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Weekly Update - November 27, 2021: YouTube uploads, Reddit video, AdSense Matched Content

As we move into December (already!), tech companies are slowing feature launches. That, plus the US Thanksgiving holiday, means few updates this week. YouTube If you have a YouTube channel, you should have received an email announcing a Terms of Service updates taking effect January 5th. The content has been reorganized and made a bit more transparent, but there do not appear to be any substantial changes in the terms. Read the updated terms . YouTube is rolling out a new feature that lets you reuse details from previous uploads . During the upload process, you can choose to reuse title, description, video language, shorts sampling permission, or category. This is different from the default upload settings, as those automatically apply to every video you upload. Learn more. YouTube is testing search insight s, which let you see what your audience looks for on YouTube, and also let you see information for any keyword search on YouTube. And, kind of excitingly, they are looking at “

Weekly Update - November 20, 2021: Google Meet, Google News Initiative, Twitter

This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s a day for feasting, family and giving thanks. Thanks to all of you for reading! New this week: Google Meet has new immersive backgrounds, Google News Initiative offers new data analysis & presentation tools for journalists (and everyone else), and Twitter makes the case for pseudonymity. And more. If you want to be sure you get this newsletter in your email inbox, subscribe to my newsletter . Top Updates Google Meet is rolling out new immersive backgrounds on the web, with “subtle animation” and different versions for different weather (sunny, rainy, snowy). Three new backgrounds will be available to everyone, with five additional immersive backgrounds and color filters available to Google Workspace and G Suite customers (excluding Google Workspace Individual customers). The Google News Initiative supports journalists and local newsrooms with money and tools. There are new data analysis tools available to every

Weekly Update - November 13, 2021: YouTube hides dislikes, Twitter Blue, Lightship AR Platform

The big news this week is that YouTube no longer displays dislike counts on videos (but you can still dislike). There are also new features for creators who use StreamYard, Instagram Reels, Facebook Stories, Clubhouse Rooms and more. Beyond creator tools, Twitter Blue subscriptions, with fancy Twitter features, are now more widely available. And there are updates to the metaverse and live stream shopping (prediction for 2022:metaverse shopping). Top Updates YouTube stopped displaying dislike counts on videos . You can still dislike a video, which will help tune your recommendations. The channel owner will see the video dislike numbers in Analytics in YouTube Studio, but the numbers are not publicly visible. YouTube tested this earlier this year, and found a decrease in dislike attacks, which disproportionately affect smaller creators. The response has been mixed, but I think it’s a positive change. As I noted on Twitter , there is no way t

Weekly Update - November 6, 2021: AdSense, Google Business, Facebook

As we move into November, tech companies are starting their last push of new features before the end of the year. This week AdSense announced improvements to its in-account Policy Center; Google My Business is now Google Business Profile, with new management tools in Maps and Search; and Facebook announced it’s shutting down its facial recognition system (but Meta is not). Plus there are updates for web publishers, Instagrammers, Twitter Spaces hosts, Facebook Group owners, NaNoWriMo writers, online shoppers and more. Upcoming November 7 : I’ll be hosting the #OnEBoardChat Twitter chat on Sunday, November 7 at 11AM Pacific time. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. Follow me or the #OnEBoardChat hashtag for the latest. The topic will be autumn, and how that relates to your creative and business activities. That will be followed by the Premiere of OnEBoard’s collaborative Autumn movie. November 12 : Deadline to apply for the Google Black and Latinx Publisher’s Summit. Th

Weekly Update - October 30, 2021: YouTube, Facebook/Meta, Instagram

Happy Halloween! Whether you are dressing up and partying or spending a quiet weekend at home, I hope you have more treats than tricks. There were a number of updates announced this week at Facebook Connect and Adobe Max. The biggest news was Facebook (the parent company) changing their name to Meta, and going all in on the “metaverse”. Adobe announced a number of product updates, including limited versions of Illustrator and Photoshop coming to the web. Plus there are tips and updates for YouTube creators, AdSense publishers, Instagrammers, Google productivity tools and more.  YouTube Policy Update Starting November 1, YouTube videos “made for kids” that are “low quality” may lose monetization . Channels with low quality content aimed at children may have their monetization completely suspended. What does “low quality” mean? YouTube is initially focusing on content that encourages negative behaviors or attitudes, but they also don’t want content that is overly commer

Low-quality "made for kids" content on YouTube cannot be monetized

If you create YouTube videos aimed at children , you need to meet YouTube's high quality principles for kids and family content to be eligible for monetization.  Channels with low-quality kids' content, especially content that "encourages negative behaviors or attitudes", may have limited ads or be suspended from the YouTube Partner Program. High-quality kids' content is also more likely to be recommended and included in YouTube Kids app. This policy goes into effect in November 2021.  What does YouTube mean by "High Quality" and "Low Quality" Kids' Content? Watch this video from YouTube Creators for an overview. If you make content for children, you should review all of the suggested best practices . High Quality Principles to promote in your videos for kids Being a good person Learning and inspiring curiousity Creativity, play and sense of imagination Interaction with real-world issues Divers

Weekly Update - October 23, 2021: Pixel 6 Features, Instagram Updates, Web Creator Portal

New this week: See how the new Pixel 6 uses machine learning for cool image, audio and video features,; post to Instagram on desktop, learn how hijackers take over YouTube accounts, and check out the new Google (Web) Creators portal. Plus there is news and updates for improving your productivity, social media, and more. Pixel 6's AI-Driven Features This week Google announced the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones. You can get all the specs here . It uses Google’s own Tensor chip that allows state-of-the-art machine learning and AI that drives some of the unique Pixel 6 features. Will it convince Apple users to switch? Here are some of the tools I’m excited about: Google Recorder (one of my favorite Pixel apps) now supports German, French and Japanese transcription, in addition to English , on the Pixel 6. New Live Translate feature with messaging apps (WhatsApp, Messages, etc) offering in-app translations and captioning on video and audio content. “Magic Eraser” in Googl