Adding associates to manage your YouTube presence

Webmaster level: All

Many organizations have multiple presences on the web. For example, Webmaster Tools lives at www.google.com/webmasters, but it also has a Twitter account and a YouTube channel. It’s important that visitors to these other properties have confidence that they are actually associated with the Webmaster Tools site. However to date it has been challenging for webmasters to manage which users can take actions on behalf of their site in different services.

Today we’re happy to announce a new feature in Webmaster Tools that allows webmasters to add “associates” — trusted users who can act on behalf of your site in other Google products. Unlike site owners and users, associates can’t view site data or take any site actions in Webmaster Tools, but they are authorized to perform specific tasks in other products.

For this initial launch, members of YouTube’s partner program that have created a YouTube channel for their site can now link the two together. By doing this, your YouTube channel will be displayed as the “official channel” for your website.

Management within Webmaster Tools

To add or change associates:

  1. On the Webmaster Tools home page, click the site you want.
  2. Under Configuration, click Associates.
  3. Click Add a new associate.
  4. In the text box, type the email address of the person you want to add.
  5. Select the type of association you want.
  6. Click Add.

Management within YouTube

It’s also possible for users to request association from a site’s webmaster.

  1. Log in to your YouTube partner account.
  2. Click on the user menu and choose Settings > Associated Website.
  3. Fill in the page you would like to associate your channel with.
  4. Click Add. If you’re a verified owner of the site, you’re done. But if someone else in your organization manages the website, the association will be marked Pending. The owner receives a notification with an option to approve or deny the request.
  5. After approval is granted, navigate back to this page and click Refresh to complete the association.

Through associates, webmasters can easily and safely allow others to associate their website with YouTube channels. We plan to support integration with additional Google products in the future.

If you have more questions, please see the Help with Associates article or visit our webmaster help forum.

Posted by Konstantin Roslyakov, Software Engineer

Social Stream: Showcase All of Your Social Network Outposts with One Plugin

Social Stream: Showcase All of Your Social Network Outposts with One PluginI’m a sucker for pretty things, but common sense typically prevails over time.

I’ll leave you to imagine how far that statement stretches in my life, but for the purposes of this post, I am talking about pretty plugins. Plugins that do fancy whizzbang stuff.

I’m always initially impressed, but over time, I make an objective decision regarding its use. And more often than not, I move on.

However, I’m rather tempted to stick with Social Stream.

Social Showcase

When the guys at Design Chemical got in touch regarding their new plugin, I was skeptical. The idea of a “social stream” seemed rather gimmicky to me. But having checked out their demo site, I was suitably impressed, and decided to give the plugin a test drive on my own blog.

Here’s what my social stream looks like:

Social Stream

Pretty cool, right? As you can see, the plugin pulls in content from your social networks and displays it all in one rather spiffy wall.

Social WallYou can also display your social stream as a feed, as shown to the right.

If you’re a social media addict, you’re not likely to be left wanting for choice in terms of what you can display:

  • Twitter – Latest Tweets, Twitter Lists & Search
  • Facebook – Facebook Page Latest Wall Posts
  • Google +1 – Latest Google +1 Posts
  • RSS Feed – Latest Posts
  • Delicious – Latest Delicious Likes
  • Stumbleupon – Favorites or Reviews
  • Pinterest – Latest Pins
  • Dribbble – Latest Shots or Likes
  • Youtube – Latest Uploads, Favorites, New Subscription Videos & Video Search
  • Vimeo – Likes, Videos, Appeared In, Albums, Channels or Groups
  • Flickr – Latest Flickr Uploads
  • last.fm – Loved Tracks, Recent Tracks or Reply Tracker
  • Deviantart – Latest Deviations
  • Tumblr – Latest Tumblr Posts (photo, video, regular, quote, audio, conversation & links)

Settings

Beyond the initial visual impact, there is a lot to discover behind the scenes. The multitude of customization options certainly come in handy, and perhaps elevate Social Streams above what might have otherwise been a rather ordinary plugin.

Take for example the sorting options. I initially had the stream set up to display 10 items from each source, sorted in date order. But because I am very active on Twitter, relatively active on Facebook, and less active elsewhere, my stream looked a little unbalanced. Fortunately, I was able to fix this by setting the stream to display the items randomly.

Here’s a peek at the settings screen:

Social Stream Settings

You can also change the default colors for the social networks.

