I teach social media and digital media strategy at Drake University. I also write a weekly email newsletter on what’s new in digital and social media. Obviously, I need to keep up with all of the latest news in this area.

So how do I do this without spending endless hours scouring the Internet? Here are the places I visit throughout the day to keep up with what’s new in the social media space.


Techmeme give you a running list of the latest tech news throughout the day. There are two feeds, one that prioritizes news and one that just shows you the latest news throughout the day. The main feed also gives you alternative sources on the same topic.

I tend to watch the latest news column on the right throughout the day.


Crunchbase covers industry trends, investments, and news about hundreds of thousands of companies globally. It’s a great place to keep up on specific companies, but it also has a Top News section on the right side of the home page. I often find good information here. There’s a little more emphasis on news related to startups here than on Techmeme.

The Hustle

The Hustle is a daily email newsletter that goes in-depth on a few main news items of the day. The odds are I’ve already seen this news elsewhere, but I love the way The Hustle explains the news in a complete and creative way. It’s well worth subscribing.

Social Media Examiner

I watch the Social Media Examiner Facebook feed throughout the day to get any breaking news related to social media. Most of the content on the feed is promoting their own articles and their conference, but they do sprinkle in any new social media news – and they get news up there fast. The weekly post on what’s new in social media is also a must-read.

Product Hunt

Product Hunt is devoted to surfacing the best new products every day. So if there is something new in the world it will end up posted here. Users then upvote content so we can see at a glance what is trending.

When you create an account, you get the Product Hunt daily email newsletter. The newsletter often has a theme (such as “must download apps for your mac”) and helps you find products related to that theme in addition to the days top new products.

Official blogs for social networks

Sometimes you just want the news right from the source. I watch official blogs from Facebook Media, Facebook’s Newsroom, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat.

Keep up with the latest social media news

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