FB Changes, New YT Layout, Google Plus Cover News, Google Reader Closing, and more!

March 15, 2013 · 42 comments

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FB Changes, New YT Layout, Google Plus Cover News, Google Reader Closing, and more!

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Every social media site wanted to get in on the “make changes” action this week!

Here’s what you need to know… 

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00:12     Welcome
00:34    Facebook Changes To News Feed
                          Facebook’s News Feed Announcement
                          Robert Scoble’s Feedback
                          Get on the waiting list 
02:01     Facebook Timeline Changes
03:30    Instagram 100 million users (once a month)
04:46    Youtube One Channel (New Youtube Redesign)
06:16     G+ cover photo, About tab
                        Optimize Your Google Plus Cover Image Tutorial
Big G+ changes coming, check out G+ Knights
07:30   Google Closing Google Reader
                         Google also killed it’s RSS extension for Chrome
                         Is Feedburner next?   

 I look forward to hearing your thoughts! 

~ Kim ~
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Cara Riggles March 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thank you for all the great updates. I can’t wait for FB to roll out the new News Feed to me. (Yes, I’m on the waiting list.) I will NOT miss the ticker. I never really used it. ;o)

I have an HP Laptop and an iPad. (I do not have a smart phone.) I’m not currently using Instagram. Have I missed the boat? Is there an app for that?

BTW, currently, you don’t have G+ Knights hotlinked. :oO


Thanks again!


Cara Riggles March 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Aaargh! I hate it when I forget that I don’t need a nose in emoticons! ;)


twitter_DrErica March 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm


I just watched the video about changing the cover at Google+. Why does everything have to keep changing? I really appreciate your sharing all the changes as they occur so we can be one step ahead consistently.


Dr. Erica


James March 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Things are always changing Erica, as Kim said in the video. It is frustrating, but we have to adapt or die out like so many others before us have.

although most of these changes really look big, they really are aesthetic, and not huge changes in the functionality, although some will have an impact on that as well.


nick catricala March 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm

here I am again learning from you what I WOULD NEVER LEARN if I was not connected with you on our great B3 Group.

So glad I have the opportunity to read or watch video tutorial that are very useful for staying on top of what is going on on the Internet world.

Yes, I read and watch and observe.. and slowly will get closer to use what is important to me at this time.

All the changes that you shared, are amazing.. I know that everything is in constant change and I know I can adjust easily especially on things that change and I had no idea they existed.. like Google Reader…

Anyway.. again, love to thank you for all what you are doing and how your generosity and passion to support others is helping me a lot.
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Shalu Sharma March 16, 2013 at 1:52 am

Hi Kim, interesting changes on social media. Interesting thing about the white space, nice layout – less distraction.
I am seeing the new YouTube but haven’t done anything yet. Why is it that, all of these social sites have decided to roll out the changes at the same time?


Roz Fruchtman March 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

Thanks so much Kim. This was eyeopening and I loved your opinions and suggestions. It made things easier to absorb!

I’ll be coming over more often now. I’ve been a member since your CyberWeekend offer at MyNams, but quite ashamedly have been trying to weed out the clutter.

Thanks again,

Roz Fruchtman


Kim Castleberry March 17, 2013 at 4:35 am

Hey Roz, thank you for your kind words hun. No need to apologize as we ALL fight with clutter! And we all go through phases of it getting “really bad” and then having to take a proverbial flame thrower to it to be able to see clearly for a while! Appreciate you keeping me around though :)


Roz Fruchtman March 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

I love your analogy Kim. It’s flamethrower time for sure: in computer, home, life, absolutely everything. (BIG smile as I type this. I’ve gotten some much needed rest, with a little more on the way this weekend. I’m feeling my energy return to lift the flamethrower and begin!


Rosemary March 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

Hi Kim,

Many thanks for sharing these updates. This morning I opened Facebook and I have the new changes on my account. It is easier to read and see photo’s .

Of all the site I find local business can find Facebook the most frustrating to keep up with the changes and keep on top of other parts of there business.

