Monthly Archives: January 2013

Twitter updates the way users view photos and videos

Today, Twitter rolled out several enhancements that make it easier to view photos and videos on Twitter — in particular, on profiles and in search results.

  • Large photos, right on the page. Click a photo from a profile page or in search results to see a larger version of that photo without leaving the page.
  • Video. Media galleries now include videos from Vine, YouTube, Vimeo, and other partners whose videos appear in expanded Tweets.  

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 2.20.04 PM

What’s more, tweet pages now let you see more of the conversation related to a Tweet. Check out this Tweet from @jimmyfallon, asking users to tweet embarrasing stories, or this Tweet from @NickKristof, asking why there are so few female bosses. Scroll down to view more replies to the Tweet, and you can see replies to those replies too.




Hotel Offering “Social Media Butler”

In a week when everyone is talking about what’s wrong or right with Facebook’s Graph Search new social media ground is being broken in Washington D.C.

The presidential inauguration is only a week away and Washington D.C.  is buzzing with all kinds of activity.  Many are dreaming about epicurean comforts and style points. But this offer from The Madison Hotel could go too far…

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 9.36.41 PM

The Madison Hotel inauguration package includes:

“Four days of blue-blooded catering does not come cheap. How not cheap? $47,000 or nearly $12,000 per day! But hold on: For $500 an hour, you will certainly live like a king because it includes a $5,000 shopping experience with Brooks Brothers so the perfect ensemble is ready to go. No worries about posting jealousy-enducing pics on Instagram because (of course) you’ll have a Social Media Butler to handle all the tweeting, texting, and uploading. And to avoid the chaos of the city, there’s also a night at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. Plus, 22 of your friends can roll as a baller with a private VIP tour.”

If your like me your first question would be …What the heck is a social media butler?

According to an NPR report a social media butler is a young exec who graduated from George Washington university in 2010 after studying political communications and then started up a tiny D.C. firm called Anchor Media. Her name is Victoria Devine. She is at your  beck and call for Facebook status updates, sending your tweets or Instagramming pictures of you and your peeps.

This sounds like the perfect story for Life Styles of the Rich and Famous. Maybe Robin Leach could change his catch phrase to “champagne wishes, caviar dreams, and social media butlers for all.”

Google starts prompting Google+ Communities

Google is starting to promote Google + and new platform features more frequently. The latest change and promotion appeared on Wednesday (Why do most social updates rollout out on Wed?). The company launched Communities last month and is now actively prompting the new feature.

Over on Google Plus Daily there was this update…

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 9.04.39 PM

Later when I clicked over to a new page I was prompted to “create your community” with Google +. There was also a link with tips on how to manage your community. Google+ explanes that communities are places for people to get together and talk about the interests they share.

Browse recommended communities

  1. Click the  Communities icon on the left side of Google+
    If you don’t see the icon, click More More to see additional links to parts of Google+
  2. Look through the recommended communities. Click on any of the communities you’d like to explore
  3. Click Join this community

This is Google’s response to  Facebook  & LinkedIn groups. And why not, if there’s something you’re interested in or you’re an expert about, Google+ wants you to connect and share your passion.

Since the beginning, Google+ has been promoted as the place to help people crowd around common interests while also discovering new things and meeting people. Whether it’s Hangouts, Circles, the Explore feature, trending topics, or anything else, there are ways to find conversations all over the site.





%d bloggers like this: