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#SocialSkim: Social Media This Week: Twitter Pics, New YouTube Service, Pinterest Expansion

by Angela Natividad  |  
November 1, 2013

Check out a swingin' interactive music video from VW Beetle. We've also got the latest on Twitter image previews, Pinterest's expansion plans, where to score synchronized Facebook/TV ads, a new YouTube marketing service, and what to do if your social media account gets hijacked. Skim to sideline a social faux-pas!

When video becomes experience. Volkswagen Canada is promoting three new Beetle models via a collaboration with band Walk Off the Earth. The music video, below, lets you toggle between three music styles, "playful," "soulful," and "powerful": You can watch the styles change while the music stays in sync. For each genre, the band uses a different Beetle model as an instrument. To steal the look, talk to a developer who understands how to manipulate YouTube annotations for embedded video buttons.

Twitter finally gets picture-friendly. Twitter's finally made it possible to see images from certain articles or directly within newsfeeds, making it a sweeter buy for potential stockholders. "But what about Instagram?" you say. Nope, you'll still have to click on a link to see its images (and you'll still be swung off Twitter without a preview). #socialsnub

Should you tweet that? A flowchart series from Digiday provides guidelines on what you should and shouldn't tweet, whether it's for real-time marketing or trending hashtags (or a deeply personal bowel movements reveal...)

What to do if your social media account gets hijacked. TheNextWeb provides tips on how to tell whether your social media account's been compromised, how to protect yourself from such attacks, and what to do if it's already too late. (Step one: change your password NOW.)

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Angela Natividad is a social media strategist, copywriter, and journalist based in Paris. A Bay Area native and lover of vending machine candies, she co-founded and is a frequent guest on marketing podcast The Beancast. You can follow her on Twitter at @luckthelady.

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  • by JB Fri Nov 1, 2013 via web

    Just want to make you aware of a quick edit: "Scientists have Cornell have discovered an algo" should probably be "Scientists at Cornell..."

  • by Vahe, MarketingProfs Fri Nov 1, 2013 via web

    Thanks, JB. Corrected.

  • by JC TubeTrackr Sat Nov 2, 2013 via web

    For YouTube channels, TubeTrackr can help get more views and engagement.

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