Here is a quick roundup of the latest happenings in the social media world.
Facebook added two new features to its ever-changing arsenal this week.
In the Menu section, the new “Voice” tab allows Page owners and administrators to choose how they want to interact with fans on a case-to-case basis. This feature complements the “Use Facebook as” option located in the settings of the same menu.
When you mouse over a friend’s name in your chat bar, you will notice a new icon. Hovering over this icon will allow you to access your friend’s Timeline in one click.
LinkedIn announced on Friday that Twitter updates would no longer appear on LinkedIn. This change marks the end of a two-and-half-year partnership between the social network for business professionals and the microblogging service.
According to Ryan Roslansky, Head of Content Products at LinkedIn, LinkedIn members will still be able to share updates on both platforms:
“Initiate the conversation on LinkedIn. Simply compose your update, check the box with the Twitter icon, and click ‘Share’. This will automatically push your update to both your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers just as you’ve been able to do previously.”
Pinterest announced on Thursday that Spanish and Portuguese speakers would now be able to use the site in the language of their choice.
This new feature will roll out gradually over the next few days. In the meantime, you can change your language through the Settings page. Just mouse over your name at the top-right corner of your main page and click “Settings”.
Google continues upping the user experience. The company announced on Friday that YouTube members could now associate their accounts with their Google+ profiles and decide if they wanted to ditch their usernames in favour of their real names:
“This is your identity, so you’re in the driver’s seat,” says software engineer John Fisher on the YouTube Blog. “First off, your name. If you are currently YouTube user joeysam87, you can now appear as Joey Samson, the full name from your Google+ profile (with an actual space in the middle!), along with any photo you uploaded.”
This new feature also allows users to review all the videos, comments and playlists that they have posted since opening their accounts. They can then choose the content that they want or do not want their names to be associated with.
“For many YouTube users with existing Google+ profiles, you’ll start seeing this option the next time you upload or comment on YouTube,” Fisher adds. “For partners, brands and organizations, you won’t see this just yet. This will first be available in the US, with plans to make this available internationally soon.”
More information on this new feature can be found here.
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