There is always a sense of the morning after the night before on the 15th February, Valentines day seems to be eagerly awaited and then, like Christmas, it comes and goes! However, today has been bright and beautiful full of blue sky and promise and I think everyone is all stocked up on love from yesterday as the world seemed to be full of happy people. As you can well imagine, all sorts of wonderful things took place on social media sites for Valentines day! More of that later, first of all… news from the social media world.
1. LinkedIn Congratulates Us
Did you receive an email this week form LinkedIn letting you know how you rate in the grand scheme of things? I was informed earlier this week that I was in the top 5% of most viewed profiles, which I will confess for a short while really excited me but then I realised it was me and 10 million other people and it lost its shine a little bit at that point. Everyone has been talking about their emails this week and wondering what does it actually all mean? According to a LinkedIn rep (via Mashable) it means:
The practical upside to being the top 1% or 5% is that we believe the more engaged you are on LinkedIn, the better you will be in the job that you currently have, and the better connected when you are seeking a new job.
2. Twitter Search Updated
If you have ever tried searching for a key word or subject in Twitter you will have noticed that the results only go back a week. Good news – this has all changed, now when you carry out a search you will have more results to look through, this is also good for your keyword tweets, although be aware that not all tweets are showing up but a selection of those with good engagement! Read more over at All Twitter for a more indepth look into this subject read Drew Olanoff’s post over at TechCrunch.
As we roll this out over the coming days, the Tweets that you’ll see in search results represent a fairly small percentage of total Tweets ever sent. We look at a variety of types of engagement, like favorites, retweets and clicks, to determine which Tweets to show. We’ll be steadily increasing this percentage over time, and ultimately, aim to surface the best content for your query. For now, enjoy your trip down memory lane!
3. Happy Birthday Facebook
Last week Facebook was celebrating its 9th birthday of which you can read more at All Facebook where Justin Lafferty has a brief look back over the past 9 years. Just in case you were sitting there thinking Mr Zuckberg was undeserving of such tremendous success then spend a moment considering the news shared on Mashable earlier this week that actualy Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are among the 50 “most generous” donors of 2012, according to a new list.
4. Make Payments by Tweet
Money, it’s so inconvenient at times, we are much more used to paying with our cards and of course paying online, so why not pay by tweet? This is exactly what American Express have been developing, it is not yet available but looks as though it may not be far away, so hop over to the Guardian and find out about it will work.
5. Google+ Content is given priority in Search
We have all long suspected that having a presence on Google+ is going to provide a boost in search rankings, much speculation has taken place but now Eric Schidmt (Google boss) has confirmed in his new book “The New Digital Age” that Google+ content is being given greater priority. You can read more over at The Drum.
6. Latest Pew Study Results
Studies are really useful for giving us a glimpse into what is really happening online with the different social networks and the recent Pew Study results reveal some interesting facts about the Twitter community. You can read all about it over at All Twitter.
7. Happy Birthday YouTube
We are celebrating another birthday this month, and it’s YouTube, which has been around for 8 years and it is hard to imagine life without YouTube as MindJuumpers reports. The video social network turned 8 on Valentines day and according to Mashable:
To celebrate the day of love, YouTube has compiled a list of videos for your viewing pleasure, from the most watched proposals and lessons on science of love to the cheesiest break-up ballads and love songs.
There is also a rather wonderful infographic doing the rounds that records the history of YouTube so far and what we can expect in the future. Watch the video below to remind yourself just how brilliant YouTube is.
8. The Harlem Shake
So we all know about Gangnam style but are you up with the Harlem Shake? If not you need to take a look at this post by Mashable. You will see that not only Google but also Facebook have been joining the craze!
9. Infographic of the Fortnight
Well, it had to be love themed didn’t it being so close to Valentines day but it has a serious message at it’s heart: Content at the Heart of Digital Marketing.
10. Valentines day or should I say Valenvines day?
It would seem that Vine was launched at just the right time if the brilliant vines we’ve seen this week are anything to go by. Twitter sent out a challenge on Valentines day for Tweeters to hashtag the best vines with #valenvines and there were some amazing videos, watch the Mashable Top 10. The Creative Business Red Square Agency took a step further creating Vines for Twitter users.