I don’t know what sort of a year 2012 has been for you. Every year brings treasures and traumas and we have had a few of each but overall 2012 will be a landmark year for us at Social-i. We have really enjoyed tweeting, blogging and of course training and are looking forward with great joy to 2013. As this will be our last “social media round up news blog” of 2012 I have taken the liberty of adding a few items that take a look back at the year that was as well as the usual news and lets face it the Instagram / Facebook combo has given us quite a lot to talk about over the past week! So have a peaceful, joyful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you next year! In the meantime here is the news:
1. This Social Media Year
What better place to start than with a general overview of the most memorable social media moments according to Likeable Media. It was a big year for Facebook but there were also some other very notable events taking place. When you think back to where social media was in January we’ve seen many changes and evolutions.
2. Facebook Updates Privacy
I can hear a sea of groans rumbling around as I mention the words Facebook and Privacy together in the same sentence, but this time it is good news. Yes, Facebook are going to make it easier for us to manage our privacy settings, hurrah! This and other changes will be rolled out over the next couple of weeks so you can read all about the imminent changes at Entrepreneur. Here is a summary of the good news:
No longer will it be necessary to navigate through a string of pages to get to your privacy and timeline settings. Facebook is rolling out shortcuts that will allow users to manage “Who can see my stuff?” “Who can contact me?” and “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” all from shortcuts in the top toolbar.
3. What the world searched for in 2012
Our next review comes courtesy of Google. This is a very interesting angle as it looks at what people have been searching for throughout 2012.
4. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook – where are my photos and who’s using them?
Very good question! I don’t really know where to start with this one. In my last post I told you that everything was about to change with the link between Instagram and Twitter. Sure enough our Instagram images vanished from Twitter, several apps and fixes were introcuced to bring them back but it was all a bit clunky. Then we heard that Twitter were going to make it much easier for us to add our mobile photos, you can read all about it here or watch the video, problem sorted!
So all was calm in Instagram land for about 24 hours and then it all kicked off again, this time with the Facebook connection. You may have heard a similar statement to me earlier this week “Instagram are selling your Images for advertising”, I have to tell you there were a lot of angry people which resulted in users leaving Instagram, venting their rage on social media sites and generally opening up a whole can of worms about the privacy of our images and information generally. All completely exhausting and baffling.
It all turns out that Instagram won’t be selling our images after all, and you can read about it all at the Wired blog. If you want further clarity on the matter you can get it straight from the horses mouth over at TechCrunch where they report on Kevin Systrom’s (Co-founder of Instagram) response to the recent uproar.
5. Facebook Marketing Review of 2012 – the Good and the not so Good
If you are looking for some inspiration for your Facebook page next year then it is always good to learn from others who have been there and done it. This post from Ignite Social Media has rounded up some big brand hits and misses form the past year. Read and learn!
6. YouTube gets a new look in time for Christmas
Yes, YouTube has had a bit of a makeover and is now much more closely integrated with Google+, happy days? Apparently not, it would seem that not everyone is triumphant at the changes and so some of the team have recorded a Google+ hangout to explain (justify) some of the changes.
7. A Twitter 2012 Review
For a while now Twitter Users have been waiting for the option to download all their tweets and now this option is just around the corner. You can read all about it at The Next Web. TechCrunch asked a very valid question: Why would you want to? So here now is a review of the year on Twitter:
8. Google+ New features
Google+ have recently updated and introduced no less than 18 new features which you can read all about over at The Next Web.
The new features include new mobile, photo, event and Hangout features aimed at making “sharing and communicating easier and more fun than ever.
One of my favourite features from Google+ is the special holiday hangout feature, they have teamed up with Wallace and Gromit to create personalised invitations for your friends and family to hangout at Christmas, I have sent my invitation and it is fantastic!
9. Infographic Showcase 2012
The infographic spot this fortnight is being handed over to e-consultancy and their collection of The Best Infographics of 2012.
10. Ads of the Year
Finally we end with one last collection of videos from 2012, this time it is the most watched ads according to YouTube. This is one of my favourites: