MomCrunch Soup: The Week in News

It’s the waning days of summer and we’re all feeling the heat. Hard to believe that the school year is fast approaching (and even already here for some!). So what happened this week?

In the Momosphere

• Of course, much of the Momosphere spent the week recuperating from the largest women’s social media conference, BlogHer, including several of the authors of MomCrunch. Anyone else still tired?

• Our hearts broke this week for Jennifer Perillo, author of the site In Jennie’s Kitchen. Her husband Mike was felled by a sudden heart attack, leaving her and her two daughters grieving his loss. Wishing her support, love, and healing during this awful time.

• Wendy Piersall celebrated the release of her book Mom Blogging For Dummies at BlogHer, only to have another blogger launch a campaign to sabotage her sales by putting fake bad reviews on Amazon. Luckily, the negative reviews have been buried beneath the many positive reviews.

Social Media News

• Twitter continues to roll out improvements, including the new “Activities” tab on the home page. Although it’s not available to everyone yet, it sure looks cool.

• Ever wanted to send a celebrity a direct message on twitter but couldn’t? Apparently that’s going to be a new Twitter feature too. In the meantime, you can use TwitGram to send folks (unwanted) direct messages when they don’t follow you.

• Oops! LinkedIn may have violated privacy laws in Europe with its new ad program that incorporated user’s info and photos in the ads. The web was soon awash in tutorials telling you how to change your settings to opt out of the ads.

• Rumors about the iPhone 5 abound. My favorite is that the screen will grow a half inch and expand to the edges of the phone. Pretty! Click here for a rumor breakdown.

• Games are coming to Google+! Alas.

• The UK’s Prime Minister suggests blocking access to social media to prevent rioting. Yikes.

To round this week up, enjoy the hilarious Google+ song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGugj1ym594&feature=player_embedded

 

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