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 Deals Go LocalBusinesses can now offer discounts to their local markets through Facebook Deals. And Facebook will be publishing these Deals stories in the Facebook feeds of your customers. This new service puts Facebook into direct competition with Groupon.

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Local Deals start out initially in Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, San Francisco and San Diego.

Google Docs Introduces Threaded Discussions: Google has enhanced the discussion features on newly created Google Docs. Each comment now has a timestamp and profile picture. You can edit comments, hide them from the original document and reopen them. You can add someone to a discussion with an @mention. “For example, typing @[email protected] in a discussion will send a notification email to Eddy with the text of your comment.”

Twitter Makes Your Account More Secure: You now have the option of always using a secure HTTPS service when accessing your account through Twitter.com and the official Twitter applications for the iPhone and iPad. “Using HTTPS for your favorite Internet services is particularly important when using them over unsecured WiFi connections.”

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Under the Settings tab of your Twitter account, you can now choose to view all of your tweets through a secured URL.

Twitter Celebrates 5 Years of Tweets: Twitter released the latest Twitter statistics on their 5th birthday. The past year has seen a 182% increase in mobile users. Check out the other stats here.

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On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent the first Tweet. Last month there was an average of 140 million tweets sent per day.

Here’s another social media tool worth a look.

Wishpond: A shopping engine to search local stores and find the best deals in town. You can Make a Wish on a product you like, and Wishpond will alert you when the price drops, find similar products that match your desired price and send you personalized deals from nearby stores that will match that price. Wishpond was also recently in the news for their participation in Crowdbeacon.


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What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.