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Creator Weekly: YouTube Thumbnail A/B testing, Apple Intelligence, X Likes are Private

Happy Father’s Day weekend to all you dads out there! This week YouTube finally started rolling out its much-anticipated thumbnail A/B testing, Apple announced (what else) tons of generative AI features, X decided to make Likes private, plus more for web publishers, video creators and social media posters. Top news and updates this week YouTube is rolling out its thumbnail test and compare tool At WWDC24 Apple announced “Apple Intelligence” features built into iOS, macOS and iPadOS. YouTube handles can now be set in 75 different languages. YouTube is testing a bunch of features powered by generative AI. Twitch launched Power-Ups for live chat, a new fan funding option which are paid for with Bits. Twitch is also launching a new DJ Program that allows live DJs to stream popular music. WordPress.com has a new unified dashboard. X has made Likes private so others can’t see what you’ve liked. X Analytics are no longer available to free accounts. LinkedIn added seve

Creator Weekly: Cara social sites for artists, new Adobe Terms of Service, YouTube Posts & Inspiration

  This week’s updates keep the focus on photographers and artists, with discussions of the new Adobe Terms of Service and growing pains for the anti-AI artist social network Cara. YouTube opened up Posts to almost all channels and is testing an inspiration tool. Plus updates for Instagram, X, the Fediverse and more. Top news and updates this week YouTube’s experimental AI-powered Inspiration tool. New features and wider availability of Google’s NotebookLM. Artist social media platform Cara is going through some expensive growing pains. Adobe has creatives concerned with its latest Terms of Service update. YouTube is expanding Community Posts to (almost) everyone. YouTube is testing sorting Shorts comments by topic. Twitch moderators can use Chat Warnings. Google will only crawl sites with its mobile Googlebot . X now officially allows porn for adults (with a warning). Instagram says that if you’re trying to farm engagement, they won’t recommend your content. Instagram anno

Get inspired with YouTube's experimental new AI tool

YouTube is testing a new generative AI brainstorming tool in YouTube Studio that can provide inspiration customized for your channel and and audience. Note June 7, 2024: this should be broadly available except in the European Economic Area, UK, Switzerland and India. Use the YouTube "Get Inspired" tool If the Get Inspired tool is available on your channel, here's how to use it:  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio on desktop ( studio.youtube.com ) 2. Click Analytics  on the left menu 3. Click the Inspiration  tab The page shows: Get Inspired or Get Ideas for your Next Video  (see more below) or Explore Topics  Top Searches based on your audience in the past 28 days Recent Videos your audience watched and your saved searches Content Gaps for Shorts which has topics that people are searching for, but that don't have relevant or higher-quality Shorts available 4. Under Get Inspired or Get Ideas for Your

Creator Weekly: AI-generated images, Google Search, TikTok Studio

June is here and summer is around the corner. It’s not just the bees that are buzzing, there have been some hot topics of discussion this week, especially around a leak of Google documents related to search and labeling images created with AI. Plus there are updates from YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Threads, and more. Top news and updates this week Play casual games on YouTube Controversy over “Made with AI” labels on lightly edited photos “Leaked” documentation of an internal Google API sparks SEO speculation Google makes changes to fix AI Search Overviews YouTube Partners can now see AdSense payment info in YouTube Studio in currencies other than US Dollars TikTok Studio is a new hub for video creation, analytics, and learning Discord is focusing on “fun and games”, rather than being a community-centric chat app Facebook will be focusing on features for young adults Threads has a new Tweetdeck-like web interface LinkedIn is making shared links look less appealing Tumblr Communiti

What images should be labeled "Made with AI"?

Instagram, like many platforms, has started automatically labeling images that are “Made with AI”. That sounds good, right? But the devil is in the details. Some photographers have noticed that Instagram has added the “Made with AI” label to their real photos. But it’s not a bug. It turns out that using Adobe Photoshop’s generative AI-powered editing tools, even to just remove a speck of dust from the lens, will result in the label being added. That’s because Adobe automatically adds metadata indicating AI tools were used to create or edit an image. Here’s an example. I used the generative AI fill in Adobe Express to edit the very top right corner of a photo. See before and after (click to enlarge, arrow points to changed section). You can check the Content Credentials metadata embedded in images at contentcredentials.org/verify .  When I do that for my edited photo, it indicates "this image was generated with an AI tool". That isn't  quite right, as only a small portio

Creator Weekly: YouTube Limited Ad Time Stamps, Google AI Search Overview Fails, X Profile Likes Removed

This week’s roundup is short and sweet. That’s partially because Google made their big announcements last week. But it’s also because I attended the Google Product Expert Summit in Austin, Texas this week. I’ll share a bit about the event in this week’s live stream on Sunday -- join me on YouTube or watch the video embedded below. I’m writing this up after arriving home on Friday, and I’ll admit I’m running out of steam. So this week I’m going to be brief and to the point. Or at least briefer than my usual writeups. Top news and updates this week Google AI overviews in search can’t tell facts from jokes YouTube Partners can now get time stamps for parts of their video causing limited ads (yellow $) to display YouTube is showing search results with specific segments of long-form videos Canva announces “Canva for Work” and updated AI and video editing tools X is removing the “Likes” tab on

Creator Weekly: AI Overviews in Search, Ask Photos chat, GPT-4o for all

This week was Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference. And -- no surprise -- it was all about AI. There are new AI-powered features across Google products and tools to try. Not to be outdone, OpenAI also announced free-to-use GPT-4o, with splashy new features and a sexy (?) new voice interface. Plus there are updates for video creators, bloggers and more. Top news and updates this week There are new generative AI tools to try! More Gemini extensions for accessing your Keep, Calendar, Tasks and YouTube Music LearnLM AI learning models with Gems, questions on YouTube, and more Google AI Search Overview rolls out to all US users New Google Search “Web” filter to limit search results to links Veo, Google’s new text-to-video model, soon available in the experimental VideoFX tool Imagen 3, Google’s latest text-to-image model, soon available in ImageFX Ask Photos in Google Photos to help find your photos with naturally worded questions Gemini in the side panel of Gmail, Docs, Drive a