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Week in Review - May 16, 2015: New forum look, mobile app updates, local business tips

This week the Google Product Help Forums got a new look, you can boost your mobile productivity with updates to the Drive, Slides, Docs and Gmail Android apps, Project Fi gets rolling, and Local business experts share tips and problem-solving suggestions in a Hangout on Air.

YouTube and Video Creator Tips 

  • Reminder: YouTube Subscription Collections are going away May 20th
  • Share your YouTube video to Facebook with the current thumbnail and description (Google+ share of my post)
  • Thinking of buying traffic to your website or YouTube views? Make sure you don't violate AdSense or YouTube policy!
  • Microsoft is bringing hyperlapse video technology to Android and Windows mobile devices

Google+ and Local Businesses

  • Local business owners: watch this Hangout on Air for tips, tricks and problem solving suggestions (with Local experts +Mike Blumenthal +Joy Hawkins +Colan Nielsen and +Mary Bowling)


  • Google Hangouts let you call your Mom - or anyone - in the USA or Canada for free

Project Fi 

  • Signing up for Project Fi ( +Scott Greenstone )
  • Scott Greenstone's Project Fi Collection 
  • Project Fi help community Top Contributors announced - Hello world!

Productivity: Google Docs, Drive, Maps, Gmail and more

  • Update: Google Docs and Slides Update: Add photos directly from your phone or tablet
  • Update: Google Drive Android app has enhanced PDF viewing and performance improvements
  • Update: Gmail for Android now lets you see recent conversations, contacts and more
  • Get Inbox by Gmail assistance in the new official Inbox help forum. Gmail-specific questions should be asked in the official Gmail help forum
  • Google suspends Map Maker editing in the wake of spam attacks on Google Maps
  • Mike Downes shares his compilation of Google's official English Twitter accounts

21st Century Life: this, that, humor

  • Use Word Maps to say Thanks! (or other word) in any language
  • If websites started dating (I do think you're special Google+!)
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Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links