Winning the Internet

Friday Linx: Happy birthday Twitter edition

After a great run, the Winning the Internet blog has been retired. However, you can still keep in touch with New Media Mentors here.

Friday Linx is a recurring feature on our blog. We’re aiming to bring you a collection of links worth a read and cute cat video to ease you into the weekend. Below you’ll find items on Twitter, Google Analytics, new YouTube features, and new Facebook features.

Onto the links!

Twitter turned 6 this week. Mashable put together this timeline of some of their highlights.

Google has been busy rolling out some cool enhancements to analytics. There is a big new feature that should go a long way toward helping you measure the value of social media and the impact of your campaigns.

YouTube’s released some basic video editing tools that let you polish videos directly on the site. YouTube is also allowing non-profits participating in its program to livestream on their platform. I haven’t had a chance to compare it to platforms like ustream or livestream, but if you have thoughts please comment.

Mat Honan over at Gizmodo has put together his thoughts on the direction Google’s been heading and where they may have gone wrong.

As a reminder, Facebook is turning on timeline for all pages on March 30th. We’re still working on ours (and the corresponding post) but this video with some simple tips is worth watching.

Finally, Facebook has also quietly rolled out a feature called Interest Lists. Right now only people can create them, not pages, but the Washington Post is trying something creative to use it for their page.

About Raven Brooks

Executive director of Netroots Foundation and Netroots Nation.


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