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Weekly Update - September 26, 2020: YouTube policy, Web Creators, Stories

This week is all about the Stories, with updates for Google’s Web Stories, Pinterest Story Pins, LinkedIn Stories and the sort-of-related Instagram Reels. Time to embrace vertical video! Plus YouTube is making 18+ age-restriction more consistent, and Google has launched a new “Web Creators” blog aimed at bloggers and such. Plus lots more.

Two reminders. The happy: September 30 is Google’s annual hardware event, with expected announcement of new Pixel phones, smart speakers, Chromecast and maybe more. The sad: Google Meet premium features that were extended to all G Suite customers will no longer be available after September 30, and personal meetings will be limited to 1 hour.

YouTube and Video

Photos on the web

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Google Web Creators is a new blog and YouTube channel “to provide tools, guidance and inspiration for people who make awesome content for the web.” (They are also on Twitter and Instagram). It has tips and tricks, guidance on using Google (and other) tools, and blogger profiles. It’s excellent to see bloggers and web creators in the spotlight!
  • Google really wants you to create web stories. They have rounded up 10 web stories they think are great. If you have a WordPress blog, try Google’s Web Stories for WordPress plugin to create your own, including free stock photos and templates.
  • WordPress has introduced a Discover tab in the WordPress mobile app, to help you find recommended blogs at WordPress.com. Be sure to include tags and categories in your blog posts to make them more discoverable.
  • AdSense has released a guide to common AdSense policy questions. If you are an AdSense Publisher, hopefully this isn’t totally new information for you. It’s a useful overview of policy for everyone, with helpful links to more resources.

Messaging

Social Media

Productivity

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