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Showing posts from December, 2021

Weekly Update - December 18, 2021: Holiday Meets, Twitter Video, Instagram Embeds

This week you can make your virtual holiday parties more festive, watch automatically captioned Twitter videos, and embed your Instagram profile on your website. Plus there are new features for Calendar, Docs, Drive and Slides to improve your productivity into 2022.  If you are a YouTube creator and partner, be sure to check your AdSense US tax settings (go paperless!) and check out Qaya, Area 120's new merch storefront. Read the details below. This is the last Weekly Update until 2022! The next edition will be Sunday January 2, then will return to the usual Saturday schedule. There will be an end-of-year round-up in the meantime. Have a wonderful holiday, a merry Christmas and on to the new year! Reminder: you can get the Weekly Update in nicely-formatted email form by signing up for my newsletter. Holiday Cheer Use the new winter holiday background in Google Meet or the (slightly disturbing) Duo AR Christmas tree to make your Christmas meetups more

Weekly Update - December 11, 2021: YouTube Permissions, Google Chat callss, Meta's Horizon Worlds

  As 2021 winds down, there were a slew of new features announced for YouTube (Permissions support in Live Control Room, Places Mentioned, subscription collections), Meta (professional mode for Profiles, comment moderation tools, Facebook Live features, Horizon Worlds metaverse opening), Google Chat (video and audio calls), Google Workspace tools (tables in Docs, shortcuts in Drive, Tasks in Calendar), and much more. Plus you can get your end-of-year recaps from YouTube Music, Reddit, Instagram and Facebook. Find out where all your time went! Reminder: if you would like the Weekly Update in your email Inbox, subscribe to my newsletter. Note that FeedBurner-based email subscriptions may be turned off at any time. More Best of 2021 If you are looking for the top 2021 trends for YouTube, GIPHY and more, c heck out last week’s update . Google released their Year in Search 2021 . You can dig into all the search trends around the world, or check out the top entertainment trends . T

Weekly Update - December 4, 2021: Best of 2021; Twitter personal info policy; Google Photos memories

I want to start this week's update with a pearsonal plea. This week I got my COVID booster shot. There were some minor side effects, but it is worth it. If you are eligible, and haven’t gotten your vaccination or booster yet, please do, for your health, for the health of your family, friends and co-workers, and to help prevent new variants from emerging. In the US you can find a location at or on your state’s vaccination website (in California it’s ). Do it now, and you will have protection in time for your Christmas and New Year's Eve parties. Just do it. OK, with that out of the way, this week we take a look back on what was popular in 2021, and have a few creator updates. There was a change in leadership and policy at Twitter, new creator features on YouTube, Facebook, Clubhouse and LinkedIn; new Memories in Google Photos and more. Best of 2021 Facebook’s GIPHY shared the top GIFs of 2021 . Here’s number one : And 2021 has often been ...