Last week we heard the annoumcement that Facebook is introducing Timeline for Pages by the end of the month. This week has been all about working out if Timeline for Pages is a good or bad thing and how it will work. We have also seen some social media records broken, so here are 10 of the social media stories of the week:
You will recall from previous weeks that I have been completely unrestrained in my adoration of Pinterest and have shared with you how much it has delighted and enthralled me. However, in recent weeks I have been hearing more and more about the copyright issues of using Pinterest and have to say have backed away from the site for a while, as I try to work it all out. So I was particularly heartedned this week to read about a recent new study by Shareaholic that revealed:
Pinterest Now Generates More Referral Traffic Than Twitter
You can read the results of the study at TechCrunch. I think, therefore, the copyright issues are not affecting the site at all!
2. Facebook Guidelines to be Aware of
If you are in the process of preparing to make the switch with your Facebook Page over to Timeline then do read the advice around the web. I wanted to draw your attention to one particular aspect which is the guidelines about how you use the cover photo (the wide image that goes across the top of your Timeline). Charu Dwivedi at Mindjumnpers wrote a very clear post all about what you should avoid in order to fit in with the guidelines issued by Facebook, I strongly recommend you read it.
3. Brand Yourself
We all do it from time to time, a search for our name on Google, infact it’s a good practice to adopt, to see what appears. This week Mashable brought a new site to my attention - BrandYourself which enables you to control what appears when people search for your name. I like it!
4. Google Play
Earlier this week on their official blog, Google announced the imminent arrival of Google Play – an entertainment destination. The idea is that wherever you are you can access the music, movies and even books that you want to read as they are all stored in the cloud! Watch the video below to find out more or visit the blog.
5. International Women’s Day
Thursday, saw people across the world celebrating the 101st International Women’s Day and it was great to see Google joining in with their Google Doodle. You can read more about it at The Guardian. You can also have a look at some of the key tweets from the day at Mashable.
6. New Admin Levels coming to Facebook Pages
All Facebook reported earlier this week that the page admin system on Facebook is going to have an overhaul. Hurrah!! Apparently there is going to be the option for 5 different levels of Admin. Three of the five have been reported as full access; publishing only, and page insights. You can read more about the new levels over at All Facebook.
7. Show your Appreciation for all those +1′s
Earlier this week I came across this story on Search Engine Land who reported on a new Google+ feature that had been discovered. You now have the opportunity to thank other users for their +1′s. The functionality appears to be displaying intermittently and Google have declined to comment but it’s an interesting development.
8. Invisible Children
On Monday afternoon a video was shared through social media, by Wednesday it had been viewed by over 6 million people. It is a very powerful video and is designed to create an action and a response to a very sad and pressing issue. Mashable describes the movement:
Invisible Children, a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda, has created a film it hopes will accelerate the arrest of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, who has been kidnapping and abducting Uganda’s youth for nearly three decades.
On Friday night the joint numbers of views between Vimeo and YouTube are now over 70 million. Incredible, let’s hope it creates the action so desperately needed.
9. Infographic of The Week
I came across this amazing infographic on Chris Brogan’s site, he claims not to be the biggest fan of infographics but has shown his great appreciation for this one which is all about Google+ for business, so surely worth a look.
10. Lady Gaga hits 20 Million Followers
If you’ve missed the news that Lady Gaga has reached 20 million followers on Twitter, I don’t know where you’ve been this week. This is a record breaking achievement and is really worthy of her self claimed title “Queen of Twitter!” Well done Gaga. Read the full story over at Mashable.