Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.
AllFacebook reports that Facebook is testing a new version of Offers with a different layout and two new buttons: “shop now” and “remind me.” The latter would allow users to be notified once by email when the promotions are close to expire.
The company announced on Friday that a recent engineering audit had revealed bugs negatively impacting organic and paid impression and reach reporting for Fan Page Insights – with no effect on Ads Insights. According to the Facebook for Business page, the problem should be fixed by February 25. For more information, click here.
The page for the Facebook Pages Manager application will be renamed Pages on February 28.
This week, Google slimmed down the dropdown menu on posts for Google+ Communities moderators. This menu also includes a new option called ‘Remove, report, and ban’.
The company released version 1.4 of the Hangouts API. Developers now have the ability to determine age restrictions, select the primary participant for the main video, and more.
Google Drive also received an update that allows users to preview more than 30 file types and flip between files. The preview is automatic for photos, video and PDF documents. Other documents require right-clicking on their names.
Looking for professionals to translate the captions on your YouTube videos into different languages? YouTube has the solution for you:
“When you request a translation for your captions in YouTube, we’ll display a list of vendors along with their estimated pricing and delivery date so you can easily compare. We’ve initially collaborated with two companies, Gengo and Translated.net, to make their services available to you and to streamline the ordering process.”
“Just click “Start order” next to the vendor you’d like to use. This will then create an order and direct you to the vendor’s website to complete payment. When the translator completes the translation, they’ll send the translated caption directly back to YouTube. Once you approve, the translated caption will now be available for all your viewers!”
The Bing team announced an update to the Friends’ Photos experience on Monday. The update includes a new tile (and faster) layout and slideshow mode when clicking on individual photos.
“Bing respects your Facebook privacy settings,” says MK Li, Program Manager, on the Bing Blog. “Your Facebook friends will only be able to see the photos you have made viewable and your photos will never be shared with the public.”
After several Twitter accounts were hacked this week, the company published an article to help users protect their social media accounts. Here is a summary:
- Use a unique password of at least 10 characters (upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols) for each site
- Be leery of suspicious links, especially those sent in DMs, and always make sure you are on Twitter.com before entering any login information.
- Avoid giving away information to third-party services promising followers and money.
- Keep your computer and operating system up-to-date.
For more tips and advice, you can visit the Help Center.
Twitter also started shortening Tweets containing http links to 118 characters and https links to 117.
More social media news
This week, bitly added new insights to links, including historical click data for links that were popular in the past.
Bloggabase launched. The goal of the service is to connect bloggers with marketers and brands that have relevant products, news and information to promote.
HootSuite added four new apps to its App Directory: Blogger, Batchbook, Appboy, and StoreYa.
Blogging platform Storylane released its Reader app for iPhone.
Finally, have you checked out WordPress’ latest theme additions: Blocco, Crafty and Hustle Express?