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// "Much of the inspiration for this article, beyond my own years of hearing from frustrated account holders who’ve lost their accounts for a variety of reasons, comes from the first video in a series called “Questions I’m Asked About Google“, by Lauren Weinstein. He notes the number of people coming to him with account-access related issues and the number of people who believe Google will do something evil with their phone numbers." //

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Case Study: Fastcommerce’s clients are seeing a 15% lift in conversions on mobile as compared to non-AMP pages.

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This is a fascinating look into how culture might be affecting how you draw simple shapes like circles and triangles. I'm curious to see what else can be spotted in a dataset like this -- neat stuff.

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Happy Birthday +Google+!
Everything I've learned online, I've learned it with Google+
"I’m a big fan of Google. However, its not about Google, it’s about what people have done with Google. It’s about all the people using Google to become leaders in their own lives and their own communities. They have achieved all these things because of their own ingenuity and talent. But now they are part of our story - and we are part of theirs. And that’s what makes it worth it." - Patrick Pichettte, Google

I am a firm believer that it's not about who you follow, neither who follows you but who finds you and how you treat them . It is not about "working the Google+", it's about working for the Google+ (as a community).

To make a long story short, everything started with Google+ 6 years ago, today. At that time, I was using Google and Chrome and had no interest in anything else as a user... of a computer. Then one day, my twin brother +Serge Labelle, convinced me: "It's not about technology, it's about people sharing common interests." Ok...

When I started on Google+, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g was a challenge for me: dealing in a second language, typing, writing, posting, etc. name it. But mostly, I knew no one... However, that last challenge was the one I was ready to face, "people" being my no.1 passion in life.

I invested tons of hours reading, learning from others, trying to do my best (did a lot of mistakes), etc. but I am here today using and enjoying tremendously "Google" and the community here on Google+, personally and professionally.

And that's what makes it worth it. Thanks Google+ .

"At the end, it's a give and take. It's feeding the circle of life, it's feeding the circle of creativity, the more you give, the more you'll get back." - Guy Laliberte, Founder, Cirque du Soleil

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Crea+e: Learn & Create

+ Google News Lab >
The News Lab collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media. Trust & Verification.

+ Google Contributor >
Allowed users in the Google Network of content sites to view the websites without any advertisements that are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google.

+ A.I. Experiments with Google >
Explore machine learning by playing with pictures, language, music, code, and more.

+ Google Play Newsstand Producer >
News aggregator and digital newsstand

+ Blogger >
Create a unique and beautiful blog. It's easy and it's free.

+ Google Daydream >
Simple, high quality virtual reality. Daydream takes you on incredible adventures in virtual reality. Get ready to immerse yourself in all the things you love.

+ Google News Lab >
The News Lab collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media.

+ Post with Google >
Publish on Google. Verified individuals and organizations can now communicate with text, images and videos directly on Google. Creating content is fast and simple, and once published, posts will appear instantly in search results related to the publisher. Each post can also be shared on popular social networks.

+ Digital Academy >
Be more digitally-savvy. Build the skills and capabilities they need to stay ahead in the rapidly changing digital world and transform the way their people & businesses operate.

+ Google Webmasters >
Track your site's search performance with Google Search Console and browse around for Google Webmasters support, learning and community resources.

+ Google Usability >
Google User Experience Research Studies. Help shape the future of Google products

+ SketchUp >
_The easiest way to draw in 3D

+ Tilt Brush >
_Painting from a new perspective: Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless._

+ Google Fonts >
_Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography.

+ Google Noto Font >
Google has been developing a font family called Noto, which aims to support all languages with a harmonious look and feel.

+ Google Design >

+ Google Web Designer >
Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device.

+ The Digital Garage >
Boost your digital knowledge. Free courses on everything from search to social media, to help you grow your business or career.

+ Google Drawings >
Choose from a wide variety of shapes to create diagrams and charts.

+ Google Expeditions >
Bring Your Lessons To Life: imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.

+ Google Classroom >
Classroom is a new tool in G Suite for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. 

+ YouTube Edu >
Whether you're doing research for a project, need help with homework, or just want to learn something new, YouTube EDU features some of our most popular educational videos across YouTube.

+ YouTube for Artists >

+ YouTube Creators >
The official home for creator resources and benefits available to help you make great videos, find your audience, and grow your channel on YouTube.

+ YouTube Capture >
Create beautiful movies on the go

+ YouTube Space >
YouTube Spaces bring together the most creative people on YouTube to learn, connect and create with one another. The Spaces can be found across the globe offering events, workshops, as well as the latest production resources to help bring your biggest ideas to life.

+ YouTube NextUp >
Learn to create better videos, get more subscribers and take your channel to the next level with the YouTube NextUp contest. Winners get access to a weeklong Creator Camp at YouTube Spaces and other awesome prizes.

