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Weekly Update - October 1, 2022: New Google Search features, Stadia's demise, YouTube Shorts editor update

  New this week: Google makes it easier to have your personal info removed from Search, Discussions and Forums in the Google Search results, Stadia’s demise, new voiceover option in the YouTube Shorts editor and more. Want weekly updates in your email inbox? Subscribe to my newsletter. A more useful Google Search (and Maps) At the Google Search On event this week, Google announced new features for Search and Maps. There are some useful new features for users, and potentially some opportunities for creators and business owners. Keep in mind that many of these new features are only available on mobile devices, and may start out US only. Here’s what’s new in Google Search:: The Google mobile app h as a new “Results about you” tool, that lets you find and request removal of results with your home address, phone number or email. And soon you will be able to get alerts when there are new search results with your personal information.

Weekly Update - September 24, 2022: YouTube Monetization, Creator Music, Twich Streamers

  Happy autumn (and spring to those of you in the Southern Hemisphere)! This week there is big news for YouTube creators (good) and Twitch streamers (not so good). You can check to see if your art or photos have been used in an AI training set. Plus there are tips and updates to make you more productive. Want weekly updates in your email inbox? Subscribe to my newsletter. Upcoming September 28 is Google’s #SearchOn 22 event . Learn what’s new in Google Search. More YouTube monetization options Starting later this fall and into 2023 YouTube will be offering more monetization options. The two big changes are the ability to earn ad revenue from Shorts and new licensing options to earn from videos with commercial music. Eligibility for the YouTube Partner Program is expanding to include YouTube shorts creators. You will be able to qualify for YPP with 1000 subscribers and either 4000 hours watch time in the past year or at least 10 million Shors views in the past 90 days (no one

New YouTube Monetization options in 2023

There were several exciting announcements from this week's invite-only YouTube Creator Summit, with a number of new monetization options that will (mostly) become available in 2023 Full details will be available in the coming months. Here is a brief overview of the update: YouTube Partner Program eligibility with 10 million Shorts views in the past 90 days All channels in the YouTube Partner Program will be able to earn ad revenue from Shorts Earn from Super Thanks on Shorts Lower eligibility threshold for fan funding Creator Music lets Partners license commercial music tracks for monetized videos Watch the official announcement by YouTube Creators:     Read on for more details. Eligibility Requirements for the YouTube Partner Program Currently to be able to apply for the YouTube Partner Program, your YouTube channel must meet the following requirements :  At least 1000

Weekly Update - September 17: YouTube Live Redirect, Canva Visual Worksuite, Google Photos Memories

  As we head into autumn, leaves will start changing, the weather will turn cooler, and tech companies will start pushing out the updates to get them done before the end of the year. I expect the coming weeks will be interesting! This week there are new features coming to graphic design platform Canva, updated shareable Google Photos Memories and collage creation tools, new YouTube features, updates to Google Chat and Meet, and more. Want weekly updates in your email inbox? Subscribe to my newsletter. Join #OnEBoardChat about Presentations and Webinars I’m hosting this week’s #OnEBoardChat, and the topic will be dos, don’ts and tools for presentations. If you have ever given a presentation, joined a webinar, or watched a lecture, please join in the discussion! It starts Sunday, September 18, at 11AM Pacific time on Twitter. Follow me (@ PeggyKTC ) or the #OnEBoardChat hashtag for updates. And if you can’t join live, comment when you can. I hope you can join us! News in online desig

More details about the upcoming migration of Currents content and communities to Spaces

This week Google Workspace hosted a webinar with more information about the migration from Currents to Google Chat Spaces. Previously:  Google+ Successor Currents will be replaced by Spaces in 2023 As Google+ shut down for personal accounts in 2019, Currents was launched as the evolution of Google+ for G Suite (Google Workspace) users. In July 2020 all remaining Google+ content was migrated to Currents. Currents was notably absent from Google’s big Google Workspace “Home for Work” launch in the fall of 2020. That did include Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet, and (notably) Chat. Those Google services are integrated with each other, with Gmail as a sort of home base. With Currents out in the cold, it was not a big surprise when in February Google announced that Currents would shut down in 2023. But not all will be lost! Some Currents content and communities will be migrated to Google Chat Spaces . If you use Currents, I recommend watching this week's webinar v

