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Weekly Update - March 26, 2022: Photos organization, Hangouts migration to Chat, Instagram feeds

What's new this week? The end of Hangouts draws nearer with migration to Chat, there is better organization in Google Photos, you can (finally) get chronological feeds on Instagram, plus updates for bloggers, video creators and more. FeedBurner is finally shutting down its feed to email service. In a change originally announced in July 2021, “non core features”, including email subscriptions, are being shut down. In an update posted this month, it was announced the shutdown would be in “the coming weeks”. If you have not exported your email subscribers, now is the time to do so. Learn more about the shutdown and how to export your FeedBurner email subs . To continue to get the Weekly Update in your email inbox, sign up for my newsletter . Top Updates This week Google Workspace subscribers still using classic Hangouts are starting to be automatically upgraded to Google Cha t . This process will take a couple of months and does not (yet) apply to most users with personal Googl

Weekly Update - March 19, 2022: new YouTube Live features, Google Analytics 4, Google Domains

  Happy spring and Happy Holi! For a colorful surprise, Google “ Holi ”, click the dishes of pigment, then click around the search results. This week there are new features coming to YouTube live, Google Analytics 4 will be the only Google Analytics starting in July 2023 (and webmasters aren’t happy), Google Domains is out of beta (and is having a sale), plus updates for video creators, podcasters, web creators and more. If you want the Weekly Update in your email inbox,  sign up for my newsletter . Watch I am part of the OnEBoard community. One of the things we do is create a collaborative photo album on a theme, which is then turned into a short movie for OnEBoard’s YouTube channel . The latest themes were mountain huts and winter. I didn’t have any photos to contribute,but I turned a selection of photos shared by others in the community into a video. I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. Our movie premieres Sunday . There will be a short live chat on the YouTube channel, and

Weekly Update - March 12, 2022: AdSense in Russia, Substack content platform, Reddit Creator Stats

In yet another eventful week, there are new restrictions on ads and monetization for Russian creators, the Substack newsletter service is starting to look more like a blogging platform, plus new creator features for YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and more. Read on for details. If you want the Weekly Update in your email inbox, sign up for my newsletter . Sign up  YouTube is offering a series of eight free Creator Masterclasses starting March 22 . You can sign up for one or all of them. Topics include live streaming, visual style, Shorts, copyright, monetization, branding and the algorithm. You must have at least 1000 subscribers to register. War in Ukraine Meta , Google , and other platforms have been rapidly updating their policies for creators, advertisers and content in and about Russia and Ukraine. Below are some of the latest updates. Advertising and Monetization Google is now “ pausing the creation of new Russian accounts on AdSense , AdMob , and Google Ad Manage

Weekly Update - March 5, 2022: Google Ads in Russia, Space Managers, Insta Captions

New this week: Google suspended ad serving in Russia, affecting web publishers and YouTube Partners;  Google Chat will be adding a new Space Manager role (plus Space descriptions and guidelines), Instagram is adding automated captions to feed videos in 17 languages and more. Would you rather read the Weekly Update in your email inbox?  Sign up for my newsletter . War in Ukraine The Russian invasion of Ukraine has generated a rapid response from tech companies big and small. Here is an overview of changes affecting creators. Note that this is changing daily, so there may be more changes by the time you read this. Russia has blocked access to Facebook (but not Instagram), Twitter , and reportedly YouTube (although I’m having trouble getting confirmation of that). And history repeats. Rick Klau was the Product Manager for Blogger in 2009 and r ecounts a mind-boggling story of how Russia tried to take down Blogger, YouTube, Facebook and LiveJournal with a massive denial of service

Google has suspended ads on YouTube and websites in Russia

In response to Russia's current invasion of Ukraine, Google has temporarily suspended all advertising in Russia. And compliance with US sanctions means publisher products, including AdSense, Ad Mob, and Google Ad Manager, are no longer available in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LNR).  Update March 10, 2022:  Google is “ pausing the creation of new Russian accounts on AdSense, AdMob , and Google Ad Manager.” This includes signups for the YouTube Partner Program. Update March 30, 2022: Google Publisher Policy now prohibits monetization of content that "exploits, dismisses, or condones" the war in Ukraine. YouTube Partners must also follow AdSense policy. Ad serving is suspended in Russia Google has stopped serving ads in Russia.  What this means for creators:  YouTube Partners will not earn ad revenue on views in Russia. Russian Partners will still be able to earn ad revenue from viewers