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NewFacebookLogoFacebook Overhauls Right-Hand-Side Ads (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s right-hand-side ads are undergoing a makeover, as the social network announced in a post on its Facebook for Business page that they will more closely resemble News Feed ads. Some advertisers will begin seeing the option to run the new right-hand-side ads later this month, Facebook said, with full rollout set for later this year, and support for both formats maintained throughout the transition process. Inside Facebook Facebook announced this in a blog post: “The new look of the ads, along with their new distribution, is intended to offer a better ad experience on Facebook. In early tests we’ve seen increased engagement — up to 3X more — from people seeing the new design …” Reuters Facebook did not specify how many ads will now appear in the right-hand column, though a sample image on the blog showed a single ad in the right-hand column. The company previously displayed as many as seven box-like display ads in the right hand column. CNET “Think belly fat and miracle weight-loss [ads],” said Altimeter digital advertising and media analyst Rebecca Lieb. “Fewer, larger, more visual ads are more noticeable and arresting.” Ad Age Data from Facebook ads partner company AdParlor bears out the swift migration of ad dollars from right rail to News Feed over the last three quarters. Right rail-specific placement accounted for 27.2 percent of Facebook spend managed by the company in the third quarter of 2013; that had dwindled to 8.1 percent during the first quarter of 2014.

Your Twitter Password Was Safe From Heartbleed. Other Social Sites? TBD. (Re/code)
If you’ve got a Twitter account, your password and other account information wasn’t accessible to hackers via the Heartbleed flaw, according to the company. “We were able to determine that twitter.com and api.twitter.com servers were not affected by this vulnerability,” Twitter said.

Pittsburgh School Stabbing Unfolds on Twitter, Instagram (SocialTimes)
Wednesday morning, a high school student wounded 20 people at a Pittsburgh-area school when he went on a stabbing rampage. As with any breaking news event nowadays, it unfolded on Twitter with pictures, condolences and rumors about the possible motive.

Facebook Cuts Chat Out of its Apps So That You’ll Download the Standalone Facebook Messenger (VentureBeat)
Wednesday, Facebook announced plans to remove messaging features from its main app, as TechCrunch first reported. Facebook’s intention, it appears, is to drive people to its standalone messaging app, Messenger.

‘CNN Digital Studios’ Creating Short-Form Video Aimed at Mobile (LostRemote)
The Turner network will announce “CNN Digital Studios” at today’s event; a web-only video expansion with a mix of short 15-second videos aimed at social sharing and longer original webisodes. “15 Second Morning” is one of the expected forms of content, along with “Brutally Honest with Kelly Wallace,” and the health-focused “Live to 100 w Sanjay Gupta.”

Social Media Stars Interact IRL at the Shorty Awards (BetaBeat)
It was easy to tell who was social media famous and who was a seasoned performer, accustomed to camera crews and live audiences. The social media stars, while polite and gracious, just spook easier.

Harvard Rated Most Social University in the U.S. [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
MediaMiser tracked some of the most popular universities in the U.S. on Facebook and Twitter to see which rated as the most influential across a number of metrics, including followers, likes, retweets and reach. And your winner? Harvard, which finished well ahead of Duke, Stanford, Yale and other rivals.

Politicians Slug it Out in India’s First Social Media Election (CNN)
A bevy of politicians, who, at first sight, seem antiquated and traditional in their flowing kurtas and Gandhi caps are turning to social networking sites to engage Internet-savvy first-time voters.

Best Practices For Using Google+ as a Business [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
The folks at digital marketing agency Milestone Internet have put together an infographic outlining the best practices for using G+ as a business. For starters, creating campaigns for G+ can result in a higher ranking in search results because it’s a Google product, and Google is all about integration.

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