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Brand New Community Tab on YouTube Channel; WordPress Plugin for AMP Project

A beta version of a new product called “YouTube Community” tab on YouTube channel offer you simple way to engage with viewers and express yourself beyond video.

Using Community tab, creators can engage with your fans more often in between uploads, in real time with text, live videos, images, animated GIFs and more.

Viewers will now see your posts in subscriptions feed, and can opt into getting a notification anytime you post.

Google notes, the Community features is currently launched with invited creators in early to develop, and will bring more onboard later.

In other google news, Google earlier last month, introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project, to reduce the time a mobile website takes to load on a user’s mobile device.

In advance of expanding AMP in Google Search, the team begin to post pointers helping webmaster to #AMPlify their site.

In this end, those who are using Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, or Hatena, can easily set up AMP by just installing and activating a plug-in. You can download a plugin for your CMS: WordPress | Drupal | Hatena

On the other hand, if your site uses custom HTML, you can check out AMP Codelab here, or the Advanced Concepts Codelab. Following fundamentals are covered by Codelab:

  • How AMP improves the user experience of the mobile web
  • The foundations of an AMP page
  • AMP limitations
  • How AMP web components solve common problems
  • How to validate your AMP pages
  • How to prepare your AMP pages for Google Search, notes google.

In other open source news, Google announced variable fonts as part of OpenType 1.8, the newest version of the font standard. With variable fonts, “your device can display text in myriads of weights, widths, or other stylistic variations from a single font file with less space and bandwidth.”

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