Saturday, August 27, 2016

Weekly Update - August 27, 2016: Nougat, Nexus, Live and more

The big news this week: Android 7.0 Nougat started rolling out. Plus Nexus devices will get WiFi Assistant - formerly a Project Fi-only feature.

Plus there are tips and updates for YouTube video watchers, live streamers, photographers, business owners, webmasters, Hangouts chatters, Project Fi-ers and more.

Image: Happy 100th birthday US National Park Service! Check out the 360-degree views of National Parks at Google Arts & Culture. The post image is from a United Airlines poster (no known copyright restrictions) uploaded to Flickr by the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

YouTube Partners and AdSense Publishers: keep your content advertiser-friendly

Why isn't my video eligible for monetization? Why was ad serving disabled to my blog? Why can't I show ads on my content?

Whether you are monetizing your YouTube channel, or using AdSense on your website or blog, you need to make sure you keep your content in compliance with the AdSense and YouTube content policies.

It's easy to run ads - you choose the ad types and place the ad units, and Google decides which ads display, collects money from the advertisers and pays you your share. The system is largely automated, with an ad auction that selects the best paying and most relevant ads for your website or YouTube videos. Since advertisers aren't usually selecting which websites or videos their ads will appear on, Google has to be able to assure them that their ads will not appear with content that is not "advertiser-friendly".

As a YouTube Partner or AdSense Publisher, it's your responsibility to understand the policies and make sure your content complies. And that means there are some types of content you cannot publish if you want ads to display. While it may feel unfair, those are the terms you agreed to.

If you are a YouTube Partner, you should be aware that the advertiser-friendly content guidelines for monetization are stricter than the general Community Guidelines. Age-restricted videos and content prohibited by the Community Guidelines cannot be monetized.

And if you have your own website or blog with AdSense ads, you must follow AdSense for Content policies as well. As AdSense puts it:

Publishers are responsible for every page on which their ad code appears and for screening any text, images, videos, or other media which will appear on a page with Google ads.
And it's not just content on your own site - promotion of prohibited content includes providing links to sites that do not follow AdSense content policies.

What happens if you don't comply? Ads may stop appearing on your website or on your video - or your entire AdSense account could be disabled.

Content that is not advertiser-friendly may include:

  • Pornography, sexually suggestive or non-family safe content
  • Violence and tragedy
  • Inappropriate language, harassment or content that advocates against an individual or organization
  • Drugs, tobacco, alcohol and regulated substances
  • Weapons-related content
  • Spam, scams and illegal content

Read on for links to more information and how to resolve content issues. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekly Update - August 20, 2016: Duo, Hangouts on Air, Google+ and more

It's all about communication: This week Google’s new 1:1 mobile video calling app launched, and Google explained that Hangouts will focus on collaboration and business.

Google also announced that Hangouts on Air would be moving from Google+ to YouTube Live. There are a bunch of tips for broadcasters to get ready for the move (and no, Google is not “killing” HOAs).

The Google+ apps for Android and iOS got an updated and Collection searches have been improved all platforms.

YouTube Gaming is now available in Germany, YouTube Red is available in Mexico, and YouTube Space London got a new bigger home.

Outside the Googleverse: Tsu and Blab are dead, Facebook launched a new app for teens and Twitter now lets you choose who can notify you.

Plus there are tips and updates for Google Forms, Street View, Chrome, Blogger, AdSense and more.

Image: From the cover of the Electrical Experimenter (May 1918). It illustrated an article by the magazine’s publisher - and notable science fiction writer - Hugo Gernsbach about “Television and the Telephot”:
The future instrument on which the name "Telephot" (from the Greek tele-is.r, photos-light) has been settled, is supposedly an apparatus attachable to our present telephone system, so that when we speak to our distant friend, we may see his likeness not only as an immovable picture, but we will see his image exactly as we see our own image when looking into a mirror. In other words, the apparatus must faithfully follow every movement of our distant friend whether he is only five blocks away or one thousand miles. That such an invention is urgently required is needless to say. Everybody would wish to have such an instrument, and it is safe to say that such a device would revolutionize our present mode of living, just as much as the telephone revolutionized our former standard of living.
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The future instrument must work the same as the telephone. In other words, all the subscriber has to do is to lift the receiver off the hook, and he will immediately see his friend just as if he were talking to him in the same room. All these requirements may seem hard on the inventor, but they are absolutely necessary as a simple reflection will show.
And now, almost a century later, we have a variety of video calling apps to choose from. Will Duo (or any of its competitors) become as ubiquitous as the the telephone? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Create a Google+ Event for your Hangout on Air or YouTube Live Event

Starting September 12, 2016 Hangouts on Air are moving from Google+ to YouTube Live. That means it will no longer be possible to set up a Hangout on Air in Google+ Events.

But if your audience is on Google+, you will still be able to create a Google+ Event for your Hangout on Air in just a few easy steps.

1. Set up your Hangout on Air at YouTube Live Events (
2. Copy the video URL from the live event's video watch page
3. Set up a new Google+ Event at with the date and time of your Hangout on Air
4. Under Event Options > Advanced > Show more options paste the YouTube URL of your Live event

The video will be displayed at the top of the Google+ Event page and attendees will be notified when the Event begins.

If you create a video trailer, you can add that link to your Event, then switch to the broadcast link just before you go live.

For more detailed instructions with screenshots, read on!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Weekly Update - August 13, 2016: GMB-G+, YouTube Live Events, Facebook vs AdBlock Plus

This week's top updates:
  • Google My Business stops showing Google+ data in Insights for local businesses
  • YouTube limits live stream embeds to established or monetized accounts
  • Facebook does battle with AdBlock Plus.
Plus updates and tips for video creators, live streamers, Google+ posters, Gmail emailers, Google Maps users and much more!

Image: Browse the first website, created 25 years ago (August 6, 1991)