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Week in Review - July 23, 2016: YouTube Penalties, Google+ Web Preview, Bubble Zoom for Comics

This week YouTube made a creator-friendly change to strike penalties: now they only last 3 months and your channel (mostly) won’t be penalized. They also redesigned the channel Status and Features page.

Google+ Web Preview got a nice update, with Related Collections displayed on post pages and a redesign of the format of reshared posts. Google+ Create India also launched, and is looking for Indian creators to apply.

And just in time for Comic-Con, Google Play Books made it easier to read comics with the new Zoom Bubble feature

Plus there are more updates and tips for YouTube, live broadcasters, Google+, Google Photos, Local Businesses, Blogger, AdSense and more.

Image: Toy balloons red and blue, by B. Weber on Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

The image is in honor of the Republican National Convention last week and Democratic National Convention this week, both of which could and can be watched on YouTube and Twitch.


YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

  • Update Facebook Live now lets you hide comments, stream longer, broadcast full screen (The Next Web)
  • Update Periscope update: Replay Highlights, Periscope Tweet Embeds and Live Autoplay (Periscope blog)
  • Tip Check out the current live Hangout on Air Events! (Michael Daniels)

Google+ and Google Spaces

  • Indian Google+ers: check out the new Google+ Create India (Sooraj Wadhwa)
  • Update Google+ Android app update 8.2 and 8.3: focus on fixing issues (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Update Google+ Web Preview update: related Collections, new format for re-shared posts and more (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Tip Get notified when someone in a specific Google+ Circle posts (Daniel Börresen)

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Update Google Photos Android app update 1.24 : improved cropping and album sorting (Android Police)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Tip Blogger post editor toolbar cheat sheet (Ms Drasby)
  • Tip YouTubers: add a Subscribe button to your website or blog! (Mike Downes)

AdSense and Advertising

Hangouts and Mobile Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


  1. Google has taught me so much even before I wanted to learn they was always close by me. <3


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