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Weekly Update - October 17, 2020: Hangouts, Groups, YouTube

This week’s theme: out with the old and in with the new. Yahoo Groups is going to shut down entirely in December and there is finally a general timeline for the migration from classic Hangouts to Google Chat. Before that happens Hangouts will lose phone calling and SMS features.

On the flip side, the new Google Groups will be the only option starting next month, and there is a brand new version of Google Analytics. And in a surprise move, there’s now Meet for Google Glass.

Plus there are updates there for YouTube, Google Search, businesses and more.

YouTube

Webmasters

  • Google launched the new Google Analytics with “machine learning at its core.” It is integrated with Google’s marketing products, and has much requested advertiser features. It is also built with privacy in mind, with more controls to help manage how you collect, retain and use Analytics data. Reports have been reorganized, and even if you aren’t a marketer, it may take some time to learn how to navigate the data in the new Google Analytics 4 properties. Take a quick walkthrough and learn how to get started.
  • WordPress now lets you publish your entire blog post, including images, as a Twitter thread. I’m filing this under “why?”

More Creator Updates

Google Search

Social Media

Communication

Conferencing

Productivity

A cautionary tale

  • A profanity filter banned the word “bone” at a paleontology conference. Also “wang”, but not “johnson.” The moral: don't use simple default filters!
That’s all the updates for this week. Subscribe to get the Weekly Update in your email inbox or favorite feed reader every week. Miss last week’s update? Get it here.

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