Facebook Releases Privacy Update and 4 Social Media Stocks to Watch

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has begun putting out the latest changes for their privacy controls. New privacy notifications and menus are now greeting members as they log in to the social network, according to The Next Web. Facebook users in New Zealand seem to be the first on the list to have received these updates. Based on screenshots published by TNW, members receive a new message alerting them to the changes and explaining how they can block specific users.

LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD): A new study has revealed that job candidates with pictures on their LinkedIn profiles were viewed more favorably than candidates without pictures and were more likely to be hired by employers. According to the study, applicants with pictures rated “attractive” were more likely to get hired than those job seekers with pictures deemed “unattractive,” according to Fox News.

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Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) announced a partnership with Broadway Inbound, the business-to-business ticketing platform for all Telecharge Broadway and Off-Broadway events. With this arrangement, GrouponLive, Groupon’s live entertainment division, will gain the ability to process customers’ orders through the Broadway Inbound system, granting subscribers access to special ticket prices for top Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, plays and concerts.

Zynga, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA): Berlin, Germany-based Facebook application metrics provider AppStats has done some analysis of the top social games in 2012 and noticed that Zynga, Inc. is both the biggest loser and  biggest winner of the year. They found that Zynga has lost over 19 million daily active users this year, spread over all games. On the other hand, Zynga’s Farmville 2 game is also the biggest gainer of 2012 with 8.4 million new daily active users since its release.

Yelp, Inc. (NYSE:YELP) on Android has reached version 3.7, and it has gotten a bit more social with the addition of Yelp Talk. Now, users can discuss whatever they desire by starting and replying to threads. In addition, a fresh action bar UI element has been added to the app’s navigation and users who are the first to add a tip for a business will now receive a “First to Tip” commendation.

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