YouTube teases new creator options at VidCon

VidConIf YouTube seems quiet today, it’s because 18,000 YouTube creators and fans are packed into the Anaheim Convention Center for VidCon!

Founders Hank and John Green call it an “industry conference and a great big party. We want people to make important business contacts to grow their companies and their careers, but we would prefer that they do it while dancing to a rock song about Doctor Who.”

How did I not know about this?

Though the event is open to people of all ages, there are enough young attendees that there’s even a FAQ response to inquires about reduced ticket prices for chaperones.

Facebook launches multiple image carousel ads

Facebook Multi AdFacebook just released a brand new ad unit that is nothing I’ve ever seen before (but maybe I simply haven’t been paying attention?) The ad contains a side scrolling carousel with three product images. In this screengrab, you can just see the second image coming in on the right. You can see it in action on the Facebook for Business blog.

I’m not a fan of ads that slide, jump, jitter or repeat but I’m digging this Multi-product ad. The scrolling movement is slow, giving you enough time to look at each image as it travels by. I wish that when it got to the end it would continue on like a solid loop. Instead it jumps back to the start like a Vine video. Smooth would be better but I can let that go. (Now that I’ve made my thoughts known.)

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YouTube retires the inbox, download those saved messages now

Comment bubbleI think YouTube is one of the most underused, truly effective marketing tools, and communication inside YouTube is even more of a hidden gem.

How many of you read and responded to all of the YouTube comments you received this week? How many of you even received any comments? YouTube isn’t just a free parking space for your video content. It’s a vibrant community that needs to be nurtured and encouraged – kind of like Facebook used to be!

YouTube just released a new set of tools that will help you process the a large number of comments and messages. (Not getting many comments? Think of this as an aspirational tool because plenty of YouTubers need this to keep on top of their community.)

Google starts removing results for Europeans who wish to be forgotten…kinda

Right to be forgottonThe WSJ is reporting that Google has begun the laborious process of removing those results that individuals have requested under Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” law.

Google engineers overnight updated the company’s technical infrastructure to start implementing the removals, and Thursday began sending the first emails to individuals informing them that links they had requested were being taken down. Only a small number of the initial wave of requests has been processed.

“This week we’re starting to take action on the removals requests that we’ve received,” a Google spokesman said. “This is a new process for us. Each request has to be assessed individually, and we’re working as quickly as possible to get through the queue.”

Tablet commerce expected to reach 293 billion by 2018 [Infographic]

Usablenet Tablet commerce2018 may sound like the title of a sci-fi disaster movie but it’s also the year the tablet may take over the ecommerce world. Usablenet predicts the rise of the hand-held machine in their new infographic, saying tablet sales will increase five fold by 2017. That’s over 1 billion tablets and a large percentage of owners will be using those tablets to shop.

Tablet commerce is expected to reach $114 billion in 2014 and rise to $293 billion in 2018.

All of that sounds wonderful but right now only 12% of people in the US are using a tablet to access the web. Of those that do, the majority are at home relaxing on the couch or in bed. These are people who have time to research and browse. They’re willing to spend a few more minutes reading the blog post or watching the video so give them the information they desire.

Google I/O 2014: Your watch and your car are talking about you

Samsung Android Wear WatchToday, it’s Google’s turn to impress the world with news from their developer conference I/O 2014. From games that can be played across multiple devices to an Android Wear watch that automatically unlocks and locks your phone – it’s easy to see why the future of everything is now mobile.

The overarching theme of the conference is connect-ability. Your smartphone talks to your TV. Your TV talks to your tablet. Your watch syncs with the car. It’s crazy. I love technology but I don’t need or want my email to follow me where ever I go! Still, you have to appreciate the thought that went into these upgrades. For example, if you’re wearing a smartwatch like this one from Samsung, you can see your notifications without fishing your phone out of your pocket. You can also see and decline in coming calls. I love that.

Check-in to your hotel room with just a nod: how mobile is changing the travel biz

June is almost over! Have you planned your vacation yet? Did you scout for the best prices online? Check out the hotel with a virtual walk-through site? Download the city’s tourism app for more deals and places to visit? If you’re going to a Disney resort, there are apps that will tell you how long the wait is for any ride so you can make the most of your time!

Digital already changed the way we travel and now mobile is going to change it again.

Look at this exhibit from the BCB Perspectives report “Travel Goes Mobile.”

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It’s that last part that spooks me. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching Twilight Zone where technology almost always turned on its human operator. I’m not technophobe, on the contrary, I love new tech, but I still get a little lightheaded thinking about where we go from here.