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Weekly Update - August 19, 2017: Google+ Discover, Allo on Desktop, Solar Eclipse, Online extremism

As the summer winds down, updates are heating up. Here’s what happened this week:
Google+ launched Discover, a new way to find content and Communities from across Google+. The web navigation menu has been simplified, making it a bit more difficult to find Events and your own Collections.Google Allo is now available on desktop - sort of. You need to be running the Chrome Browser and have your Android phone running Allo linked. Now you can use your Google Home to make phone calls hands free. Calls to the US and Canada are free, and calls to other countries are available for Google Voice and Project Fi customers.Google will be revealing Android O live on Monday (2:40PM Eastern) and has done some teasing about the name (Oreo? Oatmeal Cookie? Orangina? Omelette?)Android devices are getting a redesigned Google app with emphasis on topics and news. Plus there are video previews help you find what you're looking for faster.There are a bunch of new Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides feature…

Weekly Update - August 12, 2017: Monetization, YouTube Sharing, Diversity

So first my good news. My YouTube channel finally reached 1000 subscribers (yay!). Have you subscribed? Why not? Do it now! Next stop, 10k …

Here’s what else was new this week:
If you’re curious about where Google+ers are from, I shared the results of a totally non-scientific poll. The short answer: mostly the United States and India. For the long answer, read my post ;)YouTube introduced a new option for YouTube Partners. If your video is "not suitable for all advertisers" that is more clearly shown in your video manager, and there is a new chance to appeal. At the least this should help Partners understand why their monetized video is never (or rarely) showing ads.Sharing in the YouTube mobile app is now rolling out to all users. If this doesn't sound new to you, it may not be. Sharing has been available by invite for almost a year, and was launched in Canada in January.Facebook is introducing a new video platform "Watch" for personalized discovery and soci…

1000 subscribers from around the world! Thanks Plussers and YouTubers!

This weekend my YouTube channel finally reached 1000 subscribers. Thanks to all of you who subbed!

I know a lot of my video views and subscribers have come over from Google+. I took a poll to see where you all are from, and made a video to give you all a shout-out.



Most of my Google+ followers and YouTube channel viewers come from the United States, India, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. Those are followed closely by folks from Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Indonesia, Canada and Malaysia.

Thanks to all of you around the world for reading, commenting, watching and subscribing!

So what does 1000 subscribers get me?

* YouTube for Creators Opal status (this also requires 1,000 hours watch time)
* I can now use Super Chat, if and when I live stream
* I can enable paid content
* I'm theoretically eligible for "Creator on the Rise" promotion (but seriously, I know that's not going to happen)


Now I'm aiming for 10k subscribers, so now is the time to subscribe …

Weekly Update - August 5, 2017: Google+ Search, YouTube, Google Search Console

I’m a happy Plusser this week, as Google+ got a really nice update.
This week Google+introduced a number of really excellent improvements to search. The most noticeable difference is that clicking the search box no longer immediately starts loading the Explore page, which I found hugely annoying. You can sort the results by “Best” or “Most Recent”, filter by post author (including yourself), and easily switch between posts, people, Collections and Communities. And G Suite users can limit search within their domain.As a bonus, the search results Explore page may also show popular topics along the top of the search results, letting you, well, explore. Check it out. Things were a bit more volatile on YouTube.
YouTube posted an update on progress fighting terrorist and violent extremist content online. They are using machine learning, as well as human Trusted Flaggers, to identify violent extremist content. Once it’s identified, it may be removed or eventually hidden behind an interstitia…

Weekly Update - July 29, 2017: Google+, Project Fi, Flash

It’s been relatively quiet in the Googleverse this week. It’s so much easier to keep up with the changes when new features and updates aren’t launched one on top of the other!

What’s new in the Googleverse (and beyond) this week?
Google+ Communities got a nice update. You can use the new Community Member Activity View to see all the posts from a member of a particular Community. It’s useful for moderators, and helpful if you want to see what a specific person posted about.And if you love Google+, and want to give feedback on features under development, you can apply to be a Google+ beta tester! Android early adopters and developers: Developer Preview 4 now available, official Android O coming soon! My big question: what will “O” be? Orange Marmalade? Oreo? Oatmeal Cookie?Adobe announced they will be saying goodbye to Flash by the end of 2020. Even though the use of Flash on the web has decreased significantly in the past few years, but it’s still in use for videos and games. Goo…

Weekly Update - July 22, 2017: YouTube, Analytics, Google+

Here are this week’s updates in the Googleverse and beyond.
For Creators, YouTube gives - block comments with links - and YouTube takes away - Video Editor and Slide Show will be retiredYouTube fights terrorist recruitment by redirecting searchesThe Google+ G+1 button on 3rd party web sites no longer displays +1 count. If you plussed sites in the past, you can download the links and use them as bookmarksGoogle Analytics now lets you ask about your site’s stats in natural English And there are more tips and updates for live streamers, video creators (and watchers), business owners, website publishers, Hangouts Meeters and more.

Image: Google Street View arrives in Space, with a walk-through of the International Space Station. Start here. The image is the Earth’s atmospheric glow and the stars of the Milky Way, and an experiment module at the tip of Japan’s Kibo module on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA (NASA Media Usage Guidelines)

Weekly Update - July 15, 2017: Google+ Photospheres, Desktop Backup, New Music Radio

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