Social Media NZ Weekly Wrap-up: Google + creates Buzz and other news

 

Happy 4th of July to our American readers! Let’s get into this week’s top news – a little late today as we’ve been all hands on deck for the launch of our new consultants page. If you’re interested in listing with us or you’re in the market for some guidance with your SoMe activities check out our post explaining a little more about it and then head over to the Consultants tab to register.

This week we saw the web buzzing about the soft launch of Google +, a project the team here at Social Media NZ are quite excited about. We had the change to take Google + for a spin with our own profile and it looks like the dev team have learned from their past experiences with Wave and Buzz – the user interface is cleaner, integrated features like “hang out” are interesting and actually usable, and the overall concept is more relevant to the current market. It’ll be interesting to watch where this one goes.

Facebook this week announced that next week they will announced something “awesome”. Slightly convoluted and suitably mysterious. We know it’s likely to include or involve an in-browser video chat service. As we reported a few months back, a developer found a line of code which reveals integrated video chat capabilities are already underway. The inside money is on Skype as the preferred service powering this new functionality.

 

Top 4 Social Media NZ Posts:

 

1) Facebook business pages: Totally worth it if you do it right – a response to a story titled “Are Facebook pages worth the effort?” featured on the NZ Herald site and written by Debbie Mayo-Smith

 

2) Why being on a panel might be the best marketing move you can make

 

3) #NZSOMO: Another 101 Social Media conference (but a pretty darn good one)

 

4) Thais turn to Facebook before crucial election

 

Other News you may have missed this week:

* Social Network spam is on the increase

* Google + is a great tool for schools

* A creative way to get yourself a job on Twitter

* Zynga [Gaming company behind games like Farmville and etc] files for a $1billion iPO

 

Video of the week: How to get the attention of Creative Directors on Twitter

 

Twitter Job Hustle from Wonder Years on Vimeo.

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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