Here are some great posts from the past week about social media:
1: Twitter’s Official Tweet Button Has Arrived | Mashable
Tourism Tech Corner thinks: It’s been a long time coming, but Twitter has finally released their own Twitter Tweet button. They’re even working with TweetMeme (the most popular Retweet button out now) to support the button. One caveat – you can’t use your 0wn URL shortener (bit.ly or others), as all Tweets are wrapped in Twitters proprietary t.co shortener, but on the plus side, once a user retweets your content, they have the option of following you and up to one other associated account. Click on the tweet button at the top of this post and you’ll see that you have the option to follow @VisitIndiana after you’ve tweeted! Below is a video that walks through the Twitter Tweet Button features.
Tourism Tech Corner thinks: Facebook has been hinting at location-based integration for some time now and it looks like it may become a reality soon. The most interesting part of this? The potential that this will be baked in directly with a reworked Facebook Events.
3: Now You Can Follow Twitter Users Without an Account | Mashable
Tourism Tech Corner thinks: In an effort to increase the reach of Twitter to consumers without a Twitter account (see the Twitter X-Factors section of our Subscribers, Fans and Followers post for more information about Twitter’s true reach) Twitter launches Fast Follow. Simply text “follow [username]” (without quotes) to 404040 and you’ll receive their tweets via SMS – even if you don’t have a Twitter account. Try it out, text “follow VisitIndiana” to 40404 to get our updates!
Tourism Tech Corner thinks: Starting on Monday, August 23, Facebook will make some permanent changes to Facebook Pages. Among those changes are the elimination of boxes and the narrowing of custom tabs. If your organization has a Facebook Page, be sure to see if these changes will affect you.
Bonus! Here’s a fifth story you should check out from this week:
5: Foursquare Sorts Tips by Popularity | Foursquare Indy
Tourism Tech Corner thinks: This is a welcome improvement to Foursquare. With 2.6 million users, some useless tips had been cluttering up more helpful ones as Foursquare used to sort their tips chronologically with the newest tip first. This will help clear out the clutter and will make the valid Foursquare tips even more important.