Facebook expands integration with WordPress

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Facebook unveiled on Tuesday a plugin for the WordPress blogging tool that offer expanded integration between the two.

The move will put Facebook widgets on more pages around the Web and will likely bring more content sharing to Facebook’s own platform. WordPress software is used to create 17 percent of all Web content, according to Facebook’s announcement, accounting for 600 million unique visitors a month. The New York Times’ website uses Emineo Media Facebook-Wordpress-LogoWordPress, for example.

Using the just-launched features, content creators can have new posts they publish with WordPress appear automatically in their Facebook timeline or company page. Without leaving the WordPress interface, authors can also add comments or tag friends when sharing their links.

A new feature will provide readers with personalized recommendations for further reading on the WordPress-powered website they are visiting, based on Facebook algorithms.

An expanded commenting feature includes SEO (search engine optimization) support for comments made using Facebook logins, the company said.

Although some Facebook functionality was already available in WordPress, the beefed up integration eliminates the need for publishers to insert code into their content. The features appear as lists of options that can be selected under Facebook settings and widgets settings.

The plugin will work for non-English and mobile content, according to WordPress.

Source ITworld

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Big Changes for the Big Social Media Platforms

This has been a busy week for social media! There have been so many changes that it can sometimes be hard to keep up. That’s why we are wrapping up the most important stories of the week for you right here. As we know, social media is constantly changing and when you are in charge of managing a community, you need to be on top of all the changes! Here’s what has been going on this week in social media.

Facebook

After lots of rumors, Facebook launched their very own App Center today. Their app store is for iOS and Android and will incorporate any app that uses Facebook integration in some way, shape, or form. You can access it from your mobile device or computer. The store has about 600+ apps so far, which is small compared to other app stores, but you will be sure that it will grow. The question remains, what will this mean for Facebook IPO?

Twitter

Looks like Twitter and Facebook are playing nice and joining forces to integrate better. Now when you include an @mention or #hashtag in a Facebook post, a link to that Twitter handle or hashtag will be added. If you aren’t seeing this on your page yet you may need to disconnect and then reconnect Twitter from your Facebook account. Although this change is subtle it speaks volumes about the relationship between Facebook and Twitter. Perhaps there will be more integration with the two social media giants in the future?

LinkedIn

LinkedIn become newsworthy this week but not in a good way. Earlier this week LinkedIn suffered from a security breach endangering 6.5 million user passwords. The problem has since been resolved but to be safe, we suggest you change your password anyway! Anyone who was affected should have been contacted by LinkedIn. They have issued a formal apology and are working with police to investigate the matter.

Foursquare

After a lot of hype, Foursquare launched with a brand new design this week. If you update your mobile app you will notice the UX/UI has changed and there is a heavy emphasis on the “explore” tab. The app has also become a little more social including a more prominently displayed “like” button and a feature that tells you which of your friends are close by. What do you think of the new Foursquare?

Other News

Sean Parker’s latest project, Airtime, launched and it is a mix between Chatroulette (the failed video discovery platform that is famous for inappropriate content) and Facebook. Instead of video chatting with random people, you a chatting with people with some kind of connection to you. Using the information from your Facebook, Airtime connects you with people from your neighborhood, with your friends, with friends of friends, or people with similar interests to you. There is also a special algorithm that protects against inappropriate content so it won’t experience the same downfall as Chatroulette!

Source Social Media Today

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IBM Study: If You Don’t Have a Social CEO, You’re Going to be Less Competitive

This post should really be labeled a story of how Hollywood personalities have increased their social value by gaming on airlines and ranting on Youtube and NOW, after how many years, Wall Street CEOs are on board with social media. All CEOs should (now) be spearheading social media given Facebook’s $100 Billion IPO this week, solidifying that social does indeed generate both customer loyalty and revenues!

The list of the world’s CEOs regularly includes celebrities, billionaires, big egos, risk takers, and failures. What it does not include are social media experts; but that’s about to change. When IBM (NYSE: IBM) conducted its study of 1709 CEOs around the world, they found only 16% of them participating in social media. But their analysis shows that the percentage will likely grow to 57% within 5 years.

Why? because CEOs are beginning to recognize that using email and the phone to get the message out isn’t sufficient anymore.

The big takeaway: That using social technologies to engage with customers, suppliers and employees will enable the organization to be more adaptive and agile.

“As CEOs ratchet up the level of openness within their organizations, they are developing collaborative environments where employees are encouraged to speak up, exercise personal initiative, connect with fellow collaborators, and innovate,” the IBM study concluded.

Simply put, CEOs and their executives set the cultural tone for an organization. Through participation, they implicitly promote the use of social technologies. That will make their organizations more competitive and better able to adapt to sudden market changes.

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