Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Improves Embedded Posts: “A new design, faster load times and per publisher default widths to make Embedded Posts even better.”

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Embedded posts now “display images and videos above the post’s text and other content.”

Pinterest Rolls Out Guided Search on Web: “Now when you search for something, descriptive guides will help you sift through all the good ideas from other Pinners.”

Facebook Introduces Ad Preferences: “A new tool accessible from every ad on Facebook that explains why you’re seeing a specific ad and lets you add and remove interests that” Facebook uses to show you ads.

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“If you live in the US, you’ll be able to use ad preferences in the next few weeks.”

Facebook Expands Video Capabilities: “For advertisers who specifically want to drive video views, ‘video views’ will be a new objective to choose from when they create a campaign in [Facebook’s] ads create tool, Power Editor and the API.”

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“Facebook will automatically optimize these ads to be shown to the people most likely to view videos on Facebook, across devices and across target audiences.”

Facebook Introduces New Reach and Frequency Abilities: “Now, advertisers who utilize Facebook’s reach and frequency buying will be able to predictably manage audience sizes and the number of times their ads will be shown to those audiences.”

Instagram Brings Ads to More Countries: Later this year, ads on Instagram will be introduced “in three countries—Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.”

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Instagram ads are coming to additional countries across the world.

Facebook Messenger Adds Groups: Windows Phone users will “see a new Groups tab where you can manage and create groups with your closest friends, family or work colleagues and have group conversations.”

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“You can pin these groups to your Start screen as well for quick access.”

Here’s a cool social media tool worth checking out:

Eventblimp: “With events from Facebook, Eventbrite, SeatGeek, Bandsintown, Eventful and Meetup, Eventblimp has the world’s largest database of events plotted on an interactive map.”

“Explore events by tapping event icons to learn more.”

Other news from the Social Media Examiner team:

Mike Stelzner Launches the Parenting Adventures Podcast: Check out the new Parenting Adventures Podcast if you want to bring fun back to the family!

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