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Weekly Update - January 7, 2017: Google Assistant, Advertising, Hangouts

This week was the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where new computers, smart devices and other electronics were shown, from the silly to “put that on my wish list”.  The best Google-related updates:
  • Coming Soon: Google Assistant on Android TV, Android Wear 2.0, and more
  • New Chromebooks built from the ground up for Android apps
And there were a few other non-CES updates that have sparked interesting discussions:
Plus tons of tips for YouTube, Google+, AdSense, Webmasters, Google Calendar, Google Maps and more..

Image: Impression, soleil levant by Claude Monet (1872) Public Domain


  • 10 January Google Webmaster office hours
  • 13 January: Google Webmasters Search Console office hours
  • 25 April: Most Hangouts video call apps will be retired

YouTube and Video Creation

  • How the Associated Press trains journalists to shoot 360-degree video (Facebook Media blog)
  • Write a clear concise YouTube video description and it could be a featured snippet in the Google search results (Stone Temple Consulting)
  • YouTube Labs connects creators with brands (Tubefilter)
  • How to change your YouTube channel's privacy settings in the Android app (me)
  • Mute commenters under the new YouTube desktop notification bell (YouTube)
  • YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and More: Online Video Predictions for 2017 (TheVideo Ink)

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • Best practices for Google+ Collections and posting on Google+ (Faith Tan, Google+)
  • Set up a special private Collection for your Google+ Direct Messages (Robert Wallis)
  • What to do if there are sexually explicit or porn posts in your Google+ Stream or Community (Robert Wallis)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Google Photos on Android allows users to select different cover images for detected faces (Android Police)

Google for businesses

  • Why All 4 of Google's Micro-Moments Are Actually Local (Moz)
  • Google introduces tools for small businesses in India (The Hindu)

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Webmasters: ensure your website is protected from hackers! (Google Webmasters)
  • 2016 in tech design: all about the ombré (Wired)

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


  • Free Webinar: Learn Google Calendar from expert Scott Greenstone (Michael Daniels)
  • Connect Google Fit and Apple Health to track your fitness goals in Google Calendar (Google Blog)
  • Microsoft’s browsers may have hit rock bottom (Computerworld)
  • New feature for Level 2+ Local Guides is rolling out today. Create and save lists of your favorite places in Google Maps (Google Local Guides)

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links
Posted by Peggy K


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