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Weekly Update - August 29, 2020: YouTube, Meet & Duo, Chrome

This week there are updates to the YouTube video editor, the new Blogger interface, and Chrome tab management. Soon you can view Meet and Duo video calls on your TV. Plus there are updates on Facebook, Messenger, Medium and more.

YouTube

Blogging

  • Learn how font sizes work in the new Blogger post editor. Plus the option to ignore your own page views is back in the Stats options.
  • Social blogging platform Medium announced a number of new features that should make it easier for readers to find content they are interested in: a cleaner interface for readers, a new emphasis on following people and publishers (rather than the algorithmic feed), and all posts are now eligible to be more widely distributed across Medium (even if they aren’t paywalled). They are developing a brand new Newsletter product. They are bringing back custom domains for blogs. And improving user profiles so that they can be your new home for your personal customizable blog, separate from any “publication” you contribute to.

Google Photos

Communication

Productivity

Social Media

  • Twitter has shared tips for using Twitter Lists for brands. It has some useful suggestions if you aren’t using Twitter Lists already.
  • TikTok is suing the Trump Administration over the executive order banning TikTok in the US. Interestingly, their filing revealed they currently have 100 million US users, which is comparable to Instagram (130 million US users) and Snapchat (101 million US users).
  • Facebook announced Horizon for Oculus, “a social experience where you can explore, play and create with others in VR.” It is designed with safety features, including an easily accessible personal “safe zone”, and the ability to mute, block and report others. If you do mute, block or report someone, an invisible “safety specialist” may watch and record what’s happening to “ensure your safety”. It will be interesting to hear how well those measures work. Horizon is currently in an invite-only beta, but you can sign up to apply.
  • Did you know that Facebook had a meme-creation app called Whale? Well, now you do. A bunch of new features are launching, including meme groups, GIF memes and top meme templates.
  • Facebook News, a “personalized destination for news” will be launching in five more countries (UK, Germany, France, India, Brazil) over the next year. They will be paying news publishers for their content to appear.

Entertainment

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