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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? Facebook Lets You Enlarge Photos : Facebook has redesigned the Photos section of the personal profile. You can now highlight your photos to make them appear much larger.
Vincenzo Cosenza has been updating his World Map Of Social Networks since June 2009, which tracks the dominant social networks on a country-by-country basis, according to data received from Alexa and Google. Cosenza has just published his latest infographic and, as you would expect, the social world is dominated by Facebook. In fact, it’s always been dominated by Facebook, so much so that the total number of social networks represented on the map has shrunk from 17 in June 2009 to just nine today. And Twitter isn’t one of them.
Want your link to get the most traction on Twitter? Post it on a Monday between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET. Link shortening and tracking service bit.ly has released new data on the best and worst times to share links on popular social networks, from Facebook and Twitter to blogging site Tumblr. The company revealed that posting links to Twitter between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET (or 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Many brands are energizing their social media presences with Facebook Timeline , and the U.S. military has taken this opportunity to present its extensive history in a unique and engaging way. The Army , Navy , Airforce , Marines and Coast Guard have spent weeks preparing their individual Facebook Pages for the switch over to Timeline. Each branch has filled its Page with centuries worth of history, photos and interesting facts. The U.S. military has been especially proactive about social media after a policy lifted multiple bans in 2010, including the Marines' complete ban on social media . Today, the Marines are active on almost all social media platforms — including a blog, YouTube (its channel shares video stories of the Corps) and Flickr.
Facebook is doing its part to promote gender equality and women ‘s empowerment with its launch of the Women Connect application Thursday. Women Connect features resources including details about the Millennium Development Goals, like buttons for pages that promote women’s causes, and a counter tracking new connections with related organizations and causes. The social network announced the Women Connect application in a post on the Facebook + Journalists page: Today, Facebook is announcing the Women Connect app to raise awareness and empower women: facebook.com/womenconnect. Facebook is proud to play a part in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by raising awareness around issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. By building technology that allows people to easily connect and share, we are helping women’s organizations and causes connect with supporters around the world.
Forget “you are what you eat.” When it comes to your trustworthiness as as borrower, you are who you know … online. Social networks are now being used by some lenders to evaluate whether you’re likely to pay them back. The New York Observer reports that, while this methodology is still a few years away from common use by major banks, smaller institutions such as microlender Lenddo already use an algorithm based on input from a person’s various social networks to determine her creditworthiness. And more are likely to adopt the practice in the future. Here’s the kicker: The information used by the algorithm isn’t just what you’ve made public—the banks are requiring your login information.
Last week I was in a meeting with Elmer’s, and one of our Collective Bias clients and we started talking about the Pinterest page we help them manage. Our discussion centered on how using technology personally helps develop a better understanding of the business value of new platforms. Want to understand the value of Foursquare? Check in everywhere you go for a week. You’ll learn more than anyone could possibly teach you, and you’ll discover if the platform actually has any value for you. What really caught my attention, however, was when this woman shared, “My friends and I don’t use Facebook to connect anymore, we all share Pins on Pinterest, it’s much more interesting.”
When potential dates, employers and friends glance at your online social profiles, what do they see? EyeTrackShop , a startup that runs eye-tracking studies for advertisers, helped find out by applying its technology to the profile pages of popular social networks. The study used the webcams of 30 participants to record their eye movements as they were shown profile pages from Facebook , Google+, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube , Klout, Reddit, Digg, Tumblr, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Pinterest at 10-second intervals. What participants looked at on each page and in what order is recorded in the images below. It’s not a perfect study. Thirty is a small sample size, and what draws attention on a profile likely varies depending on the content displayed.
by Loreal Lynch | April 27, 2011 It's a known fact that students are Facebook-obsessed. But a new survey shows that teachers might rival their younger counterparts when it comes to social media use. Nearly all professors are active on social media, and 80% of them use it as a teaching tool.
Facebook’s increasingly ubiquitous ‘Like’ button is getting a new friend: the Send button. Click on a webpage that has the Send button integrated, and you’ll be prompted to share it with any of your Facebook Groups, your Facebook friends, or any standard email address. In other words, where the Like button is designed to let you quickly share content with all of your Facebook friends, the Send button is for sharing with a subset of them. Site designers are groaning right now (they have yet another sharing widget to integrate), but it’s a logical step for Facebook — there are certainly times when you want to share links with a handful of friends instead of your News Feed, and this gives you one less reason to fire up your non-Facebook email account. 50 sites are launching with the feature.
While academia has long been criticized for its failure to embrace modern technology, professors today are proving to be quite tech-savvy. In fact, a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson shows that more than 80% of faculty are incorporating some form of social media into their teaching. Who knew academics were so cutting edge? From YouTube to Wikis, social media is now widely accepted as a valuable teaching tool at college across the U.S. Below, browse a selection of some innovative ways college professors are using Facebook and other social media tools to teach. Presidential Levity