Social Media News Ticker: New Gmail-Google+ Link, Sponsored Stories Shutting Down

Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest:


Facebook retires Sponsored Stories


  • Twitter continues to experiment – Twitter is now experimenting with the @AchievementBird account, which DMs users the ‘achievements’ that they earn with tweets (aka how a particular tweet performed) (TechCrunch)



  • Pinterest buys image-recognition startup VisualGraph – Pinterest acquired visual search startup VisualGraph, “a sign of growing demand for engineers with expertise in computer vision, a technology that helps computers learn to recognize people and objects inside photos and video” (WSJ)

Any social media updates we missed?  Let us know in the comments below.