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Weekly Update - June 26, 2021: YouTube, Cookies, Twitter

Happy Summer! I hope you are staying cool. This week there are tips for small businesses and new creators to get started on YouTube, updates for advertisers, new features for Google Meet and Chat, updated Contacts interface, plus monetization options on Twitter and new Live Audio Rooms on Facebook. Read on for all the details. YouTube Any unlisted videos on your YouTube channel uploaded before 2017 will be made private unless you opt out. The deadline is July 23. The reason: YouTube started using more secure video URLs in 2017, so this is to make sure your unlisted videos are less likely to have a guessable link. On the Overview tab of YouTube Analytics you can now see a Stories report summary . Stories are generally available to channels with at least 10,000 subscribers. Th e latest YouTube Trends Report lets you dive into local trends around the world. The content is aimed primarily at advertisers, but even if you aren’t it’s interesting to see what

Weekly Update - June 19, 2021: Google Workspace, Meet, Chat

June is hot and buzzing, and there is a lot to celebrate this weekend. Today is Juneteenth , the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States and a brand new Federal holiday. Sunday is Father’s day, honoring dads everywhere. But just as we are heading into peak summer, Google is updating it’s work tools. Their “future of work” is designed to help remote workers connect with their in-office colleagues. Google Workspace is now for everyone . If you have a free personal Google account you can now use Google Chat, along with Meet, Calendar, Gmail, Docs and other integrated apps. There will also soon be a new Google Workspace Individual paid subscription with more features. Unlike other Google Workspace education and business accounts, you will be able to sign up with your Google account. Google Meet is getting new features designed for hybrid work situations , where part of the team may be in the office and the rest in remote lo

Weekly Update - June 12, 2021: YouTube, Meet, Google Photos

This week California businesses will have most COVID-19 distancing and capacity restrictions lifted . Is this a good idea? Locally almost 80% of 12-and-ups have had at least one vaccine dose, so that seems like it should be safe. But I don’t see businesses really getting back to pre-COVID “normal” for a while yet. This week’s highlights: YouTube announced improvements in copyright takedowns to prevent reuploads, expansion of the Shorts video editor across the Americas and in the UK, and the ability to to add cards, captions and midrolls while your uploaded video is processing. The Google Photos Locked Folder feature that lets you hide certain images is rolling out. Google Meet now lets you replace your background on (selected) Android devices, and will be rolling out video backgrounds on the web. And this week was the Apple WWDC with a few interesting updates, including FaceTime on the web with a demo of it working on a

Weekly Update: June 5, 2021: YouTube Analytics, Twitter, Google Meet

This week there are updates for YouTube creators, web publishers, Meet conferencers, Docs users and more. Plus Twitterers in Canada and Australia can subscribe to Twitter Blue to get that sweet “Undo Tweet” feature and organize Bookmarks. Tutorial FeedBurner’s RSS to email service will end July 1. You can remove the Follow by Email gadget from your Blogger blog to prevent people from signing up. And no, before you ask, I haven't decided on a replacement for my own email list yet. Join us! Join OnEBoard for the premiere of Spring 2021 video on Sunday, June 6. It includes photos contributed by OnEBoard members from around the world. YouTube and Video YouTube launched new metrics in Analytics to better understand your channel’s Membership stats. To be eligible for Memberships your channel must have at least 1000 subscribers and be in the YouTube Partner Program. If your YouTube channel is in the YouTube Partner Program, and your revenue increases or declines because of

Remove the Follow by Email gadget from your Blogger blog

FeedBurner will be shutting off its RSS feed to email service in July. This service powers Blogger's Follow by Email gadget which will also stop working. If you want to stop people from continuing to sign up to receive your blog posts by email via FeedBurner, you can remove or hide the gadget from your blog's Layout, or hide the gadget in the Theme Designer. Note that you will not be able to reactivate or add back the gadget once it is deactivated. You will be able to download your blog's email subscriber list from your FeedBurner account even after you have removed the Follow by Email Gadget. When (and if) you choose a new email service you can add a link or subscribe button by adding the code to a HTML/Javascript gadget.  Remove the "Follow By Email" gadget in your blog's Layout 1. Sign in to your Blogger account ( ) and make sure you are viewing the correct blog. You can switch blogs by clicking the blog n