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Improving Your Social Experience: This Week In Social Media. 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? Tumblr Improves Blog Optimization Features: After Blogger upgraded their blogging platform thanks to new technology, it’s Tumblr’s turn to improve their blogging platform. Tumblr now makes it easy to customize your Tumblr blog and gives you “themes organized by category, realtime previews, and an advanced code editor.” "It's never been faster or easier to make your blog yours" on Tumblr. Say Hi to Foursquare Radar: As technology improves, Foursquare is able to offer you another interesting feature. Foursquare Radar "finds things nearby that you normally wouldn't know about.

" HootSuite Gets More Geolocation Capabilities: The popular social media management dashboard HootSuite acquires Geotoko, a location-based marketing tool. Google+ traffic results around the September 20 launch date. The Ultimate Social Media Guide: 31 Tips for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ And More. More than 30 performance-enhancing tips to energize your online sharing!

The Ultimate Social Media Guide: 31 Tips for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ And More

Sure, you use Facebook, but do you own Facebook? Can you make it do anything you want it to do? And, yes, you tweet. Many tech enthusiasts do. But can you slap Twitter around like a ragdoll and bend it to your will? Enough is enough. Social media? So you think you're a Facebook master, eh? Similar to when a Sith picks his or her new name upon turning super-evil, you too can select a clever alternate name for people to search within Facebook.

For years, Facebook offered you no way to create an archive of everything that you’ve posted—or have been tagged in. Just click the green button to assemble your own personal embarrassment of embarrassing riches. We don’t have to tell you about the wonderfully life-shattering things that can happen when someone is using Firesheep to pilfer your Facebook login credentials over an open wireless network. Facebook APIs allow polite sharing of information among friends. Stanford? An Educators Guide To Twitter. 50 Surprising Facts About Social Media. It’s not hard to find some general facts and figures about the 5 most popular social media networks. A quick Google search yields a plethora of information thanks to Wikipedia and other related sites.

Heck, there’s even a movie coming out about the origin of Facebook. But what about the less well-known facts about the social networks we know and love (and hate)? Thanks to Danny Brown , we now know much more about each of the top 5 social networks. The list includes interesting and even mind-boggling facts about Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and RSS. What’s your favorite fact? Why every student should be on Twitter. A lot of students turn their nose up at Twitter still, and it baffles me. As a user I am naturally more inclined to be positive about the service. Not necessarily. It's like Marmite. You either love it, or you don't. But those who have not tried it are more likely to respond negatively to it, especially when one might not realise the potential that Twitter offers. Twitter is an odd 'social network'; if indeed it can be called as such.

And the Generation Y do nothing better than communicating. But so many of my student colleagues avoid Twitter because it's either "another thing to do", or "I don't see what I can get out of it". What many forget is that Twitter does not revolve around celebrities and those with a million followers or more. If you tweet me, I will reply. For students looking for employment, there are a vast number of Twitter accounts to follow with not only advice, but job offers, and connections to those who are in the industry to sell yourselves to. Media//Files/Reports/2011/PIP - Social networking sites and our lives.pdf. 10 Ways Universities Share Information Using Social Media. Vadim Lavrusik is a new media student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

10 Ways Universities Share Information Using Social Media

He is @lavrusik on Twitter and blogs at Instead of focusing their attention on promoting information to mainstream media, some university public affairs offices are using the power of social media to engage the community directly. In many cases, social media tools like Facebook Pages have given universities an opportunity to speak to audiences on their own, reaching thousands of people interested in keeping up with news at the school and connecting with others on the social network.

Universities are constantly exploring new ways to use social media to fulfill their missions of engaging and sharing knowledge with their constituents. Below are just 10 highlights of how universities are using social media for public affairs. 1. Perhaps the most common way, and the way in which most of us use social media, is sharing information about ourselves or things we find interesting.