Social Media Newsfeed: Google Hangouts Update | Cereal Comeback Reactions on Twitter

Google updates Hangouts for Android. Some cereals are making a comeback and seeing reactions explode on Twitter. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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GoogleHangoutsIconGoogle Updates Hangouts with ‘Last Seen’ Timestamps, Smart Location Sharing, New Stickers and Video Filters (VentureBeat)
Google today announced a major update to its Hangouts app for Android, and promised that the equivalent iOS update would be “coming soon.” The new features are aimed at making it easier to find your friends, know when they’re around and cut down the time you spend messaging in the app. The Wall Street Journal When someone asks “Where are you?” or something similar in a chat box, the app will recognize what was typed and prompt you to respond with GPS data. Tap that, and your location will appear in a little Google Map. TechCrunch Among the fun new features are 16 new sticker pages and a couple of Easter eggs (just type “woot” or “happy birthday” into a chat to see what those look like after you’ve installed the update). On the visual side, you can also now apply filters to your video chats (think sepia, vignette, black and white, etc.).

Five Cereals Twitter Users Are Desperate to Bring Back (Adweek)
When General Mills relaunched its sugary French Toast Crunch cereal on Friday after an eight-year hiatus, Twitter exploded with gratitude. Ever since, the cereal has been consistently trending on Twitter. And the news is stirring up chatter about other breakfast treats worthy of a comeback.

‘All the Minutes’ Gathers Your Timed Twitter Updates (SocialTimes)
There are lots of great data visualizations, databases and art based on our Twitter updates. The latest is a novel of sorts — crowd-sourced from updates that follow the “It’s [TIME OF DAY] and I…” It’s called “All the Minutes,” created by Jonathan Puckey.

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Twitter Advertisers Can Now Target Ads Based on the Apps a User Has Installed (The Next Web)
After an announcement that it would begin tracking users’ app installs almost two weeks ago, Twitter has begun to allow advertisers to use that data to target users more directly and reach the most valuable audiences. The functionality is a little more in depth than originally anticipated, however.

Instagram Campaign Points the Way to Santa Fe (AllFacebook)
The city of Santa Fe, N.M., teamed up with 12FPS, a creative agency based in Santa Fe and San Francisco, on Instagram campaign #HowToSantaFe, and the awareness campaign proved to be a success. The campaign included in-kind donations from local businesses, public meet-ups with renowned Instagram photographers and workshops to provide Instagram tips and expertise to local small and midsized businesses and tourism industry professionals.

Florida Professor Resigns After Offensive Facebook Comments (Business Insider/Reuters)
A Florida State University professor said she has resigned after making racial and homosexual slurs in a heated Facebook exchange about recent police killings of unarmed blacks. Deborah O’Connor, an 18-year faculty member of the FSU College of Business, said on Tuesday she was stepping down after several comments she made on Facebook were published by Folio Weekly, a Jacksonville alternative newspaper that contacted FSU about them on Dec. 5.

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Can #Twitter Help Authors Sell More Books? (AllTwitter)
Hachette has partnered with Gumroad for the initiative, which begins Thursday with print books available for purchase through tweets from Amanda Palmer (“The Art of Asking”), astronaut Chris Hadfield (“You Are Here”) and The Onion (“The Onion Magazine: Iconic Covers that Transformed an Undeserving World”). Each of the authors has a large Twitter following, and Hachette is hoping the combination of a big name with a big audience will convert to big sales on Twitter.

Facebook Autoplay is Their Secret Weapon Against YouTube (BetaBeat)
YouTube is potentially up for some stiff competition with Facebook entering the market. Advertisers have already invested millions in growing their Facebook Fans – far more so than they have in growing their YouTube subscribers.

POTUS Killed It on The Colbert Report (LostRemote)
With only a week left of his final “Colbert Goes To Washington” victory lap episodes, President Obama showed up for “The Colbert Report” Monday night. He took over as host first doing “The Decree,” in place of “The Word,” and then sat down as a guest.

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