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Verify your Blogger blog in Google Search Console

If you have a Blogger blog, you can easily verify your blog in Google Search Console with just a few clicks. The Google Webmasters has made a video showing how you can do that as part of their new Google Search Console training series. 
I've also written up the step-by-step instructions below. 
Google Search Console is a useful tool to monitor and manage how your website or blog appears in the Google Search results.
View and fix indexing problemsRequest re-indexing of new or updated content.View Google Search traffic data for your site, including how often your site appears in Google Search results, which Google search queries show your site, and how often searchers click your site in the Search results.Receive alerts when there are indexing, spam, or other issues on your site.See which sites link to your site.AdSense recommends using Search Console tools to improve your site visibility and (hopefully) increase traffic to your site. You will also need to verify your website or blo…

YouTube Policy Update: stronger rules against harassment and cyberbullying

YouTube has updated their policy against harassment, threats and personal attacks, with broader definitions and stronger enforcement.

YouTube has never allowed harassment, doxxing or bullying, and its hate speech policy was expanded earlier this year to include supremacist content. With this update, YouTube will no longer allow content with "veiled or implied threats" or content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation."

YouTube says they have consulted with a number of creators, experts and free speech advocates "from all sides of the political spectrum" to develop this policy.
There are also new stronger penalties. Channels that "repeatedly brush up against" the new policy will be removed from the YouTube Partner Program. Violating videos may be removed, resulting in a Community Guidelines strike or even channel termination.

And - importantly - YouTube has explicitly…

Last chance to download your Yahoo Groups data

All content posted to Yahoo Groups will be permanently removed after December 14th.  After that date public Yahoo Groups will be made private, and group communications will only be by email. That means you only have a few days to download your content, photos and files from the Groups you belong to.

That means you should download your Yahoo Groups content now!

Update December 10: Yahoo just announced that the deadline to download your content has been extended to January 31, 2020. However, content will become inaccessible starting 11:59 PM PT on December 14. There is alo email support for assistance with Groups exports.

This year Verizon has continued to rid itself various services acquired with its purchase of Yahoo! in 2017. Unlike Tumblr and Flickr, which found new homes, Yahoo Groups is still owned by Verizon, but will have most content deleted.

Yahoo Groups will continue on as mailing lists, but content on the web will be deleted:

Weekly Update - December 7, 2019: YouTube, Photos, Sites

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on the year, on YouTube and beyond. It’s also the last chance for app updates before the holidays. This week there are updates for YouTube Creators, webmasters, business owners, and a whole lot more.
Coming up this week:: YouTube new Terms of Service go into effect (some clarification on the terms) and Yahoo Groups data will be deleted. It’s once again time for YouTube Rewind - 2019. Taking to heart the overwhelmingly negative reactions to last year’s “cringy” Rewind, this year YouTube simply shows the top videos and creators from around the world, both in general and for music, dance, gaming and beauty content. I like it. Also check out the top videos of the year in the US, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, Korea, Brazil, and Mexico. YouTube has updated its policy on violent video game content, so that it’s treated the same as scripted or simulated violence in TV shows or movies.If your YouTube channel has at least 1000 subscribers you…

YouTube policy update: video game violence now treated like other scripted violence

The YouTube Community Guidelines have been updated, so now "scripted or simulated violent content found in video games will be treated the same as other types of scripted content". That means video game violence will be evaluated the same way as violence in TV shows or movies.

This change was originally announced in YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's November letter to creators: For gaming creators, we’ve heard loud and clear that our policies need to differentiate between real-world violence and gaming violence. We have a policy update coming soon that will do just that. The new policy will have fewer restrictions for violence in gaming, but maintain our high bar to protect audiences from real-world violence. If you are a Gaming Creator, this means future video game uploads with simulated or scripted violence are less likely to be age-restricted.

However, YouTube's violent and graphic content policies still apply. That means they may still age-restrict the video game con…

Weekly Update - November 30, 2019: Google Photos, StreamYard, Contract for the Web

While this holiday week has been mostly quiet here in the US (other than the flood of emails promoting Black Friday Deals), there are a few updates for photographers, YouTubers, live streamers and more.

FeedBurner sent out a notice to users who still have a feed in an old legacy FeedBurner account. Any such feeds need to be moved to a Google account before the end of the year.As the original deadline was February 2009, that doesn’t seem unreasonable. During the migration process it’s suggested the feed be set up for AdSense for Feeds; note that isn’t actually possible, as AdSense for Feeds has not been available since late 2012.The Google Photos mobile app’s image editor now has a basic markup tool that lets you draw lines, highlight and add text to your photos.Google Photos is also rolling out a manual face tagging tool (yay!), but there is a limitation: Google needs to detect a face before you can add a name.If you upload your photos to Flickr, you can submit your best shot of the …

Move your legacy FeedBurner feeds to a Google account

If you have an old legacy FeedBurner account, you need to move your feeds to a Google account by December 31, or you will lose access to them.

FeedBurner is Google's RSS feed management service that lets you customize and promote your feeds, and send out updates to your feed by email. Blogger's "subscribe by email" service uses FeedBurner, so if you have ever enabled email subscriptions for your Blogger blog, you have a FeedBurner account.

The migration of FeedBurner accounts to Google began in 2008, and the original deadline was February 28, 2009. If you have been putting off migrating your feeds to a Google account for the past decade, now is the time to do it. If you do not move your feeds to a Google account by December 31, 2019. you will lose access to them.

If you created your FeedBurner account after that date, or long-ago moved your feeds to Google, you don't need to worry about this change. You can always check your current feeds in your FeedBurner acco…