Social Media Round-up of the Week – 31 May

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Welcome back to our weekly instalment of what’s hot in the world of social media. In case you missed what happened over the past week, here’s a run-down of our top six: Foursquare badges 1

1. A new study commissioned by National Family Week has revealed the amount of technological effort parents expend keeping track of their children. Apparently an average parent sends 600 texts a year in an effort to find out just where their children are and also uses Facebook to try to track them down. The research also showed that they send 312 emails on average per year.

2. Leo Messi attracted a further 100,000 fans to his Facebook page following FC Barca’s win over Manchester United in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.  The ‘world’s best player’ is no stranger to breaking records on Facebook when he gained seven million new fans seven hours after opening his Facebook account on April 6.

3. Twitter has been forced to hand over the details of users of its website in a landmark legal ruling. The case was brought by a council seeking to uncover the identity of a blogger who criticised officials and councillors. South Tyneside Council went to the U.S. courts to force Twitter to reveal the person behind the ‘Mr Monkey’ account.

4. Twitter is to launch its own photo-sharing service to compete with existing services such as Twitpic, Yfrog, Instagram and Flickr, according to multiple sources. The announcement is expected this week at the D9 conference in California, where the company’s chief executive Dick Costolo will be speaking on Wednesday. The service may be provided via the website, which Twitter has owned since July 2010, according to Techcrunch, which first reported the plans.

5. Research by the Sunday Times appears to have disproved the theory that a disgruntled journalist started the Twitter storm which led to Ryan Giggs being named as the footballer at the centre of a privacy row. According to the Sunday Times, James Webley, 37, a digital marketing analyst at a high street bank posted the following Tweet: “So if Ryan Giggs wanted to cover up a hypothetical affair with Big Brother’s Imogen Thomas would that be a super-injunction or a regular one?”

6. Our latest infographic on the most popular Foursqaure badges (see above).