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Week in Review - June 25, 2016: YouTube, Live Streaming, Spaces and more

This week was all about video. At VidCon, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki made several announcements, including live streaming from the YouTube mobile app (soon!) and new features and support options for YouTube Creators.

Facebook and Twitter also announced video updates: Twitter now allows longer video uploads (up to 140 seconds!) and bought a machine learning startup to improve real time video, while Facebook announced that you’ll be able to schedule live broadcasts and a few other livestreaming features. Plus you can now livestream right into your Tumblr blog.

But it’s not all video in the Googleverse: Spaces got an update and launched a Trusted Members program, and you can now manage your Brand Accounts in your Google Account settings, sign in to your Google account with your phone, and test AdSense experimental features with just a few clicks in your account.

Plus there are tips and updates for photographers, bloggers, webmasters, Hangouts chatters, and more.

Manage your Google Brand Accounts for YouTube, Google+, and Photos

If you use a brand name, business name, band name or any name other than your personal Google account name for YouTube, Google+, or Google Photos, you likely have a Google+ Brand Page.

It is now possible to manage your Google Brand Accounts in your Google Account Settings, independently from Google+ and Google My Business.
Manage your Brand Accounts:  myaccount.google.com/brandaccountsMore information in the Google Accounts Help Center: Manage Your Brand Accounts

When you are managing your Brand Account you can:
Manage Permissions: view, add or remove Managers (if you are the Brand Account owner) Edit Account Info: change your Brand Account settings, including name and profile photo Act as the Brand Account: access your Brand Account's YouTube, Google+ or Google Photos accounts  You can still also manage your Brand Pages in your Google My Business account
If you are interested in learning how to navigate to the Google Brand Account settings, read on!
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Week in Review - June 18, 2016: WWDC, Google Sites, Google+

This week was the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), so there are a bunch of updates for Mac and iOS users. And also outside the Googleverse, Facebook Messenger has a redesigned “inbox” and started supporting SMS.

There were also some nice updates from Google this week: Google Sites got a major facelift, Google+ got several updates,YouTube lets you appoint comment moderators, and Google Photos now supports slideshows.

Plus there are more tips and updates for webmasters, bloggers, AdSense publishers, YouTube creators, small business owners and much more. 
Upcoming EventsJune 18: Google Local Guides Meetup DayJune 23-25: VidCon, streamed liveJune 23 4:45 PM: YouTube VidCon Keynote: CEO Susan Wojcicki’s talks about the company’s latest innovations and programming initiativesJune 23 3pm ET: Small Businesses Tweet your questions with #AskAMobileProJune 25/26: #GooglePlus5Global meetups to celebrate Google+ turning 5Upcoming Google Webmaster Central Office Hours
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How to add Comment Moderators to your YouTube Channel

Fostering lively discussions on your videos can help build your YouTube channel. But not all comments are good, as spam and abuse can drive fans away. And if you are a busy creator, you may not have time to constantly monitor and moderate comments on your videos.

Now YouTube has a solution: you can designate other channels as Comment Moderators. Moderators can remove comments from your videos. Those comments are then added to your channel's Held for Review Comment queue as "Flagged by moderator" until you approve or remove them.

There are two ways to add a Moderator:
Promote a channel that has commented on one of your videosAdd the channel as a Moderator in your Community Settings You can also remove Moderators in your Community Settings.


Read on for more detailed instructions!

Week in Review - June 11: Nearby, Project Fi, Motion Stills

New this week: Google Nearby lets you “discover the world around you”, Project Fi added new partner network US Cellular, the Motion Stills app converts Apple Live Photos into beautiful GIFs, and Tango gives devices a sense of space and motion.

Plus there are tips, updates and news for YouTube, Google+, Inbox by Gmail, photographers webmasters, AdSemse publishers, local businesses and more.

And no, Google is not manipulating search results in favor of Hillary Clinton.

And outside the Googleverse there is change: Vimeo’s CEO stepped down, Facebook hired a "head of global creative strategy" and *really* wants you to install the Messenger and Moments apps on your phone, and Twitter replaced their head of product (again) and gave their Android app a big makeover.

Image: Photographing New York City - on a slender support 18 stories above pavement of Fifth Avenue[man with a camera]. (1906)

Week in Review - June 4, 2016: Google+, Hangouts, Accounts and more

As we roll into summer, there were a few updates this week: updates to the Android Google+ and Hangouts apps, improvements to your Google Account Settings, Google Now on Tap, and Google Keep.

The image is a detail from A Love Story by E. Phillips Fox (1903). The perfect summer day.
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