Blogger News Roundup: Google Reader, Twitter line breaks, storytelling

by Angela Tung  |  Posted March 15, 2013

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Welcome to the Blogger News Roundup, in which we bring you our favorite tech news stories and social media tips of the week.

A big news item this week was Google’s announcement that they would be shutting down Google Reader by July. No worries: Dashboard has instructions on how to transition from Google Reader to Feedly and suggestions of some other RSS alternatives.

Twitter rolled out line breaks in tweets, sending Twitter poets and ASCII artists into paroxysms of joy. A study showed the Twitter users’ reactions to events are often at odds with overall public opinion. Plus we learned a little about Twitter’s mysterious verification process.

The Social Media Examiner showed us some cool ways businesses are using Vine, and the Moving Image art fair sold its first “Vine-art.”

Facebook acquired the blogging site, Storylane, and it may soon become possible to use hashtags on Facebook. Mapquest launched a travel blogging feature. At SXSW, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg assured us that blogging is still booming.

We learned lessons in storytelling from Ira Glass and Pixar, and how custom content can help brands retain customers. We agreed that good grammar should be everybody’s business and that social media benefits writing and language.

We think it’s very cool that Watson will eventually fit on a smartphone and be able to diagnose illness, and we chuckled in recognition at these irritating social media updates.

That’s it for this week!

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