Twitter Tinkering, the New Foursquare, Barnes and Noble Parters with Google | This Week in Social Media

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Even though you don’t follow Donald Trump, Buzzfeed or Lebron James it doesn’t mean you won’t start seeing their tweets in your feed. That’s because Twitter is experimenting with a new algorithm designed to make popular content accounts you follow visible to you. Think of it as the same way viral content is spread and made more visible on Facebook.

This isn’t the same as sponsored posts or ads, these are genuine tweets that include the option to follow the accounts. While this may be helpful for those new to Twitter, those that are well-versed in the social network may find it irritating and even frustrating as you may not have any interest in seeing an account someone you follow is following. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do if you don’t like it – besides just ignoring irrelevant content for now.

Look out, Yelp, Foursquare isn’t playing around

That new and “improved” Foursquare we recently told you about is now live. Gone are the days of the Foursquare check-in. Now, the app is hoping to take a bite out of Yelp’s business. This video gives an overview of the changes and purpose of the new Foursquare. Suffice it to say, its essentially revamped itself to become more intuitive to search recommendations to help you find where and what you might be looking for. The new slogan even reads “find your place.” Only time will tell if the changes will be enough to unseat Yelp as users’ go-to app for ratings, reviews and recommendations.

Google, Barnes and Noble join forces

In an effort to take a bite out of Amazon’s business, Barnes and Noble has partnered with Google to provide same-day delivery to Manhattan, San Francisco and West Los Angeles from local Barnes and Noble stores. Google normally charges $4.99 for this type of delivery, but seems to have waived the fee – for now.

In the meantime, Amazon recently expanded its same-day delivery to six more major cities. There’s no telling just yet if the move will cut into Amazon’s business or help boost a struggling Barnes and Noble. For the rest of us outside of these metropolitan areas, the best thing to do is just bite the bullet and wait for our goods to arrive whenever they do, pay more for quicker shipping, or just wait until the service comes closer.