The past two weeks have brought with them all sorts of new developments within social media, but to be honest it’s been all about Google this week; Google Glass, Evil Google, and new developments in Google+. You will be able to read all about it below. We have had some recent statistic updates and have seen some fantastic infographics, if you want to keep up to date with me outside of the bi-monthly blogposts then catch up with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+. In the meantime, here is the news round up.
1. Google+ Gets a New Look
I logged onto Google+ this morning and was surprised to see a wonderful, shiny new user interface and I have to say I like it, I like it alot. If you haven’t had a look yet then do log on and check it out. A summary from Social Media Today sums up the new look:
Google+ is now image-centric much like the layouts of both Pinterest and Facebook and features a multi-column interface instead of a singular stream. Google+ will also now add related hashtags to posts and images.
You can see the new look in the video below:
You will also find that photo features have been updated as have Hangouts – see the video below:
2. Paid Channels come to YouTube
There have been all sorts of changes going on over at YouTube, channels have been updated and you can now add a welcome video and encourage others to subscribe so they don’t miss future videos. If you want to know how to make the most of these changes then you should have a look at this post over at The Wall. YouTube has also introduced paid channels for a select number of businesses – to be rolled out further in the coming weeks, you can read more over at Mashable. Finally, as if that was not enough YouTube are offering a new channel gadget that allows consumers to buy your product from your YouTube page directly after watching the video about your product. You can read all about it over at Web Pro News.
3. Evil Google
Poor Google has had a rough week in the press, yesterday the MP Margaret Hodge accussed Google of “doing evil” and earlier in the week many were questioning the privacy issues surrounding Google Glass. Engadget explores Google Glass in the video below so you can gain a better understanding of what it is all about:
Many are very worried about the privacy implications of this latest gadget and are calling on the government to ban it. You can read more at Web Pro News.
4. LinkedIn Celebrates 10 Years of Linking up Professionals
Last week LinkedIn celebrated with it’s 3,700 staff the major milestone of 10 years. Many do not realise that LinkedIn arrived before both Facebook and Twitter and plays a major role in connecting professionals across the globe.
5. Recent Statistics
It’s always a good idea to keep in touch with what is happening across the networks when it comes to stats, so here are the recent figures for the top 15 social networks across the world:
6. Astronauts on Twitter
If you were a loyal Twitter follower of the Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield and are sad that you will no longer be able to tune into live tweets from space, then this post from All Twitter will light up your day as it provides a list of other astronauts on Twitter that you can follow. Social Media Today has taken a more contemplative look at the effect Chris had and what we can learn from his social media success.
I absolutely love this story for the way it demonstrates the power of social media. The video below sets the scene but look out for #fitchthehomeless on Twitter. It demonstrates that Brands really can’t control what others say about them online as Ragan explores.
8. Jailed for Tweets
Some social media users tend to think that the social stratesphere is a separate world where responsbility and accountability don’t exist but every week we hear of stories where users are being asked to explain or defend their online actions. This week six have been send to prison in Bahrain for insulting tweets, read all about it over at Media Bistro.
9. Infographic of the Fortnight
I cannot get enough of potted histories and this infographic is a fine example of this genre: A Complete History of Social Media and the greatest thing about it is that it’s interactive!
10. Tweet Pee
Apps get better and better all the time, this week I found out about TweetPee, the clue is in the name, but essentially a sensor is attached to the baby’s nappy and when extra humidity is detected a tweet is sent to the parents account – time for a nappy change! Huggies have rolled this app out only in Brazil at the moment, you can watch the video below or read more over at All Twitter.