<< by on January 29th, 2010
Read on for a review of this week’s hilarious and surprising events in social media.
Google goes social
You’ll want to pay attention to this. Google announced new social search features on Wednesday. One of the features is your social circle, compiling your contacts from across the web in one place. Surprise, surprise, Google knows everything about you. It knows your friends, and your friends’ friends, comprising your social circle.
Google suggests creating a Google Profile, and so did we a while back, but we’re reminding you again, that Google Profiles are a good idea. They’ll have a big impact on your connections and linkability within your circle. Also, be prepared to start seeing friends’ photos in your image search results. Stay tuned, as things will most likely evolve as the release of Caffeine hovers above us.
Debut of the iPad
On Wednesday afternoon, trending topics based in Washington DC were as follows:
Giant iphone, apple product, applesnextproduct, ipad, and 2 other female product references…
Immediately after the announcement, Twitter burst into incessant jokes about the product name. Not to mention, people were surprised that Apple didn’t consider the confusion they’ll inevitably create in Boston.
“I just got an iPad.”
“So what iPods are old news.”
“No an iPAD…”
Let’s just say Apple got a lot of PR out of the day, regardless of if it was positive or negative…period.
As I just mentioned, local trends were released to all Twitter users this week. @AdMailEmailDan pointed out: Pretty interesting to look at the difference between US and UK. I’m a little ashamed to see #nowthatsghetto #1 on ours…
Definitely embarrassing and interesting to compare cities and countries, but this feature won’t be completely useful to me until I can see what my town is saying. Only major US cities are enabled for the moment, and although being able to check in on DC or NYC is cool, it isn’t Charlottesville.
Facebook conversion tracking
From Marketing Pilgrim:
“At OMMA Social, Facebook’s direct response solutions manager Brian Boland announced a conversion tracker tool from the most popular social network. Designed to complement Facebook Connect, the tool is already in testing.”
This is yet another development we’ll be watching closely.
For some Friday giggles