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Weekly Update - February 15, 2020: Safer Internet Day, Emoji, YouTube

Happy (belated) Valentine’s day readers! This week brings safety, privacy and security features highlighted by tech giants for Safer Internet Day, ghost cowboys and other mashed-up emoji in G Board’s Emoji Kitchen, new notification metrics in YouTube Analytics and much more.
You can use Google Assistant to make your days more romantic any day of the year.February 11 was Safer Internet Day. Social Media sites stepped up with safety and security tips:Google updated the “Be Internet Awesome” program for kids, highlighted how they are making a safer internet for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and provides 5 tips for keeping your account safe.YouTube shared how they are keeping the platform safe, especially for families, with tips on how to flag bad content, how to manage your search and watch history, control the ads you see and keep your account secure. They also recommend families use the YouTube Kids app.Facebook has tips for keeping your account safe, and dealing with harassment and…

Weekly Update - February 8, 2020: Maps, Elections, Oscars

This week Google Maps turned 15, and got a new logo and updated features. YouTube and Google announced the election-year steps they are taking to help political candidates and journalists, and to prevent the spread of misinformation. You can have some fun with the Academy Awards on Sunday. Plus there are updates for YouTubers, webmasters, and more.
If you go by YouTube trailer views, Joker will win for Best Picture at the Oscars, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 as runner-ups.Tenor, Google’s visual expression search engine, will be capturing the Oscars in GIF form. To find and share Academy Award GIFs, search #oscars on Tenor in the GIF Keyboard app (iOS), the Gboard Keyboard (Android), or visit the official Oscars page on Tenor. Check out all the Google Search and Assistant Oscar goodies.Google Maps turned 15 this week. To celebrate there’s new logo, updated mobile app with improved navigation, and they are adding new public transit information including accessibility, sec…

Chrome to stop showing "intrusive" ads on short videos

Today the Coalition for Better Ads announced new standards for ads appearing on short form video.  Chrome will stop displaying ads on sites that violate these standards starting in August. It appears that YouTube ad formats are already in compliance.
The Coalition for Better Ads sets standards for all types of web ads, with the goal of encouraging less intrusive ads. Less intrusive ads are less likely to drive people to install ad blockers. The idea is a that is a win for site visitors, who aren't blasted by annoying ads, and for creators and publishers, who are less likely to lose revenue when their ads are blocked.
They called out three types of ads that are especially intrusive on videos that are 8 minutes or less: mid-roll ads: ads inserted in the middle of videoslong unskippable pre-roll ads: ads longer than 31 seconds that cannot be skipped in the first 5 secondslarge display ads: image or text ads that are in the middle 1/3 of a playing video or are larger than 20% of the v…

Google Photos Automatic Monthly Photo Prints Trial

Google Photos is trialing a monthly photo print subscription service. Every month Google Photos selects 10 prints (which you can change), and then prints them and mails them to you. During the trial period, this is free.

If your Google Photos is invited to the trial, you should see a banner across the top of the page on desktop. This banner does not appear in the Google Photos mobile app. Not every account is invited.


Once a month Google will automatically pick 10 photos from the previous month, based on the theme you have chosen (people, landscapes, or a mix). You can review the photo selection and have three days to make changes.

The photos will then be printed on 4x6" matte card stock, and mailed to you.

The usual price is $7.99 per month,  but is free for the duration of the trial. The trial is through the end of May or June, depending on where you read (I'm trying to get clarification on that date).

You can see the details at photos.google.com/printsubscription. Note th…

Weekly Update - February 1, 2020: Video Creators, Privacy Tools, Big Game Fun

Google and Facebook highlighted their privacy tools for Data Privacy Day. When is the best time to review your account’s privacy settings? Today! Plus there are new tools and features for video creators, live streamers, webmasters, and more.
Sunday is the Super Bowl, America’s unofficial party holiday. Some people even watch the game! In these troubled times, it’s something the US tech companies can safely have some fun with. Facebook Messenger has new camera filters and stickers, Snapchat has NFL Lenses, and Twitter is attaching a “hashflag” to tweets #SBLIV. You can watch all the creative “big game” ads on YouTube, and Google has tips for using Search and Assistant for game day goodies and keeping updated.
AdSense is promoting Google’s Women of Publishing Leadership series. It’s “designed to foster community in the publishing industry, provide access to monetization resources, and enable the future growth of women-led small businesses.” There are four livestream sessions in March:…

Try Tangi the new experimental DIY video social sharing app

Tangi is a new video social sharing platform from Area 120, Google's experimental project lab. Its focus is 1 minute long DIY ("do it yourself") tutorial videos. The name is "inspired by the words TeAch aNd GIve and "tangible"—things you can make."

