Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest happenings in the social media world.
Facebook closed its purchase of Instagram and officially welcomed the photo-sharing app to the “family” on Thursday:
“As we said from the beginning, we are committed to building and growing Instagram independently,” says Mike Schroepfer, Vice President of Engineering, in a news release. “Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure. We also can’t wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience.”
The HootSuite team announced on Thursday that it had acquired social media platform Seesmic for an undisclosed amount of money:
“Like Seesmic, Hootsuite offers a suite of social media management tools, with even more options for small business and enterprise customers,” says the Seesmic Blog. “Initially, support for both products will continue, however we will soon be bringing everyone into one great platform.”
“I have always had a lot of respect for Seesmic’s CEO, Loïc Le Meur and the role Seesmic has played in advancing social business,” says HootSuite CEO, Ryan Holmes. “We are thrilled to welcome Seesmic’s users into the HootSuite family.”
The only major competitor left in Hootsuite’s category is now TweetDeck.
LinkedIn unveiled the new version of its Company Pages on Thursday. These pages now feature a de-cluttered look with a single image (uploaded by the brand), more relevant newsfeed, and preview of the brand’s products, services and career opportunities.
LinkedIn also launched its new notification system. Located at the top of the homepage, it features a flag and an envelope icon that turn red every time a user receives new comments or likes on their shares, accepted connection requests, new inMails and more.
This week, LinkedIn also released a series of new features for mobile devices.
On iPhone and Android:
• Get notified: We will keep you notified in real-time when someone likes what you’ve shared on LinkedIn, views your profile, accepts your invitation, and much more.
• Company pages goes mobile: Find out which connections work at the companies you care about, see recent news and updates from the company, and learn about current job openings.
• Don’t want your employer to know you’re looking?: We’ve recently added access to job listings and jobs you may be interested in directly within your mobile update stream.
On the iPad:
• We speak 6 new languages: Did you know more than 60% of our members are based outside the US? Today, we launched in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean. More to come.
• Notifications and Company Pages: Also available on iPad!
(Source: LinkedIn Blog)
Users can now embed entire Twitter timelines on their websites. The new tool, which was released on Wednesday, allows tweeps to interact with the newsfeed directly from the page and exactly in the same way as they would on Twitter.com.
For more information on this feature, visit the Developer Blog.
This week, Twitter also officially released its new API. Version 1.1 had been announced earlier this year and introduces stricter rules to follow for third-party app developers. Read the overview here.
Automattic, the company that runs the commercial side of WordPress, released on Tuesday a new plugin that allows bloggers to cover faced-paced events.
The VIP WordPress.com Liveblog Add-On includes the ability to post content right from the front-end of a site (with a drag-and-drop interface to add pictures) and turn any post into a liveblog. Readers can also access new updates in real-time, without having to refresh their browser.
The Liveblog Add-On is available to WordPress.org users. To download it, click here.
WordPress also released its new version on Thursday. WordPress 3.4.2, a maintenance and security release, addresses 18 bugs found in previous versions.
In other news
RebelMouse released a new story editor that allows users to blog directly from their pages.
Content curation platform Snip.it updated its stats section to include more data than before. Members can now see their snips and collections that got the most views, as well as engagement and traffic locations.
Sharing platform Triberr announced full integration with LinkedIn on Wednesday.
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