Here are some cool things we read about this past week:
Facebook Launches Verified Accounts
Much like verified accounts on Twitter, verified Facebook pages will now display a small blue check next to their owner’s name. The check mark will also appear beside the profile name in search results, as well as anywhere else on Facebook where it appears. Also just like Twitter, Facebook’s verified status won’t be offered to everyone. They will be available to public figures with large audiences, namely celebrities, government officials, popular brands and some journalists.
Twitter Expands Lists
Twitter announced that its is updating its “List” feature, expanding it so that users can now have up to 1,000 lists with a maximum of 5,000 accounts in each one. In other Twitter news, the microblog is rolling out an ad-retargeting exchange similar to Facebook’s that would let brands retarget people who visit their site with ads on Twitter.
LinkedIn Adds Photo Sharing
LinkedIn has added the ability for users to upload photos, documents and presentations to their status updates. The new capability, which allows users to upload images and other content through the share box on the home page, will roll out to all members over the next few weeks. The sites’ 2.9 million Company Page owners now have the ability to directly upload images and files as well.
Tumblr Adds In-Stream Ads Online
A week after Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion, the blogging platform has announced that it will be rolling out its first sponsored web posts next month. These ads will be integrated into users’ streams, which until now on the desktop version of the site have only been populated next to content posted by other users they follow.
BuzzFeed, CNN and YouTube Plan Online Video Channel
This week, BuzzFeed launched “CNN BuzzFeed,” a YouTube channel featuring content from CNN that is designed to be shared via social networks. The move is part of BuzzFeed’s plan to become a news destination for young adults.
Social Media Marketing Increasingly Annoying UK Users
Details from a recent study indicate that UK users’ acceptance of ads on social sites is fairly low. Only 5% claim to have clicked on an ad in the past year and less than 1 in 10 feel that targeted advertising is relevant to them. Also, there has recently been an increase in the percentage of respondents who have stopped using social media altogether because they’ve had enough of promotions. The majority of users displayed negative attitudes towards social media marketing (just 10% of Europeans professed to trust social media marketing). 35% of respondents say they regularly hide companies’ updates if they update too often and 1 in 5 claim to have stopped using social media because they fear their information is being shared or used by 3rd party sites.
Taco Bell Sends Custom Made Rings To Social Savvy Super Fans
Taco Bell sent glitzy, unique rings engraved with special Taco Bell script to eight young women who regularly tweet and post photos on Instagram about all things Taco Bell. The custom-rings were sent to both fans and celebrities including Chrissy Teigen, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Jessica Lu an actress on MTV’s Awkward and Leah Cecil, Miss California 2012. The handmade gold-wire rings were designed for Taco Bell by an Orange Country, CA based designer (sourced on Etsy). A handwritten note accompanied each ring. Pictures of the rings have been showing up on Twitter and Instagram.
Corona Invites Fans to “Live It, Share It, Win It.”
Crown Imports’ Corona Extra and Corona Light brands are offering fans the opportunity to enhance their summer experience through the “Live it. Share it. Win it.” promotion. Through July 31, Corona fans are encouraged to capture and upload photos enjoying Corona inspired summer activities and tag them on CoronaSummer.com for a chance for their photo to appear in an upcoming ad for the brand. Corona will also be giving away weekly prizes and one of four U.S. Travel package grand prize experiences through codes on specially marked packages of Corona.