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Peggy K
Google Top Contributor for YouTube, Google+, AdSense, Blogger, Hangouts & Project Fi
Google Top Contributor for YouTube, Google+, AdSense, Blogger, Hangouts & Project Fi

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New this week: YouTube creators, Google Maps gets social, Facebook community & more

My top updates this week, in and out of the Googleverse:

* YouTube now lets creators fix videos with unrelated or misleading tags

* YouTube Star PewDiePie lost lucrative deals with Maker/Disney and YouTube after the Washington Post wrote about his anti-Semitic stunts. Much hand-wringing ensues

* Twitter begins implementing new anti-harassment measures

* Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a manifesto: Building a global community

* Google Maps gets social,now lets you create and share location lists

Plus there are more tips and updates for YouTubers, Live Streamers, Blogger bloggers, AdSense Publishers, Project Fi customers and more.

Get all this week's tips and updates:


* 21 February: Google Webmasters Office Hours Hangout

* 23 February: Google Partners Livestream: Digital Transformation: Brand Solutions with Elisabet Manyosa Blasi

* 23 February : #AskAdSense office hours

* * 24 February:* Google Webmasters Office Hours Hangout

* * 28 February:* YouTube Fan Funding retired

The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 17-20. Learn more and sign up to start counting today:

The image is Starling (Winter Plumage) from The birds of the British Isles and their eggs. (1919)

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YouTube Mobile app update: browse for another video while in fullscreen view

More details in the YouTube Help Forum:!topic/youtube/hcnxWgyVf3g

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Google Photos on the web now shows which album a photo is in

Finally! I've been waiting for this feature for a long time.

To view the albums that a picture is in, simply tap the (i) button near the top right of the screen. There, you'll be able to see all of the photo information you've always been able to see, plus the new album info.

More at +Android Police:

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How to edit your YouTube Live video archive

+Ileane Smith shows you how to use the YouTube Video Editor:

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How to add Closed Captions to your YouTube videos

You don't need to start from scratch to add subtitles or closed captions to your videos. Instead you can edit the automatically generated captions.

You can also add community closed captioning to enable submissions of fan contributed captions translated into multiple languages.

Having accurate subtitles is really a good thing to do for your viewers:

> for people who can't watch with the audio on
> for the hearing impaired
> for people who might not understand your accent
> to make sure viewers don't miss technical terms, proper names or other non-dictionary terminology
> for viewers who don't speak the same language you do

Watch +Kate's Adventures video to see how it's done:

See the related +YouTube blog post "One Billion Captioned Videos"

Learn more in the YouTube Help Center:

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Project Fi is testing VoLTE

VoLTE is currently being tested with a subset of Project Fi users.

A few advantages of VoLTE are:

* higher quality calls over data - without using any of your data allocation.

* faster data browsing during an on-going call

* faster call setup

Get the details and discuss in the official Project Fi forum:!topic/project-fi/aKv0jWAMowE

There are more technical details about what VoLTE is at Wikipedia

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Основы работы с новой версией Google+

+Yuriy Hlopko​ translated my "Getting Started with the new Google+" into Russian. See his post below!

Here is the English version:

Основы работы с новой версией Google+
Эта презентация поможет вам разобраться с новым интерфейсом Google+, большая часть слайдов в ней посвящена десктопной версии , при работе с которой у многих пользователей возникают вопросы.
Оставляйте в комментариях свои предложения, какие еще советы нужно добавить в эту презентацию.

За основу взята презентация +Peggy K которую можно посмотреть по ссылке 

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Check your Blogger blog pageview stats with just a few clicks

+Blogger's built in Stats give you a basic overview of your blog's traffic sources and audience.

1. Sign in to Blogger as an Administrator of the blog

2. Click "Stats" on the left menu

3. Select a time period - Now, Day, Week, Month, or "All Time"

4. View more page view stats for "Audience" (top Countries, Devices, OS) and "Traffic Sources" (top Referring URLs, Referring Sites, Search Keywords)

Watch my video for a brief overview:

For more detailed statistics, use +Google Analytics.

Learn how to set up Google Analytics for your Blogger blog:

For more discussion of referrer spam in Blogger Stats, see +Chuck Croll's blog post:

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Reverse engineering the YouTube Recommended Videos algorithm

Matt Gielen, founder of Little Monster Media, takes a look at a Google research paper that explains how the YouTube recommendation system uses Deep Neural Networks for Machine Learning.

As Gielen puts it Hopefully this begins to allow us to answer the more poignant question, “Why are videos successful?”

Of course it's not that simple - YouTube uses hundreds of features in their ranking models, and the algorithms are constantly being tuned.

This is the overview (which I take to be part speculation):
1. YouTube uses three primary viewer factors to choose which videos to promote. These inputs are Watch History, Search History, and Demographic Information.

2. There are two filters a video must get through in order to be promoted by way of YouTube’s Browse, Suggested Videos, and Recommended Videos features:
> Candidate Generation Filter
> Ranking Filter

3. The Ranking Filter uses the viewer inputs, as well as other factors such as “Freshness” (balanced by relevance) and Clickthrough Rates (balanced by watch time).

4. The promotional algorithm is designed to continually increase watch time on site by continually A/B testing videos and then feeding that data back into the neural networks, so that YouTube can promote videos that lead to longer viewing sessions.

My note: I don't know how accurate this analysis is. But assuming it's at least partially correct, it means that there isn't any easy way to game the Recommended video algorithms, other than by frequently making videos people want to watch.

Read the entire analysis and discussion at +Tubefilter:

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Business owners: check out the Google Small Business Community Office Hours!

This week the topic is mobile-friendly websites.

Check it out:
Be a part of our weekly Office Hours discussion, where you can ask questions and share advice to help business owners succeed on the web. This week we're talking about the importance of mobile-friendly websites.
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