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Weekly Update - January 28, 2017: Google+, Google Voice, YouTube

Top updates this week:
Plus there are tips and updates for YouTubers, live streamers, Google Plussers, Bloggers, webmasters, Chrome and Firefox users, Hangouts hanger outers and much more.

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  • 31 January: YouTube Super Chat launches to everyone
  • 2 February: #AskAdSense office hours
  • 28 February: YouTube Fan Funding retired
  • 25 April: Most Hangouts video call apps will be retired

YouTube and Video Creation

  • New! Use the YouTube Creator Studio app to add a custom thumbnail on your phone (YouTube Creators)
  • How to appeal when your YouTube channel is terminated (The Lady from UNCLE)
  • Customize your YouTube channel layout (YouTube Help)
  • Facebook starting to use video percent completion as a ranking factor (Facebook Newsroom blog)

Go Live


  • Google+ introduces "Your Influence" - stats for everyone! (Daniel Reynaud)
  • Google+ Classic Events are now available in the new Google+ (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Removing support for Google+ Brand Pages from the Google My Business dashboard (Google My Business community)
  • Why did Google+’s Classic UI have to be retired? (Carter Gibson)
  • Case study: Google+ goes completely responsive (Google Developers)
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the new Google+ 
  • Find people in your Google+ Circles in Google Contacts
  • Where to find Hangouts after the retirement of Classic Google+
  • New Google+ Posting Cheat Sheet (Daniel Börresen​)
  • How not to get banned from a Google+ community (Robert Wallis)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Add photo captions in the Google Maps Android app (Whiskey Schulze)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links