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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.


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YouTube and Video


  • If you use Google Ad Manager to display ads on your own website, there is a new Manual Experiments option that lets you run tests to improve your revenue.
  • Blogging can feel lonely sometimes. Just ask Donald Trump, who shut down his blog less than a month after launch due to lack of readership and “engagements” (at least relative to prior social media engagement levels).


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Social Media

  • Twitter launched its paid subscription offering - “Twitter Blue” - in Australia and Canada. Features include “Undo Tweet” which gives you 30 seconds to undo a Tweet or reply before it posts, Bookmark folders to organize saved Tweets, “Reader Mode” to make it easier to read long threads, access to customer support and more perks. They seem like nice features, but I’m not sure they are worth $3.49CAD/$4.49AUD a month.
  • Twitter is also launching Fleet ads, which are “full screen billboards” for advertisers. It was nice to have Fleets ad free for a while, but that couldn’t last.
  • Facebook will now evaluate content posted by politicians with the same rules that apply to everyone else.
  • TikTok has a new page promoting its accessibility features, including automatic captions, turning off animated thumbnails and more.
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.

Photo: Tuesday, June 8, is World Oceans Day. There are many virtual educational events, plus a photo competition. Photo of jellyfish by Magda Ehlers from Pexels (free for commercial use).


  1. Thanks for this update info. I come here via my feed readers.
    I'm interested to your sentence: "Blogging can feel lonely sometimes".
    Well, what do you think about the future of the blogosphere?

    1. That is a hard question. I don't think it will ever be like the golden age (like 20 years ago), but I'm seeing more blogging-type platforms and people at least talk about being fed up with social media. L

      Like Substack is a newsletter, but each newsletter has its own page on the web and allows comments, etc. Which looks like a blog to me.

      On the other hand, while people talk about moving away from social media, that still seems to be where most of the engagement is.

      So maybe the future is something more integrated between blogs-newsletters-social media sites?

      Which is a lot of words to say "I don't know" :)

    2. Previously, I thought that blogging platform was a kind of citizen journal. It requires some writing skills (also time) to share useful contents.

      Plagiarism of blog content also discourages people to share ideas and thoughts. Maybe we need a kind of mechanism to protect "selected works" which is original thoughts, worthy, not merely taken from media. Plagiarism is a big enemy for authors / content's creator, moreover not get payed.

  2. Btw, you've encourage readers to remove the built-in unsupported "Subscribe" (Follow by Email) widget. Why still active on your own blog?

    1. Because I haven't decided what service to use, so I'm still collecting emails from people who sign up.

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