Saturday, June 27, 2015

Week in Review - June 27, 2015: Google+, Blogger, AdSense and more

This week Google added new settings to the notification bell, Blogger now requires private blog readers to have a Google account, AdSense will start displaying invalid activity deductions, and Hangouts for Android reaches a billion downloads. Microsoft offers Office for Android phones, and Facebook messenger no longer requires a Facebook account. And rainbows are everywhere!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Week in Review - June 20, 2015: Summer solstice edition

Happy Summer Solstice and Father's Day both! This week there are tips for managing your photos, getting paid through AdSense, Google+ collections, YouTube creators and more!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Week in Review - June 13, 2015: Tips for YouTube Creators, Photographers, Bloggers and more

This week's big announcement: YouTube Gaming with better live streaming for gamers will launch this summer. We've also got tips and information for YouTube Creators and users of Google Photos, Google+, Hangouts, Blogger, AdSense, and more.

Image:  Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat
(Long ago, before Call of Duty live streams, people had to find ways to entertain themselves on sunny Sunday afternoons)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Find your videos: Google Photos, Picasa Web Albums, Google Drive (and YouTube)

If you've been uploading your videos to Google Photos, Google+ Photos or Google Drive, you may be wondering how you can find them, short of scrolling through your entire list of uploads. Fortunately there are shortcuts to see all your video uploads together.

Update July 2015: Google+ Photos will be retired July 29th. Picasa Web Albums no longer redirect searches to Google+

How to find your video uploads:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Week in Review - June 6, 2015: Your photos and videos at Google, Google+ removed from Google navigation bar

This week photos and videos at Google got a closer look, including the new Google Photos, and uploads to YouTube, Maps, Blogger and Hangouts. Meanwhile Google+ was removed from the Google navigation bar, joining YouTube, Maps and Calendar and other Google products in the app launcher.  And there are tips and updates to improve your productivity and keep your account secure. Read on!

Friday, June 5, 2015

How to find your shared Hangout photo albums

Update July 2016: Picasa Web Albums will be retired August 1st. You can find your Hangout photo albums in the new Google Album Archive ( (Learn more)

Update July 2015: Google+ Photos will be retired July 29th. You can find your Hangout photo albums in Picasa Web Albums (

Update November 2015: links to Google+ Photos now redirect to Google Photos ( There is no way to access Hangouts albums in Google Photos.

When you share a photo in a Google Hangout chat or take a photo in a video call it is added to a shared photo album that is visible to you and anyone else in the Hangout.

Hangouts photos are not displayed in the new Google Photos ( However you can find your Hangouts albums in Google+ Photo albums or Picasa Web Albums the Google Album Archive (

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Blogger blogs and Google Photos: Adding images to your blog

The new Google Photos offers unlimited free uploads of "High Quality" images of up to 16MP. You can add images from Google Photos to your Blogger blog posts, but they may use some of your Google Account's storage.
Having trouble?
  • You must be signed into Blogger with the same email you use to sign in to Google Photos or Picasa Web Albums 
  • It may also be necessary to enable your browser to accept 3rd party cookies.
  • Extensions may interfere with inserting images, especially those like AdBlock, NoScript or Ghostery

Read on for detailed instructions and information about inserting images in your Blogger blog posts.

Find your Blogger blog images

Update July 2016: Picasa Web Albums will be retired August 1st. You can find your Hangout photo albums in the new Google Album Archive ( (Learn more)

Note: Google+ Photos will be retired starting July 29, 2015. You will still be able to find your Blogger albums in Picasa Web Albums after that date (as of 11/19/15 Google+ Photos links redirect to Google Photos).

Picasa Web Album note: albums currently only display up to 1000 images, but can hold up to 2000 images. If you post a lot of images to your blog, they may not all be visible. Don't panic! They are still there. 

Do you know where your Blogger blog's image albums are stored? You can find them in your Google+ Photos or Picasa Web Albums Google Album Archive ( not your Google Photos.

You probably won't ever need to access your blog's images, but knowing where they are will help you ensure you won't inadvertently delete them. 

The images for your blog are stored in a special photo album for your blog in your Google account. The default privacy setting is that "anyone with a link" can access the blog album. The album is not visible to the public.

Do not make your blog's photo album private!

Do not delete the images in your blog's photo album!

Any changes you make to your Blogger blog's photo album can make the images on your blog disappear.

And if your blog's images are important to you, use Google Takeout to back up all your photos today!

Blogger blog albums in Google+ Photos (as of November 2015, not accessible)
Blogger blog albums in Picasa Web Albums