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Weekly Update - March 6, 2021: YouTube, Privacy, Twitter

This week there are some great new features, tips, and learning opportunities for creators. Some highlights include new metrics in YouTube Analytics, a new Explore page in Google Photos on desktop, the option to sync your Google Recorder recordings to your Google account, and Twitter Spaces becoming (partially) available on Android devices.

There’s lots more, so read on!

New tutorial: Use Google Meet’s “green room” to check your mic and camera before joining the video call.

Reminder: AdSense Link Units will be retired March 10. Check your website or blog to see if you need to remove or replace the Link Unit ad code



  • Soon Chrome will stop supporting third party cookies. While some advertising platforms say they will use other methods of tracking, Google explicitly stated “once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.” Instead Google will use “Federated Learning of Cohorts” (FLoC) to deliver interested-based ads. Google says this work almost as well as cookie tracking, which is good news for both advertisers and publishers.
  • Google Web Creators is sharing Blogger tips. Set a favicon, format HTML, link Google Analytics, use the advanced search features, and check your Stats. See the Tweet thread for deets.
  • Google has a new podcast called PubCast that “explores the stories of website creators and app developers who turned their passions into profit with Google.” If you are interested in being featured, submit this feedback form.
  • Recipeasly was a short-lived site that extracted just the recipes from recipe blogs, removing the “ads and life stories.” They shut down after an outcry from food bloggers. I’m hoping this is a hint to food bloggers that sometimes visitors want to be able to skip the story and get right to the recipe.



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