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Facebook Gives Users More News Feed Options
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Facebook is now giving users a way to better filter their news feeds so they can really see the content they want. In the past, users have been able to choose whether they want to view "top news", which is a collection of updates that Facebook has deemed most important for you to see based on various algorithmic factors, or "most recent", which just showed you everything in reverse-sequential order. 

Twitter Shows Its Real Power With Latest Top Ten of 2010 List

Yesterday, Twitter released a number of top ten lists for trends in 2010. They showed off the top trends of the year in general, as well as the top in tech, news, movies, people, TV, and hashtags. Today, the company has released a list of what it has deemed as the top ten most powerful tweets of the year

Facebook’s Ads: Relevant or Missing the Mark?
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I’ve always seen a great deal of potential in Facebook’s advertising offering. The premise is that ads are highly targeted based on users’ profile information. Theoretically, the more a user adds info about the kinds of things they like, the better idea Facebook has about what they are actually interested in, and can serve ads accordingly. 

Does Facebook serve you ads that you find relevant? Let us know.

Facebook Promotions No Longer Require Approval or $10,000

Facebook has updated its policy on Promotions, Sweepstakes and Contests. It no longer requires written Facebook approval to administer a promotion on Facebook or a minimum media spend investment to support the promotion, which was previously the case (at $10,000). 

Officially Time to Stop Comparing Myspace to Facebook
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Myspace and Facebook announced an integration today that pretty much confirms Myspace is a place for entertainment content more than it is a social network. Myspace users will be able to use Facebook Connect to bring Facebook info, specifically info about entertainment that they "like", into Myspace. The integration is called Myspace Mashup with Facebook. Essentially, it’s just like any other Facebook Connect/like button integration, but is geared towards Myspace’s content library. 

Stop Thinking About Social Media as a Separate Marketing Channel
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Marketing and Personal Implications of a Facebook Email Service
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Rumor has it that Facebook will unveil its webmail product on Monday. That means look out Yahoo Mail. Look out Hotmail, and more interestingly in the grand scheme of things, look out Gmail. 

> Update: Read today’s article on the announcent of @facebook.com

Facebook Provides Users With Election Resources

Facebook shared some things with us that it is doing to help people vote in the upcoming elections. "Tomorrow is Election Day and Facebook is committed to encouraging people who use our service to participate in the democratic process. As a result, Facebook is focused on ensuring that all of our users know where they can participate in this year’s elections," Facebook’s Andrew Noyes said in an email.

Twitter Toys With Promoted Tweets in User Timelines
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Twitter announced today that it has begun limited testing of its Promoted Tweets, announced earlier this year, in users’ timelines. For starters, they’re only doing this with partner Hootsuite for some users.  

Facebook Places “Deals” Rumor, Facebook Makes Deal with Yandex

Nick O’Neill at AllFacebook has an interesting story, claiming Facebook is testing a new "Facebook Deals" service, which would let businesses provide deals when users check-in to their brick and mortar locations. 

Facebook Creates Individual Pages About You and Your Friends
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Facebook announced the launch of new "Friendship Pages". These contain the public Wall posts and commetns between two friends, photos in which they’re both tagged, events they’ve both RSVP’d for, etc. 

These pages will be visible to others if they are friends with one of the people, and have permission to view both people’s profiles. 

MySpace Gets Reborn, With Emphasis on Entertainment
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MySpace announced its new redesign along with a new suite of products today. These, the company tells us, will "redefine the company as a social entertainment destination for Gen Y." We’ll see. 

LinkedIn Stays Current for BlackBerry-Using Business Professionals
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In August, RIM announced the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 operating system aimed at delivering "integrated and uncompromising capabilities for consumers and business professionals". Now LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals has a new app designed for this device and operating system. 

Watch: Live at Facebook HQ – How Businesses Can Best Use Facebook
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Facebook has been running a series called "Building Social for Business". Past entries can be viewed here.

Today, Kevin Barenblat, CEO of Context Optional, will be at Facebook’s headquarters at 3:30 Eastern (12:30 PT) to talk about how businesses can best use Facebook, and answer questions from the audience. 

You can actually submit questions as well. 

LinkedIn Lets Users Add More Sections to Their Profiles
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LinkedIn announced today that users can now customize their profiles with five new profile sections: publications, languages, skills, certifications, and patents. If you just click on "Add Sections" on you "Edit Profile" page, you can see the whole list of available options. 

Why Not Everyone is a Fan of the New Facebook Groups
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Some people really like Facebook’s new Groups feature. Influential tech blogger Robert Scoble could hardly praise the feature enough. He used the phrase "massively cool" more than once in his description. He’s not alone. Many are welcoming the opportunity to separate their friends into different groups and communicate in different ways with them (like chat, email lists, and integration with third-party apps). 

Twitter Search Can Now Index 50 Times More Tweets Per Second
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Twitter has changed its entire search architecture, and nobody noticed for weeks until they pointed it out. It must be successful right? It’s supposed to be so powerful that it can index about 50 times more tweets per second than Twitter is currently getting. That’s a lot. 

Twitter is no longer using the technology it originally acquired from Summize, which became Twitter Search. Twitter’s Michael Busch explains the new technology:

Facebook is Hardcore (and Other Facebook Trivia)

As you may know, Facebook made three major announcements today: a new Groups feature, a way to download all of your Facebook profile information, and a Dashboard to see how apps are using your data. For as simple as these things are, the company took a great deal of time explaining them and their thought process behind each feature. 

Facebook Makes Three Big Announcements
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Facebook made three major announcements today. These include: a way to download your Facebook info, a new dashboard for applications you use, and a new Groups feature. The theme each of these was presented under is that of giving users more control.

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Advertisers Pay Twitter to Get Suggested with Promoted Accounts

Twitter announced today that its launching the anticipated Promoted Accounts feature. The company is also making its Promoted Products (which also include Promoted Tweeets and Promoted Trends) available through partners. 

Promoted Accounts are being launched as part of Twitter’s "Suggestions for You". 

LinkedIn Rolls Out Career Explorer
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LinkedIn has launched a new beta product called Career Explorer, aimed at college graduates.

"Students now have the ability to explore different career paths based on their school, level of education, and desired industry," explains LinkedIn’s DJ Patil. "In addition to visualizing various career paths, they’ll also be able to find relevant job opportunities, top companies, estimated salary ranges as well as the people in their network who can get them there."