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Facebook and Twitter launch World Cup hubs. General Assembly to offer free lessons on how to build Tumblr themes. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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WorldCup2 Facebook and Twitter Launch Hubs for Tracking World Cup (The Verge)
Twitter and Facebook know that hordes of soccer fans will head online to talk about the World Cup this week, and both social networks want to be home to the conversation. They’re each rolling out hubs and features dedicated to the World Cup, giving fans easy ways to follow along and show that they’re watching. AllFacebook Facebook said in a Newsroom post that Trending World Cup can be accessed via the URL or by clicking on World Cup in its Trending section, located on the right-hand side of News Feed. Or if users’ friends are watching specific matches, clicking on their posts will bring up Trending World Cup. The Wall Street Journal You can also now tweet to include a country’s flag, a feature called “hashflags” that was in use during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Pop star Shakira showed the feature off in what appears to be a coordinated launch for the product. Twitter will use these mentions in its “World Cup of Tweets,” which will go live on Thursday. Quartz Anyone signing up for Twitter during the World Cup will be asked whether they are interested in the matches, and if so, prompted to choose a team to support. Then, in a single step, they will be encouraged to follow popular Twitter accounts related to that team. NBC News Social media activity during big sporting events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl has soared in recent years and should continue as user numbers grow. In 2010, when the last World Cup took place in South Africa, Facebook had just 500 million users.

General Assembly Partners with Tumblr to Teach the Cool Kids to Code (BetaBeat)
General Assembly is partnering with Tumblr to offer free lessons in how to build Tumblr themes. Tumblr has always offered its mostly-young userbase themes to customize their layouts, but now Tumblr users can dig into the actual code that drives those layouts.

Pinterest Adds Two Former Apple Execs (SocialTimes)
Pinterest announced two big hires Tuesday: Michael Lopp, who will head up engineering at the social-bookmarking site, and Bob Baxley, who joins as head of product design and research. The company was recently valued at $5 billion, and is, in many ways, a dream network for marketers and retailers.

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Top 10 Moments from Obama’s First-Ever Tumblr Chat (Mashable)
President Barack Obama hosted David Karp, CEO and co-founder of Tumblr, and some special Tumblr guests at the White House on Tuesday to chat about issues surrounding college, education and student loans. Tagged online with the #ObamaIRL hashtag, Karp moderated the conversation and asked questions from Tumblr users — of which more than 40 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34 — many of whom are directly affected by the current state of student loans and college affordability.

Forget the World Cup: We Now Have the World Pup (LostRemote)
Animal Planet has turned the Puppy Bowl into the most social TV show airing on Super Bowl Sunday, besides, of course, the Super Bowl. Now, the network will try to capitalize on the upcoming World Cup by introducing the World Pup.

A Startup is Pushing an Alternative to Facebook By Showing How Much Info We Really Share (GigaOM)
With a new tool for assigning personality profiles based on Facebook posts, a startup called Five is trying to demonstrate the types of inferences companies can make about consumers. The company hopes it will spur desire for a more-private alternative to today’s very public platforms.