LinkedIn Member Blocking: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn Announces Member Blocking: This new LinkedIn member blocking feature will be rolled out to all LinkedIn members.

linked in block member

Use the drop-down menu to block or report a LinkedIn member.

LinkedIn Redesigns Who’s Viewed Your Profile: “Packed with new visual analytics and actionable insights designed to give you more ways to manage your professional identity and increase your visibility across LinkedIn.”

linkedin whos viewed your profile update

You will now have “access to more data-driven insights such as the industry your viewers work in, the keyword searches that led to your profile, how they found you and new insights including what regions they live in, what profession they are in and what company they work for.”

Facebook Shows Stories Around Topics You Like: “Now, when a page tags another page, (Facebook) may show the post to some of the people who like or follow the tagged page.”

facebook stories around topics

“For example, this post by the Bleacher Report might be shown in the news feed to people who follow or like Dwight Howard, in addition to people who follow or like the Bleacher Report.”

Twitter Introduces Promoted Accounts in Search: “With this launch, relevant promoted accounts can be presented to users in search results along with recommendations of people to follow.”

twitter promoted accounts in search

Twitter will “automatically select relevant search queries for presenting promoted accounts based on an advertiser’s targeting choices, so no additional action is required for your business to access this capability.”

YouTube Reveals New Look: “You’ll see some changes to make it easier to find what you want to watch on YouTube and collect playlists to watch again and again.”

youtube new aligned look

“YouTube now has a center-aligned look, fitting neatly on any screen size, and feeling similar to the mobile apps you’re spending almost half of your YouTube time with.”

Facebook Introduces New Campaign Structure: On March 4, Facebook is “rolling out a new campaign structure that will make it easier for advertisers of every size to organize, optimize and measure their ads.”

facebook campaign structure

“The new campaign structure will be reflected worldwide across all ad interfaces, including the Ads Create Tool, Ads Manager and Power Editor, as well as third-party ad interfaces built by preferred marketing developers.”

Facebook Improves Core Audience Targeting Options: The targeting features built into their ad-buying interface will start to roll out, “allowing advertisers around the world to reach precise audiences based on four main targeting types: location, demographic, interests and behaviors.”

facebook create your audience

“Facebook’s targeting features are becoming simpler and even more powerful.”

Facebook Makes Changes to Email Addresses: “Soon any email messages that are sent to your email address will no longer go to your Facebook messages. Instead, these emails will be forwarded to the primary email on your Facebook account.”

Here’s an interesting infographic worth noting:

The Year of the Social Small Business from LinkedIn:

linkedin small business infographic

“94% of survey respondents who use social media said they use it for marketing, and 3 in 5 say social solves for the core business challenge of attracting new customers.”

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