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Weekly Update - October 30, 2021: YouTube, Facebook/Meta, Instagram

Happy Halloween! Whether you are dressing up and partying or spending a quiet weekend at home, I hope you have more treats than tricks. There were a number of updates announced this week at Facebook Connect and Adobe Max. The biggest news was Facebook (the parent company) changing their name to Meta, and going all in on the “metaverse”. Adobe announced a number of product updates, including limited versions of Illustrator and Photoshop coming to the web. Plus there are tips and updates for YouTube creators, AdSense publishers, Instagrammers, Google productivity tools and more.  YouTube Policy Update Starting November 1, YouTube videos “made for kids” that are “low quality” may lose monetization . Channels with low quality content aimed at children may have their monetization completely suspended. What does “low quality” mean? YouTube is initially focusing on content that encourages negative behaviors or attitudes, but they also don’t want content that is overly commer

Low-quality "made for kids" content on YouTube cannot be monetized

If you create YouTube videos aimed at children , you need to meet YouTube's high quality principles for kids and family content to be eligible for monetization.  Channels with low-quality kids' content, especially content that "encourages negative behaviors or attitudes", may have limited ads or be suspended from the YouTube Partner Program. High-quality kids' content is also more likely to be recommended and included in YouTube Kids app. This policy goes into effect in November 2021.  What does YouTube mean by "High Quality" and "Low Quality" Kids' Content? Watch this video from YouTube Creators for an overview. If you make content for children, you should review all of the suggested best practices . High Quality Principles to promote in your videos for kids Being a good person Learning and inspiring curiousity Creativity, play and sense of imagination Interaction with real-world issues Divers

Weekly Update - October 23, 2021: Pixel 6 Features, Instagram Updates, Web Creator Portal

New this week: See how the new Pixel 6 uses machine learning for cool image, audio and video features,; post to Instagram on desktop, learn how hijackers take over YouTube accounts, and check out the new Google (Web) Creators portal. Plus there is news and updates for improving your productivity, social media, and more. Pixel 6's AI-Driven Features This week Google announced the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones. You can get all the specs here . It uses Google’s own Tensor chip that allows state-of-the-art machine learning and AI that drives some of the unique Pixel 6 features. Will it convince Apple users to switch? Here are some of the tools I’m excited about: Google Recorder (one of my favorite Pixel apps) now supports German, French and Japanese transcription, in addition to English , on the Pixel 6. New Live Translate feature with messaging apps (WhatsApp, Messages, etc) offering in-app translations and captioning on video and audio content. “Magic Eraser” in Googl

Weekly Update - October 16, 2021: YouTube Creators, Google Cloud Next, Twitter Spaces

This was a busy week, with updates for Meet, Chat and Docs announced at the Google Cloud Next conference, more features available to YouTube Creators; a number of updates to Twitter Spaces, including a “Spark Program” for audio creators, and much more.  If you are a live streamer, web publisher or Chromebook aficionado there’s an update for you this week! Don't forget you can sign up to get my free weekly newsletter in your email inbox. Free AdSense Webinar This week I joined Michael Daniels on the Tinkering with Tech show. Watch the recording on Youtube. We talked about how to get help with AdSense and related topics. Upcoming  Google’s Pixel Fall Launch is October 19, with the much-anticipated live launch of the Pixel 6 phone, and maybe more. If you have questions about YouTube Music, Product Manager Jason Robinson will be answering questions in the official YouTube Music Help Communit y on October 21. Submit your questions before then, and he will answer as many as he can, AMA

Free AdSense Webinar!

Join me on Wednesday, October 13 at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT when I join Michael Daniels and Heather Kraafter on the Tinkering with Tech show. We will be talking about AdSense and you are free to ask questions during the live chat. Once the webinar is over, I'll add links and resources to this post.  Open the video link in YouTube to set a reminder or watch the video below.  I hope to see you there!

Weekly Update - October 9, 2021: YouTube Policy, Chrome RSS Feed Reader, AdSense Ad Auction

This week there are updates for AdSense publishers, YouTube live streamers, folks using Google Calendar for business and more. And in a nifty update, Chrome for Android now has a basic feed reader option. Reminder: you can get the Weekly Update in your email inbox by subscribing to my newsletter.   Top Stories YouTube announced several improvements to captions and audio features . Now all creators can enable automatic live captions for live streams in English. Previously this was only available to channels with more than 1000 subscribers. It will be expanding to all of YouTube’s captioning languages over the coming months. Future features include automatic translation of captions on mobile, multi-audio tracks and descriptive audio feeds ( example ), and channel permissions to add captions. AdSense publishers, YouTube creators and Google Ads advertisers are now prohibited from monetizing content or buying ads for content “that contradicts well-established scientific consensu

Use Chrome as your RSS Feed Reader

You can now follow blog or news RSS feeds in Chrome for Android. It's not as full featured as Feedly (or Google Reader RIP), but it's a handy way to see the latest updates. Starting today, we're experimenting on Chrome stable with a Following feature. You can choose websites to follow, and their RSS updates will appear on Chrome's new tab page. We've been working on this for a while & I'm super excited to hear what people think ๐Ÿ‘‡ — Adrienne P๐ŸŽƒrter Felt (@__apf__) October 8, 2021 This is currently available in Chrome 94 or higher for Android, and is coming soon to iOS. Eventually it should also be available on desktop.  Watch a quick demonstration, or read on for detailed instructions. Enable the Chrome Web Feed Flag  If you have Chrome 94, but the Following feature is not yet enabled, you can turn it on by enabling Web Feed in Chrome Flags.  1. Open the Chrome Andr

Weekly Update - October 2, 2021: YouTube Policy, Meet Translations, Google Search AI

This week YouTube banned all vaccine misinformation, Google Meet launched automatically-translated live captions (in beta), and at the Google “Search On 2021” event the company announced improved visual search using MUM AI and Google Lens. In social media Clubhouse now lets you share audio clips and offer room Replays, Twitter launched Professional Profiles for businesses, and Facebook is under fire (again). Plus there are more updates for video creators, new productivity features and more. Top Stories YouTube expanded their policy prohibiting medical misinformation so that false claims about any vaccines (not just COVID-19 vaccines) are not allowed.There are exceptions for content about vaccine trials, policy discussion, history and personal testimonials. Already YouTube has removed prominent anti-vaxxers Robert F. Kennedy, Jr and Joseph Mercola from the platform. Google Illustrations are new customizable images you can use as your Gmail and Google profile image. You can curre