Google+ Cover Photo Changes

The new Google+ profile layout changes cover photos slightly.  No longer are users presented with the bottom 1/4 of the photo, but now displays the entire image.  The dimensions are still large at 2120×1192 pixels, but now the full image displays.  A great tutorial can be found at http://googlepluscoverphoto.blogspot.com/2013/03/Google-Plus-New-Cover-Photo-Size-Free-Templates-Download.html. I took my cover photo a step… Continue reading Google+ Cover Photo Changes

Local SEO Contact Page – WordPress Plugin

Helping others discover your business easily in search engines is vital to attracting new customers.  With the Local SEO Contact Page plugin, you can easily include the necessary information for customers as well as helping search engines rank your business higher in results. Not only is listing your business address and hours of operation practical,… Continue reading Local SEO Contact Page – WordPress Plugin

Youtube offers quite a few resources that few people know about.  Several options help you create your videos, while the others help you watch others videos.

Creating Videos:

1.    Search Stories: http://www.youtube.com/searchstories

Did you see the Super Bowl commercial Google ran?  The Googlers have been at work creating a way for us to easily make our own similar version.  Take a look at this video I created in less than 2 minutes:

Youtube Editor2.    Editor: http://www.youtube.com/editor

If you need to make a few minor adjustments to your videos, Youtube’s editor is the right choice.  It doesn’t edit specific clips, rather the whole video at once.  You can tweak the brightness and contrast, as well as add video stabilization (correcting all the bumps to your camera while recording).

Watching videos:

1.    Live: http://www.youtube.com/live

Whether it’s breaking news or coverage of an event, Youtube is making in-roads to watching coverage live.  This area is stable and tested on Google’s own conferences.  I look for this service to expand considerably within the next few years.
2.    Movies: http://www.youtube.com/movies

Similar to Amazon Instant Videos, Youtube now makes it possible to rent a movie and watch it instantly online.  I don’t find this service to be as current as Amazon, or to offer many of the other services Netflix offers, but I do think more options and competition will keep the innovation current.

Of course, there are lots of other Youtube tools by third-party providers. That’ll be a great post soon…

 

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