This Week in Social Media

Major stories in the news this week includes the announcement by Facebook of their new ‘Deals’ for people check-in and out using Facebook Places, LinkedIn Products and Services Recommendation service. and the revoking of Mayorship on FourSquare.

FaceBook Places and Check-in ‘Deals’ now filled with 10,000 GAP Jeans

Mobile Checkin-out to and from your favourite restaurants and shops with Facebooks new check-in service and expect to see rewards and discounts from various companies. Facebook announced this week a new service called ‘Deals‘¬†with 23 companies, including Gap, 24 Hour Fitness, North Face, Alamo Drafthouse, H&M, McDonalds, Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Starbucks and others.

The busiest place this week for checking-in was Gap, which offered a free pair of jeans to the first 10,000 people who checked into a Gap store using Facebook’s new Check-in service, the following information was on the Gap’s FaceBook page:

Gap Free Jeans Giveaway Event
This Friday we’re giving away 10,000 pairs of jeans! Check-in at any Men’s & Women’s Gap using Facebook Places and you could win*. Just show any Gap employee your check-in and you could score a free pair. If you’re too late don’t worry, we’ll let you shop with 40% off any regularly priced item

LinkedIn launches Products and Services Recommendation Service

If you have not logged into LinkedIn then may have not notice this announcement, be prepared for your products and services to get a new boost from the new service recommendation. This is what the LinkedIn blog states about the launch of its new service:

We are glad to provide companies a place on LinkedIn to showcase their products, services and associated recommendations. Company Pages will enable companies to build their brand through network-aware recommendations, giving members rich, credible insights into how any given product (or service) is perceived by their fellow professionals. We’re starting today with over 40 companies who now have their Products and Services¬Ě tab enabled on their Company page. We’ll be rolling out this feature for all companies and small businesses over the course of this week.

Already signed up for this service include the likes of HP, Microsoft Corporation, Samsung Electronics America, AT&T Business Solutions and Dell in the US, Philips in Europe, Volkswagen in India and more.

Foursquare allows Business Owners to Oust Cheating Mayors

The check-in leader FourSqaure made an announcement to allow cheating mayor’s to be ousted by venue owners. This new feature will allow venue managers revoke the Mayorship of their venue, either by adding the mayor as an employee or for other reasons. This option makes it easy for the venue manager to deal with the problem on their own. According to Fousquare, the owners can now kick out those they believe have never really been to this venue, they check in when walking by, or check in from far away. Making it easy to offer more rewards to punters who check-in more often.

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