+ YouTube for Good >
Tell your organization's story through videos on YouTube

+ Made with Code >
Code is a tool that lets you write your story with technology. If you can code, you can communicate your ideas with a computer or a program so they can be brought to life in bigger, brighter, and more creative ways.

+ Firebase >
App success made simple.The tools and infrastructure you need to build better apps and grow successful businesses

+ Google for Education >
A solution built for teachers and students

+ Google Open Online Education >
Teach. Inspire. Scale.

+ Google Online Marketing Challenge >
The Google Online Marketing Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to experience and create online marketing campaigns using Google AdWords.

+ Academy for Ads >
On-the-go education for Google ads. Academy for Ads helps you learn about Google's ad products to give you the skills you need to succeed on the web.

+ Earth Outreach >
You want to change the world. We want to help.

+ Google Ad Grants >
Share your cause with the world.

+ Google One Today >
Create a culture of giving, every day.

+ Google Impact Challenge >
Working together to build a more inclusive world.

+ Google for Nonprofits >
The world is yours to change. We're here to help.

+ Google org >

+ Google Accessibility >
Everyone should be able to access and enjoy the web.

+ Google Diversity >



Next week's office-hours hangouts are set up & ready for your questions :-). I'm traveling during the week, so I had to move the Tuesday Hangout to Monday, and unfortunately need to skip the German one.

Monday, June 12, 4pm CET / 10am EDT:

Friday, June 16, 9am CET / 5pm AEST:

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Announcing: “Questions I’m Asked About Google” Live Video Streams

Every day, for many years now, my email inbox has been loaded down with questions that relate to Google, one way or another. Even with my collection of “canned” responses for the most common questions, there’s significant effort involved in dealing with these queries effectively — and I don’t consider simply ignoring them to be an ethical option.

So let’s see if we can leverage some Google 21st century tech in these regards.

Inspired by Google’s own +John Mueller's excellent Webmaster Central video hangouts, I’m experimentally launching a similar live video program (with archived versions available for later viewing on YouTube), that I’m calling “Questions I’m Asked About Google” (QIAAG).

The first of my live QIAAG programs is currently scheduled for this coming Wednesday, June 7, at 10:30 AM PDT (GMT-7). I’m aiming for a half hour length or so, but I’ll be playing it by ear.

The main topic for the debut program is Google Account issues — protection, recovery, problems, solutions, killing off some false rumors, and more regarding these critical gateways to pretty much everything you do with Google. You’re not limited to asking questions on this particular subset of Google-related topics by any means, but this is my primary focus for the first stream.

John provides Google’s answers to webmaster queries mostly related to how webmasters interact with Google for the best search results and avoidance of related problems.

My program is decidedly unofficial. It is not being conducted in concert with Google, and while I have in the past consulted to Google, everything I discuss will of course be based on public information.

That said, when I examine the depth and breadth of the sorts of queries I receive about Google services (everything from Gmail to YouTube and beyond), from Google users who often feel that they have been unable to get answers that they can readily understand from Google itself, I believe my effort may be able to help at least a little bit.

I’ll be doing these programs live (“these” assumes more than one — we’ll see how it goes!) to facilitate interaction with viewers who want to join the live hangouts directly or otherwise submit questions during the program itself. An additional advantage of conducting these live is that this undercuts my natural tendency toward lengthy editing of prerecorded material.

Again, when the live streams end they will be available for later viewing on YouTube. You can view the live or archived programs, or submit questions, without being logged into Google. If you wish to participate in the live hangouts themselves, you must be logged in, of course.

There are several main links involved with these programs.

The link to view the live stream on YouTube at its scheduled time, or the archived version until a few days before the next live stream:

After this link switches to the next live program, the previously archived programs will continue to be available via their native YouTube URLs, at the associated YouTube channel:

To ask Google/YouTube/etc. questions at any time (including during the live streams), please use the form at:

Prior to shows, you can also email me questions at:

If you with to join in and participate in the live video hangouts, the link is:

This link will go active for the upcoming current hangout very shortly before the show. You can also email me letting me know if you wish to participate.

Please always use these links when possible, since the URLs of the pages to which they actually redirect may be updated at any time.

That’s pretty much the story. The first live stream is definitely subject to scheduling changes if I run into unforeseen problems, though right now the technical logistics seem pretty well nailed down. If there are postponements or other scheduling changes, the main links above will redirect to pages giving more information. The length of these programs, and the scheduling of additional programs going forward, will depend on whether or not they seem to be usefully contributing to helping folks with these Google-related kinds of issues.

I look forward to your participation. Your thoughts, questions, or comments are most welcome. Thanks!

Be seeing you.


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"On .xyz domains, it's forbidden to defame: Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, and Daniel Negari (CEO of XYZ)."
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