Saturday, May 28, 2016

Week in Review - May 28, 2016: I/O Recap, Google Photos, Data Studio

A week after Google I/O there is much discussion of Google’s big announcements: Spaces, new mobile apps and Firebase. But that isn’t all - this week’s top stories:
  • Meet the Google Top Contributors
  • Google I/O recaps and analysis of Google’s mobile messaging strategy
  • YouTube Gaming Event Pages
  • Google Photos Turns One
  • Google Data Studio for free, beautiful reports
  • AdSense Automatic Experiments
  • Facebook continuous live video
  • Google Wins Trial Against Oracle
Plus more tips and updates for YouTube, Google+, Blogger, Webmasters, Google Photos, Firebase, AdSense and more

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Week in Review - May 21, 2016: Google I/O

This week was Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, where major updates are announced. This year was no exception, with the launch of Spaces and the announcement of Google Smart Assistant, messaging apps Allo and Duo, VR platform Daydream, Android N updates and much much more.

Major announcements and launches (official blog posts)

Google I/O 2016 Presentations

(read on for more links, tips and updates)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Manage Google+ Settings for your Blogger blog: profile, comments, sharing

Google+ settings for your Blogger blog are now easier to find and better integrated with your other blog settings. You can still choose between a Blogger or Google+ Profile, and Blogger or Google+ Comments.

The Google+ tab has been removed from the left menu of your blog dashboard. The Google+ settings can now be found in your blog's Settings under Posts, comments and sharing

Note: the settings themselves haven't changed. If you are happy with your blog's current profile and comment setup, you don't need to make any changes. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

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 broadcast
  • You can post supplemental information and links related to your livestream for viewers
  • If you stream using multiple platforms your blog is the place where fans can always find your latest broadcast
  • Your blog is a single home for your content, where people can find your archived broadcasts, other videos and articles

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Week in Review - May 14, 2016: Google Photos, YouTube, GBoard and more

This week was about the social: Google Photos got comments for photos and albums and YouTube introduced Messenger a new way to share and chat on mobile (invite only). Google introduced a new keyboard for iOS devices with GIF and emoji search. Plus there were updates for Google Calendar, Google Translate, Hangouts, AdSense, Google+, and more.

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Get ready for Google I/O (May 18-20):

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Week in Review - May 7, 2016: Blogger, Slides, Google+ & more

This week all Blogger blogs had HTTPS enabled, Google Slides added an audience Q&A option, Google+ mobile apps were updated, YouTube mobile apps got autoplay, and AdSense explained how it prevents accidental clicks and answered questions about Matched Content.