A lot happened in social media this week. Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest news.
InsideFacebook reports that Facebook is testing two features. The More People to Follow prompt, which appears when a user decides to follow someone, and Pages to Watch. The latter allows Page admins and owners to monitor five competitors by viewing the increase or decrease in fans over the past week.
The company has also made Embedded Posts are available to everyone. The news comes with several improvements, including in-line video playback, the ability to embed updates directly from third-party websites, and a more mobile-friendly experience. The Facebook plugin for Wordpress has also been updated to support the feature.
Facebook made other announcements this week:
- Updates to Facebook Login – “[M]obile apps using Facebook Login must now separately ask you for permission to post back to Facebook.”
- Launch of Internet.org, a partnership with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung. The project, which seeks to make Internet access available to everyone in the world, will focus on three challenges: affordability, efficient use of data, and the development of sustainable new business models. For more information, visit http://internet.org.
Google Translate is now part of Google+. Users that encounter public posts and comments in a language they do not understand will see a “Translate” link under the text. Clicking it will display the translation. To return to the original, click again.
Google Plus’ Suggested User List has been moved to the People section and renamed "Discover." Information cards have also been updated to include basic information and recent posts. Additionally, the page includes a new category called "Your YouTube subscriptions": "The Google+ pages and profiles that appear on this personalized section of Suggested User List are only those that have connected their YouTube and Google+ profile, so if you have an active YouTube channel and you want to make sure your subscribers are prompted to follow you on Google+, you need to make sure you finish that connection," says Claiton Pritchard on Google Plus Daily.
The Next Web reports that Google is testing Helpouts, a new service aimed at helping people over video chats. Anyone can offer Helpouts, but must show proof of qualifications. Providers may decide to charge for sessions.
This week saw a lot of changes on the LinkedIn front. The company:
- Launched University Pages to allow high school students to explore schools and career paths
- Changed its terms of service to accommodate a younger audience. Now, students 13 years and older (in specific countries) can sign up for an account. The default settings for these profiles will be different in order to limit the amount of information that is publicly available. For more information, read the article on the LinkedIn Blog.
- And unveiled a new design for its Group pages.
The Twitter team added a “Related headlines” section to the permalink page of embedded Tweets on Wednesday. The section features the websites that have displayed the message on their pages.