This Week in Social: Pinterest Open To Everyone, Facebook Postcards, Google Adds Hangouts To Gmail

By Rob McNair

Pinterest is open for everyone

Earlier this week Pinterest announced that it has dropped its invite only model and is now open to everyone. Potential pinners can register with their email address or simply sign up using their Twitter of Facebook account. Pinterest stated on their blog “We’re really excited to have the capacity to offer Pinterest to more people and if you’re a pinner with friends who’ve been waiting on the sidelines, we hope you’ll let them know…”

Readers: Have you been waiting for this opportunity?

Facebook Postcards

Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow you to turn your Facebook photos into postcards that you could then send to your friends. As with many new Facebook features this was first created at a Facebook hackathon. The service is powered by Sincelery, who brought us Postagram, basically the same concept but with your Instagram pictures.
READERS: Would you ever send a Facebook photo as a postcard?

Curiosity Rover takes to Twitter

Yeah, you read that right. The Curiosity Rover has its own Twitter account. @NASAJPL was tweeting the journey to Mars, and the descent to the Red Planet. After the ‘seven minutes of terror‘ we were introduced to the rover’s account. The Curiosity account will continue to share updates from the rover’s explorations, including photos from the surface of Mars.
READERS: Do you follow @MarsCuriosity?

Google adds Hangouts to gmail

Roughly a week ago Google announced that they were adding their Hangouts feature to gmail. Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utiliSe the power of Google’s network to deliver enhanced quality. You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before and with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them when they’re on G+ (YAY!!!).

READERS: Would you use Hangouts in gmail?

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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.