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Weekly Update - May 1, 2021: Spotify Podcast Subs, Twitter Spaces, Zoom Immersive View

This week is a quiet one in the Googleverse (unless you count YouTube’s dispute with Roku). Top updates:
  • Spotify has launched paid podcast subscriptions, and creators keep 100% of the revenue (until 2023). If you are in the US and your podcast is hosted on Spotify’s Anchor, you can apply for the waitlist.
  • If you use the Twitter Android app, you can now create a “Space”, Twitter’s Clubhouse-like audio chatroom.
  • Zoom has launched a new “Immersive View”, similar to the Microsoft Teams “Together Mode”. Now a webinar panel can actually look more like they are together on a panel.
Read on for more updates and tips.


YouTube and Video

  • YouTube is testing timed comments that let you see comments timed to exact moments in the video. “To see if you're part of the experiment, go to the comments section on iOS or Android, and tap the Sort button to select "Timed Beta”.”
  • YouTube’s Creator Insider has a new advertiser-friendly guidelines overview, this time for “incendiary or demeaning content.” Can you monetize a diss track? It depends on the context, tone and focus.
  • You can now turn off your audio and video in Instagram Live.


Bloggers and Webmasters

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