This Week in Social: Twitter Photo & Video Sharing, Google +1, Twitter Follow and LinkedIn Apply Buttons Unveiled

By Rob McNair

Twitter Photo & Video Sharing, Google +1, Twitter Follow and LinkedIn Apply Buttons Unveiled, Amazon Goes Live With Groupon Killer, Shaq Tweets Retirement, Laptop Thief Caught Red Handed and Malaysian Writes Twitter Lines

 

Twitter Unveils Photo & Video Sharing

Millions of people share photos on Twitter every day. Over the next several weeks, Twitter will be releasing a feature to upload a photo and attach it to your Tweet right from Twitter.com. And of course, you’ll soon be able to easily do this from all of their official mobile apps.

Twitter also announced that they are starting to roll out a completely new version of Twitter search. Not only will it deliver more relevant Tweets when you search for something or click on a trending topic, but it will also show you related photos and videos, on the results page.

 

Get Your Google +1 Buttons

Google have this week announced that it is taking its +1 feature beyond just search results. The +1 feature allows you to recommend content to your friends and contacts directly from Google search results and ads. But from today you will begin seeing the feature appearing not just on search results but also on web pages.

 

Twitter Follow Button

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When you follow interesting accounts on Twitter, it’s easy to stay connected with what’s most meaningful to you. Now Twitter have launched the Follow Button, a new way to discover and instantly follow Twitter accounts directly from the websites you visit everyday.

 

LinkedIn To Launch Job Application Button

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LinkedIn is preparing to launch a plug-in for employers’ websites called “Apply With LinkedIn” that will allow job candidates to apply for available positions using their LinkedIn profiles as resumes. The feature indicates LinkedIn’s increasing focus on making money by facilitating employee recruitment and hiring.

You can read more on GigaOm.

 

Amazon’s Secret Groupon Killer is Live

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Amazon quietly rolled out a daily deals service in Boise, Idaho called Amazon Local, but thankfully TheNextWeb caught on. At first, it looks like a straight daily deals site by Amazon in the mould of Groupon: the deal today is 50% off ice cream and shakes at a local store. But it’s not. The deal actually comes from LivingSocial.

You can read more on the Business Insider.

 

Shaq Announces Retirement on Twitter

Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal has announced his retirement from the NBA via Twitter and a short video he linked to from the microblogging site on Wednesday. In the video, which was posted to startup Tout, O’Neal says, “I want to thank you very much, that’s why I’m telling you first I’m about to retire.”

You can read more on Mashable.

 

Laptop Thief Nabbed

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Oh, the power of the Internet. Earlier this week Joshua Kaufman put up a Tumblr featuring pictures of the man who stole his laptop taken with security app, Hidden? Well, it seems the cops have now nabbed the thief.

 

Malaysian to Tweet Apology

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A Malaysian social activist will apologise 100 times on Twitter in an unusual settlement with a magazine publisher in a defamation case. The penalty has sparked debate among internet users about the pitfalls of social media in Malaysia, where authorities have warned people to be more cautious about what they write on blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

You can read more on the Guardian.

In a week of buttons, the big question is, would you rather have a Google +1, a Twitter follow, a LinkedIn apply or a chocolate button? Will you be using Twitter’s own photo & video sharing service? Could Tweets spell the end for writing lines in school? Let us know your thoughts…

 

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