So true graphics and video are very popular with the up coming generation and very important for business to know how to communicate to them.

Many thanks for sharing and always great to see how much you enjoy social media .

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nicole~ March 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

I have not received the new FB hairstyle. I’ll live with it for a while before I complain. I do understand their need to upgrade, grow and change. Businesses that don’t usually fail. On the other hand I’ve done my complaining about greader! Grrrr! I’ve decided to go with feedly for my new reader. They have a nice app and also a firefox plugin for pc use. Not sure how that works if you don’t use firefox.


Jimmie Barber March 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hi Kimberly, I enjoyed your video on Social Site changes. I am with you, for facebook, I would rather have the sidebar on the right, but I guess I will get used to it. As far as bringing it all in closer and seems like with less clutter, this I don’t mind. It is like everything else when one changes, the others tend to follow suit. Thanks for the information.


Donna Merrill March 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hey Kim,

I like the new Facebook Changes because it is bigger and I do like the white space. Plus happy that that roll on the side is gone! Never looked at that stuff anyway.
Wow…thanks for the news about instagram. I do have to pay some more attention to that. It is hot and cannot ignore that. Plus, didn’t know Facebook owned Instagram.
As for Youtube: I have to go over and changed that one once again…will check out the links. Thanks for the tip of how to have people become subscribers.
G+ changes! Need to put that on my list too! Didn’t realize the changes in the about too. I love this platform and spend most of my social chatting there.
Heard about Google Reader, but now it is all clear to me!
Phew…What a week! Thanks for keeping me posted as you always do so well.
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James March 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

this just goes to reinforce that adaptability is the most essential skill bloggers can learn. Things will constantly change and if you can’t adapt your strategy, you will struggle. thanks for sharing this recap Kim.


Mike Carlson March 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I haven’t checked these changes yet. Gonna check this out and see if I’ll love the new changes.


Jupiter Jim March 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm


I am always so impressed at how you keep up to date with all the changes going on is Social Media. I spend the least amount of time on Google+ and haven’t been there in a while, so one of the first things I need to do is check out that layout. And thanks for explaining how Facebook rolls stuff out in phases so we don’t all have to wonder why we don’t have changes in our own FB feed or Wall!

You should do a weekly Online WordPress / Social Media TV Show or at a least a spot on one!

Thanks for sharing!

~ Jupiter Jim
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Kim Castleberry March 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

My goal has been to be doing “these” at least weekly. However, what I’ve found is that many weeks it takes 2 weeks to go by before there is enough relevant news. So they’re currently running “about” every other week. Once I get more comfortable with them and find a way to condense them a bit more so I can increase frequency, then they will hopefully be weekly! :)


Michael Levy March 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Nice video Kim…very well broken down. Wow, a lot of stuff going on. The google reader closing was interesting…as I told Yorinda, it seems like yesterday when they rolled it out. It just seems like the norm that overhauls are taking place on these social media platforms. I hope all are positive moves. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a fantastic day!


Dena-Lynn March 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Whoah, Kim – so many changes in at once – all good ones at that. Although I spend most of my time on Facebook, I hadn’t noticed that the ticker was gone until you mentioned it – obviously I won’t miss that. I look forward to the single column again, I agree that it was so much easier to read before. Thanks for the update – I’ve got a little work to do over there.

Dena Lynn


DiTesco March 17, 2013 at 5:05 am

So much changes indeed and sometimes we are so used to using things the way they are that even a minor one can be overwhelming. Don´t have my new news feed yet on FB, but I am eagerly looking forward to it. As for G reader, like you said, they may be something there in the works to perhaps integrate it on G+?? We´ll just have to wait and see.


Ileane March 17, 2013 at 5:57 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for the video. I know a lot of people are panicking because Google Reader is shutting down so I feel their pain. Personally, I never use Google Reader so I won’t miss it. I just hope that FeedBurner stays put.
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Melanie Young March 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

I spend most of my time on FB but this just proves that I need to stay on top of the game. Hopefully the changes to the news feed will be a positive one but it never fails when the new improved version of anything comes out there is always resistance.
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Rizwan Sultan March 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I spend mostly times on Facebook and I don’t like new look of Facebook I don’t understand why this type of most visiting site make that type of Looks.


