What's new this week? The Chrome Hangouts desktop app gets a new look and Mac support, Google+ retired Ripples, Google Maps no longer links to Google+ Local business pages, Webmaster Tools is now Google Search Console and more.
Google Top Contributor Program
- Follow the new Google Top Contributor Program page for program updates, Top Contributor and Rising Star news, and information about meetups.
- YouTube Creators: if you delete the YouTube channel connected to your Google+ Profile, you will not be able to sign in to YouTube for 2 weeks
- Vote for your favorite video ad from the past 10 years
Webmasters, Bloggers, and Search
- Google Webmaster Tools is now Google Search Console
- Google Webmaster Office Hours: Responsive Web Design (video)
- Google brings real-time Twitter content to the search results
- Advanced Blogger users and template creators: Blogger has added new conditional expressions
More around the web
- More women attending Google I/O this year than ever before
- Unicode proposes new standard emoji for 2016 (I need the face palm emoji!)
- Better breathing and decoration: get houseplants that clear the air!