Skip to main content

Weekly in Review - April 2, 2016: April Fools' edition!

April is upon us and much foolishness was posted - I've rounded up a bunch of yesterday's April Fools' gags from around the web at the end of this post. Some were amusing, some were boring, and some had to be apologized for.

But there were plenty of real life updates this week: Nonprofits can use YouTube Spaces production facilities free, the Google Photos Android app got non-destructive photo editing and emoji search, Periscope turned one, and now you can easily bookmark and organize images from Google Image Search on desktop. 

There were also several stories this week that showed how internet-linked computers are becoming more human-friendly, from improved text-to-speech in Google Now, to Twitter enabling image descriptions for the visually impaired, to improvements in the way Siri responds to questions about traumatic experiences. I've collected them under the "more human - or more humane?" heading. 

And, as always, there are lots of other tips, articles and updates.

Get Help with Google Products

How to get help for YouTube, Blogger, Hangouts, Gmail and other Google products in the official Google help Forums


Google and your business

YouTube and Video Creator updates

Live Broadcasting

Google Photos 

Webmasters & Bloggers

Hangouts, video calling and chat

Android and Project Fi

Productivity and Security

Computers get more human or at least more humane?

More Internet News


Dubious Tech News for the First of April

Posted by Peggy K


Popular posts from this blog

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 ( shared Hangouts albums in Google+ Photo albumsin your own Google+ Photo albumsin someone else's Google+ Photo albumsFin…

How to Disable or Mute Replies to your YouTube Comments

NOTE October 2015: The option to disable replies is only available for comments you can view on Google+ - posted between November 2013 and August 2015. It is still possible to disable all replies to your comments in the Google+ settings for the Page or Profile connected to your channel under "Who can comment on your public posts?".As YouTube separates from Google+ that option may disappear, and I'll try to keep this post up-to-date.

Do you like posting YouTube comments, but hate the replies? You can easily disable replies - or mute notifications of replies - after posting your comment, as long as you can find your comment post on Google+.

You have two options:

1. Disable replies to all your YouTube comments and Google+ posts in your Google+ settings

2. Disable replies to individual YouTube comments by changing the settings on that post on Google+

Yes, you'll have to visit Google+, but only for as long as it takes to change the settings (and you might disco…

Embed YouTube livestream and live chat on your blog or website

So you're planning a live broadcast - that's excellent! Now that your Live event or Hangout on Air is scheduled, you need to promote it.

Note: as of August 2016 you must have monetization enabled and an approved AdSense account linked to your YouTube account to embed the video on your own website. Learn more.

Also see:  Embed your Stream Now livestream without having to update the video link for each broadcast.

Why embed your livestream video and live chat on your blog?
You can easily share a direct link to your video or Google+ Event, but if you have a blog or website why not point people there instead?  There are some great reasons to do that:

People can not only watch your livestream video and live chat, but also leave blog post comments that remain beyond the broadcastYou can post supplemental information and links related to your livestream for viewersIf you stream using multiple platforms your blog is the place where fans can always find your latest broadcastYour blog i…