Social media news roundup: New Post Twitter account, Google gets more social and more

stepbystepFit for the Twitterverse: The Post’s Step by Step blogging team is now on Twitter! Follow @pbpstepbystep and get health and fitness updates from Ken Bohannon, Keely Gideon-Taylor, Jeff Ostrowski, Jane Smith and Michelle Quigley. They’re just getting started, and will focus on finding and interacting with local fitness buffs to raise awareness of and drive more traffic to the blog. And Keely already has plans in the works to promote the blog and Twitter account at The Post’s March for Babies Walk in May at John Prince Park.

Search gets more social: Now, your friends’ tweets, blog posts, Flickr photos and other social media updates will appear higher in Google search results rather than being pushed to the bottom like they used to. Links that your friends have shared will also be clearly marked in search results. Google rolled out Social Search in 2009, but this is a major upgrade. For more, read Google’s blog post. Meanwhile, rival search engine Bing and Facebook have been doing their own team-up.

Social media’s role in Egypt revolts: There have been reams of copy written on this, but here’s one of the latest interesting twists, reported by The New York Times: “With Facebook playing a starring role in the revolts that toppled governments in Tunisia and Egypt, you might think the company’s top executives would use this historic moment to highlight its role as the platform for democratic change. Instead, they really do not want to talk about it.” Story here.

Pushing past 140 characters: For those who use TweetDeck to tweet, the latest version includes a service called Deck.ly, which allows you to tweet longer than the usual 140-character limit. Some believe this will eventually compel Twitter to follow suit and drop its character limit, which was originally created to match a text message’s length.

Offensive remarks published for the world: Yet another journalist seems to have forgotten that tweets aren’t a private text messages. Nir Rosen lost his job at New York University, where he was a fellow, after firing off a string of offensive tweets about CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan‘s sexual assault in Cairo. On the other hand, a Red Cross Twitter gaffe shows that not every “oops” tweet needs to be considered a disaster.

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