What’s New in Social Media

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on February 11, 2013

We know the world of social media and online marketing can be a bit… fast. Slow down for a minute and get caught up on what’s been happening in the world of social.


instagramInstagram Now Available via Desktop
For the first time, the mobile-only photo app has allowed users to log into their accounts via desktop computers to browse, like, and comment on Instagram photos. Uploading is still relegated only to mobile, as the company firmly believes Instagram should be an “on the go” experience.

twitter_logoTwitter Security Breach
Twitter announced a breach on Friday, February 1. The social network released that its system was hacked and some 250,000 accounts were affected. The hackers may have had access to user email addresses, passwords, and Twitter handles. Twitter sent emails to the affected users, instructing them that they would need to change their passwords before being able to log in to the network. A reminder to change your passwords regularly!

facebook_logoFacebook Gift Cards
If you’ve been looking for the perfect gift for the social media lover in your life, Facebook now offers gift cards. They can be purchased through the social network and can have different amounts to be used with multiple retailers including Sephora, Target, Jamba Juice, and Olive Garden. Card values can be checked through Facebook, and once a user has a card, it can be reloaded with various gifts from multiple friends.

vine-app-iconVine App Hits the Social Scene
Twitter recently launched its six second video sharing app, Vine. Several major brands are already taking advantage of its service, and with Twitter’s 200 million + followers, it’s likely to develop quite a user base.  While you can search for followers by linking to your Twitter account, Facebook has blocked the app – leaving you unable to search for Facebook friends within Vine.


Pinterest Had Some Work Done
Pinterest announced it is updating its appearance based on user feedback. Notable changes include a more user-friendly navigation process, larger image size, additional  information related to pins, and some back-end changes intended to speed up the functionality of the site.


Facebook Graph Search
Facebook introduced Graph Search, a social search engine within the network that pulls results from your friends, likes, and the Internet in collaboration with Bing. It's still in beta, but you can sign up for early access via Facebook.  Anything you like, places you’ve been – they’re likely to be shared with your network that searches for the same.  Major topics being discussed regarding Graph Search include recruiting, privacy, and even online dating.








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