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Google Mail, Plus Changes and the Oscars Will Stream Live | This Week in Social Media

by Grant Kenney

Google+ for Android phones gets photo editing funness Android users with Google+ accounts just got a nice upgrade to that app and its use of pictures. The updategives users a variety of new editing options with their photos, including: filters, cropping, rotating, and Snapseed-inspired enhancements (like Drama, Retrolux, and HDR Scape). The basic layout has changed [...]

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Facebook Tweaks Liking, Google Field Trips, Intergalactic Gaga and TWTR goes Live | This Week in Social Media

by Grant Kenney

Like as we Know it has Ended Facebook altered its famous Like button this week. The first time in, well, ever. The social networking giant unveiled its newly redesigned Like and Share buttons with a bluer background and Helvetica font. The iconic thumbs up icon is also no more (aw). While it may seem a [...]

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Auto-completing Ads, Targeting Tweets and Editing Vines | This Week in Social Media

by Rebecca Woodward

Google auto-complete makes for powerful advertising The auto-complete function in Google search took center stage in a viral UN Women campaign this week, drawing attention to sexism and gender discrimination around the world. The ads depict popular Google searches beginning with phrases like “women should” to illustrate widespread sexism. The tactic was so successful it [...]

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Google’s Gone (not provided) – What It Means for SEO

by Bobby Franske

Back in October of 2011, Google decided to change the way they pass along keyword data. When a Google Search user was logged into a Google product (Gmail, Google+, or any other Google account), their search terms were hidden, or otherwise, encrypted from being passed along to any analytics program through what is called SSL protection.  [...]

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FDA’s AOR, Breaking Bad and Google’s Birthday | This Week in Social Media

by Richard Retyi

The FDA Taps Agency for Social Media Social media has become so ubiquitous that even the Food and Drug Administration has allocated part of its budget to managing and monitoring their social media channels through an agency. IB5k, which worked with the 2008 Obama campaign, will be paid $182,814 to provide “comprehensive coverage” of the [...]

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Instagram hits the big screen, Google searches for immortality, and Pinterest sells things | This Week in Social Media

by Rebecca Woodward

Royal Caribbean puts Instagram videos on the big screen Royal Caribbean Australia is laying claim to the world’s first Instagram film contest. The cruise line is asking fans from Australia and New Zealand to submit 15-second videos of their “wow moments” and vote for their favorite entries to determine which 100 videos will be featured [...]

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Facebook Verified Accounts, Spotify Discover and Gmail Update | This Week in Social Media

by Fluency Media

Facebook introduces verified accounts Following Twitter’s lead, Facebook began rolling out verified accounts this Wednesday to “public figures with large audiences”—namely celebrities, government officials, popular brands, and well-known journalists. Verification places a small, blue-and-white checkmark (nearly identical to Twitter’s verification mark) next to the account name, both in search and on the profile itself—making it [...]

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Shop-able YouTube Videos, MySpace for Millionaires, and Social Media Meltdowns | This Week in Social Media

by Fluency Media

Google announces shop-able YouTube videos Soon you’ll finally be able to combine two of your favorite pastimes—shopping and watching videos on the Internet—into one seamless couch-based activity. This week Google announced a new channel gadget that will allow brands to add shopping links for products featured in videos on their channel. The feature will only [...]

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The Top 12 Social Media Stories of 2012 | This Week In Social Media

by Lindsay Blackwell

Facebook’s IPO, the return of MySpace, the explosion of Instagram and Pinterest and Google+’s continuing battle for acceptance. It’s been quite a year for social media. Here are the top 12 social media stories of 2012 that shaped how we use social networking sites and our expectations for the future of the social web. Things [...]

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Instagram and Twitter break up, the Pope joins Twitter, and Google+ is still trying | This Week in Social Media

by Lindsay Blackwell

Instagram disables support for Twitter cards Images shared to Twitter from popular mobile-based photo-sharing application Instagram will no longer display in-stream on a user’s newsfeed, Mashable reports. Facebook—the company that recently acquired Instagram for $1 billion—confirmed Sunday that Instagram has completely turned off support for Twitter Card technology.  Twitter Cards are the technology that makes [...]

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