Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you’re thumbing through the news during halftime or while digesting a big turkey dinner, our weekly roundup is bound to keep you full (you know, of knowledge).

1. Not all turkey filters are created equal: Thanksgiving Instagram tips. 

Say cheese… and turkey and cranberries! Bustle offers tips on taking flawless food photos for those striving to snap and share the perfect Thanksgiving foodstagram.

2. Tumblr and Pinterest are the fastest-growing social platforms of 2014.

New research from the Global Web Index reveals that active user numbers for Tumblr and Pinterest have increased by 120% and 111% respectively, beating out other social channels.

3. Tumblr revs up advertising to lure big brands.

One of Tumblr’s biggest advantages is that people use the microblogging platform to consume content as opposed to networking with friends. Already, more than 250 of the world’s top brands are on board. Are you one of them?

4. Department stores get Instagram-savvy with their Black Friday countdowns.

From gift guides to “slow reveals,” here’s a look at how department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Best Buy are driving engagement on Instagram.

5. Black Friday started early this year, with pre-Thanksgiving sales up 19%.

This year’s IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark report reveals some interesting holiday shopping data points. To name a couple: Smartphones drove 31.8% of all online traffic, and Pinterest referrals averaged $103.87 per order.

6. Entrepreneur lists 18 social media tools that will save you time.

Make use of these effective and time-saving applications for Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Because we could all use a little time back in our lives during the holidays.

7. Adweek offers 5 social media hacks that every marketer should know.

“GIFs on Facebook. No buy buttons on Pinterest. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative workarounds.”

8. Pinterest is the new “social search goldmine.”

MarketLand shares surprising stats on how dominant Pinterest has become and explains just how valuable the social network will be for search marketers.

9. Instagram can be used as a travel guide.

Going somewhere warm and pretty for the holidays? Condé Nast Traveler shows globetrotters how to use the photo-sharing service as a travel tool.

Food for Thought…

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on the latest news on the visual web, it’s time to start thinking about how you can put it to work. For more ideas on how to grow your brand’s presence on visual platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram, download our latest guide below. In it, you’ll find 20 different ways to drive engagement, traffic and revenue on these emerging (and explosive; see point No. 2 above) channels.