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DataSift Adds Instagram, Facebook Page + Google+ Data Sources

DataSift Adds Instagram, Facebook Page + Google+ Data Sources DataSift, an enterprise social data company, has added Instagram, Facebook Page and Google+ data to its managed data offering, and partnered with analytics and visualization vendor Tableau on data integration.

Social Media for Small Business: 3 Key Considerations

shutterstock_100269413.jpg Lisa Barone, the Vice President of Strategy at Overit, a full-service digital media agency, recently spoke with CMSWire about three key factors SMB’s have to consider before launching a social media campaign.

Google+ Takes Over Second Place in US Social Media Rankings

Google+ is now more popular than Twitter among social networks in the US, according to a survey of 2,500 people by an ad firm called Burst Media.

HootSuite, Mindful of Social Media's Vulnerabilities, Offers Security Services

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Another day, another bunch of stories about successful hacks of companies’ websites, Twitter accounts or internal systems. To bolster defenses on the social media front, social media management vendor HootSuite has announced its Security Services suite of tools, training and services. 

Facebook Introduces Verified Pages for High Profile Accounts

The check mark that confirms the owner of a Twitter page is who they say they are is now part of Facebook, as the social network has introduced its own version of the feature.

What Social Networks Should Your Business Be On? Hint. Not All

social media, social networking, smbSocial media is a tool that everyone uses, but not all brands need a Twitter, Instagram or YouTube page. If you're a small business trying to get started in social media, here's what to consider before signing up.

Retweet Much? M.I.T. Researchers Can Predict How Many Times

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Prediction of retweets of President Obama's tweet about his family dog

Some tweets get retweeted many times, some a few, and some just sit there. Now, researchers at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management have developed a model they say can predict the number of retweets a given tweet will engender — and they can make the prediction within minutes of its posting. 

Gartner Report Highlights 'Cool' Social Marketing Shops

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It’s not every day that you see the word “cool” used in the title of a Gartner report. But that’s certainly an appropriate descriptor of five selected agencies that strike the delicate balance between brand promotion and e-Commerce, as described in the new report.

Facebook Changes Ad Image Sizes, News Feed Options

Facebook_ad_format_changesAccording to a recent report, Facebook advertisements are quietly going through a redesign that will affect how they are displayed on the social network.

Report: E-Commerce Marketers Must Improve Social Engagement

Report: Ecommerce Needs to Improve Social Engagement; Make Note of Customer Trends E-commerce is something that changes as social trends change; however many businesses are failing to find a good link between social engagement and e-commerce traffic.

Apple's Road To WWDC 2013: iOS 7, iPhone 5S and iCloud

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With only a couple of weeks until Apple's big developer event, the company has to match Google's feature-heavy Android and app updates from I/O, Microsoft's new media-friendly Xbox One and keep generating hardware magic in what is becoming a highly predictable market. 

Jive Releases Rebuilt, Free Producteev Task Management Tool

Jive Releases Rebuilt, Free Producteev Task Management Tool
The Mac version of Jive's updated Producteev

Social task management for free. That’s the appealing price tag of a rebuilt version of Producteev, the tool that Jive Software bought last fall. 

Customer Experiences: When Online and Real-World Shopping Cross Paths

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Online content, in store: TigerLogic's Postano on a screen at Nine West.

Consumers now have access to the Net wherever they go, and their customer experience extends from everywhere to almost everywhere. With online shopping blending into offline, pinged customer experience management provider Empathica and enterprise data management/app development provider TigerLogic for their insights. 

PC Users Can Talk To Chrome While Google+ Gets A Mobile Browser Update


Google has turned the taps on its update stream after last week's I/O event. You can now talk to your PC's Chrome browser for Google searches, while mobile users get a new version of Google+ to play with that's more in line with the card-based update of the recent PC browser update. 

Microsoft's Xbox One Console Runs Three OSs Including Windows 8

Microsoft crams Windows 8 into Xbox One

What is Xbox One? Is it a games machines, a media center, or an app player? Microsoft wants it to be all three, with near instant-on, voice activation, Skype and many other features, but to do this, it runs a version of Windows 8, a gaming hyper-OS and a media system, highlighting the company's struggles with Windows.

Flickr Gets the Yahoo Upgrade Treatment With Hi-Res Pics and 1TB Storage

Flickr Gets the Yahoo Upgrade Treatment With Hi-Res Pics and 1TB Storage

Alongside the Tumblr acquisition, Yahoo is taking off the wraps on one of its earlier acquisitions. Image-sharing service Flickr gets a major hi-resolution makeover with a new app for Android users. 

Pinterest Unveils Information Pins; Pin It for Mobile

Pinterest Unveils New Pinning Feature; Mobile Update

Navigating social media sites can be quite a task, but Pinterest aims to improve how users use the content sharing website with a new feature that will prove useful to brands and companies: information pins.

Confirmed: Yahoo to Acquire Tumblr for $1.1 Billion

tumblr_ios_logo.jpgYahoo has announced that it will acquire Tumblr in a refreshingly honestly press release that states "Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business."

Tumblr The Target of a Social Media Bidding War?


Yahoo is bidding for Tumblr in an attempt to boost its social media credentials, but Facebook and other parties may be interested in spoiling the party. 

Social Media Briefs: SocialBro Analyzes Twitter Content, Yahoo Deems Tweets Newsworthy

This week Google dominated the social media news with updates released for Google Plus and Google Hangouts. Believe it or not, however, for those of us not at Google I/O developers conference, there was other social media news this week. Here are a few stories you may have missed.