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Get training for Google Apps!

It's not just for Google+, but also Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs.

Install the "Training for Google Apps" Chrome extension and you can get tips and tutorials whenever you are viewing a Google product.

As +Alex Garcia points out, this is for the Google Apps for Work editions of those Google products and services, but most of the details will be the same for plain Google accounts too.

Learn more and get the extension:
Do you need help with Google products?
If you use Chrome and you don't mind extensions there is a new one that helps you learn.
The extension is at
Once you install it, you will get the ? icon at the top right corner every time you use a Google Product that has help available through synergyse.
Even thought these trainings are related to the "Apps for Work" version, there is not much difference with the consumer versions.
Give it a try....
I am going to learn more.
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Help pick the October Google+ Collection #FeatureFriday themes!

How will it work?
- The form will close on Monday, October 3, 2016, 8:00 AM (PDT).
- You will select two of the themes, which will be announced on Monday, October 3, 2016. The themes you choose will be selected for the next 2 #FeatureFridays

See +Faith Tan​'s post for details.
October #FeatureFriday Themes

As October approaches, we’re trying something new, and asking you to pick the next two #FeatureFriday themes! The two most popular themes will be used from 10/6 to 10/20, and 10/20 to 11/3.

Select your favorite themes! We’ve shortlisted some options for you to vote on, but feel free to submit more ideas in the comments section.

How will it work?
- The form will close on Monday, October 3, 2016, 8:00 AM (PDT).
- You will select two of the themes, which will be announced on Monday, October 3, 2016. The themes you choose will be selected for the next 2 #FeatureFriday’s

Stay tuned for more information with each theme announcement.

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How Boogie2988 got hacked - and how you can protect your YouTube and Google account

Boogie2988 did everything right to protect his account - strong password, 2-step verification - but still had his account hacked. And it was everyone's worst nightmare: YouTube channel (3.5 million subs) deleted, Gmail deleted, PayPal raided, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook taken over.

How did it happen? Verizon was the weakest link. The high school hacker convinced the mobile provider to change Boogie's phone number.

While he did not have my social security number or my special passcode that I had set up as additional security with Verizon, they let him in anyway.

The hacker instructed the Verizon representative to change my phone number from my Samsung to his old burner phone. Once the rep had done this, the hacker basically had my cellphone in his hand and the cellphone next to me had become a worthless brick. He used that device to recover and change the password to my email address and once he had that,… he had everything. I had used the same email as the recovery address for my YouTube channel and my PayPal. That was enough for him to do irrevocable damage to everything I had built.

How can you protect your accounts? Here are Boogie 2988's tips:

* Use long complicated passwords that you change frequently.

* Use a different password for everything.

* Choose smart security questions with smart answers and be careful about with your private information.

* Avoid fishy emails.

not use your public email address as a recovery email.

Use two-step authentication, but use a phone number that you give to no one, or use an app that is only on your phone, such as Google Authenticator. For this purpose, I got a prepaid phone with a low monthly cost that does not need my name to be attached to it.

Note that if you aren't well known, you may not need such extreme measures, but you should at least have a strong password and set to 2-step verification.

Here's how to secure your Google and YouTube account:

Boogie2988 regained access to his account in part because he could reach out to Google staff directly. But it also helped that he had secured his account in the first place, as that gave Google something to work with.

Read +Boogie2988​​​'s article at The Daily Dot

Check out his YouTube channel:
Imagine seeing everything you spent the last 10 years building disappear in an instant.
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YouTube Creators: Enter to be part of the NextUp class in your region!

If your channel is eligible, it's time to enter the YouTube NextUp contest in your region.

* Does your channel fit within the bronze benefit-level with 10,000 - 100,000 subscribers?
* Are you a YouTube Partner with monetization enabled on your channel?
* Do you have an account with good standing?
* Have you uploaded at least 3 videos to your channel in the last 90 days?

Upcoming NextUp Camp dates:
October 24 NextUp Paris
November 3 NextUp São Paulo
November 14 NextUp Berlin
November 14 NextUp New York
November 14 NextUp Los Angeles
November 15 NextUp Tokyo
November 22 NextUp Bankok
November 28 NextUp London
November 28 NextUp Toronto
November 30 NextUp Amman

Learn more and apply!
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Facebook apologizes for inflating video views

The apology was to advertisers, not creators, of course.

Facebook explained it was a miscalculation:

About a month ago, we found an error in the way we calculate one of the video metrics on our dashboard – average duration of video viewed. The metric should have reflected the total time spent watching a video divided by the total number of people who played the video. But it didn’t – it reflected the total time spent watching a video divided by only the number of “views” of a video (that is, when the video was watched for three or more seconds). And so the miscalculation overstated this metric. While this is only one of the many metrics marketers look at, we take any mistake seriously.

