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Weekly update - December 24, 2016: YouTube, Spaces, Motions Stills

Happy holidays everyone! It’s pretty quiet this this week, but there are a few nice updates:
  • There is now a YouTube Comment history feed where you can find all your own comments
  • Google Spaces has new invite controls and allows text with (almost) no limits
  • The iOS Motion Stills app now has Motion Text for very cool titling, and better details and loops
Plus there are tips, updates and news for YouTube, Google+, Webmasters, Google Photos, Google Sheets and more!

Image: by me, all rights reserved.

Holiday cheer:

  • Sharing the Project Fi love: Get $20 when you join!
  • Project Fi subscribers: if you are flying through San Jose, CA stop by the #FlyWithFi Travel Trolly
  • Project Fi has holiday treats for subscribers! A World of Thanks (Google blog)
  • Bing offers holiday treats and celebrates the spirit of giving (Bing blog)
  • Santa's Village is now open! (Google Blog)

More 2016 in review


  • 27 December: Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout 

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • Google+ View Number Back Again On CircleCount (CircleCount)
  • How to manage the Google+ Settings for your Blogger blog
  • How to make a Private Post on +Google+ (Robert Wallis)
  • New invite controls for Google Spaces (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Google Spaces update: Starting Text Threads with no Limits (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Google Spaces use cases: HOA Events, taxes, project management, bookmarking and more (Oleg Moskalensky)

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Google Motion Stills app update: Motion Text, better detail and loops for beautiful video and GIFs (Research at Google blog)
  • Prisma now supports higher resolution and rectangular images, adds a new location based shared image feed (The Next Web)
  • Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos Book Launch (Geeks on Tour)
  • 32 tips and tricks for Google Photos (Computerworld)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Small update to the AMP reports in Search Console (Google Webmasters)
  • Google Webmasters Office Hours: Search Console (December 20) (Google Webmasters)
  • How to manage the Google+ Settings for your Blogger blog

AdSense and advertising

  • Russian hackers ran elaborate ad click fraud scam with sophisticated bots that went undetected for months (MIT Technology Review)

Hangouts and Messaging

  • Facebook introduces group video chat in Messenger (Facebook News blog)

Nexus, Pixel, Android, Project Fi

  • Coming in 2017: Android Wear 2.0 plus two new Google watches (The Verge)


  • Learn about Google Sheets from Top Contributor Expert Ted Juch (Michael Daniels)

Privacy and Security

  • How not to build a digital archive: Lessons from the Dark Side of the Force (Preservica)

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove links to Google+