The emphasis is on "creativity and community", including art, crafting, cooking, fashion and beauty and "lifestyle" tutorials, all less than 60 seconds long.
The unique twist is a "Try It" feature, "a way for anyone to share re-creations of things they tried making or doing, and a great way to build a community between creators and their fans."

Tangi currently is in a closed beta, so you need to apply to become a creator.

However, you can set up an account, watch videos, follow creators, and post comments.
Video Watch Page

I don't see a "try it" option on the videos, but that likely is only available if your account is enabled for video uploads. How to t…

Add a manager, editor or Studio viewer to your YouTube channel

If your YouTube channel is on your main Google account you can use the new Permissions option to give channel managers or editors limited access. As the channel owner, you can choose how much access they have to your YouTube Studio.

There are four permission levels:
Manager:  Edit channel details, upload videos, post comments in Studio. Add or remove other managers and editors.Editor: Edit all channel details, upload videos, post comments in Studio.Viewer:  View channel details. Cannot edit channel details.Viewer (limited):  View all channel details except revenue information. Cannot edit channel details. Only Managers are able to see what other accounts Manager, Editor or Viewer access. Managers cannot delete or transfer the channel.

Note that currently managers, editors and viewers will not have access to everything:
Cannot access features that are not yet in YouTube Studio, such as End ScreensCannot act as the channel outside of YouTube Studio, for example to leave comments on a vid…

Weekly Update - January 25, 2020: YouTube, Collections, Datasets

恭喜发财! 새해 복 많이 받으세요! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy New Year! This week there are new permissions in YouTube Studio, new Search Collection tools to collaboratively save links, search tools to find datasets on the web and updates for video creators, webmasters, and more To celebrate the Lunar New Year Google is showing a special Year of the Rat doodle in Vietnam, South Korea, China, the US, and a number of other countries. Click the link to learn more and see cute illustrations of rats and other zodiac animals.You can now add Managers, Editors or Viewers to your YouTube Studio if your YouTube channel is on your Google account, and not a Brand Account. Watch for my tutorial next week!Get a sneak peek at YouTube’s new caption editor on Creator Insider.You can now use a green screen when live streaming in Stream Yard. Stream Yard has grown in leaps and bounds, starting with 100 broadcasters on January 1, 2019 and growing to 16,000 broadcasters at the beginning of 2020. Byte is a short form vide…

Weekly Update - January 18, 2020: YouTube Mobile, Chrome Updates, Account Security

This week there are new features in the YouTube mobiles, upcoming changes to Chrome that will no longer support Chrome Apps (like the Hangouts desktop app) and make third party cookies obsolete, new ways to secure your Google account and more. Plus I show you how to create a Bing Page for your personal brand or business, with free promotion of your social media posts.

YouTube now lets you see a profile of commenters in the Android YouTube app. Just tap a commenter’s name, and you can see other comments they have posted on the same channel, their recent subscriptions, and their subscriber count, time on YouTube, and subscriber status.The YouTube iOS app was also updated, with the option to filter your subscription feed by “Today”, “Continue Watching”, “Unwatched”, “Live” or “Posts”.You can create a Bing Page for your personal brand or business, with free promotion of your social media posts (including YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest). I gave it a whirl, and while it wasn’t much of a s…

Hangouts desktop Chrome App going away starting June 2020

Google announced that Chrome Apps - including the Hangouts Chrome App - will no longer be supported for most Windows, Mac and Linux users as of June 2020. Most ChromeOS users will be able to run Chrome Apps through June 2021.

That means if you are using the Hangouts Chrome App on your desktop computer, you may have to switch to the Hangouts extension before you are migrated to the new Hangouts Chat.
A Long Time Coming In 2016 Google announced that Chrome Apps would be gradually phased out. In December 2017, Chrome Apps were no longer browsable in Chrome Web Store for users on desktop computers running Windows, macOS or Linux.

In the original timeline those platforms would no longer be able to load Chrome Apps beginning in early 2018. That deadline was postponed, but no new date was provided.

In September 2018, with the release of Chrome 69, the Hangouts Chrome app started displaying a warning message: "The Hangouts Chrome app will be replaced by the Hangouts Chrome extension soo…

Set up a Bing Page for your public persona or business brand

You can now control how your public persona or brand appears in the Bing search results with Bing Pages (currently in beta). Plus you can promote recent social media posts for free!

While Google may be the dominant search engine, Microsoft's Bing can still bring traffic to your website and eyes on your website and social media posts.

