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Weekly Update - July 17, 2021: YouTube, AdSense, Twitter

😀🎉 Happy World Emoji Day! This week there are tons of updates for creators on YouTube, the web, and social media.

Top stories this week:
  • AdSense will start showing Anchor Ads on wider screens starting July 19. That means the formerly mobile ads (which stick to the top of the page) will start showing on desktop. You can turn off this option in your Auto Ads settings. I have Anchor ads enabled, and I’m going to leave this option on to see how well it performs.
  • The YouTube Shorts video editor is now available worldwide. Make sure you have the latest version of the YouTube Mobile app, then tap the Create icon. You can use music, original audio from other videos, and record your own video (up to 60 seconds). And you can add multiple video clips. Learn how to create a Short.
  • YouTube Clips is now available on gaming channels with at least 1000 subscribers. You can use clips to share highlights up to 60 seconds long from a video. The Clip is not a new video. It’s a pointer to the original video with the clipped segment highlighted. Learn how clips work. You can also opt your channel out of Clips in Settings in YouTube Studio.
  • There are two new features to improve your YouTube live stream chat: polls in live chat and subscriber-only chat.
  • Twitter Fleets - Twitter’s answer to Stories - are being retired on August 3. That’s less than a year after rolling out the feature globally. Why? Because it was meant to encourage users who aren’t posting Tweets to “join the conversation”, but that didn’t happen. The top of the timeline will show Spaces (audio rooms) instead.
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  • Google is launching Drive for Desktop, which replaces Backup and Sync (for consumer users) and Drive File Stream (business users). Drive for Desktop lets you upload and sync photos and videos to Google Photos and/or Google Drive, sync external storage devices to the cloud and mirror Drive files on your desktop.


  • You can now require an account verification step to view your Google Search History. That way someone who shares your device will not be able to see that information. Google is also starting to roll out an option to delete the last 15 minutes of your search history with a single tap.


  • Mozilla’s Pocket bookmarking and content saving service also offers recommendations and collections of articles. Mozilla explains how the recommendations are human curated, so the stories aren’t just click bait. I use the Pocket extension to see new stories when I open an new browser wi#ndow, and it’s true that the quality is generally high.

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