Saturday, November 28, 2015

Week in Review - November 28, 2015: Google+, YouTube, Local Businesses and more

Happy Thanksgiving! This week is all about Google+:  tips and updates for the new Google+, the new option to set up a G+-free YouTube channel, and changes to Local Pages. Plus more tips for your Photos, Hangouts, YouTube, Local Businesses and more!

Gobble gobble gobble!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Picasa Web Albums is the new (old) home of your public photo gallery

Note: August 1, 2016, Picasa Web Albums will be retired. All albums can be accessed in the new Google Album Archive. You can share a link to the Album Archive for others to view your public and shared albums. 

The URL is :[21-digit user ID]

Learn more about how to use the Album Archive.


In December 2013 Google+ removed albums from the profile Photos tab,  changing the profile design to display photos of you and "Highlights". If you figured out the link to your Google+ album gallery page, you could share it. That worked until last week when all Google+ Photos links started redirecting to Google Photos.

I think Google Photos is pretty good for basic image editing and album organization, but it's designed for private storage and sharing of your photos. You can share a link to individual images or albums, but there is no publicly accessible "Gallery" you can use to showcase your photos to the public.

But never fear! Your photos can also be found in Picasa Web Albums, which does offer a public Gallery link. Yes, the interface is dated, but it works.

To get your Picasa Web Albums Gallery page link to add your Google user ID to the end of

My Google+ page:
Picasa Web Album

Anyone viewing your Gallery will be able to see the following albums

  • Public photo albums
  • Private albums shared with the viewer
  • Profile Photos
  • Scrapbook Photos (cover art)
  • Photos from Posts
  • Hangouts albums, if the viewer was a particant in the Hangout

Note that Picasa Web Albums can only display 1000 images per album, even though each album can hold 2000 images. Those non-visible photos aren't gone - you should be able to see them by accessing your album in Google Photos ( If you want others to see more than 1000 images in an album, you will have to share the album from Google Photos.

Also if you want to take advantage of the unlimited free storage for High Quality Photos, you should upload the image via Google Photos.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Week in Review - November 21, 2015: New Google+, Google Photos and more

This week the new Google+ launched, with a snappier interface, redesigned profiles and simplified features. The new Google+ is “focused around interests” with an emphasis on Collections and Communities. It’s still a work in progress, and you can opt in (and back out) on the web by simply clicking a link.

Where is everything?
There are more details below.

If you try the new Google+, be sure to send feedback to Google+ directly to let them know what you like, dislike and which features are essential to you.
What else was new this week? Google Photos now lets you convert your "Original" images to "High Quality" images that don't count towards your storage limits. You can also easily remove already-backed-up photos from your phone. Folks without a Google account can join a Hangouts video call. YouTube introduced new translation tools. Plus more updates, tips and articles. 

Note some of the links are listed under more than one category below.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

How to restore a deleted Google+ Page (and its YouTube channel) at Google My Business

A Google+ Page is like a sub-account of your main Google account. It lets you use a different identity for Google+ or YouTube than your main Google account identity or real name.

In September management of Google+ Pages was moved from Google+ ( to Google My Business ( That is where you can manage your existing Google+ Brand Pages or create a new Brand Page.

You can also restore deleted Google+ Pages on your Google My Business dashboard.

Why is this important? Until very recently, a Google+ Page could not be deleted if it was connected to a YouTube channel. The channel had to be moved or deleted before its Page could be deleted.

Now a Page can be deleted even when it's connected to a Google+ Page, which also deletes the Page-connected YouTube channel.

But if you did inadvertently delete your Page, don't panic! Your Page and its YouTube channel can be restored in your Google My Business account.

How to restore a deleted Google+ Brand Page and its YouTube channel

1. Sign in to Google My Business ( with the same email you use to sign in to manage your Page and YouTube channel

2. Click the 3 line menu icon at top left

3. Near the bottom of the menu select Restore deleted pages

4. That will open Manage deleted pages  (

5. Click Restore page to the right of your deleted Page.

6. A confirmation will pop up. Click Restore

Your Page and all its Google products and services (such as YouTube) should be restored.

Check your YouTube channel to make sure your videos and playlists have not been set to private.

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Posted by Peggy K

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Week in Review - November 14, 2015: YouTube Music, Hangouts Video Calls, About Me and more

This week YouTube Music launched, Hangouts streamlined the video call experience, you can control what people see about you on your new Google About Me page ( and use Google Maps to navigate even when you are offline. And there are tips and updates for AdSense, Google+, Hangouts on Air, Inbox by Gmail and more.

Image: Seine and Eiffel-tower in the sunset by Henri Rousseau (1910)

Support in response to the Paris terrorist attacks:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

How to set up your Hangout on Air in YouTube Live Events

13-Sept-2016: It is no longer possible to set up a Hangout on Air on Google+.  You can still create a regular Google+ Event in the Classic Google+ interface and add your live stream video.

15-Aug-2016: It was announced that Hangouts on Air will be moving from Google+ to YouTube on September 12, 2016. After that date all Hangouts on Air will have to be run from YouTube Live Events. Learn more in the YouTube Help Center.

17-Nov-2015: The new Google+ web interface does not include Events or Hangouts. That means to set up a Hangout on Air in Google+ you either need to switch back to "classic G+" or, if you are hosting the HOA as a Google+ Profile,  start at and select "Hangouts on Air" in the left menu. Hangouts on Air set up in YouTube Live Events are not affected.


A Hangout on Air is an easy way to broadcast a live discussion or performance that can be watched on YouTube or Google+ by anyone around the world.  You don't need any special equipment or software; all that's required is a computer with a camera, a strong internet connect and a YouTube channel connected to Google+.

You can set up and start a Hangout on Air (HOA)  in YouTube Live Events.

Note that some of the features that were available through Google+ Hangout on Air Events (retired 13 September 2016) are no longer an option, including the Q&A, Showcase and Applause apps.

Lear more in the YouTube Help Center: Hangouts on Air with YouTube Live

Set up and start a Hangout on Air in YouTube Live Events  (get detailed instructions below)

  1. Sign in to YouTube and make sure you are using the correct channel identity (
  2. Make sure your channel is enabled for longer videos and Live Streaming is enabled on your Features tab (
  3. Open Live Streaming > Events (
  4. Click + New live event at top right (
  5. Enter your Hangout on Air event details, including title, description, date and time. Make sure the Type is set to Quick.
  6. Click the + Create Event button 
  7. Start the Hangout on Air in YouTube Live Events

YouTube Help Center:

Your live stream archive should be processed and appear in your video manager within 24 hours. If your video is still processing after more than 24 hours have passed, you can get assistance in the YouTube Help Forum.

Read on for more detailed instructions.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Week in Review - November 7, 2015: YouTube VR, new GMB forum,

What’s new this week? The YouTube Android app now supports Virtual Reality video, Google My Business moved to a new help forum, and Inbox by Email will write responses to your emails. Plus the Plus for Google+ extension adds back Google+ Photos to the Google+ menu, AdSense launches a new site, and there are tips for Hangouts, Blogger and more!