profile-image copyAs a business with an active online presence, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the ever-changing social media news. These five resources are great ways to stay aware of what’s new.

• Mashable – is a must-read wealth of information with everything from the latest technology news to what smartphone application Mark Zuckerberg just bought. Their homepage is a hodgepodge of trending topics, but you can also click specifically on the Social Media tab (between Must Reads and Tech when viewed on a computer). The sub-sections of Social Media include Facebook, Google+, How To, Twitter, and Youtube, sorting articles into the relevant categories.

• Problogger – The Problogger blog has an incredible archive of blogging news that gets updated regularly. Some recent posts include explanations of Getty Images’ latest new image embed feature, creative commons, and the new sticky top bar plugin on WordPress. Problogger also offers a collaborative members-only community, but it’s free to access and read their blog.

• Social Fresh –, like the websites listed above, offers a wealth of articles on social media and its trends. You can subscribe to Social Fresh by email to get regular social media insights sent directly to your inbox. Some of their recent articles discuss April Fools jokes on social media, 404 pages, and ways to inspire more positive social reviews.

Social Media Examiner – This website has articles that focus specifically on social media and business. Its categories range from case studies to podcasts to how to articles and tools, or you can easily search for keywords using the search bar. Some of their recent articles include social media ROI tips, research on ideal social networks for marketing, and how to network on LinkedIn.

• Copyblogger – Copyblogger sells itself as “solutions for smarter content marketing,” and its articles do offer good information. From design to SEO to discussions about audience, Copyblogger offers information on a wide range of topics related to social media. They offer a good balance of useful practical information and lighter topics (the March Eulogy for a Blog is pretty entertaining).

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