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Weekly Update - August 8, 2020: YouTube Music, Blogger, Docs

This week there was both bad news and good news. Google announced the timeline to shut down Google Play Music. I’m sad about it, but I’ve transferred my music to YouTube Music, and I’m going to give that a try. Also YouTube subscription email notifications will be going away. 

On the plus side, the new Blogger interface is being frequently updated, YouTube Live Control Room has new features, and the Google Docs, Sheets & Slides mobile apps have some nice improvements.

Plus there are updates for video creators, webmasters, presenters and more.

Google Play Music

YouTube and Video

  • Starting August 13, YouTube will no longer send email notifications of new uploads, live streams and premieres. This will not affect mobile notifications or Chrome notifications on desktop. YouTube has tested this, and did not see any impact on video watch time. In fact, one reason for this change is that less than 0.1% of these emails are opened. Plus it makes it harder to spot important notices from YouTube.
  • YouTube’s official blog has a new look and URL (blog.youtube). It will have more news, insights, creator stories and trends.
  • YouTube Culture & Trends has a fascinating visual essay, “Watching the Pandemic”. There’s a story, from the quick rise of “sourdough viewership” in the US, to worldwide trends highlighting our need for self-care, social connection, and identity.
  • YouTube is rolling out a new access role: Editor (Limited). They can upload and edit videos,and see channel Analytics, but cannot access revenue data. Editors can see all your Analytics data. Note that these roles are only available to channels on Google accounts, but not Brand Accounts.
  • There are several improvements to YouTube Live Control Room, including quick access to your previous stream settings, starting and stopping streams on YouTube from your encoder, and simplified stream key management. YouTube is also gradually removing the option to access Classic Streaming.
  • Instagram Reels launched this week. Reels lets you record and edit TikTok-like 15-second multi-clip videos.

Bloggers and Webmasters

Productivity

Communication

  • How did Google Meet video calling adapt to a 30-fold increase in demand due to huge numbers of workers, students, and others staying-at-home? Get a look behind the scenes.
  • Zoom has added new filters, emoji reactions, and noise cancellation. 

More

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