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Weekly Update - June 17, 2017: YouTube VR, Local Guides, Father's Day

Sunday is Father’s Day in the United States and many other countries. You can use Google Photos to make a Father’s Day movie for the special dad in your life. (And you can still make a Mother’s Day movie too). Plus Facebook is offering special Father’s Day cards and Instagram has Father’s Day stickers.

My top updates this week:
  • YouTube Analytics now offers VR heatmaps so you can see where people were looking at your 360-degree and VR videos. And if you want to give VR video making a try, YouTube Space LA is taking applications for VR Creator Lab
  • The Google Local Guides program totally changed the achievement levels and now offers more ways to contribute. If you are a Local Guide, check your current points (and perks) in the Google Maps app or a desktop computer.
  • If you are a gamer, I’m sure you know this week the Electronic Entertainment Expo AKA E3. YouTube was Live at E3, as was Twitch. Check out all the announcements on the official E3  site.
  • If you are a small business owner and you don’t want to create a full-blown website, Google My Business Website Builder lets you create a free website for your business in minutes. It’s mostly aimed at businesses in developing countries, but it’s available to all with a GMB listing.
  • Google+ announced that they will be making the G+1 button load more quickly on third party sites, mostly by making it a simple sharing button. Notably it will no longer display the +1 count.
There are also updates and tips for YouTube, Google Photos, Blogger, AdSense, Android and much more. Plus outside the Googleverse, there area bunch of updates from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Image: Detail from The Kiss or Father and Child by Honoré Daumier (c. 1845-1848)


YouTube and Video Creation

  • VR Heatmaps: YouTube shows you where people were looking in your 360 and VR videos (YouTube Creator Blog)
  • YouTube Space LA is taking applications for VR Creator Lab (YouTube Space Los Angeles)
  • YouTube was Live at E3 (YouTube Gaming)
  • A look at recent updates to the YouTube monetization policies (Creator Insider on YouTube)
  • YouTube and ASCAP strike a deal (Billboard)

Go Live


  • Making the G+1 button load more quickly on third party sites (John Nack, Google+)
  • How to PM someone on Google+ (Alex Garcia)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Make the dad in your life a special movie in Google Photos for Father's Day (Google Photos)
  • Google Photos Update: View Activity on shared albums 
  • 20 years ago the camera phone was invented by expectant father Philippe Kahn (San Jose Mercury News)
  • A brief history of the GIF (Smithsonian Magazine)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi


More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


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