Social Media NZ Weekly Wrap-Up – Facebook Places touch down in NZ, The Butt Cam and Apple grinding publishers’ gears

It was quite an exciting week here at Social Media NZ, finally settling into our new offices and ready to kick things into second gear. In equally exciting news, Facebook Places has started rolling out to New Zealand users. We first got wind of the news by way of a tweet from Stuff.co.nz’s social media editor Greer McDonald, who noticed that Places had become live on her account. We asked around and discovered the feature is still rolling out slowly throughout the country, and so far is only available to a select few (notably, many of whom are iPhone 4 owners – coincidence?)

Making headlines this week was the “Ass Cam” video, created by two enterprising kiwi girls to catch the wandering eye of many a gentleman. The video that started it all is at 4 million views and growing. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do it now!

In other news, Apple found itself under further scrutiny last week after releasing its iTunes-based subscription model for digital publishers.

Top 4 Social Media NZ Posts:

1) We welcome our new host of The Social-Lite – Katie Du Fall

2) Foursquare for book publishers

3) Facebook Places is available for some New Zealanders

4) Top 4 comms industry trends for 2011 by The Common Room

News you may have missed this week:

1) Twitter showed off their inner bully by yanking UberTwitter and Twidroyd from using Twitter’s API

2) Silicon Valley elite had dinner with President Obama late last week, and it was encouraging to see Steve Jobs able to attend despite recent health concerns.

3) Wellington played host to Webstock last week. It was disappointing not to be able to attend this year but as always, Twitter kept us up to date with the thoughts and comments of attendees.

4) Google began further integrating social networks into search results, by tying users’ social networking feeds into the results they get when searching particular terms.

5) Can’t get enough of The Social Network? Now you can get your hands on a piece of the award-winning movie script in a downloadable PDF of the screenplay. Don’t worry – it’s legit!

Video of the week: Colbert Report takes a swing at The Huffington Post

Editor in Chief at here SMNZ, I have a passion for social and digital media. When not writing and managing SMNZ I am the Head of Innovation at TAG The Agency, a digital ad agency and the Head of Sales and Marketing for End-Game, a software development agency. I'm also involved with a number of startups and I am always keen to support those that are bold enough to give things a go. Start something, better to try than to live wondering what if...

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