Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Adds Emoticons, Twitter Launches Music App, Foursquare Update

Here’s your quick weekly summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Tumblr and Spotify:


Facebook Adds EmoticonsFacebook asks you to please select your emotion – Starting last week, the Facebook status update box began offering the option to “share how you’re feeling or what you’re doing” through a drop-down menu of emoticons and media (TechCrunch)

Facebook widens data targeting – Facebook has rolled out a new tool to help advertisers target Facebook users based on their offline spending history, including data from third-party data providers Acxiom, Datalogix and Epsilon (WSJ)


Twitter launches new music app – Twitter launched its new standalone music app last Friday to a select group of “famous” Twitter users; the app suggests artists and tracks to users based on a number of personalized signals and will open to the general public this Friday (AllThingsD)


Foursquare launches version 6.0 of its iOS app with improved search and recommendation features – the latest Foursquare iOS version places even more emphasis on search and location-based recommendations, including placing a universal search bar right on the homescreen (The Next Web)


LinkedIn acquires newsreader startup Pulse for $90 million – a LinkedIn announcement last Thursday confirmed that the social network as acquired Pulse, a mobile news aggregation startup; the move is aimed to keep users engaged and coming back on a regular basis, and brings LinkedIn closer to its goal of being “the definitive professional publishing platform” (AllThingsD)


Tumblr abruptly closes down its Storyboard project, lays off entire editorial team – last week Tumblr shut down Storyboard, its attempt to curate content from within Tumblr’s network by highlighting and aggregating posts from popular Tumblr feeds (PaidContent)


Now you can follow people on Spotify – last week the Spotify team announced the ability to follow people on Spotify, including: seeing what friends and artists are listening to in real time, when your favorite bands release new music, and listening to playlists curated by global trendsetters (Spotify email)

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