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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

Weekly Update - July 8, 2017: AdSense, YouTube Gaming, PhotoBucket

There weren't too many updates this week, perhaps because of the US July 4th holiday, or maybe because it's summer. But there are always a few new things for Creators.

Here are my top announcements:
AdSense introduced Native Ads. There has been some speculation that the ads could violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, and Google hasn’t responded to that. Perhaps use with caution?Photobucket breaks images across the internet. In a quiet ToS update, Photobucket disabled imaged embedding and linking, which are now only available to paid accounts that cost $399 per year. That has resulted in images disappearing from blogs and forums across the web.YouTube Gaming has provided more details on sponsorships and custom emojis. Sponsorships are still in beta, but when they launch, creators will be able to offer custom emoji in live chat - the more sponsors, the more custom emoji for the channel. If you are interested testing sponsorships you can apply for the beta program.You can now yo…

Weekly Update - July 1, 2017: Google+ B-day, YouTube Creators, Google Photos Sharing

Summer is heating up, and there are all kinds of nice updates this week.
Google+ turned 6 this week. The celebration was a bit quieter than last year, but there was a nice update, making it easier for Community moderators to remove spammers and other unwanted commenters.There was also another interesting Google+ Collections 101 panel. Watch it to help take your Collections to the next level!There were some tasty announcements at the YouTube Creator keynote at VidCon last weekend, including Comment Topics and Super Chat availability in more countries . There is also a redesign of Creator Studio in the works, and you can apply to get early access to YouTube Studio Beta.A YouTube experiment is rolling out to some users: Animated video preview thumbnails coming to desktopAnd, if you like to share your videos, Uptime, Google's experimental YouTube party app, is available without an invitationGoogle Photos rolling out suggested sharing and shared libraries, which were announced at Goog…

Weekly Update - June 24, 2017: VidCon, Google+ Sharing, Google Posts

Happy summer!

VidCon US was this week, and YouTube had a big presence, including a live show with YouTube stars, and a Keynote address from CEO Susan Wojcicki hosted by Rhett and Link.

There were some stats - 1.5 billion logged in viewers visit YouTube every month, and viewers spend over an hour a day watching YouTube just on mobile devices.

And, of course, there were announcements: a new VR180 video format for virtual reality, mobile sharing rolling out to more countries,improvements to the YouTube mobile apps, 12 new YouTube Red shows and 10 new YouTube TV markets, and more. See the full list of VidCon links below.

Also this week: Google explained four ways it's fighting terrorism online YouTube Trusted Flaggers, better automated detection, content warnings, and counter-radicalization content The Google+ share button on desktop now just reshares to Google+. That means fewer clicks if you just want to share on Google+, but it’s a but harder to share to Twitter, Facebook or copy t…

Weekly Update - June 17, 2017: YouTube VR, Local Guides, Father's Day

Sunday is Father’s Day in the United States and many other countries. You can use Google Photos to make a Father’s Day movie for the special dad in your life. (And you can still make a Mother’s Day movie too). Plus Facebook is offering special Father’s Day cards and Instagram has Father’s Day stickers.

My top updates this week:
YouTube Analytics now offers VR heatmaps so you can see where people were looking at your 360-degree and VR videos. And if you want to give VR video making a try, YouTube Space LA is taking applications for VR Creator LabThe Google Local Guides program totally changed the achievement levels and now offers more ways to contribute. If you are a Local Guide, check your current points (and perks) in the Google Maps app or a desktop computer.If you are a gamer, I’m sure you know this week the Electronic Entertainment Expo AKA E3. YouTube was Live at E3, as was Twitch. Check out all the announcements on the official E3  site.If you are a small business owner and y…

How to Manage Google+ Comments on your Blogger Blog

Blogger offers two different comment systems for your blog. You can use the Blogger comment system, or you can use the Google+ comment system.  They function significantly differently, so it's good to understand what the differences are before you start getting comments on your blog.

I'm using the Blogger Comment system here, because I expect a significant percentage of my readers will not be active Google+ users. Here's my suggestion:

Use Google+ Comments if you expect most of your readers to have a Google+ Profile and you are not concerned about comment moderation.

Use Blogger Comments if you want to allow anonymous posting, or comments from people without a Google+ Profile and you want a variety of comment moderation options.
How do Blogger comments and Google+ comments compare?
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