This Week in Social: Facebook Launches “Listen With” Button, Foursquare Explore On Desktop, Olympics Restricts Volunteers’ Twitter and Facebook Use

By Rob McNair

Facebook Launches “Listen With” Button

In September 2011, Facebook began letting users see what music friends were listening to on the popular streaming music services like Spotify. The social network announced that they will roll out the next part of its music service. The “listen with” feature will allow users to listen along to what friends are playing in real time. Users can also listen together in a group while one friend plays DJ. To see which friends are listening to music, look for the music note in the chat sidebar. Hover over their name and click the “Listen With” button. The music will play through whichever service that friend is using.

For more on this story visit the Facebook blog.


Foursquare Explore on Desktop

Foursquare is bolstering its non-mobile presence by migrating its “Explore” feature to desktops. The tab, which was added to on Wednesday, harnesses the site’s database of all the 1.5 billion checkins logged into its system. Essentially it’s a way to utilise Foursquare’s huge number of check-ins and personalisation based on your own check-ins, to find places you want to go.

If you’d like to know more about the Explore feature visit the Foursquare blog.


Facebook Comments Box comes to Mobile

Facebook has launched the Comments Box for mobile, making it easier for users to interact on the site when browsing on their mobile device. Installing the plugin is simple: if your website has the Comments Box plugin installed, the mobile variant will automatically appear on the mobile version of your site. Facebook is promoting the social plugin as a way to improve the quality of online conversations and increase engagement and as a method of driving traffic to sites.

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Olympics restricts Volunteers’ Twitter and Facebook Use

London 2012 Olympic volunteers have been banned from posting updates and photos to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. The London Organizing Committee announced this week that Games Makers, the 70,000 person volunteer squad, cannot post their roles, locations, or details about the athletes and other VIPs online. Additional restrictions prevent Game Makers from making public statements relating to the London games, without prior permission from Olympics spokespeople, or speaking to schools about the events.

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This post was written by Rob McNair

Rob has experience advising some of the worlds most iconic brands. He thrives on helping improving social media knowledge within organisations with the ultimate goal of making theirs brands more social, transparent and accountable.