Setting up your stream is a piece of cake – just enter the relevant details into each box, change any of the specific settings to your liking, and you’re on your way:

Social Stream

It is clear that the developers have put a lot of thought into this plugin – every time I saw something I didn’t like, I quickly found a way to adjust the settings to my liking.

There was however one issue regarding setup – a clash of CSS. This was quickly resolved with a bit of custom CSS, but it would have been nice if the problem hadn’t raised its head in the first place. On the other hand, producing a plugin that renders perfectly across thousands of different themes is no easy task.

Social Media Addict Must-Have?

In short, I am impressed.

Whilst Social Streams doesn’t achieve anything practical in its implementation, it looks damn cool, and offers a great way of showcasing your social media activity. Whilst it is a premium plugin, if you want it, the $14 price tag is going to be largely irrelevant.

Purchase Social Stream.

Creative Commons image courtesy of webtreats

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Android Apps To Help You Blog

Blogging on the go is the way of the future. People are updating, liking, tweeting, editing, checking in and publishing from virtually anywhere they are connected.

If your mobile phone uses the Android OS, then you can install a variety of apps to help you stay on top of things and continually update your blog.

First things first

You need to download the official WordPress Android App to get yourself connected with your blog via your phone or tablet.

Great, now let’s get started!

Stay Updated

Here’s a few apps that will help you stay connected with the world around you, and with content you can use for reference to write about.

1. Flipboard: By bringing together the world’s stories and life’s great moments, you can stay up to date with the things that matter most. Flip through the news from your Twitter timeline as well as from outlets like the BBC, USA Today and The Verge.

flipboard-android-app-to-stay-updated

Flipboard, Your Social News Magazine

2. Spool: Become part of a global community of people discovering and sharing interesting content. Start by saving content to your Spool account on your Android device. You can also browse other Spool users’ content and discover new content to read, watch, or share with your followers.

3. Google Currents: Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed and offline reading. Each edition is available for high speed offline reading, and provides quick-touch sharing.

4. TED: A bit more on the intellectual side, but some of the talks can really apply to anything. Great app for getting a high level thought process and radical ideas. Content is video based, so be careful about with your data plan.

5. Google Reader: You’ve used it on our desktop, now use it on your mobile phone! One of the best ways still to aggregate your content and stay up to date on your areas of interest.

Be Connected

You need to be connected on the go, not just to your network, but to your friends, followers and fans. No matter your social network of choice there’s an app for that!

1. Facebook: Stay up to date with what your friends and subscriptions are sharing and liking. Getting ideas for content could not be easier!

2. Twitter: See what’s trending and jump into the conversation by adding your own blog, of course you can tweet your post later…all from your phone!

3. HootSuite: Update Twitter, check in on foursquare, view your LinkedIn connections, and comment on your friends’ Facebook posts wherever you are. Upload photos, receive notifications, view click stats, and more. Simple, elegant, and powerful, HootSuite allows you to send and schedule Twitter updates from anywhere.

File Management

1. Dropbox: Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website!

dropbox-save-files-in-the-cloud

Bring your files anywhere

2. Box.net: Box for Android and Android Tablet lets you view and share files from anywhere! Desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, you name it – with Box, you collaborate and share critical content anywhere, anytime, on any device

3. File Manager: I use this myself, it helps you manage all your files and is easy to use. A must have if you want to organize content and data on your mobile device.

Image Editing/Sharing

1. Instagram: Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.

instagram-share-your-world

A beautiful way to share your world

2. Pixlr-o-matic: You can add fun retro effects to your photos in a snap and transform your photos into cool looking vintage images. Editing is as easy as one, two, three with Pixlr-o-matic to add effects, overlays and borders.

3. Adobe Photoshop Express: Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free Photoshop.com account.

4. PicsArt: This app combines the best features of many photo applications, it is one of best and most complete photo editors available for free in the market for Android devices. From photo manipulations, effects, text styling and more functions it really packs a punch.

Video Sharing/Editing

1. YouTube: It’s on by default with Android. Easily set up your account and upload videos straight away.

2. Qik Video: Download the app today and start streaming live videos with friends and family around the world. Record and instantly share videos online straight to your favorite social network from your mobile phone.

qik-share-videos-instantly

Share life as it happens

3. Twitvid: Twitvid lets you post videos or photos on Twitter or Facebook from your Android device.

So there you have it, a small set of apps that will help you stay up to date, connected, able to manage your content, your images and your videos all from one mobile device/tablet!

Got any suggestions of your own? Let me know what apps you use to blog while out and about, or while laying down on your couch.

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