Do you have time to search the web everyday to find the newest social media tools? If the answer is no, then you have come to the right place. I have searched the World Wide Web for social media information all week, and stumbled upon a few favorites along the way. Here are my picks of the week:
The New Twitter:
This week, Twitter began rolling out a redesign. The “new” Twitter moves the search box up, has more relevant and customized search results, and has added filtering options. Filtering options include showing only tweets with links near your current location.
Social Media Stats:
A stat from last Saturday that is worth mentioning: The Pew Research Center did a recent study which indicated that people over age 50 now account for 42% of social networking users. Specifically,
“Some 47% of internet users ages 50-64 and 26% of users are 65 and older now use social networking sites . People aged over 50 now account for 42% of all social networking users, up from 22% a year ago.”
This week, Foursquare made it easier for universities to join their geo-location check-in service. Debuting Foursquare for Universities, colleges now have a page where they can apply to open their own branded profiles on Foursquare. Learn more about how universities are using Foursquare here.
Celebrity Twitter Auction:
If you want a celebrity or musician like Shaq (@therealshaq) or Eva Longoria (@evalongoria) to follow you on Twitter, you may be in luck. Twitchange is hosting the first ever celebrity Twitter auction (now through September 25th), where you can donate to ahomeinhaiti.org for a chance to have a celebrity follow, mention, or retweet you. Have Bieber fever? As Mashable expained, you’re not the only one:
The Justin Bieber Mega Package, described thusly, “Justin Bieber will follow you on Twitter for a minimum of 90 days, will retweet one of your tweets and will send out a tweet including your @twitterhandle,” is already up to $2,325.00 and 62 bids.
Facebook Places, UK:
Facebook places is now live in the UK… and just in time for our arrival. @Feedbackagency crew @alucas9 and @ideaman are working internationally for the next week, starting in London, England and ending in Paris, France. You can keep up with our travels by following us on Twitter; and if you’re in the UK, check-in on Places!