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Week in Review - January 2, 2016: the new year dawns

I've got two weeks worth of tips and articles to start off the new year, and even a few updates. Blogger will require a Google account for Google Friend Connect, YouTube is retiring webcam capture, and Wirecast Go is out of beta. Plus tips and tutorials for Google+, YouTube, Blogger, photos, live streaming, Project Fi, account security and more.

>> Local business experts: apply to be a Google Small Business Adviser today (deadline 4 January)!

Want to know what happened across the Google-verse in 2015? See my 2015 Year in Review

Photo: Sunrise from the International Space Station (NASA)

Time to kill? 2015's top videos and photos


  • Tip: Get your Google+ Collections ready for January's #FeatureFriday themes: Art, Transportation, Landscapes, TV & Movies (Leanne Osborne in the official Google+ Collections community)
  • Tip: How to create a Google+ Collection (Sooraj Wadhwa)
  • Tip: How to customize your Google+ Collection (Sooraj Wadhwa)
  • Article: Are Collections turning Google+ into a ghost town? (Paolo Amoroso)
  • Article: Marketing Land's top Social Media Marketing columns of 2015
  • Article: Complaining that your G+ engagement has gone down because you're refusing to use Collections, is like being on Twitter 8+ years ago and complaining that your engagement has gone down because you refused to use hashtags (Eli Fennell)
  • Article: Example why "real name" policies never really achieved the goal of improving people's behavior (Yonatan Zunger)

Local Businesses

YouTube and Video Creation

  • Update YouTube retiring webcam capture January 16th. Alternatives: your computer's webcam or camera app or a private Hangout on Air (YouTube)
  • YouTube Analytics updates: the year in review (Ted Hamilton)
  • Tip Free Holiday music for your video project in the YouTube Audio Library (YouTube)
  • Tip Use Cameo - Vimeo's free video editing app - to make movie on your iPhone (Vimeo)
  • Article Do you use "YouTube voice" in your when talking on camera ? It can help keep viewers' attention! (The Atlantic)

Go Live!

  • New! Wirecast Go is out of beta - produce live broadcasts from your iPhone and stream to YouTube Live - free! (Telestream)
  • Mobile live streaming is so easy even a late night talk show host can do it (Late Show with Stephen Colbert)


  • Google Camera tip: Turn HDR+ on to take better photos in low light (Google Research Blog)
  • When is Christmas and New Year's? It's not always obvious when it comes to photo search (Flickr blog)
  • Ideas for using photos and video to promote your local business (Local University)


  • Update Missing Blogger blog followers? Google Friend Connect now requires a Google account sign-in. Let your blog's followers know! (Blogger Buzz)
  • Tip Are your blogs missing from your Blogger account? Or do you have author, but not admin, options? You may be signed into the wrong Google account! (Nitecruzr)

Nexus, Project Fi, Android

  • Tip Should you buy your Nexus through Project Fi or the Google Store? Compare Nexus Protect to Project Fi Protection! (Project Fi Help Center)
  • Tip 10 Tips and Tricks for Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear Watch (sakitech @ YouTube via Google+ Top Contributors)

Productivity: Google Maps

Account Security

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


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