Do you have time to search the web everyday to find the newest social media tools and trends? If the answer is no, then you have come to the right place. I have searched the internets for social media information all week, and stumbled upon a few favorites along the way. Here are my picks of the week:
New Facebook Profiles:
Facebook profiles got a makeover this week. Profiles now include a snapshot with a brief summary of who you are and recent photos. You also now have the option to highlight your interests, give a more complete picture of how you spend your time, as well as highlight your closest Facebook friends. For more information, click here.
Tumblr Took a Tumble:
This week, Tumblr went down for over 24 hours. Planned maintenance on Sunday unintentionally brought the entire network down. A very apologetic blog post from Tumblr staff stated “Frankly, keeping up with growth has presented more work than our small team was prepared for — with traffic now climbing more than 500M pageviews each month. But we are determined and focused on bringing our infrastructure well ahead of capacity as quickly as possible.”
Google’s Most Searched of 2010:
“Chatroulette, the iPad and Justin Bieber were the three fastest-rising search terms in 2010; Twitter and Facebook also made the list, at numbers eight and 10, respectively.”
New search terms that made the list were Haiti, Chile, “earthquake”, Lady Gaga and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Other top searches included world cup, iPhone 4, and Olympics. For a full list, go here.
World Map of Social Networks – December 2010:
Vincenzo Cosenza’s latest world map of social networks is out. Trends for web traffic data from Alexa and Google during the month were mapped out. The map shows that Facebook is ever increasing in their dominance. Other social networks on the rise include LinkedIn and Twitter.
Meme of the Week:
(Note: I am including this because I am a geek about my town and who knows when the next viral video will come from #RVA.) What started as a local YouTube video has turned into a national viral video. Last weekend at a Christmas parade in Richmond, Virginia, a Rudolph float went down after being punctured by a stoplight. It is hilarious.. er.. I mean tragic. The video now has over 500,000 views, and has been featured on The Today Show, Jimmey Kimmel, Tosh.0, Perez Hilton, Metro, and more.