Playground Buzz – The Most Intriguing Social Media News of the Week

By Affinitive

Happy Friday, folks! Things have been abuzz in the office. When not pondering the mysterious elasticity of Jon Hamm’s face on the Emotions with Jon Hamm Tumblr, we’ve been feeling super meta playing Logos Quiz (seriously, Draw Something who?)  and surprisingly intrigued by guessing which Congress members have tattoos. Here’s what we’ve been linking each other to when not fooling around on Klik.

We’re logging off for the weekend with these in mind:

President Obama Supports Gay Marriage, Twitter Explodes
By now you should have already seen it taking off on your feeds – and if not, who are you? The POTUS formally came out to the public with his support for same sex marriages. And of course, social media exploded. Mashable rounded up “top 10 Tweets” from rather official Twitter accounts from news outlets and other politicians, which you can check out here, but we want to know, why was RuPaul’s snappy Tweet not included? Incidentally, this should lead to an interesting song selection on the POTUS’ “Campaign Song” Spotify playlist, which they’re soliciting user requests for.

Pinterest Continues Expansion to WordPress
Pinterest continues its acquisition of share buttons all over the world Internet, and it seems that Word Press is no exception to this. WP Pinner launched beta on Wednesday, allowing WP users to carry over their witticisms and musings onto Pinterest; installing WP Pinner mounts a dash on the blog admin’s area, which displays the board name, dates, clicks, likes, and repins. WP Pinners can also schedule pins and automatically follow users who interact with them on Pinterest. Nifty! You can read up on the marvels of WP Pinner here.

The Best and Worst Posting Times 
Posting times on platforms usually have a sort of blind  science to them; obviously everyone’s going to post according to their user demographics – but is there an actual hard proof to when is best? Mashable says there is, and while its article provides interesting details on best times, traffic patterns on Twitter and Facebook, and the longevity of links, it doesn’t really offer anything for CMs who work with communities that span across state lines and countries even.

Facebook’s New App Center and Beta Program 
Facebook has opened a beta program that will allow developers to charge users a flat fee to use their apps, which will also cover HTML5 apps and canvas apps. This all ties in with Facebook’s larger announcement regarding its new App Center (for Web, iOS, Android, HTML5, Pre-Paid). For peeks at the what the App Center looks like and for developer guidelines on eligibility, read this link. For a roundup post of “what this all really means,” read this post.

YouTube Takes the Next Step with Vloggers 
YouTube is focusing on vloggers with its next class of creators to go through its  Next Program, which initially launched six weeks ago.  The platform picked 16 vloggers who will undergo mentoring and receive cash and advice on how to expand their already sizable kingdoms. While YouTube isn’t shy about investing millions in professionally produced content, it’s also looking to nurture the next level of creators by helping amateur and semi-professionals who’re looking to improve.  For the final list of 16 vloggers, check the link above.

Drinking the Kool Aid with Google on Reddit’s AMA 
Sharing network Reddit got a hold of an anonymous Google employee for their AMA (Ask Almost Anything) threads; an employee from Google’s Kirkland office agreed to answer all questions candidly and honestly on the condition that he didn’t violate his NDA and users were aware that he was speaking as himself, not as a representative. Disclaimers aside, the conversation was interesting to follow, especially since folks were curious about the Kool Aid and mystery of Google, the point of Google +, and the ongoing “creativity war” on the tech scene. You can read through the unfiltered and raw Reddit thread here, but if you’re just interested in specific tech and social media questions, read Mashable’s “highlights” post.

Highlight Your Facebook Posts
About 12% of your friends see the average Facebook post on their newsfeed, and it’s become known that most users don’t bother clicking away from their home feed. So Facebook has decided to counter it by testing an optional “highlights” program where users pay a little money to have their post be visible longer and to more friends and subscribers. This leads us to wonder how this will work with a user’s privacy settings if they’ve hidden you from their feed, among other things. In other news, Tumblr too has a “highlights” feature.

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