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Facebook and Twitter Lock Horns in Post-Super Bowl Battle of the Statistics
Facebook and Twitter released a barrage of data this week to claim the title of most popular social network for spectators watching the Super Bowl. Facebook boasted that 65 million people chimed in about the game. Twitter reported 28.4 million game-related tweets, compared with 24.9 million last year.  Facebook claimed that 676,000 people per minute commented or liked someone’s comment after the game-ending interception. On Twitter, the same play generated a surge of 395,000 tweets per second.

Twitter Launches Vine Kids
Twitter recently created its first child-friendly app – Vine Kids.  The main feature is the same, six-second looping videos, but the focus is clearly for children with animated characters leading them through the experience.

Nielsen Pitching New ‘Tweets Per Impression’ Metric to Entertainment Marketers
Nielsen has begun engaging movie studios and TV networks on a new metric — tweets per impression (TPI) — that gauges the social impact of entertainment marketing efforts. TPI maps the number of impressions a commercial has on TV against the number of tweets referencing that particular impression just minutes after the commercial airs.  While TPI isn’t limited to the entertainment industry, there has been significant interest from studios, which can adjust their TV advertising plans in real time based on input from the metric.

Tweets Will Return to Google Search
Twitter has reached a deal with Google to add tweets back to Google’s search results later this year. Google previously had to crawl Twitter’s site for tweets, but now the company will provide the data directly to the search engine. As part of the new arrangement, tweets will appear in search results as soon as they are posted.

Twitter Expands Promoted Tweets
Twitter has announced plans to expand Promoted Tweets beyond its own borders. Flipboard and Yahoo Japan have signed on as the first platforms to participate in Twitter’s newly syndicated ad network.  Twitter’s syndicated ads will be seen by users within Twitter content sections on third-party properties, as well as within third-party content areas.

Global Social Media

China Tightens Its Grip on the Internet
Over the last two weeks, China has been further tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what’s popularly known as the “Great Firewall of China.” Some popular Virtual Private Networks were the latest victims of the censorship system, with many reportedly unable to use them to connect to censored websites.  Though China has always been aggressive in trying to control the Internet, this new crackdown is seen as unprecedented.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Gap Debuts Love Story ‘Micro-Series’ on Instagram
Following Gap’s noirish brand campaign from David Fincher, and quirky holiday ads directed by Sofia Coppola, the brand has launched a “micro-series” on Instagram to promote its spring collection.  “Spring is Weird” is a 12-part love story starring actor Paul Dano and “Marcel the Shell” creator Jenny Slate. The 15-second episode will roll out each week on Gap’s Instagram account. The story will also be featured on dating websites and apps. Followers of #APerfectFit will also get special offers for trying the brand’s form-fitting “Resolution Denim” featured in the series.

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Written by: Christy Wise
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Facebook Launches New Places Directory to Rival Yelp
Facebook has quietly launched a new Places Directory, which lets you search for the best destinations in cities across the world. The results are ranked by user ratings and show comments from friends and others in your Facebook network.

Social Spend Will Double by 2018
Social media advertising spending will more than double in just five years, according to a new forecast from BI Intelligence. The group predicts social ad revenues will jump 40 percent from $6.1 billion in 2013 to $8.5 billion this year and 195 percent to almost $14 billion in 2018. Factors driving this growth: increased reach, improved targeting, improved measurement capabilities, and the rapid expansion of programmatic buying options.

Twitter Announces Several New Features
During Twitter’s Analyst Day event, the company promised to launch new services including new messaging, video creation, and content curation features in the coming months. The goal is to make the social network more engaging to new and existing users. Some of the new features announced include: Timeline Highlights, Instant Timeline, breaking news alerts, real-time video editing and sharing (native Twitter video), improvements to private messaging, and more stand-alone apps.

Facebook Debuts ‘Say Thanks’ Video Feature
Facebook launched a new feature called “Say Thanks” that helps users create “video cards” for friends and family. To create the cards, Facebook automatically combines content featuring users and the person they’ve chosen to commemorate. Users can then edit that content and choose from different card themes before sharing them.

