Happy New Year! It’s been a bit quiet on the social media news front over the holidays, but here are a few updates worth checking out:
Google+ and Facebook
- Google and Facebook write your end-of-year cards for you – both companies released tools to help put together your best moments from 2013, to share with family and friends on social networks; the Google+ auto-awesome movie puts together your best Google+ photos and videos from 2013 into an embedded YouTube video, while Facebook’s “your year in review” shows your “biggest moments” (aka most popular posts) on the social network in 2013 (CNET)
- Twitter appears to be testing app store links and other customized links within promoted tweets – Twitter is testing out a new type of ad unit on mobile; promoted app installs on the Twitter mobile app (The Next Web)
- Snapchat downplays phone number matching hack, says it’s added new counter-measures – ZDNet published research showing how hackers could connect usernames to phone numbers on Snapchat, and the social network responded that “We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse,” without detailing what any of those counter-measures are (TechCrunch)
Let us know if we missed any updates, and we look forward to bringing you more of latest social media news in 2014!