Amazon introduced a new free tool for writers:

Currently in beta, Amazon Storybuilder lets writers add text and images to their notecards to help inform each story concept. Writers using Amazon Storybuilder may also invite trusted reviewers to privately look at Amazon Storybuilder notecards and provide feedback or share new ideas. For more information on how to get started with Amazon Storybuilder, visit www.amazonstudios.com/storybuilder.

Buffer announced its partnership with monitoring tool Mention.net. This integration allows users to keep an eye on conversations around their names, and schedule posts to social networks directly from the Mention dashboard.

Flickr launched a new web embedding feature.

The new Flipboard for iOS lets you send content to friends.

Paper.li revamped its editing process for papers. Users can now:

  • Delete content and blacklist sites and sources in one click
  • Control content placement with the drag-and-drop feature
  • Reassign articles from one topic section to another

If you use an Android device to check out Pinterest, you now have the ability to log in and sign up with your Google+ account.

Tumblr for iOS and Android have new versions.

Vimeo introduced content filter preferences and released its list of top videos for 2013.

Mobile messaging service Whatsapp now boasts 400 million active monthly users.

Five new themes are available in the WordPress repository.

NB: Due to the holiday season, there may not be any social media roundup next week. 

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