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Instagram has been adding features faster than I can count, and they are not stopping anytime soon. It has been reported that before the end of the year, the app is planning to add a private messaging feature including both one-on-one and group messaging. It seems that the nature of this feature would be to compete with the popular private messaging app, Snapchat.  Read the full article here.

Twitter has pushed out an update that adds new search filters to your stream. The goal of this update is to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. When preforming a search, Twitter lets you:

  • Choose between Top Tweets and All Tweets
  • Pick what kind of media results you would like (photos, videos, news, people or everything)
  • Choose to show just tweets from people you follow, or people near you

New filters in search help you quickly find exactly the Tweets and people you’re looking for.

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Pinterest recently launched Place Pins, which will transform the way you travel. Because users were already pinning about places they love and places they would love to visit, introducing a map feature just seemed natural. Place Pins were designed to combine the beautiful imagery of a travel magazine with the utility of a map online so you can share it with friends. This feature was designed to be used on the go to get directions and find new places, as you can access the pins from your Android or iPhone. As many social networks have recently been getting into the IPO game, this new feature might also be another potential source of revenue for Pinterest.

This week I discovered a new website called hshtags.com. This site is a universal hashtag search client that pulls together all the content posted with a certain hashtag from a exhaustive list of social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, and Tumblr). This site has been named the “google of social media” and is already popular with an international audience.

Let me know what you think of this week’s stories, and enjoy your Thanksgiving!