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Weekly Update - February 15, 2020: Safer Internet Day, Emoji, YouTube

Happy (belated) Valentine’s day readers! This week brings safety, privacy and security features highlighted by tech giants for Safer Internet Day, ghost cowboys and other mashed-up emoji in G Board’s Emoji Kitchen, new notification metrics in YouTube Analytics and much more.
You can use Google Assistant to make your days more romantic any day of the year.February 11 was Safer Internet Day. Social Media sites stepped up with safety and security tips:Google updated the “Be Internet Awesome” program for kids, highlighted how they are making a safer internet for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and provides 5 tips for keeping your account safe.YouTube shared how they are keeping the platform safe, especially for families, with tips on how to flag bad content, how to manage your search and watch history, control the ads you see and keep your account secure. They also recommend families use the YouTube Kids app.Facebook has tips for keeping your account safe, and dealing with harassment and…

Weekly Update - February 8, 2020: Maps, Elections, Oscars

This week Google Maps turned 15, and got a new logo and updated features. YouTube and Google announced the election-year steps they are taking to help political candidates and journalists, and to prevent the spread of misinformation. You can have some fun with the Academy Awards on Sunday. Plus there are updates for YouTubers, webmasters, and more.
If you go by YouTube trailer views, Joker will win for Best Picture at the Oscars, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 as runner-ups.Tenor, Google’s visual expression search engine, will be capturing the Oscars in GIF form. To find and share Academy Award GIFs, search #oscars on Tenor in the GIF Keyboard app (iOS), the Gboard Keyboard (Android), or visit the official Oscars page on Tenor. Check out all the Google Search and Assistant Oscar goodies.Google Maps turned 15 this week. To celebrate there’s new logo, updated mobile app with improved navigation, and they are adding new public transit information including accessibility, sec…

Chrome to stop showing "intrusive" ads on short videos

Today the Coalition for Better Ads announced new standards for ads appearing on short form video.  Chrome will stop displaying ads on sites that violate these standards starting in August. It appears that YouTube ad formats are already in compliance.
The Coalition for Better Ads sets standards for all types of web ads, with the goal of encouraging less intrusive ads. Less intrusive ads are less likely to drive people to install ad blockers. The idea is a that is a win for site visitors, who aren't blasted by annoying ads, and for creators and publishers, who are less likely to lose revenue when their ads are blocked.
They called out three types of ads that are especially intrusive on videos that are 8 minutes or less: mid-roll ads: ads inserted in the middle of videoslong unskippable pre-roll ads: ads longer than 31 seconds that cannot be skipped in the first 5 secondslarge display ads: image or text ads that are in the middle 1/3 of a playing video or are larger than 20% of the v…

Google Photos Automatic Monthly Photo Prints Trial

Google Photos is trialing a monthly photo print subscription service. Every month Google Photos selects 10 prints (which you can change), and then prints them and mails them to you. During the trial period, this is free.

If your Google Photos is invited to the trial, you should see a banner across the top of the page on desktop. This banner does not appear in the Google Photos mobile app. Not every account is invited.


Once a month Google will automatically pick 10 photos from the previous month, based on the theme you have chosen (people, landscapes, or a mix). You can review the photo selection and have three days to make changes.

The photos will then be printed on 4x6" matte card stock, and mailed to you.

The usual price is $7.99 per month,  but is free for the duration of the trial. The trial is through the end of May or June, depending on where you read (I'm trying to get clarification on that date).

You can see the details at photos.google.com/printsubscription. Note th…

Weekly Update - February 1, 2020: Video Creators, Privacy Tools, Big Game Fun

Google and Facebook highlighted their privacy tools for Data Privacy Day. When is the best time to review your account’s privacy settings? Today! Plus there are new tools and features for video creators, live streamers, webmasters, and more.
Sunday is the Super Bowl, America’s unofficial party holiday. Some people even watch the game! In these troubled times, it’s something the US tech companies can safely have some fun with. Facebook Messenger has new camera filters and stickers, Snapchat has NFL Lenses, and Twitter is attaching a “hashflag” to tweets #SBLIV. You can watch all the creative “big game” ads on YouTube, and Google has tips for using Search and Assistant for game day goodies and keeping updated.
AdSense is promoting Google’s Women of Publishing Leadership series. It’s “designed to foster community in the publishing industry, provide access to monetization resources, and enable the future growth of women-led small businesses.” There are four livestream sessions in March:…

Try Tangi the new experimental DIY video social sharing app

Tangi is a new video social sharing platform from Area 120, Google's experimental project lab. Its focus is 1 minute long DIY ("do it yourself") tutorial videos. The name is "inspired by the words TeAch aNd GIve and "tangible"—things you can make."

The emphasis is on "creativity and community", including art, crafting, cooking, fashion and beauty and "lifestyle" tutorials, all less than 60 seconds long.
The unique twist is a "Try It" feature, "a way for anyone to share re-creations of things they tried making or doing, and a great way to build a community between creators and their fans."

Tangi currently is in a closed beta, so you need to apply to become a creator.

However, you can set up an account, watch videos, follow creators, and post comments.
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I don't see a "try it" option on the videos, but that likely is only available if your account is enabled for video uploads. How to t…

Add a manager, editor or Studio viewer to your YouTube channel

If your YouTube channel is on your main Google account you can use the new Permissions option to give channel managers or editors limited access. As the channel owner, you can choose how much access they have to your YouTube Studio.

There are four permission levels:
Manager:  Edit channel details, upload videos, post comments in Studio. Add or remove other managers and editors.Editor: Edit all channel details, upload videos, post comments in Studio.Viewer:  View channel details. Cannot edit channel details.Viewer (limited):  View all channel details except revenue information. Cannot edit channel details. Only Managers are able to see what other accounts Manager, Editor or Viewer access. Managers cannot delete or transfer the channel.

Note that currently managers, editors and viewers will not have access to everything:
Cannot access features that are not yet in YouTube Studio, such as End ScreensCannot act as the channel outside of YouTube Studio, for example to leave comments on a vid…
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