Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekly Update - October 22, 2016: Pixel, YouTube, Google+

This week’s top updates:

  • The #madebygoogle Pixel phones are finally on sale and in users' hands 
  • There are new data filters for YouTube Analytics realtime reports
  • Google+ for web and Google Photos were also updated
There are also updates and tips for Google Photos, Google+, YouTube, webmasters, AdSense publishers, Android lovers, Facebook live streamers, Google Docs users and more.

Image: Franz Marc detail from In the Rain (1912) Public domain

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Weekly Update - October 15, 2016: Project Fi, Google Photos, YouTube

This week’s top updates:
  • Project Fi now offers group plans
  • Google Photos has more ways to discover images (and more)
  • YouTube acquires Famebit

Plus tips and updates for Google+, Google Spaces, YouTube, Google Photos, webmasters, AdSense publishers, Business owners, emailers, Android phone owners and more!

Image: Postcard showing man and woman using telephones c. 1910 (Public Domain)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Weekly Update, October 8, 2016: #madebygoogle, Google+, YouTube

At the big #madebygoogle  event on October 4th, Google announced some fancy new hardware to showcase their move to “AI-first”: Pixel phones, Google Home, Google WiFi, Daydream View VR viewer, and a new Chromecast.

While most of this week's updates are related to that, Google+ also changed the default post sort order in Communities, YouTube makes it easier to disclose paid promotion, and more for webmasters, business owners, Docs users and more!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Weekly Update - October 1, 2016: The Keyword, G Suite, Google for India, #TCMeetups2016

This week’s top Google updates:
Plus there are more updates and tips for YouTube, live streaming, Google+, Photos, Blogger, webmasters, Hangouts & messaging, Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Maps and more!

This week I also attended the Google Top Contributor Program Meetup (#TCMeetups2016) in Mountain View. Check out the photos on Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. (You can see the YouTube RSs & TCs here)

Image: Google Top Contributor Program Meetup Cupcakes! Interested in the Top Contributor program? Check it out!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekly Update - September 24, 2016: YouTube Heroes, Google+ in Google Apps, Allo

This week’s top updates:
  • YouTube Heroes program announced
  • Google Allo launches
  • Google+ becomes a core Google Apps for Work Service
Plus Google Trips, Google - and Bing! - get AMP’d, Yahoo's 2014 security breach, and more tips and updates for Hangouts, YouTube, Google+, Blogger, AdSense, Google Maps, Google Docs & Slides, and more.

Image: It’s officially autumn: the air is crisper, the leaves are changing and YouTubers are freaking out ... Painting "Autumn Leaves" by Sarah Jane Prentiss (1823-1877), public domain

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weekly Update - September 17, 2016: YouTube Community, Google+ Scheduling, Cardboard Camera

My favorite updates this week:
  • YouTube introduced the new “Community” tab (on a limited number of channels)
  • You can now use social media management services like Hootsuite to schedule posts to Google+ Profiles
  • The Google Cardboard Camera app now lets you share your VR Images
Plus there are updates and tips for YouTube Analytics, Local Business owners, live streaming, AdSense, Google Photos, Gmail, Outlook and more. 

Other topics I'm following: 
  • Do Facebook's automated spam filters and removal of flagged content amount to censorship? (see "Other social media")
  • AdBlock Plus now sells ads  (see "AdSense and advertising")
  • Apple iMessage and Facebook Messenger as app platforms (see "Hangouts and Messaging")
  • The EU's proposed changes to copyright law - good, bad, terrible? (See "More around the web")
Image: Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts for The Orphant Annie Book by James Whitcomb Riley (1908), in honor of all the storytellers on YouTube and Google+. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Weekly Update - September 10, 2016: Hangouts, Google+, Apple

New this week: 
  • Apple announced the iPhone 7 - goodbye headphone jack! Plus there is a new Apple Watch, Super Mario and Pokemon and iOS10 coming soon.
  • You can now opt in to the new Hangout Chrome Extension experience, which is much like the Hangouts app. Note that everyone will be updated October 17th.
  • Google+ had multiple updates for the new web interface, including Chrome notifications, related Community suggestions and improved search auto-complete.
  • On Monday, September 12th Hangouts on Air will be moved to YouTube Live Events, so this is your last chance to run a HOA from Google+
Plus there are tips and updates for YouTube, Google+, Live Streaming, Bloggers and Webmasters, AdSense, Local Business Owners, Map users and much more!

Image: We’re heading into apple season - both the fruit and electronic kind. The image is a detail from Levi Wells Prentice’s Harvest