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Weekly Update - July 1, 2017: Google+ B-day, YouTube Creators, Google Photos Sharing

Summer is heating up, and there are all kinds of nice updates this week.
  • Google+ turned 6 this week. The celebration was a bit quieter than last year, but there was a nice update, making it easier for Community moderators to remove spammers and other unwanted commenters.
  • There was also another interesting Google+ Collections 101 panel. Watch it to help take your Collections to the next level!
  • There were some tasty announcements at the YouTube Creator keynote at VidCon last weekend, including Comment Topics and Super Chat availability in more countries . There is also a redesign of Creator Studio in the works, and you can apply to get early access to YouTube Studio Beta.
  • A YouTube experiment is rolling out to some users: Animated video preview thumbnails coming to desktop
  • And, if you like to share your videos, Uptime, Google's experimental YouTube party app, is available without an invitation
  • Google Photos rolling out suggested sharing and shared libraries, which were announced at Google I/O in May.
  • Google News has been redesigned "with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users"
  • G Suite accounts are now compatible with Project Fi and there will be a new compatible phone at "mid-tier price" later this year.
  • We said goodbye to GChat,  as it was finally replaced by Hangouts
  • YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
  • Facebook now has two billion users, and ask they “celebrate community”, they are still trying to figure out how best to reduce spam and false news in your News feed, and define hate speech. This has sparked a lot of discussion, so be sure to check out the myriad of FB links below.
  • Has it really been that long? 10 years ago this week Apple launched the iPhone, changing the world
If that’s not enough, there are also updates and tips for Blogger, AdSense, YouTube, YouTube Gaming Live Streaming, and much more.

Image: Fireworks by bayasaa on Flickr shared under a CC-BY-2.0 license (update 08-2019: original URL, now dead


Not much going on this week, likely due to the July 4th Independence Day holiday.

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live


Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Google Photos rolling out suggested sharing and shared libraries (Google Blog)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Update to Blogger Modern Themes: customize sidebar and post widths (Blogger)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (June 27) (Google Webmasters)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (June 30) (Google Webmasters)
  • Blogging Made Easier: Five Tricks You Should Know (

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


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