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Week in Review - January 16, 2016: Google+, VR, Blogger, and More

This week Google+ updated both the new desktop version and Android app, a Google account is now required for the Google Friend Connect app on your Blogger blog, Google appoints a VP of Virtual Reality, and AdSense offers tailored Optimization. Plus tips and updates for YouTube, Google+, Inbox, Google Maps, and more.

A thought: Monday in the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday. In 1964 King pointed out that technology doesn't make us better people. We could do better then; we could do better now.
There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.
Martin Luther King's Nobel Lecture, delivered in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo at December 11, 1964

Image: HelpingHands.svg available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication


  • Update Google+ Android app update: improved search, home stream, and more (Luke Wroblewski) 
  • Update Google+ Web Preview update: pin a post, easier move to Collections, simpler Community invites (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Tip How to pin a post to the top of a Google+ Collection (Sooraj Wadhwa)
  • Tip Move an existing public post into a Collection (Sooraj Wadhwa)
  • Tip Testing Friends+Me - a Google+-centered social media posting tool (Me, Eli Fennell)

Google Small Business

  • Update Small businesses: edit your listing or suggest an update directly from the Google search results knowledge panel (Priya Chandra and Mike Blumenthal)

YouTube Creators

  • Update Free open source Linux video editor OpenShot 2.0 beta is now available (Jonathan Thomas)
  • Tip Translations for YouTube Creators: more ways to optimize your YouTube channel (Robert Wallis)
  • Tip Plan out your video with storyboards - even if you can't draw (Vimeo)
  • Article Robert Kyncl at CES: Why digital video will overtake TV by 2020 (ReelSEO)

Go Live

  • New Twitter Weaves Periscope Into Its Social Feed - watch live without a Periscope account (TubeFilter)

360 images, videos and VR


  • Update Blogger update: Google Friend Connect now requires a Google login (Blogger Help Forum)
  • Article A short history of Blogger (and Twitter) anti-impersonation policy (Motherboard)


Messaging (non Hangouts)

Android, Nexus, Project Fi

Productivity: Google Maps, Mail, Docs

And more...

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links