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Week in Review - August 1, 2015: Google+-YouTube breakup edition

This week's big news: Google+ is changing focus. It will no longer be a social layer across all Google products, but instead will focus on being an "interest-based social experience" - Google+'s biggest strength. To that end, Google+ integration will be gradually removed from other Google products and services.That separation has already been happening with Google Photos, Hangouts and Local business reviews.

The biggest change over the coming months will be disconnection of YouTube from Google+. The first step in that process is the separation of Google+ posts and YouTube comments. A Google+ share of a YouTube video will no longer appear as comment on that video, and the option to share a comment to Google+ will be removed. Sharing a video to Google+ will still be an option, but it probably won't be different from sharing to Facebook, Twitter, VK or any other social network. The process has just begun  - don't delete your YouTube-connected Google+ Profile yet!

I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen with Google+ - I'm hoping that Google convinces people to choose to sign up and participate on Google+ because it's a place they find interesting and engaging.

Also this week, Hangouts updated with more (non-Google+) control of invites, AdSense and Blogger implemented changes to comply with the European Union cookie notification policy, and there are tips and tricks for photographers, video creators, local business customers and more. Read on!

Image:  The way I envision Google+ moving from being a social layer over all Google products to standing on its own among the many.

Google+'s new focus and separation from YouTube 

Local Businesses on Google

  • Google tells you when businesses are busy (or not) (Google)
  • The Google Maps app now shows you when businesses are busiest (Google Maps)

Google Photos

  • This week Google Photos is giving users who can come up with the right photo free waffles in New York City  and will be coming to Los Angeles, Austin and Portland
  • Want to be sure the images you use on social media or your blog or website come with no copyright issues or strings attached? Take your own stock photos! ( +Jaana Nyström )

YouTube and Video tips

Hangouts and Mobile Chat

EU Cookie Consent policy: Bloggers, Webmasters and AdSense Publishers

And more!

  • Google Translate App update: more languages and faster, smoother voice translations (Google Inside Search Blog)
  • Free social media icon set from for your blog or website  (
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Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links