I hope 2013 has been good to you so far, we are now three weeks in so it is a critical time for all your New Years resolutions, how are they working out? Are you sticking to the plans and goals you set? Despite being a time of fresh starts and initiatives there are many things that can grind you to a halt at this time of year; the flu, snow, transport difficulties… you get the idea. It seems this is a nationwide issue and maybe even international. So how are we coping with these challenges on social media and what else is going on? Let’s take a look.
1. Facebook Make a Big Annoucement
Many journalists were forewarned by Facebook that on Tuesday there was going to be a big announcement, so during the first part of the week there was much speculation about what it could be. Was it mobile advertising networks, smartphones, operating systems or something equally enticing? The second part of the week was spent diagnosing the potential impact of said announcement. So what was it? Drum roll…… Graph Search! Great, so er what’s that then? Business Insider asks this very question and provides some really clear answers.
Essentially it is a new search facility that is going to be made available on Facebook, and means that you are going to be able to carry out improved searches that are going to provide more relevant and customised information. I have to say at this point I am doing a little jig on the spot. You can watch a presentation from Facebook about Graph Search here or watch the video below:
Much of the commentary and analysis that has occurred since the announcement has focused on the challenge that this news presents to Google. You can read Rory Carroll’s thoughts on this over at the Guardian.
2. The Flu Arrived Early
Have you been taken out by the flu this month? I assure you that you are not alone if you have. A number of my household have been completely wiped out with it this week. Apparently Januray is traditionally the worst time for flu but this season it started earlier and December was much worse than previous years. Wouldn’t it be good to know what levels of flu there were in your area? Guess what? You can! Have a look at Flu Detector or follow @fludetector on Twitter, you will receive all the latest updates, which are based on geo-located tweets across the country. All very clever if you ask me.
3. LinkedIn Hits 200 Million Members
Last month I was speaking at events informing my audience that LinkedIn are now up to 175 million members. This month LinkedIn announced an extra 25 million people have arrived. The figures for all networks are changing so rapidly it is incredible. To celebrate this amazing milestone LinkedIn created a wonderful infographic.
4. Google+ Updates Functions
If you are an image person you are going to be smiling now because Google+ have been thinking about you. Their first update is about photos you can now zoom and pan to find out how, click here. Also as if that wasn’t enough, Hangouts have gone full screen, you can read about it at TechCrunch.
5. Twitter Captures the London Helicopter Crash
On Wednesday morning a helicopter collided with a crane in London and very sadly lives were lost but it was also heralded as a miracle that the casualties were not more numerous. Once again the news, images and eye witness accounts were hitting Twitter first as the Guardian explores. One newspaper used a Tweeters picture to run with the story and the question has been raised about who owns that image once it is tweeted.
6. Facebook Nearby
Facebook is making it’s way in SoLoMo – I just love typing that! It stands for Social, Local and Mobile which means you can acess useful and relevant information via your mobile relevant to your location. Find out more at Social Media Today.
7. Instagram Changes
8. Facebook Numbers Drop in the UK
Has Facebook reached a tipping point? Figures from December reveal that over 600,000 people left Facebook over the festive season. Maybe you were one of them? The Guardian takes a closer look at the numbers.
9. Infographic of the Fortnight
This is a brilliant Social Media Plan for 2013 in the form of an infographic, informative, useful and grogeous. Perfect!
10. Twitter Predicts the Oscar Winners
If you want to connect with the pre-oscar buzz and find out what the sentiment is towards those nominated in each of the major categories then you really must make a visit to the Twitter Oscar Index. You can read all about it at The Wall.