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

Facebook

Facebook Page owners and administrators can now check their lists of subscribers, and access public information available on them by clicking on their names. The new feature is located in the admin panel. To find it, click the “fans” tab, then “see all”.

Users could also soon see sponsored stories pop up in their news feed. Last week, Facebook started allowing some pages to promote ads to reach more potential fans. These ads feature the “Like” button in the top right corner, and the word “sponsored” at the bottom. They can be hidden by users.

Finally, Facebook added the life event “expecting a baby” to Timeline last Monday.

Google

Google released on Wednesday an update to the Google Maps for Android app (Version 6.10). This app allows users to take advantage of public transportation schedules for more than one million transit stops worldwide.

With Version 6.10, users can now choose to display a specific mode of public transportation. “My Places,” “Location History” and station pages have been updated. The latter show departure times, lines serving the station and the distance to nearby stations.

The company also added 13 new languages to the Voice Search service for Android phones the following day: Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, European Portuguese, Finnish, Galician, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, and Swedish. The app is now available in 42 tongues and accents.

“As with other languages we’ve added, one of the major benefits to Google’s cloud-based model is that the more people use Voice Search, the more accurate it becomes,” says Product Manager Bertrand Damiba on the Google Blog.

Finally, last week saw the introduction of custom URLs on Google+. The new feature is currently only available to a limited number of verified profiles and pages. More members should be able to claim theirs in the near future.

Pinterest

Great news for Pinterest fans! The team announced the release of new apps for Android, iPad and iPhone on Tuesday.

“Whether you’re traveling to another city, checking out gadgets in a store, or cooking dinner in your kitchen, you can now take Pinterest with you,” says the Pinterest Blog. “Our apps allow you to pin, discover, and access your account from wherever you choose.”

To download the apps, visit Apps.Pinterest.com.

Twitter

Twitter announced on Thursday the upcoming release of the new version of its API. Version 1.1 will introduce stricter rules to follow for third-party app developers, which include:

The Display Guidelines will become Display Requirements:

“We will require all applications that display Tweets to adhere to these,” says Michael Sippey, Director of consumer product at Twitter, on the Developers Blog. “Among them: linking @usernames to the appropriate Twitter profile, displaying appropriate Tweet actions (e.g. Retweet, reply and favorite) and scaling display of Tweets appropriately based on the device. If your application displays Tweets to users, and it doesn't adhere to our Display Requirements, we reserve the right to revoke your application key.”

Finally, apps will have to be certified by Twitter before pre-installation.

Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams also unveiled their new publishing platform on Tuesday. With Medium, which is in beta right now, users can contribute pictures and text to themed collections. Content will be displayed based on user votes.

WordPress

The WordPress.com team rolled out on Wednesday two updates that should improve the experience of bloggers on the platform. First, users can access their stats more quickly:

“Now, your main stats page loads all of its data in parallel,” says the WordPress Blog. “[…] This loads your whole stats page two to three times faster, which means less time spent staring at a spinner and more time for interacting with your readers and creating content.”

Bloggers can also use keyword shortcuts to navigate the notifications menu . Here is the list of keys:

  • N: Open / Close the notifications menu
  • J / K (or up and down arrows) : Navigate through notifications
  • R : Start replying to a comment notification
  • A : Approve / Unapprove a comment
  • S : Mark a comment as Spam / Unspam a comment
  • T : Trash / Untrash a comment

In other news

The team behind social profile aggregator About.me, announced last week the release of several new features:

  • “Compliments” – Members can let others know that they love their page, their writing and background, or that they would like to collaborate with them. They can then share the compliment on Twitter.
  • Two new apps – With Trippy, members can share where they have traveled on their About.me pages. They can also show off their Speakerfile profiles and increase their exposure for potential speaking engagements.
  • New dashboard – Members can now see who favourited their pages, their favourites, stats, and other page activity. They can also enable individual notifications.

Real-time discovery engine Bottlenose rolled out new features. These include the possibility of adding and managing Facebook Pages and scheduling posts to social networks via Bufferapp.

Hootsuite announced on Tuesday that it had added Yammer, a provider of private social networks for companies, to its HootSuite App Directory. This new app allows users to monitor and reply to Yammer conversations within their HootSuite dashboard. For more information, click here.

RebelMouse released its WordPress plugin on the same day. The new plugin allows a blogger to include their RebelMouse page as a widget in the sidebar of their WordPress site.

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Cendrine Marrouat may be contacted for potential interviews, reviews and general enquiries at info@cendrinemarrouat.com. Website: www.cendrinemarrouat.com

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