Bing suggests Bing Pages are best suited for "influencers, bloggers, brands, small businesses, musicians, artists, athletes, and websites, among others."
Bing Pages offers several useful features:  All your brand’s social media feeds on your own page that you control. New posts from YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Mixer (and maybe are displayed on your Page and in Search. Your profile also has links to your website and Twitter profile.Promote your social media posts in Bing Search for free. They guarantee at least 10,000 impressions per promoted post.You can manage your brand's "public persona" in Microsoft products like Bin…

YouTube Android app update: "Profile Cards" linked from comments

If you are using the YouTube Android app, you can now tap a commenter's icon to see their Profile Card. The Profile Card displays public information about commenter's channel, recent comments they posted, and their public subscriptions.

While it makes it easy to see information about other channels, keep in mind it also makes it easier to see information about your channel when you post a comment.

It's a good idea to be aware of what it looks like when someone views information about your channel. Even though only public information is displayed, your other comments and recent subscriptions are very visible.  All about me, when viewed on my own channel.Scroll down to compare to my profile when viewed on another channel.
The Profile Card may show: The channel name, channel icon and channel art.How long ago the channel was created.Number of subscribers. (You can disable display of subscriber counts)How many comments they posted on the channel being viewed, and how many of tho…

Weekly Update - January 11, 2020: YouTube, Assistant & more

2020 is finally in full swing. YouTube has limited features on channels with content made for kids, Google Assistant announced at CES, you can control how you appear in Bing search, and more.
ICYMI: I was on the Tinkering with Tech show, talking about the YouTube Partner Program and AdSense. This week YouTube started rolling out the changes to “Made for Kids” content, removing or limiting some features. If a video or channel is directed at kids, it will not have personalized ads (but it may have non-personalized ads), comments, live chat, notification bell, stories, the option to save to a playlist, and other features (to see what that looks like, see this video on the Sesame Street channel).In YouTube Studio on desktop, when you are typing a video description the description box expands as you type. CES - the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas - was this week. Among the many robots, gadgets and smart devices, Google announced new Chromebooks and a number of updates to G…

Join me on Tinkering with Tech: YouTube Partner Program and AdSense

On Wednesday, January 8th at 5PM Eastern I'll be talking about YouTube, monetization, and AdSense on the Tinkering with Tech show with Michael Daniels.

You can watch the video below, or join us live on Youtube. The chat is always lively and I'm happy to answer questions.



Post show note: here are links to more information about what I talked about today.
Applying for the YouTube Partner ProgramCheck your channel's eligibility for monetization in YouTube Studio: studio.youtube.com/channel/UC/monetizationUnderstand YouTube Partner Program application processYouTube Help Center: YouTube Partner Program Overview and EligibilityYouTube Help Center: Set up an AdSense account for payments (this will walk you through the process)All my monetization tutorials Understanding earnings and paymentsYouTube Help Center: YouTube partner earnings overviewYouTube Help Center: See how much money you've made on YouTubeYouTube Help Center: Understand ad revenue analytics (CPM, ad impressio…

Weekly Update - January 4, 2020: We are 5, YouTube, CCPA

This week my “Weekly Update” turns 5! It started off as just a short list of links, mostly to posts I had made on Google+. Over the years it expanded in scope, and I started writing up a summary of the week’s updates and changes. Thank you for reading!

To get the Weekly Update in your inbox you can subscribe by email, either for just the Weekly Updates or all my articles and posts.

As we are just a few days into the new year, there aren’t many updates this week.
ICYMI: for a look at the changes in 2019, check out my annual review of updates for creators using YouTube, Blogger, AdSense, Hangouts, Google+, and other Google products. Plus I posted my personal reflections on the year.2020 is upon us, and with it, new regulations. The mostly-finished (!) California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect: make sure your website is ready, and check your AdSense settings. This is bound to cause ripple effects, as businesses, like Mozilla, are making changes available to all users, no matte…

Reflections on 2019 and on to explore 2020!

I spent the first day of the new year reflecting on the past year and making plans for the coming months.

Looking back, I had a pretty good year. I hiked in the mountains, and dipped my toes in the ocean. I grew vegetables in my garden. I saw beautiful works of nature and thoughtful works of art.

I worked just hard enough, created videos, wrote tutorials, and did my best to keep up with changes in technology.
I was honored to win the Creator Award at the Google Product Expert meetup in Boulder, Colorado. I work hard at creating my tutorials, in the hope that it will help people find the answers to their questions that aren't well-addressed in the official help forums. It feels great to have my efforts acknowledged.
And I was pleased to be highlighted as one of the "people who make YouTube better" on the YouTube Contributors page.
But I have also felt like I'm having trouble focusing. I have multiple partially started projects, goals I haven't met, and I have bee…
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