Social Media through the Grapevine: Twitter, Facebook, Periscope updates

Social Media through the Grapevine: Twitter, Facebook, Periscope updates

Keeping up with social media changes, tweaks, fixes, and such is a full time job and one you don’t have time for which is why I bring am happy to bring you Social Media through the Grapevine. This week we take a peek at what Twitter is testing, Periscope replays, more Facebook Messenger news, what’s new on MicheleLawson.com, and who now holds the record for most liked pic on Instagram. (I’ll give you a hint: A member of the Kardashian/Jenner family (but which one?)). Twitter: It’s not about what I had for breakfast anymore. Twitter sure has grown up in the past few years. In her article, “Testing new ways to make it easier to discover products and places” Amaryllis Fox (@amaryllisfox) tells us all about some big changes going on over at Twitter and why some account may look a bit more like Pinterest. Periscope live and now Periscope replays OH NO! One of your favorite Periscope personalities did an impromptu 3 minute video from their favorite coffee shop and you missed it! Never fear. Periscope now allows you to catch the replay. Which is awesome. Nothing frustrates me more than hearing that awesome chime that lets me know that one of my Periscopers has started a live broadcast but I’m (at the dentist/grocer/napping/insert your own activity here) and can’t watch right now. Super duper happy for replay availability. PS: Beginning July 1st, yours truly will be “scoping” daily with social media tips so follow me now, catch me live starting Wednesday, and/or watch my replays at chelelawson on Periscope. Thank you, Periscope! Facebook Messenger without a Facebook...
Social Media through the Grapevine: Facebook Authorship & Periscope Law

Social Media through the Grapevine: Facebook Authorship & Periscope Law

Your Social Media through the Grapevine weekly recap is here! You don’t have time to keep up with all the changes and craziness on social media so I’m happy to do it for you. This week: Twitter thinks bigger is better, Facebook authorship, Periscope and the law, new Pinterest search features, why Instagram and baseball don’t mix, and I couldn’t possible take the chance that you missed all the fuss about cowboy-boot-flip-flops. Here we go… Twitter Direct Message. Will bigger really be better? Twitter has announced, starting July 2015, there will no longer be a 140 character limit on direct messages. Recently, Twitter removed a restriction that now allows you to DM anyone even if you aren’t following them. Starting July, you will be able to DM them really long messages; up to 10,000 characters. This will be great for people who really want to connect on Twitter however I feel certain that we are going to see a big jump in scammy unwelcomed messages. I hope I’m wrong. Good news for bloggers! Facebook Authorship is here. One thing Facebook hates is when people click off of the Facebook site and one thing bloggers hate is writing content that no one reads. Facebook Authorship may help. Mike Allton, author of “Facebook Adds Authorship. Bloggers Take Note!” shares all the working ins-and-outs from what is “authorship” to how to set it up for your articles. Periscope users beware! Yes, Periscope is fun and awesome. I’m a fan. But, before you go videoing anywhere and everything, you need to know the law. Did you know that you may be recording copyrighted...
Social Media through the Grapevine: Messenger, Periscope, Google, and Social Proof

Social Media through the Grapevine: Messenger, Periscope, Google, and Social Proof

What a week! In case you were busy, Social Media through the Grapevine is here to bring you a few of the head turning things that popped up online. This week’s recap includes:  Facebook Messenger is all about the Doodle, Twitters’ Periscope has gone Android, social proof and Facebook “likes” (is there really a relationship?), Google and Levi are making “butt dialing” a very literal thing, and what’s new on Michele Lawson dot com. Doodle Draw: The First Game for Facebook Messenger Remember when the Facebook Messenger app first came on the scene and everyone was freaking out with thoughts of being spied on through the phones’ camera? Well, what’s a little spying if we now get to play games! Doodle Draw is an interactive game that is played with your friends. I’ve downloaded the app and now need to get my doodling skills up to par. Twitters’ Periscope is now Android friendly. They may have initially launched only to iOS but Periscope has now expanded to include the Android users. Periscope, the Twitter owned livestreaming app stated, “This is just the beginning for Periscope on Android. We have many exciting features and improvements in the works, so please follow us at @periscopeco to stay updated. Fun Fact: Although Twitter owns Periscope, they do not own the Twitter handle @periscope. That handle belongs to a Minneapolis based company that has nothing to do with livestreaming. Oh the confusion! Is social proof on social media really proof at all? People are obsessed with social media numbers. Did I get any new Twitter followers this week? How many people liked my...
Social Media through the Grapevine; Your Weekly Recap