YouTube Unveils Music Streaming Service
YouTube launched its new music streaming service this week. Music Key will be ad-free and begin on an invite-only basis with a promotional subscription price of $7.99 per month — discounted from $9.99. YouTube is also adding a music-focused tab that includes favorites and recommended playlists. YouTube’s Music Key also includes a subscription to Google Play Music.

Global Social Media

The Countries Where Facebook Censors the Most Content
As Facebook expands, countries are increasingly interested in making content on the social network disappear. Censorship on Facebook increased 19 percent between the first six months of 2014 and the last six months of 2013. But censorship isn’t distributed evenly. Some countries are more trigger-happy than others. India leads the list with 4,900 pieces of content restricted. Turkey and Pakistan follow closely with 1,800 and 1,700 “pieces of content” removed. Facebook only restricts content when it is “illegal under local law.”

Noteworthy Campaigns

JetBlue Launches Fly It Forward
JetBlue Airways recently introduced a new program called “Fly It Forward” that enables customers to spread goodness from one to the next. The program is inspired by the airline’s crew members and is carried on by customers passing along one ticket on a continuous journey throughout the JetBlue network. To celebrate the launch, JetBlue released a video featuring the first four fliers to participate in the program. The video also calls for the public to submit their own nominations for deserving travelers. Consumers can follow stories as they unfold at jetblueflyitforward.com and help write the next chapter by submitting their own entry through Twitter using #FlyItForward.

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Facebook Insights Get a Makeover
Facebook Insights is changing. A small, random group of beta testers got access to the new desktop design this week. A broader rollout is coming soon at an unspecified date. The new design is simpler, cleaner and more intelligible. Stats like “People Talking About This,” have been broken into separate charts that allow Page owners to individually measure the reach and engagement of individual posts. Additional charts make it easier for users to see what kinds of posts have better reach or positive engagement than others. Owners can now break down demographic behavior to see if their Pages, for example, are better at engaging women ages 18-24 or men older than 65.

LinkedIn Unveils New Updates
LinkedIn unveiled two new updates this week that give users a more personalized home page. Called “Who’s Viewed Your Updates,” and “You Recently Visited,” the features are intended to provide users with more personalized insights on activities and engagement across the platform. “Who’s Viewed” is a snapshot of what a user has shared over the past two weeks. It also indicates who has seen the content. “You Recently Visited” indicates recent profiles that a user has viewed, searched or conducted discussions about.

FTC Warns Search Engines About Paid Ads
Search engines are increasingly blurring the differences between paid ads and organic listings, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Letters warning search engines that they need to clearly differentiate sponsored ads from organic results, were sent to dozens of companies including Google, Bing, AOL and Yahoo this week.

Facebook Developing Social Reader to Rival Flipboard
Facebook is working on a Flipboard-like social reader that will allow users to aggregate and read news stories from a range of sources. The project has been ongoing for a year. There has been no announcement about its release date.

Global Social Media

Turkey Hints a Twitter Censorship
The Turkish government is heading towards a showdown with Twitter after asking it to set up a “representative office” inside the country. The move could presage a censorship of the microblogging service it has accused of helping stir weeks of anti-administration protests.

Facebook Now Has 9 Million Users in Pakistan
Facebook is quickly growing in Pakistan. The social network just broke the 9 million user mark – an especially impressive feat considering it only reached 8 million users earlier this year. One million users in half a year suggests that Facebook could cross the 10 million threshold before 2014. For more on Facebook users in Pakistan – check out this infographic.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Amnesty International Campaign Finds Facebook Users Guilty of Crimes Based on Social Activity
Amnesty International’s New Zealand branch has an online tool that scans your Facebook Timeline and looks at how the freedom of your lifestyle measures up globally. As New Zealand was named one of the freest countries on earth, ‘Trial By Timeline,’ highlights what it might be like to be punished for attempting a quality of life that some take for granted.  The tool pulls out likes, words and updates you’ve posted that could have you arrested, tortured, fined or even sentenced to death in other parts of the world. Try it out here.