Google+ Boosts Search, LinkedIn Buys Slideshare and Instagram’s 5 Million Users a Week | This Week in Social Media

Google+ Boosts Search Rankings

Since Google+ introduced “Search Plus Your World”, Google search users have seen results that add more emphasis to sites shared on Google+. The most effective way to increase your search ranking is to have more Google+ followers on a linked Google+ brand page, followed by +1 votes, then down through Facebook and Twitter. Business Insider

LinkedIn Buys Slideshare

Last week LinkedIn announced plans to purchase the popular professional presentation sharing platform SlideShare for $119 million. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said, “Presentations are one of the main ways in which professionals capture and share their experiences and knowledge, which in turn helps shape their professional identity.” With more than 135 million members worldwide, the acquisition seems like a perfect fit for LinkedIn. The Wall Street Journal

Instagram Gains 5 Million Users Each Week

Instagram’s jump to Android and the buzz surrounding its billion-dollar acquisition by Facebook has helped the photo-sharing platform gain an average of five million new users per week. Last week Instagram hit 50 million users, becoming the app of choice for amateur photographers. With estimates that 300 million photos are uploaded each day to Facebook, Instagram is making taking and sharing photos hipper and easier than ever before.

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