Social Media through the Grapevine; Your Weekly Recap

You’re busy and you certainly don’t have time to research all the changes going on in social media this week. That’s why I do it for you. How do I choose? Well, it’s simple. If it caught my eye it made the cut. Here is your weekly Social Media through the Grapevine recap. This week: Tweets showing up in Google mobile searches, Facebook video Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg, latest in Huffington Post, what’s new on MicheleLawson.com, and I would be remiss if I didn’t include the update on bacon emojis. <You’re welcome> Searchable Tweets. What that means for you? Tweets are now searchable from the Google app (or any mobile search apps) on your smart phone or tablet. This is not the first time tweets have been searchable. If you were a twitter user around 2009-2011, Twitter was automatically providing its’ data stream to Google during that time so your tweets were most likely searchable then as well. After 2011, Twitter declined to continue the relationship past the expiration date due to the platforms increased popularity. Now, Twitter and Google are at it again. FAQ: How Twitter’s New Deal To Bring Tweets To Google Search Works is a good read that sums up the Twitter/Google relationship. Want to see tweets results as part of your Google search? Simply include the word “Twitter” in your search and see what pops up. Word on the street is that tweets with pics, vids, graphics, and hashtags are getting more Google airtime so if you want your tweets in the search engine keep that in mind.  Mention (@) tweets are getting zilch. Facebook:...

Social Media through the Grapevine; Your Weekly Recap

If it caught my eye it made the cut. Here is your weekly Social Media through the Grapevine recap. This week: Periscope, Alians and Jake from StateFarm, Google+ Collections, and what’s new on Michele Lawson.com. Razor Social filled us in on Meerkat vs Periscope Combine the “selfie” stick and Periscope and you have the ability to be a non-stop stalker in someone else’s life. Antonio Calero of Razor Social, gives the most comprehensive and easy-to-understand comparison in, Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live Video Streaming on Twitter. Definitely worth the read! Aliens are taking over State Farm In case you haven’t seen it, aliens are trying to reach us via the Jake from State Farm commercials. State Farm was hoping to use the hashtag #tuneinearthlings to create buzz leading up to … something. No one really knew what but we were all supposed to follow the #askjakeanything hashtag to find out. Well, today was the day and I’m still confused about the #tuneinearthlings teaser. There was no the big announcement or none that I could figure out. After 19 minutes on the #askjakeanything Twitter chat I bailed out due to boredom. Questions ranged from how many khaki pants he owns to what’s his favorite QB touchdown dance (which was obviously the discount-double-check). Word on the street is that this hashtag campaign was a bit of a dud and created more of a fizzle than a big buzz. If anyone stayed on longer than 19 minutes and figured out what the hell was going on please tweet me and let me know. Can Google+ compete with Pinterest? As if Google doesn’t have...
Social Media through the Grapevine: Weekly Recap

Social Media through the Grapevine: Weekly Recap

If it caught my eye it made the cut. Here is your weekly Social Media through the Grapevine recap. This week: Twitter tweaks DMs, more Facebook News Feed changes, what’s new on Michele Lawson.com,  and I would be remiss if I didn’t include the funeral strippers. <You’re welcome> Direct messaging on Twitter DM on Twitter has always been a thorn in the side of the users and I guess Twitter finally got the hint. This week they rolled out some new changes that might make life a tad easier. They include being able to receive Direct Messages from anyone (even if you don’t follow them), replying to a DM even if the person you are replying to doesn’t follow you, and a new DM button on the Android and iPhone app. This news was posted on the Twitter blog and you can read all about it right here. Facebook is at it again. Straight from their newsroom I bring you News Feed FYI: Balancing Content from Friends and Pages. In case you just can’t bring yourself to read yet another article on the ever changing Facebook, here are the bullet points. Three changes were made based on user feedback. The first one is directly solely at people who don’t have a lot of stuff flowing through their News Feed. Facebook used to not allow them from seeing multiple posts from the same source but decided to lighten up on that rule. The second is for the people who worried about missing updates from the “friends they care about” (not sure how Facebook knows which ones you care about and...