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Social Media News Ticker: Twitter Amplify & TV Ad Targeting, Google+ Mobile Redesign

Here’s your quick weekly summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Flickr:

Twitter Amplify partnership

Twitter Amplify partnerships




Any updates that we missed?  Let us know in the comments!

Social Media News Ticker: Facebook “Replies,” Pinterest Acquires Livestar, Flickr Adds Hashtags

Here’s your quick weekly summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr and Klout:


 Facebook lookalike audience tool



  • Pinterest acquires mobile startup Livestar – last Wednesday Pinterest acquired small mobile-focused recommendations startup Livestar; its three engineers will begin working for Pinterest, and Livestar will shut down its services immediately (AllThingsD)


  • Flickr adds hashtags – an update for Flickr’s mobile app brought complete hashtag support to the image-sharing network (The Social Media Hat)


  • Klout adds analytics & announces “Klout for Business” – the new “Klout for Business” will give businesses a complimentary set of analytics (including an ‘easy-to-read’ dashboard) with pointed insights into how and where influencers are engaging with their brands in social media (Klout Blog)

Klout for Business

Any updates to social media platforms that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Social Networking Stats: TwitPic & Instagram on the Rise in EU5, #RLTM Scoreboard

The #RLTM Scoreboard:  Social Networking Stats for the Week

Facebook: 901 million monthly active users via Facebook
Twitter: over 500 million users via Twopcharts
Qzone: 576 million active users via TechCrunch
Sina Weibo: over 300 million users via Bloomberg Businessweek
Renren: over 170 million users via iResearch iUser Tracker
LinkedIn: 160 million members via LinkedIn
Google Plus: 170 million “people who have upgraded” via Google
Tumblr: 59.8 million blogs via Tumblr
Instagram: 50 million users via CNET
Tagged: 20 million unique monthly users via Tagged
Foursquare: over 20 million users via Foursquare
Pinterest: over 11 million registered users via Search Engine Land
Posterous: 3.9 million members via SF Gate

Please email marissa@modernmediapartners.com if you have additional updates, or a social network that you feel should be on the list.

Twitpic and Instagram Growing Fast in the EU5

Twitpic and Instagram Growing Fast in the EU5Over 143 million mobile users took a photo using their mobile device in March 2012, according to new comScore data for the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK). While this is only a 2% increase over the last three months, two mobile photo-sharing services are experiencing rapid expansion.

Twitpic had the strongest mobile growth rate (133%) during the three month average ending March 2012, rising to 1.5 million mobile users.  Instagram’s mobile audience grew 27%, to a total of 466,000 mobile users.  Flickr saw only 7% growth, but has a significantly larger mobile audience than the other two services, with 2.3 million mobile users.

The comScore data also looked a mobile users’ access of Instagram and Facebook in the EU5.  While nearly all (95.8%) of Instagram’s audience also accessed Facebook via their mobile devices, only 0.7 percent of Facebook’s audience also accessed Instagram.

Iceland Crowdsources New Constitution Via Social Media

Iceland is currently drafting a new constitution for its 320,000 citizens.  While the process is in the hands of a democratically elected 25-member council, recommendations are being solicited from all Icelanders via online, realtime channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Engadget neatly refers to it as “crowdsourced constitutionalism.”

Big Think reports that all citizens can submit suggestions (after registering their name and address – no anonymous suggestions will be posted) which will be approved by local staff, then passed on to the council and opened up for discussion online.  If a recommendation is approved by the council, it is then added to the constitution, and once again opened up for comments on the council’s website.  Once the constitution is complete (by the end of June), it will be sent to parliament for debate and approval.

Every day short interviews with delegates are posted on Youtube and Facebook, and every Thursday the Constitutional Council meetings are broadcast live on Facebook and on the Constitutional Council webpage.

However, Engadget points out that only Icelanders with internet connections can weigh in, join online debates, or follow the proceedings in realtime on Facebook.  While this “fascinating social experiment” works in a country where “nearly 90% of all households” have internet, and “two-thirds of the entire population is on Facebook,” what happens when a significant portion of the population doesn’t have online access?

Will other bodies of government – from local to national – adopt crowdsourcing in realtime to aid the decision-making process?  And do Facebook and Twitter really work effectively for crowdsourcing purposes, or do we need to create “innovative, well-designed platforms” for brainstorming, organizing, and moderating large-scale, crowdsourced discussions, as suggested by Big Think?

Social Media Helps Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Founded in London in 1852, the Salvation Army came to the United States in 1879 and launched its concept of reaping donations at Christmas time by putting bell ringers out in front of stores with red kettles in San Francisco in 1891. Today, the faith-based social service charity is as modern as can be, streaming a Christmas pop concert online, collecting donations via mobile phone text messages, and developing an iPhone app with a ringing bell.

According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, the cornerstone of the electronic effort is the Online Red Kettle — linked to Continue reading

Manchester Police "Twitter Day" Educates Public and Builds Awareness [VIDEO CASE STUDY]

On October 13 of this year, the Greater Manchester Police force staged a Twitter campaign to educate its community about the nature of policing and raise awareness about the broad range of social issues the force addresses on an average day.  The campaign, during which the Manchester Police tweeted every emergency call it handled for a 24-hour period, was a massive success and built support for the force as it faces impending budget cuts.

Watch as Kevin Hoy, Web Manager for the Corporate Communications Branch of the Greater Manchester Police, explains the campaign.  In this video he recorded for TWTRCON, he discusses the technical challenges they had to overcome, and describes the impact the campaign has had on the agency’s community outreach efforts: Continue reading

Microsoft, eBay and Amazon Have the "Most Social" Employees

Database marketer NetProspex has analyzed the social media activity of 100,000 NetProspex contacts from the nation’s largest contacts, based on data provided by Rapleaf, to create the NetProspex Social Report, The Social 50 ranking of companies with the most social employees, The Twitter 20 list of companies with most active employees on twitter, a Network Breakdown showing usage of various social media networks, and some basic social demographics.

The company found that 43% of employees at the nation’s largest companies use LinkedIn, and 11% use Facebook.  3% reported using Twitter. Continue reading

Social Counting: The Census Bureau Reaches Out With Social Media

It’s a big job to try to count some 300 million people one by one, so the U.S. Census Bureau is turning to social media. It has built a presence on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, and Flickr.

The Bureua’s YouTube videos include a clip about the Census’s Road Tour that had 1,637 views as of this week; several “Real Life Stories” videos that try to make the Bureau’s work personal (One called “Dave and Breanne” had 1,117 views); and “Trusted Voices” testimonials from community leaders like Jacqueline Johnson Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Continue reading