Google+ Tab in Blogger.com Dashboard; YouTube Homepage Experiment Puts Recommended Videos in the Activity Stream

To help its Blogger.com users tap into the growing Google+ community -- Google today, introduced a new tab called "Google+" in the Blogger dashboard. To get started, click the "Google+" tab in the Blogger dashboard and then the "Upgrade" button. If you've already upgraded to Google+, we'll help you associate your blog with your profile […]

To help its Blogger.com users tap into the growing Google+ community -- Google today, introduced a new tab called "Google+" in the Blogger dashboard.

To get started, click the "Google+" tab in the Blogger dashboard and then the "Upgrade" button. If you've already upgraded to Google+, we'll help you associate your blog with your profile or page.

The Goolge+ in dashboard offer the following features:

Connect your blog to a Google+ profile or page
If you blog under your own name, you've already been able to associate your blog with your personal Google+ profile. Starting today, you can now connect your blog to a Google+ page for your brand, business or organization.

Notify followers when you publish, and let them recommend your content
Each time you post on your blog, Google will now show a Google+ share box to let you notify followers that you have new blog content. "If they like what you share, followers can +1 or reshare your post to their own friends on Google+," Google said. This ripple effect exposes links to your content to a wider audience.

Google+ Tab Added in the Blogger.com Dashboard

YouTube is experimenting a new homepage user interface, "now places all the recommended videos in the activity stream." If you click the "my subscription" link from the sidebar, you can hide the recommendations. But, you can no longer restrict the stream to uploads.

YouTube Experiments New Homepage user experience: July 31st, 2012

Hide YouTube Hompage Recommendations Channel

The right sidebar now only shows recommended channels and topics instead of the video recommendations list. In another change, you can now mouse over an item from the activity stream, just click the arrow icon and access options like: "hide this activity", "unsubscribe", "only show uploads from this channel".

Also, there are some new filters for subscriptions: "click the arrow next to the search box from the left sidebar and you can sort the channels by name, new activity or relevance (the default option)."

YouTube New Activity

To try the new experiment, follow these steps:

If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+, open youtube.com in a new tab, then load:

  • Chrome's JavaScript console (Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac)
  • Firefox's Web Console (Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac)
  • Opera's Dragonfly (Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac)
  • Safari's Web Inspector (how to do that?)
  • Internet Explorer's Developer Tools (press F12 and select the "console" tab)

….and now paste the following code:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=pfnTZqEKHEE; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

….now press Enter and close the console. That's it!

To go back to the standard YouTube UI, follow the above steps, but "use the following code" instead:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

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