LinkedIn Updates Profile Design

Premium LinkedIn members are now using LinkedIn’s updated profile design which includes a larger profile photo and customizable header image. Users will have the option of using one of their own images in the header or picking one from LinkedIn’s gallery of images. It is clear that LinkedIn is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Twitter when it comes to this new layout. The new design will become available to all users in the future, but for now you can request to be get on the waiting list here.

LinkedIn is also rolling out a few other updates such as a tool to help users fill out their profiles by suggesting keywords to make the profile more easily searchable. LinkedIn is encouraging user to open their profile, so they can connect with more people outside their network. Of all the social media channels, LinkedIn is the one you should have public. It’s main use is for networking and job searching in your field. Having your profile set to private won’t help you make new connections.

Davina Horton is the Social Media Manager at Infuz. Contact her at Davina.Horton@infuz.com or 314-584-8000.

 

June is LGBT Pride Month

June has been declared lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month by President Barack Obama. Twitter is full of activists to follow to stay informed on LGBT happenings around the country. It seems fitting that same-sex marriages officially begin in Illinois this month. (Missouri currently has an active lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage laws.)

St. Louis will be celebrating Pridefest 2014 on June 28-29. Be sure to follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter, and you even have the option of downloading the free mobile app.

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Davina Horton is the Social Media Manager at Infuz. Contact her at Davina.Horton@infuz.com or 314-584-8000.

Google, please just forget about me!

When you search yourself on Google, do you have a few results come up that you wish would just disappear? Well, if you live the EU, you’ll be able to do something about it. In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that citizens do have a “right to be forgotten” on the internet. Now, all EU citizens need to do to is fill out an online form requesting for the ”inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” or “excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed” content to be removed from Google search results. Google is not happy about any of this.

Davina Horton is the Social Media Manager at Infuz. Contact her at Davina.Horton@infuz.com or 314-584-8000.

Instagram Walks the Nudity Line

If you’ve ever spent more than 5 minutes exploring on Instagram, you’ve realized there are a lot of half-naked bodies to be found. Both men and women are using this platform to show off their assets and walk the fine line of Instagram’s Community Guidelines. In fact, rule #2 is “Keep your clothes on” which seems very straightforward to me. However, the rules go on to state users shouldn’t post photos or videos that show nudity or mature content. This is where things get a little muddy and allow for wiggle room.

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For example, is a photo of someone’s butt in a swimsuit bottom mature content? In most cases, Instagram will let it fly. However, there have been a few cases where it seems that Instagram users are showing favor toward skinny, attractive women. YouTube star and positive body vlogger, Meghan Tonjes was recently a victim of this discrimination when her “butt pic” was removed and flagged for exhibiting nudity and mature content. She took to YouTube to get Instagram’s attention. Her image is back up, and Instagram has apologized. However, the issue has still not been directly addressed.

Tonjes simply wants Instagram to be equal and fair when enforcing its rules. Celebrities like Rihanna and Scout Willis, on the other hand, want Instagram to throw out its nudity rule all together. Scout took to the streets of New York City to take topless photos with the caption, “Legal in NYC but not on @instagram.” Tonjes has started the #bootyrevolution, and RiRi and Scout are be supporters of #FreeTheNipple. I can only imagine what’s next. Do you think Instagram will give in and loosen its guidelines, will it become more strict?

Davina Horton is the Social Media Manager at Infuz. Contact her at Davina.Horton@infuz.com or 314-584-8000.

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