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Weekly Update - September 3, 2016: New Google+, YouTube Monetization, Live streaming

This week was all about Google+ and YouTube (but not together, of course).

First off, the new Google+ is now the default web experience, with the option to switch back to Classic Google+ for the time being. To sweeten the deal there are several new features: images and links in comments, web notification center, and community moderators can now choose to hold posts for review.

Meanwhile, YouTube started notifying Partners with videos that are not “advertiser-friendly”. Despite the fact that this only affects the ability to monetize those videos videos, and the cited policies are well over a year old, YouTubers were upset by this “new” policy.

Also this week: YouTube Gaming turned one, Google Brand Accounts for YouTube and Google+ can have multiple owners, you can schedule in YouTube Live Stream Now, Twitter offers a monetization program, Snapseed got more editing tools, and more.

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Image: Welcome to the new Google+!


YouTube and Video Creation

  • Update YouTube monetization policy hasn't changed - the notifications are just better now (YouTube Help forum)
  • New YouTube Creators: YouTube Space LA and New York has US election-themed sets (YouTube Creators)
  • YouTube Gaming turns 1 (YouTube Gaming)
  • Update Reminder: Comments on Private YouTube videos going away August 29!
  • New Twitter unveils ad-sharing program for creators (Tubefilter)
  • Tip YouTube Partners: Would you make more money with Vimeo on Demand? (Vimeo)
  • Tip The new HTML5 WeVideo video editor (Paolo Amoroso)

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • Update Business pages and Brand accounts can now have more than one owner (Online Ownership)
  • New The new Google+ is now the default experience - plus some goodies (Danielle Buckley)
  • New Google+ Update: links and images in comments (Luke Wroblewski)
  • New New Google+ Notifications Center (Luke Wroblewski)
  • New Google+ Communities update: hold posts for review (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Tip Circle Streams in the new Google+ web experience (Luke Wroblewski)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

  • Tip Find your Hangouts after switching to the new Google+ 
  • New Cast your screen to a Hangouts video call (Google Apps Updates)
  • New Facebook Messenger gets Instant Video (Facebook Newsroom)

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


Updated March 2019 to remove links to Google+