Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.
Would you like to promote the posts shared by your Facebook friends? Now you can – if you are willing to pay $7. The option is available to users with less than 5,000 friends and subscribers.
“Facebook noted that promoting a friend’s post doesn’t mean that everyone can see it — only those that the poster authorized to do so,” says Justin Lafferty on AllFacebook. “If you have mutual friends, they’ll see that you shared it and promoted it.”
On Thursday, the company also released an article aimed at helping users understand how Graph Search will work for teenagers. The document also contains important safety tips. To read it, click here.
If you use Blogger as your blogging platform and/or own a Google+ Page, you can now download all your data with Google Takeout.
This week, LinkedIn sent a thank you email to the members whose profiles had received the most visits in 2012. Clicking the link in the email leads to a letter from Senior Vice President (Senior Products & User Experience), Deep Nishar, who personally invites the recipient to share the news on Twitter, and check out a special infographic on LinkedIn’s userbase.
Pingdom released on Tuesday the results of its annual study on the number of Internet users by time zone. The new data reveals that:
- 10 time zones have passed the 100 million users mark
- The smallest contributors are South Sudan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Sudan) and Christmas Island (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_Island), with 100 and 646 Internet users respectively.
- The greatest number of potential new Internet users lies in the east.
- Over 40 percent of the global Internet population can be found in two time zones -- UTC +8 and UTC +1.
Have you had the opportunity to use the Twitter.com website lately? If so, you may have noticed a message on top of your timeline, which encourages you to reconnect with an inactive follower: “Your friend @username is back on Twitter! Mention them in a Tweet to welcome them back.”
This week, Twitter also announced that new fields would soon be added to Tweet structures. They will allow developers to ensure better filtering and improve the overall quality of the stream.
WordPress released version 3.4 of its iOS app on Monday. The update comes with notifications about new comments and push notifications for activity around a user’s blog (new followers, likes, reblogs, peaks in traffic).
The company also added a new premium theme to its collection. “Further” features a magazine layout aimed at web publishers and content-heavy websites.
More social media news
About.me users can now see who visited their pages.
Pew Internet published a demographic portrait of users on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook. You can read the article here.
Quora removed the signing-up process required to view content on the site.
The upgrade from Windows Live Messenger to Skype on Windows desktop will start on April 8 with English-speaking users, and end on April 30. Messenger will only remain available to people in mainland China.