Lydia Brown March 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Just when I think I have a handle on something there goes a change. Thank you for keeping us up on what is going on Kim
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Sarah Arrow March 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

My hubby has the new look FB and it seems a much cleaner, less cluttered look along the lines of the mobile look. I don’t like all the huge images in the feed though. I also changed my G+ cover photo… again. I just wish they wouldn’t orchestrate the changes all at once and give us some breathing space :)
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Teresa Farrell March 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Kim; Thanks so much…You are a wonder…These updates from you, ensure that I will be at the front end of these changes. The changes actually look pretty good. Simpler and cleaner! Thanks again for the update!
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Steven Hughes March 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Busy week in the internet world. The rumor of the end of Google Reader finally came true. There has certainly been an uproar since the news hit, but I don’t think Google really cares. The Google + Cover is obnoxiously big, it takes up half the screen. None the less time to get on it…Great job Kim on this jammed packed week.


Brian Couch March 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I’m pretty devastated by the loss of google reader. I’m leaning towards switching to feedly. what do you think?


Kim Castleberry March 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Hey Brian, I am currently using BOTH NewsBlur and Feedly and trying to decide which I like best. Both have decent android mobile apps which is one or my requirements. I’m not sure which I prefer yet.


Mandy Swift March 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Great round up Kim, you saved me a ton of time, all the posts I had lined up to read, I now don’t need to!
It’s been a while since I made it over to your blog, loving the new marketing round-up feature :)
As a ps, can you post me the link to your back-up buddy affiliate please – time to invest :)
And pps, thanks for all your help earlier this week on FB :)


Kim Castleberry March 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thanks Mandy <3 Here's the link for Backup Buddy


Robert Koenig March 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Adjusting to the new face of Google will take some time. Thanks for the post to explain it all.


Lee March 19, 2013 at 8:00 am

Hi Kim
All of social media seems to be changing in small ways at really regular intervals. To me this suggests that they are all under pressure to try and get to or stay on top. Which could make the rest of the year very interesting.
A lot of people don’t like change though especially if they come thick and fast.

Great info lee


Ana March 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I like your video format, Kim; definitely keeps your readers engaged.

By the way, how do you do the timeline: by hand or a plugin?
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Kim Castleberry May 5, 2013 at 12:26 am

Unfortunately I’m still doing the timeline by hand. I’ve been looking for alternatives but no quality ones exist. I give the video a “proof listen” and line up my notes with the time markers after I upload it. That seems to be working best but it’s particularly tedious.


Lei Broch March 20, 2013 at 3:14 am

Social media sites are constantly changing, but these changes gives us the opportunity to continuously learn and create new strategies for our online marketing campaign. Thanks Kim for sharing these information and your personal views on these topics.


Liezl March 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I’m not quite happy with the changes especially on my personal account. But I guess what is good about it is having multiple fan pages easier to manage.


Evan March 21, 2013 at 3:45 am

Oh cool! Everything at one place all together) that is very useful) Thanks Kim) You always make me smile with your posts!


Patricia Gozlan March 21, 2013 at 5:58 am

A Reader’s digest on all the social media changes! Great video and I hope to be able to ” digest” all these changes all together.
I agree with the people that commented that changes can be frustrating when we do not know how to adapt to them easily to keep going without losing too much time figuring it out.


Dragos March 21, 2013 at 7:43 am

Hey Kim! Thanks for sharing the news! I am sorry for Google Closing Google Reader as it was a really good method to keep me posted with other bloggers, as for the others- change is always good- leaves space for new ways of developing!


Ansh March 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

Interesting changes in social media. Although i havn’t used google reader ever so i guess i won’t be affected.. :)


Sneha April 6, 2013 at 6:45 am

great post Kim thank you to share me this story as a newcomer i learn lot of stuff information this post.


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