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The Hottest Stories in Social Media This Week

Welcome to this week’s edition of “What’s Hot in Social Media,” a series in which we revisit the week’s most popular stories concerning social networks.

We’re keeping our eye on three interesting developments this Thursday.

Facebook Unveils New Messaging System

Facebook has launched what it calls the “Modern Messaging System,” a product that integrates e-mail, IM and texting in a unified inbox. Users can send e-mails from an @facebook.com address and text their friends from the same interface.

The revamped Facebook Messages will be rolled out to the social network’s 500+ million users over the next few months. In the meantime, we’ve put together a quick screenshot walkthrough here.

Chinese Woman Sentenced to Labor Camp Over Tweet

Cheng Jianping, the fiancee of human rights activist Hua Chunhui, has been sentenced to a year of “re-education” at Shibali River women’s labor camp after posting a message to Twitter (Twitter) during anti-Japanese demonstrations last month.

Social Web Responds Positively to Royal Engagement

The UK’s Prince William and Kate Middleton officially announced their engagement this week. Although we expected many would-be princesses would take to Twitter and their blogs to mourn their dashed hopes, response was mostly positive on both platforms; 43% of users on Twitter and 32% of bloggers reacted positively to the news. Most conveyed a neutral reaction.

Those who discussed the engagement tended to be female (61%) and live in the UK. Most of the buzz on Twitter was generated by users from London (greater London alone accounted for 10% of all tweets), followed by Manchester, Glasgow (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales) and New York City.

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