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?
Twitter Introduces the Follow Button: You can now add this Follow button to your website or blog to encourage readers to follow you on Twitter.
Follow Twitter accounts directly from their blog or website in one click.
Google +1 Button Rolls Out: You have to opt in to see the Google +1 search results, but Google now has a +1 button for publishers to add to their websites, very similar to the Facebook Like button. This new button allows readers to share your content with their contacts on Google. You can grab the code and find out more about putting one on your website here.
The Google +1 button is initially rolling out on a selected number of publishers.
‘Google Offers’ to Compete with Groupon: Like Groupon, the new Google Offers gives you daily deals at heavily discounted prices. Google Offers is expected to integrate with Google Wallet, Google’s new mobile payments system.
Twitter Includes Photos and Videos: You’ll now see the pictures and videos when you use the search function on Twitter. And you won’t need to rely on third-party applications to share your photos and videos anymore. Twitter will be rolling out their own photo and video sharing features over the next few weeks.
Here are a couple of social media tools worth a look:
Crowdbooster: A free social media dashboard that gives you the information you need to grow your communities on Twitter and Facebook.
Crowdbooster now supports Facebook Pages so you can access useful data such as your most active Facebook fans.
Shoutomatic: Allows your followers to hear your actual voice in your Twitter and Facebook feeds when you share these audible voice updates.
Bo.lt: Allows anyone to instantly copy, edit and share any web page. You can change the text, photos, videos and the byline.
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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.