Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:
- Share Flickr Photos on Facebook
- Parody BP Twitter Account Told to Identify Themselves
- Facebook Wants You to Add More Friends
- Vocus Acquires Help a Report Out
Share Flickr Photos on Facebook
Social media can be so daunting sometimes. Between Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, email and every other communication channels, how do you manage? Flickr and Facebook are looking to make sharing photos a bit easier between the two services.
Using a new integration feature, when you put a photo on Flickr, your Facebook news feed can be automatically updated with no additional effort by you. Also, taking the integration further, content created on Yahoo! sites -- including News, Sports and Movies -- can be shared with friends on Facebook.
In order to protect privacy, Yahoo! has launched a new central dashboard called Yahoo! Pulse that will enable users to control what data is shared. This type of data sharing brings benefit to users by eliminating the need to update multiple sites. Do you use Flickr and Facebook - does cross-posting your content appeal to you?
Parody BP Twitter Account Told to Identify Themselves
A Twitter account known as @BPGlobalPR has been in operation for weeks now, putting out mock information making light of the oil spill that BP cause in the Gulf of Mexico. The updates from @BPGlobalPR have been quite humorous and entertaining. The account has gained over 150,000 followers in a matter of weeks.
BP responded by asking the person behind @BPGlobalPR to identify the account as a parody. As a result, @BPGlobalPR changed it's bio on Twitter, only adding to the humor. The new bio reads: "We are not associated with Beyond Petroleum, the company that has been destroying the Gulf of Mexico for 52 days."
The tweets coming from the parody account illustrate the response that individuals can mount using social media tools. The fact that this little twitter account has received such attention from British Petroleum is interesting. BP has also launched social media campaigns to put official information out including sites on Twitter, Facebook and other channels.
Facebook Wants You to Add More Friends
The giant in online social networking, Facebook, recently announced a new import utility that will make it possible for Facebook users to bulk-import your email address contact list and add new people to your Facebook account. With the new importer, you can simply point the utility at your email program and it will scan all your email contacts and ask you if you want to send them invites to Facebook. This type of bulk-import existed for users of email sites such as Hotmail and Gmail - but now users can import Outlook contacts and more.
As Mashable points out, Facebook has seen phenomenal growth in the last two years, and this import tool will likely expose all sorts of news users to Facebook.
The question remains, with all of Facebook's notable privacy concerns as of late, would you trust the service to mine your personal email contact list? Users entrust Facebook with a lot of data already and to spam all of your email contacts might be asking too much.
Vocus Acquires Help a Report Out
Help A Report Out (HARO) is a great email service that enables reporters to get comments and expertise from subject matter experts quickly and easily. In essence, HARO is a service that puts social media and crowdsourcing into the hands of reporters who need experts to tap in to. Peter Shankman founded HARO and will be joining Vocus as HARO was acquired.
HARO started as a Facebook group and is now a 3-times-a-day email that is vital for many online and traditional journalists who seek sources for stories ranging from parenting issues to tech advice. HARO shows how the PR cycle is changing, allowing reporters to be in control of how they source stories and allowing a new world of experts (bloggers, podcasters and others) to get quoted and referenced in the mainstream media.