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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.

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Hangouts will end October 31

There is finally a date for the final transition from Hangouts to Google Chat. Beginning November 1, will redirect to

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. Add an editor or manager to your channel so they can manage your live stream from behind the scenes.

The latest video trend: shooting video with “dual camera” mode, using your front and back camera at the same time. Snapchat just added the dual camera option to their camera. Instagram launched dual camera mode for Reels a couple of months ago. I expect to see that feature everywhere soon.

Meta shared a guide to the signals that affect video distribution algorithms on Facebook. Positive signals include:
  • Originality
  • Videos that capture attention and get people to watch to the end
  • Creators that have a loyal following
  • Content that inspires conversations in the comments, authentic sharing, and likes
You can use the metrics in Facebook Creator Studio to see how your Page’s videos are doing.
Negative signals that may reduce video distribution on Facebook:
  • Videos with static images that feel like slideshows
  • What Facebook calls “manufactured sharing behaviors”, including artificial re-shares, often for pay
  • Baiting tactics, including engagement bait, watchbait, and clickbait
Facebook Pages that follow best practices may be able to monetize their videos.

Web Publishing

Kurt Gessler explains why it’s probably not worth creating a separate AMP version of your site (via Laurie Voss) now has a dedicated “Sites” page ( ), where you can manage all your sites hosted on or connected to Jetpack.

Social Media

Features come, features go…

Everyone can now have a Twitter Circle for more limited Tweet sharing. Your Circle can have up to 150 Twitter profiles. This is less like Google+ Circles (which were unlimited, and let you both filter your incoming stream and who could see your posts), and more like Instagram’s “Close Friends” list.

Dr. Pete Meyers shared relatable feelings on that
It’s finally happening: Twitter is testing Tweet editing. While it will initially be available to paid Twitter Blue accounts, eventually it will roll out to everyone. Currently Tweets can be edited multiple times within 30 minutes of publication, and will have a label showing that it was modified.

Twitter is also testing the option to pin a reply. It sounds like this may be a useful feature to highlight an informative or interesting response.

Casey Newton reports on Twitter’s plans to create an OnlyFans competitor, and how Twitter’s problems dealing with non-consensual sexual content and child exploitation prevented it from launching.

Pinterest has a hit with its invite-only Shuffles collage-making app. The app lets you create video “mood boards” that can be shared on TikTok (or elsewhere) and also links back to Pinterest.

Facebook is cleaning house: Facebook’s Nextdoor-like app Neighborhoods will shut down October 1, and the Facebook Gaming app will stop working October 28.

Instagram is testing the ability to hide posts in Explore that you aren’t interested in, as well as hiding posts with specified words, phrases and emojis.

Snap - the company behind SnapChat - is laying off 20% of its workforce. A number of initiatives will be affected by the staff cuts, including in-house production of Originals, its gaming platform, and several apps from acquired companies.

Meetings and Virtual Events

Google Meet can now automatically adjust the volume of meeting participants to make sure everyone is participating at the same volume. This is only available to accounts with the noise cancellation feature.

Vimeo introduced Vimeo Events, a platform for webinars, virtual conferences and other online events. Unlike some virtual event platforms, no special software is required. You can manage your live event from your browser. This is available with paid Premium and Enterprise plans.


You can now share an invite link to group chats in Facebook Messenger and Instagram.


Easily insert emojis in Google Docs. Type @: for the emoji list. 👍

More reading

Brian Rose sums up my nostalgia for Google Reader:
John Scalzi asked for recommendations for recent science fiction and fantasy, and people delivered. My want-to-read list is getting long.

Know Your Meme: Where Do Memes Come From? The Top Platforms From 2010-2022. In 2010 most memes originated from YouTube and 4chan, while now they come from TikTok and Twitter. There are graphs and meme highlights and twelve years of history.

Craig Silverman & Bianca Fortis @ProPublica: Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme. People paid tens of thousands of dollars for a verification checkmark, which was seemingly easily achieved by setting them up as “musicians” on Spotify and paying sites to publish articles about them.

Google Blog: Learn how the Oktoberfest Nest doorbell ringtone was created. Cheers!

Sam Gutelle @Tubefilter: Politicians, streamers, and Twitch weigh in on the rise of swatting. Scary stuff.

Mike Masnik @TechDirt: Who Would Benefit From California’s Age Appropriate Design Code? Apparently Porn Companies, Privacy Lawyers, And Medical Disinfo Peddlers. But Not Kids. This sounds like a big yikes!

Learn about the steps Google Search and YouTube are taking to combat the spread of election-related misinformation.

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  1. Thanks for the Twitter news. I've come across porn on the site when I'm not even looking for it. It doesn't belong in places where you don't expect it to turn up.


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