Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube:
- Facebook tests 5-Star ratings: how your brand page could be affected – Facebook is testing a change in the location of the 5-star rating on company pages, making it more prominent (HubSpot)
- Twitter begins to better explain itself – last Monday, Twitter rolled an entirely new “About” section on its website in preparation for its IPO (AllThingsD)
- Google launches Helpouts, a live video tutorial service – last week Google launched its new Helpouts service, bringing live video tutorials, instructions and services to users via Google Hangouts (AllThingsD)
- Google+ adds restricted communities in an effort to court business users – Google+ launched restricted communities last week; this means that only users within a specific company can access the group and its content (TechCrunch)
- YouTube’s new comments system requires users to use Google+ – in its promised move toward “better commenting,” YouTube now requires users to comment on videos through a Google+ profile/account; some users, including YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, are not thrilled by this change (YouTube blog, AllThingsD)
Any social media updates that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!