Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.
This week, Facebook started showing recommendations for Fan Pages to like to new Page followers. They appear under the Pages’ cover photos.
Inside Facebook reports that, “these are not paid placements. Facebook makes these recommendations organically based on location, category and other pages that fans of one page also Like.”
The company also launched its Ask Our CPO series, a new forum that allows users worried about safety and security to send their questions and feedback to Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan. Those questions will then be addressed through regular webcasts. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/fbprivacy/app_479358818765937.
Facebook introduced newsfeed-based ads for desktops, with each unit featuring three ads. Some users may also see a “Games your friends are playing” module in their feed.
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Finally, the company addressed questions and concerns regarding Graph Search and privacy in a special Q&A article on Thursday. The article explains how users can control who can see what they share. To read it, visit http://newsroom.fb.com/News/567/Protecting-Your-Privacy-in-Graph-Search.
Google launched a new dashboard for Google+ Page managers. This update comes with a new look and added features:
- basic stats like how many followers each page has and when the last post was made
- the red notifications icon for quick access to Page activity
- a link to manage the Page Managers
- links to the Page settings and profile
(Source: Marketing Land)
The company also added new features for Google+ Communities to its Android app. Moderators can promote, remove or ban members, as well as restore or remove posts that were flagged for possible spam. Users can also attach clipboard links to posts and have more room to read their notifications.
On Wednesday, the tour guide feature in Google Earth 7 for desktop, iOS and Android received a major update. More than 100,000 new tours of popular locations have been added, with 3D flyovers, Wikipedia snippets and place highlight, and a choice of user-generated Panoramio photos.
Did you notice a change in views on your YouTube channel? If so, here is why. The YouTube team is changing the way it counts views and fixing some bugs:
“[W]e’re transitioning to only displaying the total views of videos that are publicly available on the channel,” says The Official YouTube Partners & Creators Blog. “So if you’ve deleted videos or made them private or unlisted, those views have been (or soon will be) removed from your channel total.”
It only took days for Vine to become a thorn in the side of Twitter. On Tuesday, the company was forced to issue a public apology when one video, which contained sexually-explicit material, appeared in the “Editor’s Picks” section of the app.
Twitter then removed the video and, in an effort to fight against the increasing number of X-rated content created by Vine users, the team decided to block searches for words like 'porn', 'nude', 'boob' or 'sex'.
This week, the Twitter website was also updated. The company increased the size of clicked pictures, which now pop up in a new window. Media galleries include videos from Vine, YouTube, Vimeo, and other partners whose videos appear in expanded Tweets. And Tweets feature longer conversation threads.