Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.
What’s New This Week?
Facebook Timeline for Business Image Changes: On April 26, Facebook will be updating the display size of the profile picture/avatar on all Facebook pages. If you have a tightly integrated design, you should be aware of this change. Be ready to update your profile picture on April 26. The new profile picture will be 160 x 160 pixels and will sit at 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the page.
Facebook Syncs Email Addresses: “With your @facebook.com email address, people can email you using any traditional email system (e.g., Hotmail, Yahoo! or Gmail), and the emails will be delivered to your Facebook Messages.” Facebook now syncs your email address with your Facebook name.
"Now, the address people use to get to your timeline and send you email on Facebook will be the same."
Discussion from our Networking Clubs: Thousands of social media marketers and small business owners are asking questions and helping others in our free Networking Clubs. Here are a few interesting discussions worth highlighting:
- Rewards for social media activity?
- Fangate alternatives in Timeline
- Corporate Blogging – What is best practice for vetting guest bloggers?
Facebook Announces the New Preferred Marketing Developer Program: The goal of this program is “to bring developers to the right clients and make it possible for any brand or company to find consultants who can work with them to build comprehensive Facebook campaigns and presences.”
The Preferred Marketing Developer Program makes it easier for businesses to find the service providers they need.
Klout Testing Brand Pages: Klout is testing brand pages (known a ‘squads’) with their exclusive brand partner Red Bull. Brand Squads, “currently in beta, are Klout’s way of giving influencers a place to be recognized and have a direct impact on the brands they care about most.”
"As part of this beta launch, Red Bull has offered Perks that will roll out to their top influencers over the next few weeks."
Dashboard Ads Coming to Tumblr: “Advertisers will be able to buy ad units on the ‘Featured’ section of Tumblr’s dashboard, which gets approximately 120,000 impressions a day.”
Pinterest Third Most Popular Social Media Site, Study Show: The 2012 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report from Experian confirms the rise in popularity of Pinterest.
Here are a few social media tools worth noting:
DivvyHQ: A spreadsheet-free editorial calendar application.
Sociabell: A browser add-on for Facebook users to use the Facebook search box to search Google, YouTube and more, with only one click.
DealsJoy: A new deal-based commerce site which gives the power directly to business owners.
"Create, launch and manage your special offers and deals directly to your fan base through the easy to use DealsJoy platform."
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