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Weekly Update - December 2, 2017: Hangouts Meet, YouTube Community, #NotHacked

This week there are updates and tips for YouTubers, webmasters, business owners, Hangouts Meeters, Android users and more:
  • G Suite Enterprise customers can now host a Hangouts Meet video call with 50 people. Plus all users can now copy and paste Hangouts Meet conferences across Google Calendar events.
  • It was #NoHacked week, and Google Webmasters wants you to keep your website and accounts un-hacked. They posted a tip a day, and if you have a website or blog, be sure to check it out! 
  • In September 2016, YouTube launched the channel Community tab in beta. Now, over a year later, YouTube is finally rolling out the Community tab to channels with over 10,000 subscribers. There’s no word as to when the feature will be available to smaller channels. 
  • YouTube also announced "Reels" - their take on the "stories" format. They are still "experimenting with a beta version", and so most creators aren't likely to have access for a while.
  • VidMe launched in 2014 as a video sharing service designed to be creator-friendly. They will be closing down on December 15th, mainly because they aren’t bringing in enough revenue to cover their expenses. They wrote up a thoughtful blog post sharing their lessons learned for video sharing startups.
Image: A tasty cheeseburger to celebrate that Google has fixed the cheeseburger and beer emoji
Source: Hamburger by Renee Comet via National Cancer Institute Visuals Online (Public Domain)


YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live


  • Google+ Moderators: Join the new Moderators Community to exchange tips and learn best practices (Google+)
  • The problem of social media "Verified" checkmarks (Yonatan Zunger)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

  • Google Assistant now helps you find local services like plumbers and house cleaners (Google Blog)
  • Business owners: create a link for customers to leave a review on Google (Google My Business)

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Google may manually penalize websites using incorrect "Event" markup (Google Webmaster Central Blog)
  • How to tell if your website has been hacked (Google Webmasters)
  • Easily add a site-wide footer in the new Google Sites (G Suite Updates)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (November 28) (Google Webmasters)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (December 1): (Google Webmasters) 

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

  • Google makes it easy to copy and paste Hangouts Meet conferences across events (G Suite Updates)
  • All G Suite Enterprise customers can now host Hangouts Meet video calls with up to 50 participants (G Suite Updates)

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Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links