Each week we publish a roundup of the top social news.
- Rumors are flying about in-development product Facebook Reader, but the reports focus more on what it’s not than what it could be. TechCrunch and the WSJ are reporting the experience (no one is sure whether this will be a standalone app or an evolution of the mobile Newsfeed) will be focused primarily on visuals. Facebook is likely looking to get into the social news business as users spend a lot of time reading news online, thus allowing Facebook to get those users to spend that time with Facebook.
- Facebook announced it will now do more to audit pages where advertiser content is featured. This comes after women’s groups requested Facebook take down misogynistic content.
- Facebook no longer restricts cover photo text to 20 percent of the image.
- Page admins can now upload their own external photos for links, rather than being required to use the auto-generated images.
- Twitter is testing a Bing-powered translator tool.
- Twitter was abuzz with news about Stanford and Syracuse Universities swapping Twitter handles.
- After the US Supreme Court denounced DOMA, social media exploded. Users and brands alike jumped at the chance to associate with the historic decision.
- Did you notice some weird, spammy fruit in your Instagram feed recently? Apparently, some users accounts have been hacked with the fruit. Instagram started sending emails to users affected forcing a password reset. No more has been reported.
- FourSquare launched a ‘check in with friends’ feature, allowing users to say they are ‘with’ other users when they check in.
- Google+ added a new feature called Google Mine, a Pinterest-esque feature for showing off things you already own.
- Two weeks after their relaunch, MySpace is boasting 450,000 app downloads and 16 million visitors.
- Snapchat just closed another round of funding, this time bringing in $60 million. The service reports rapid growth, with users sharing 200 million photos and videos per day, up from 150 million last month.
- Klout is partnering with Yammer to integrate Yammer data into Klout scores and to add Klout scores to Yammer user profiles.
- Yahoo! killed a dozen or so less-than-popular products, including search engine Alta Vista.