Check out this week's issue of Whit's Weekly Rundown, giving you the top 3 need-to-know headlines that happened in the social media space!
UPDATE: Google+ Gets A Makeover
At Google I/O, Google announced a slew of major renovations to Google+ focused on upgrading and enhancing its look and user friendliness. The redesign features a multi-column image-heavy layout, which feels inspired by Pinterest and Facebook’s respective layouts. Other upgrades include:
- Adding related hashtags to the Google+ stream
- Adding photo features such as ‘Auto Awesome’, which uses a set of photos in a user’s photo library to create a custom animated GIF, and ‘Auto Backup’, which will automatically back up a user’s mobile photos as they are taken.
Google also announced that there are currently 190 million people active in the Google+ stream. Are you one of them? Will these updates inspire you to become even more active (or active at all)?
Check out the new Google+.
LAUNCH: Google Hangouts App
In another I/O announcement, Google showed off a rebranded Google Hangouts, restructuring it a cross-platform, unified messaging system. By integrating G+ chat and Gmail, Hangouts users can now use Hangouts to text, share photos, and do group video messages across Google Hangout’s apps. Hangouts will be replacing Google Talk (aka GChat) and G+ Messenger, positioning itself as a potential challenger to Apple’s iMessage and to Facebook’s Facebook Messaging.
Check out the new Google Hangouts App.
UPGRADE: Comment On Facebook Posts Via Bing
Bing has introduced a new feature that allows users to see comments from Facebook that relate to their Bing searches via a sidebar. From any Bing search, the user can engage with the comments that appear, including commenting a post, Liking a post or accessing the entire post on Facebook. Other social layers Bing added include being able to post to Facebook directly from Bing.
These extensions of Bing’s social features mean that users will now not just see pertinent social results from their searches; they will be able to interact with them, adding a new layer of interactivity.
Read their full announcement.