Here are some cool things we read about this past week:
Instagram Launches Profile Badges
Instagram just launched Instagram badges, an easy way to help users promote and share their Instagram profiles across the web. Instagram badges are similar to buttons offered by Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. To get an Instagram badge click here.
Facebook Gifts Adds iTunes
Facebook Gifts has a big new retail partner: Apple. The social network has added the ability for people to send iTunes digital gifts through its own gifting service. Through the partnership, Facebook users can recommend albums, movies, games, apps, and iTunes credits in denominations of $10, $15, $25, or $50.
Pinterest Kicks Off 30 Days of Holiday Inspiration
Pinterest is getting into the holiday spirit this year with a new project, dubbed 30 Days of Pinspiration. The site will unveil a series of holiday boards each day through the New Year. The effort began with Katie Couric, Dale Partridge, Second Harvest, Anthropologie, Budget Savvy Diva, Babble and Parents Magazine. The campaign will continue until January 4 and will feature people, non-profits and organizations including the NBA, Jordan Ferney, Paula Deen, the U.S. Marine Corps and Starbucks. It will remain a mystery as to who is featured on what day – though you can get hints by hovering over the calendar here.
YouTube Now Lets You Link Your Channel With Google+
Google announced even more Google+ integration for YouTube that allows you to link your channel with a Google+ profile and still keep your channel name. Although the company is pushing out the prompt to all its users, if you want to opt in now, you can do so in your YouTube account settings. You can still keep your channel name, or opt to change it to the Google+ name.
Google Launches “Defend Your Net” Campaign in Germany
In its latest effort to bring attention to government action it considers threatening to the open web, Google is warning German citizens and lawmakers of the potential dangers posed by copyright changes being considered in Germany’s parliament. The campaign and petition is called Verteidige Dein Netz, German for “Defend Your Net.” The target is a proposed law that would allow German publishers to charge Google for short excerpts seen on sites such as Google News or remove content from the search engine entirely. Germany isn’t the first country to propose such a change. France recently had a similar spat with Google, demanding that the company pay French publishers for content. In Brazil, approximately 90% of newspapers pulled their content from Google News with similar complaints.
Sugar Brand Launches Racy Craigslist Personal Campaign
All natural sweetener company In The Raw has introduced fake Craigslist personals that direct people to its ‘racy’ food photography app for sharing pixelated images of mouthwatering culinary creations. Visitors to the website can view and post titillating food photos using In The Raw’s ‘Au Natural’ Facebook app, which gives foodies “all-access to the hottest action on the web.” They can use the tool to pixelate or blur images, then upload them to the gallery, where others can click to reveal the full-frontal food photos. Check out the campaign here.
Dunkin’ Sweeps Leverages Twitter Profile Redesign
Dunkin’ Donuts has redesigned its Twitter brand profile – and has launched a sweeps that leverages the new profile’s interactive capabilities. Through December 3, fans can share their favorite seasonal Dunkin’ coffee flavors for chances to win one of three daily $50 mGifts. Fans vote/enter by tweeting one of three hashtags (#DDWhiteChocolate, #DDPeppermintMocha, #DDGingerbread), along with the hashtag #entry. As fans vote, images of coffee cups with corresponding flavors will fill up in real time, allowing fans to track how flavors are trending.