Weekly Update - September 10, 2022: YouTube policy, Meet games, Twitter Birdwatch

It’s been an extraordinarily hot week here in California. I am so ready for fall. I hope wherever you are reading this from the weather is mild! This week there are updates in YouTube for education and YouTube’s sexual content policy; new ways to play games in Google Meet; expansion of Twitter’s Birdwatch anti-misinformation program and more. Of special note are links to several excerpts of tech reporter Mark Bergen’s new book “Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination”. He delves into interesting history and more recent content moderation struggles. If you are interested in what happens behind the scenes, be sure to check them out. (I want to read this whole book!) Want weekly updates in your email inbox? Subscribe to my newsletter. YouTube for Education YouTube is working to improve as an educational tool for both teachers and creators. And, of course, students. There is a new YouTube video player for education, that will show videos wi

Weekly Update - September 3, 2022: Hangouts, YouTube mobile live streaming, Twitter Circle

This week there are new features from Twitter (circle posting, pinned replies, and Tweet editing), video tips from Facebook, new ways to manage your mobile live streams on YouTube, and more. We also have a date for Hangouts last day 😢. Plus tips and updates for video creators, web publishers and more. Want weekly updates by email? Subscribe to my newsletter. Hangouts will end October 31 There is finally a date for the final transition from Hangouts to Google Chat. Beginning November 1, hangouts.google.com will redirect to chat.google.com . The “Google Apps Team” sent out emails this week notifying users if some of their conversations will not be migrated to Google Chat. And people using a Brand Account with direct sign-in for Hangouts were notified that they will not be able to use Google Chat, If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to move from Hangouts to Chat. YouTube and Video You can now manage your mobile live streams in YouTube Studio Live Control Room .

Weekly Update - August 27, 2022: Podcasting, Twitch Partners, AI Test Kitchen

Do you listen to podcasts? If you do, you may have more listening options in the near future, as YouTube and Twitter both roll out podcast pages. Plus Twitch Partners can now stream on other platforms, YouTube Music is getting a bit less personal, Medium is listening to its users and more. Read on for details of those updates and more. Want weekly updates in your email inbox? Subscribe to my newsletter. AI Test Kitchen If you are interested in learning about what Google’s doing with Artificial Intelligence, sign up for the AI Test Kitchen . It will host a changing set of AI demos that you can play with and provide feedback on.  The Test Kitchen is starting with three demos of the LaMDA language model : you can “Imagine It” to use your imagination to explore any place (real or fictional), “List It” breaks down projects into a checklist of tasks, and “Talk about it (Dogs edition)” to talk about dogs. Learn more . Note: this will initially only be available to users in the US. P

Weekly Update - August 20, 2022: Google Search helpful content update, Google Workspace Individual, Reels & Shorts

This week’s most talked-about news is the Google Search “helpful content” update, which aims to rank sites with original quality content higher in the search results than unhelpful unoriginal sites. Will there be collateral damage? We’ll see when the update rolls out next week. Even if you don’t use TikTok, you should be thinking about making short vertical videos. This week Facebook and Instagram introduced a bunch of new features for Reels, and YouTube Shorts may bring new viewers to your longer videos. And for productivity, Google Workspace Individual accounts are now available in more countries. Plus Google Meet has improved background replacement and noise cancellation. Read on for details of those updates and more. Want weekly updates in your email inbox? Subscribe to my newsletter. Chat about tools for collaboration On Sunday the 21st of August (11 AM PDT/ 6 PM UTC), I will be hosting #OnEBoardChat to discuss collaboration tools. Everyone is welcome to join in,