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Weekly Update - January 21, 2017: Google+, YouTube, Presidential Social Media Transition

My top updates this week:
  • This week Google+ announced that the Classic web interface will be retired January 24th. They also announced some nice updates: Hide low quality comments, pan and zoom large images on the web, and an improved responsive design for a better screen layout.
  • YouTube is rolling out mobile sharing and messaging - starting in Canada
  • The transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration included transfer of the White House and Presidential social media accounts
  • And if you use Blogger you should check out the recording of my free webinar with Michael Daniels: Blogger, Beyond Text
Plus there are tips and updates for Google+, YouTube, Blogger, Google Docs, Google Search and more.

Image: My Wife’s Lovers by Carl Kahler (1893) “Dubbed by Cat Magazine as "the world's greatest painting of cats".”


  • 23 January: Video Creators: Deadline to enter the Elton John: The Cut contest
  • 24 January: Classic Google+ UI retired, Google+ Events return
  • 24 January: Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout
  • 26 January: #AskAdSense office hours
  • 27 January: Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout
  • 31 January: YouTube Super Chat launched
  • 28 February: YouTube Fan Funding retired
  • 25 April: Most Hangouts video call apps will be retired

YouTube and Video Creation

  • Canadians first to get new YouTube mobile feature that makes sharing videos more social (Financial Post)
  • YouTube correcting inflated lifetime channel view counts (YouTube Help)
  • YouTube says thanks, Susan Wojcicki reviews 2016 and looks forward to 2017 (Susan Wojcicki on the YouTube Creators blog)
  • More Than 1,000 YouTubers Surpassed 1 Million Subscribers In 2016 (Tubefilter)
  • Collaboration, meet efficiency: a new way to review videos (official Vimeo blog)
  • Last chance to download your Vines! Plus Twitter starts looping short video (Tech Crunch
  • How a music video is (not) made: Young Thug's latest music video is about how they couldn't make the video (Young Thug)

Go Live

  • YouTube Live guide (Nick Bacon of Mainstream Media)
  • Live streaming to YouTube from my Pixel phone: the best and worst apps (me)
  • Go live on Facebook with just your computer and webcam - no special software required (Krishna De)
  • Facebook may be shifting emphasis from live video to "longer, premium video content" from publishers (Recode)
  • Facebook took 2 weeks to remove livestream suicide video of 12-year-old (The Next Web)

Google+ and Spaces

  • Google+ update: hide low quality comments, Events, photo zoom - and goodbye Classic (Google Blog)
  • Google+ update: Hiding low quality comments (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Google+ Update: Screen Layout Improvements on the web (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Zoom and pan images in the new Google+ desktop interface (Luke Wroblewski)
  • How to use Google+ image zoom on the web (John Nack)
  • Google+ says thanks! Plus a nice article about Google+ users! (Mashable)
  • Google+: Over a Year of new web features (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Classic G+ is going away on January 24th yet there is still no support for Photospheres (See Comments).(Kyle Salewski)
  • Google Spaces Chrome extension update (Luke Wroblewski)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

  • The business calling itself Map Registrations is NOT part of Google (Tim Capper)
  • An important update for restaurants on the web - a new schema is being added for restaurant menus, menu sections, and menu items! (David Kutcher)

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Pixel, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

  • If your password is 123456 (or any other popular password) change it now! Seriously! (Business Insider)

More around the web

The Digital Transition from the Obama to the Trump Administration

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links