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Weekly Update - August 1, 2020: Cameos, Maps, YouTube

Summer is in full swing, and there are a bunch of new features and ubugpdates for creators. This week there are opportunities to share your expertise in Google Search Cameos and Maps, new features in Meet and Chat, and free PDF productivity tools from Adobe. There's a new management permission for YouTube channels and YouTube's community contributions are going away in September. Plus there's more for webmasters, publishers, and music lovers.

Share your Expertise

  • If you blog about Food & Drink, Beauty, Fitness, Home & Garden or Video Games, there is a new opportunity for you: Google Cameos. Cameos are short videos that answer frequently asked questions. They appear on knowledge cards and in Google Search.This looks like a way to build your personal brand while helping others with your knowledge. Currently this is only an option for US bloggers. (Not sure what this is? Search for quesadillas, then look for the “top questions answered” section.)
  • Google Maps is expanding Local Guides profiles. If your profile is public, people will be able to follow you for updates and recommendations. Google is also adding a new restricted profile option, that lets you approve new followers before they can see the photos, reviews and lists on your profile.

YouTube

Productivity

Communication

Webmasters and Publishers

Just for fun

Music and musicians

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