This is a guest post by Janice Fuller, a social media writer.
If you stroll through your local big box retailer, you may already see Christmas shopping has already begun. For the rest of the retailing world, however, the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the official start of the Christmas retail shopping season. Full-on marketing play ensues from marketers and retailers everywhere to get consumers to hand over their cards for purchases.
This year's marketing efforts get a little more entertaining, as retailers go beyond Facebook for business marketing and take to new social sharing tools to increase brand hipness and cachet among the mobile set. One of these new tools is Vine, the short form video platform owned by Twitter. Vine launched on iOS devices in January 2013 and on Android devices in June. In less than a year, Vine counts upwards of 40,000 users intent on making six-second video clips to entertain, annoy, cajole, or impress.
On Monday, you may have noticed something a little different about Pinterest…or not. Pinterest has made some new updates that enhance the usability of the site without changing it too much. When you log in, the main page looks very similar, although the pins are a little bigger. The major differences become apparent when you click on a pin. Instead of the old set of links under the pin, there are links to the right as well as under the pin. Instead of having to click on the original pinboard and open a new tab, the pinboard is now on the righthand side and you can navigate it without leaving the page you are on. Once you are done, you can easily go back to your pin feed.
Earlier this week, Google+ changed their cover photo size to enormous. Google+ resizes the photo for you, so you can upload a photo of just about any size and it will work. Since it can be a lot easier to find the right photo when you know the actual photo size, here are the actual sizes for each type of Google+ photo.
Since Valentines Day is tomorrow, I'm taking a break from serious blogging to bring you some of my favorite geeky Valentines that I have found on various social media sites lately.
1. Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is a fabulous Fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin that has been adapted for television by HBO. Both versions are very well done and I highly recommend reading/watching them. These Game of Thrones Valentines are hilarious if you have read the books or seen the show.
There is a Monster at the End of this Twitter Conversation: 3 Things We Can Learn from Sesame Street's Twitter Marketing
So, I was looking at Twitter last Wednesday and I happened to notice an awesome exchange between Sesame Street and Wil Wheaton. Sesame Street started a series of tweets about there being a monster at the end of this Twitter conversation. This is a new take on the popular Sesame Street children’s book The Monster at the End of this Book. As people retweeted Sesame Street’s tweets, there were more pleas from Grover to not retweet this tweet and pieces of the monster at the end of the Twitter conversation were revealed.