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YouTube tries again to be more social

YouTube is one of the largest social media networks and sharing platforms on the planet, though we don't often think of Google's YouTube as a social network, and view the service as a content delivery or consumption tool. Well, Google is trying to capitalize on YouTube's massive user base and is introducing a new way to share on YouTube.

If you're interested you can add me as a contact on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/addme/ammFIUR_Vwy8B11TYrKMidioFPbApg

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Follow me across the Internet for more technology social media lovin'

While I post the vast majority of my content here on Google+, you can also follow me on other social networks to get a little more social in your stream. I sometimes post different content to different networks, such as beer, nature, and family photos to Instagram. And, I've been posting on Facebook and Twitter more and more. Toss me a follow on all of the networks you use so we can keep interacting.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/derekross
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/derekross
Twitter: www.twitter.com/derekmross
Instagram: www.instagram.com/derekmross
YouTube: www.youtube.com/derekmross
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/derekross
about.me: www.about.me/derekross
Google+: www.google.com/+derekross
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*Google+ finally gets post Insights for profiles!*
Insights for everyone

It’s always great to see a positive response to something you’ve posted. But sometimes you want to see what’s happening overall — the big picture.

To help you see how you’re doing, we’re introducing a new profile insights panel in Google+, available whether you post as a person or a page. It’s a private dashboard where you can see the engagement on all your posts, and on reshares of your posts, as well as follows on your profile and Collections.

To find your dashboard, visit your profile on the web version of Google+ (plus.google.com/me) and open the three dots menu at the top.
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Google+ update! Events are back! (And more.)
You asked, we listened. From helping you see more of the comments, photos and posts that matter to bringing back Events, check out how we’re making the new Google+ work better for you: https://goo.gl/urfBS8

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Facebook hopes to tackle Fake News in Germany

Apparently 'Fake New's is highly prevalent, or at least it was, on Facebook during the US election. Many people weren't able to tell the difference between a popular website and a random no-name website setup in random parts of the world that they had never heard of before. That's shocking and sad... but that's another rant. Anyways, Facebook hopes to combat these bad sites this time around for the German election.

#thanksrussia

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Twitter and Instagram just launched live video. Meanwhile at Google's YouTube... *crickets*
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+Google Photos keeps getting better and better, now suggested rotations, even more suggested discoveries, and new animations from videos.

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Google+ finally gets images and rich snippets in comments!

Bring on the GIFs!

Oh, and the material designed G+ is now graduating to the standard UI on the web.
Bringing the new Google+ to more people

Last November, (http://goo.gl/Yn6mjA) we introduced a preview on web of a fully redesigned Google+ to make it easier for people to discover and connect around unique and interesting things. From a Japanese astronaut sharing his experience in the International Space Station (http://goo.gl/JZQ7wH) to food lovers sharing their passion for breadmaking (http://goo.gl/wEh0C8), people are using Google+ to explore their interests more than ever.

Since introducing the new version, twice as many Collections are followed per day and there are 1.6 million daily new Community joins. Many of you have also shared feedback and requests, and we’ve been listening (http://goo.gl/rPpAzY).

Today, we’re announcing three new updates for Google+.

First, some new features. You can now have richer conversations by adding links and photos to your comments. We’re also offering Community owners and moderators more control over who posts what with approved posting. Finally, we're launching a new notifications center on the web where you can see and manage your recent activity on Google+. These features will be available across the web, Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

Second, if you haven’t yet previewed the new Google+, over the next few days we’ll upgrade you to the experience when you sign in on the web. You’ll still be able to toggle back to classic Google+ for the time being.

Finally, businesses have told us that they’ve found Google+ to be a valuable way to help employees share ideas and expertise via Collections and Communities, and we’re looking forward to making it available to more organizations. Today, Google Apps users already using Google+ (http://goo.gl/GxGRXo) will also see the new experience (goo.gl/IJtbah) when they sign in and in the next few weeks, Google+ will become a core Google for Work service.

From the interesting (http://goo.gl/yP2QJp), to the surprising (http://goo.gl/3dk0Xs), and the delightful (goo.gl/gix7s6), we hope Google+ continues to help you discover amazing things from passionate people.
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This seems like a nice Spaces update, if you remembered that Spaces is still actually a thing.
Spaces Update August 15
We just rolled out new versions of Spaces on iOS, Android and the Web. Here's what's new...

* Android: reply to conversations with results from Google image search (creative commons licensed images only)
* iOS: faster performance for photo & video posting, new in-app notifications, several accessibility improvements
* Web: drag & drop images to add them to a conversation, Web browser notifications, crop the cover photos you set for your spaces, improvements to first time use

As always, please keep sending us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item in the Spaces app.
Thanks~

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Hangouts on Air is moving from +Google+​ to +YouTube​ Live

Is this more doom and gloom for G+? No, not at all. HoA's have always been part of YouTube. A merging of the services needed to officially happen to be less confusing for users. And, with YouTube's pending launch of their Periscope and Facebook Live competitors, this only makes sense. Speaking of which, when the hell is that going to launch? Maybe on September 12th?
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