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Weekly Update - August 5, 2017: Google+ Search, YouTube, Google Search Console

I’m a happy Plusser this week, as Google+ got a really nice update.
Things were a bit more volatile on YouTube.
  • YouTube posted an update on progress fighting terrorist and violent extremist content online. They are using machine learning, as well as human Trusted Flaggers, to identify violent extremist content. Once it’s identified, it may be removed or eventually hidden behind an interstitial warning page.
  • There was also a major update to the YouTube app for Android TV. It’s got a spiffy new design but many many users are unhappy that the app is no longer compatible with Brand Account channels. That means many folks are no longer able to access their playlists or subscriptions. Hopefully the app will be updated to support brand channels again, but at the moment your only option is to send feedback.
  • And you see your YouTube subscriber number drop this week? It’s not a bug, YouTube was “behind on removing spammy accounts”. Removal of spammy subscribers is usually an ongoing process, so it’s noticeable when a large number are all removed at the same time. Now they should be caught up - for the time being anyway. 
What else was new? 
And, to get you into the mood, I give you the hit of the summer, Luis Fonsi’s Despocito, which is the first YouTube video to reach 3 Billion views.

Image: Vanilla Sky by Thales on Flickr, shared under a CC BY 2.0 license.


  • 10 August: Google Partners Academy on Air: YouTube - How to Make Your Video Creative Unskippable
  • 17 August: Google Partners Academy on Air: YouTube - Audience Targeting that Leverages all of Google
  • 21 August: Become a citizen scientist and contribute photos to the Eclipse Megamovie
  • 24 August: Academy on Air: The New AdWords Experience (Part 1)
  • 31 August: Academy on Air: The New AdWords Experience (Part 2)
  • 31 August: Digital Transformation: Mobile Brand Strategy
  • 13 September: Web clipboard to be removed from Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
  • 20 September:YouTube Video Editor and Photo Slideshows retired

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

  • How to make your live stream a success (YouTube Creator Academy)


Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

  • If you use AdSense Native Ads, remember "Content is king" (AdSense)
  • Google Partners Academy on Air: YouTube - Winning Attention in a Mobile, 'Skippable' World (Video) (Google Partners)

Hangouts and Messaging

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

  • After phishing attacks, Chrome extensions push adware to millions (Ars Technica)

More around the web

  • An algorithm trained on emoji knows when you’re being sarcastic on Twitter 🤔 (Technology Review)
  • NASA Invites You to Become a Citizen Scientist During US Total Solar Eclipse (NASA)
  • 200+ Posters from the golden age of design are now free to download (MyModernMet)
  • Seeing is believing in the fight against climate change (Google Blog)

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links