The Month the Internet Changed (News from Across Social Media)

The Month the Internet Changed (News from social media- March 2013)I don’t think I’ve ever done a straight-up newsy type post before. But why the heck did the Internet wake up in March and say “hey- I’m going to tweak this over here and change that over there and introduce this new thing right here!”? Lots of changes happening, so I rounded them up for you.

With everything going on, it’s also the time where I wish I had more time to give you detailed posts on all of these changes. But I’m two weeks away from my 100% deadline (yep- the last quarter of my book is due!) and writing furiously to get this done. So, the next best thing is to give you one blog post with links to the details you need to know. I hope to cover some of these in the next couple of weeks in more detail but for now, here are plenty of resources.

Pinterest Analytics

On Tuesday, Pinterest announced the addition of analytics! Woohoo! If you aren’t seeing the option, you need to have a Pinterest business account and verify your site as well. All the details (with links to verification how-tos) are on the official announcement from the Pinterest blog.

Google Reader Going Away

First it was Google Friends Connect. Now Google Reader is going the way of the do-do bird too. There are already a gazillion (it seems) posts about there about the news so take your pick.

Official announcement from Google

Mashable’s post on Google Reader Going Away (lists some alternatives)

Search Engine Watch (also lists alternatives)

I know what you’re thinking. Does this mean Feedburner is going away too? Not yet (officially) but switching from Feedburner is high on my get-done-after-my-book-deadlines to-do list.

New FTC Changes Regarding Paid Tweets

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) just released new guidelines for how paid tweets have to be labeled. If you’re currently using #spon, that doesn’t cut it any longer. Nor does using nothing at all. Here are two articles about discussing what this change means:

FTC: Just Use ‘Ad:’ in Sponsored Tweets and You’ll Be Fine

Paid Tweeters Beware: The FTC Is Watching

Three Platforms Get Design Updates

Yes, platforms are getting a facelift. Some changes are bigger, some are small. Honestly, I haven’t been able to dig into the changes in detail (other than with Facebook for work purposes). So here are the platforms that are seeing changes coming soon (or already here):

Google Plus: [Major Update] New Profile and Page Experience (Google Plus Daily)

Facebook: Facebook’s Revamped News Feed Aspires To Be A Personalized Newspaper (All Facebook)

YouTube Channels: Introducing Your YouTube One Channel (YouTube)

Whew! Is your head spinning yet? Mine sure is. Bookmark this page as your landing place to learn about these updates– I doubt you’ll be able to get through it all in one sitting!

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  1. says

    I’ve been waiting to see what you’d say on the Google change. I figured you’d be posting about it soon, but on a FRIDAY? wow. :)

  2. says

    meh, none of these really do anything for me. only one i use is facebook and even then i just go “yea? and?” xD

  3. says

    It’s nuts! I still haven’t updated to FB Timeline! And wow! My head is spinning!

    DH asks me why I wanted to go to BBC Dallas in Sept. “What else is there to learn?” I told him about all the crazy changes.

    I also foresee the downfall of Facebook with G+ becoming the awesome sauce!

  4. says

    Hold up!!

    I’m trying to work on a new blog and now I have to figure out allll these changes?! Oh holy…heck. Dangit. Well, not like I do a lot to begin with but I am going to attempt to do more on this new blog than I had on my original one.

    Head. Spinning. Pass the tequila.

  5. says

    When you do start looking into the feedburner issue, will you post about it? I am so confused about how it works, what it does for me, how it will affect me, and what to do when it goes away. I hope you will be able to :)

  6. says

    That’s the nature of the ‘net. Always changing. If you really want your heads to spin, get into web design for a living. 😉

    Best wishes on the final push to complete your book! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  7. says

    I think I’m almost all up-to-date with all the changes!
    Have to revisit the Feedburner issue – I sort of put it on the backburner hoping Google will just let it sit there and run forever :)
    Good luck with the rest of the book writing!

  8. says

    Wow, thank you for rounding this up. So timely, too. I had had no idea about any of this; the first I learned is about 10 minutes ago when I clicked on Googlereader. Luckily, the first post that then came up in Googlereader was yours. I’m not alone, phew.