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Weekly Update - August 4, 2018: Google+, GMB, Brand Accounts

This week there are updates and tips for Plussers, Business owners and managers, VR video watchers, along with tips for YouTubers, AdSense Publishers and more.
  • You can now embed a Google+ Stream from a Profile, Community, Community Category, Collection or search result on a Google Sites web page. I’m hoping this option will be available to other types of websites as well.
  • If you own or manage a Brand Account for a YouTube channel or Google+ Page, you can now see the email addresses of other owners and managers.
  • Google My Business launched Post Insights, which lets you see views, clicks and the percentage change for individual posts and all posts over the past week or month.
  • Google announced several updates for the DayDream VR viewer, including the ability to watch YouTube videos with other people.
  • Google Maps no longer shows the Earth as flat in 3D Globe mode.
  • Google is reportedly working on a censored version of its search engine for China, and employees are in an uproar.
And there are tons of tips for YouTubers, AdSense Publishers, Plussers, and more. Read on for details.

Image: Detail from a Poster for the Works Progress Administration that shows various items that can be purchased at a five and dime store (Public Domain)


YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live


  • Embed a Google+ Stream - profile, community category, collection, or search results - in your Google Sites website (G Suite Updates)
  • Navigate Google+ with this neat cheat sheet (G Suite Learning Center)
  • Brand Account Owners and Managers can now view the emails of other owners and managers

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

  • Google My Business launches Post Insights (GMB Community)

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Google is making it easier to discover data on web pages in the search results (Google Blog)

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


  1. Wow, had no idea the cross-posting of Tweets to Facebook was disabled now. It was convenient for Bloggers to have FeedBurner automatically post their new posts to Twitter, and then have Twitter connected to Facebook. Seamless and no third-party like IFTTT. Looks like that's over. Thanks for the info.

  2. Not at the moment. But I am slow at reviewing comments caught in the spam filiter.


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