But as Ars Technica points out that people have been talking about Facebook's inflated metrics for a long time, and it goes beyond any "miscalculation":

Any visitor to Reddit's bustling video-sharing channels has probably seen heavily upvoted rant videos about this view-inflation issue. Arguably the most famous of these is Kurzgesagt's "How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Views." ( That video, which dates to 2015, points out that Facebook's default "auto-play videos" setting on desktop browsers helped videos reach or exceed that three-second threshold simply by being scrolled past in an average news feed.

Official Facebook post "An Update on Facebook video metrics"

+Ars Technica "Facebook apologizes for feeding inflated video view numbers to advertisers"

+Gizmodo "Facebook's Bad Year Just Got a Lot Worse"
Facebook: “Our clients’ trust and belief in our metrics is essential to us.”
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Human Support always will be needed and anyone that think otherwise will find itself out ov the market ... sad Facebook has gone so far that way it is almost all a robot computers management controlling people so sad that it make money above us human basic needs and that is ,"communication" , big word in central to Internet existing and functioning and Facebook mainly and Google also yet to fully understand that in their daily operation. ...
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Top US Social Media Sites, 2008-16: Facebook crushes MySpace while YouTube expands

But Google+ never really gains traction.

Data source:

The Hitwise data featured is based on US market share of visits as defined by the IAB, which is the percentage of online traffic to the domain or category, from the Hitwise sample of 10 million US internet users. Each month, Hitwise measures more than 20 million unique websites, including sub-domains of larger websites, and 500 million searches. Hitwise categorizes websites into industries on the basis of subject matter and content, as well as market orientation and competitive context. The market share of visits percentage may not include traffic for all sub-domains of certain websites that could be reported on separately.
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Allo's missing features make sense if the target market is India

+Ron Amadeo​ argues "When viewed through the lens of the average person in India, Allo's "incomplete" launch, odd design decisions, and missing features suddenly make sense."

What does he base this on?

* Most adults in India only access the internet via a smartphone, not a desktop computer and not multiple devices

* SMS signup is easier than creating a Google account, and works fine if the user's only internet device is their phone

* Google says the new Allo app is designed to be "offline-first." It lets users download videos for later and share them to friends over a local network. That makes sense if the target user is likely to have limited internet connectivity.

* Allo rolled-out worldwide over the course of a few days, but it launched first in India. Google partnered with Indian OEM Micromax to have Duo pre-installed on its devices. Almost half of the Allo sticker packs are by Indian artists, and many have Indian themes like "I <3 India" and "Modern Parivar.".

There's more to the argument, which you can read at +Ars Technica​:
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Periscope launches VIP program

To recognize some of the top broadcasters who’ve been essential in helping shape our community, we’re rolling out the Periscope VIP Program. As a member of the VIP Program, you’ll have access to benefits that will help you grow your audience, increase your opportunities to collaborate with other broadcasters, identify you as a VIP broadcaster and equip you with tools to help you continue to create and share your live experiences.

Learn more and apply: “Coming Soon: The Periscope VIP Program” @periscopeco
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YouTube Go -faster, more relevant, less data needed - now being tested in India

It’s *relatable,* with video recommendations and a user interface that is made for you. The app is designed to be *offline first* and work even when there’s low or no connectivity. It’s also *cost-effective, providing transparency and reducing data usage. And finally, it’s a *social experience, connecting you with the people and content you care about.

If you'd like to be among the first to see how it works when the app is ready, you can sign up at

* YouTube Go homescreen features trending and popular videos in your area

* Preview videos before you save or watch

* Choose your resolution when saving or streaming videos

* Share videos with friends nearby without using any data

Learn more on the YouTube blog:
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Google Play on my Chromebook! Which Android apps should I install?

My Asus Flip just updated to Chrome 53.0.2785.129 , which let me enable Google Play Store (beta).

Now I need to decide which apps to install. I'm going to try Snapseed and a couple of games to start.

Any other suggestions?

Learn more about Android Apps on your Chromebook:
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Watch the presidential debates live on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook

Coverage of the first debate begins Monday, September 26, at 8:30PM ET on most channels, with the debate at 9:00PM ET.

Watch the debates on YouTube

NBC News


Fox News

The Washington Post



You can also follow your favorite YouTube creators, including The Young Turks ( and Complex News (, who will be on the ground reporting from the debates using YouTube Live directly from their phones.

Twitter will also stream Bloomberg Television's coverage:

Facebook will have the ABC News live stream:

More on the YouTube blog:

And from Twitter Government:

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Create an animated GIF in Google Photos as a Slideshow replacement

With the retirement of the Blogger Slideshow gadget on September 29, you may want to create animated GIFs in Google Photos to replace them.

Once the animated GIF is made, you can add it to a Blogger blog post by choosing Insert Image > From My Phone , then selecting the GIF.

Learn more on the +Geeks on Tour​ blog:
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I suppose that a direct link to the gif is needed.
I'm correct?

Thats a little bit complicated.
There are 2 possibilities.

You can create such a link in Google Photos, but it is not for sure that link will remain.
Often the link will stop working after a while.

The second possibility is to use Google Drive.
I have described that in the Maps Forum.

So I would suggest to get the direct link from Drive.
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