Changes To The YouTube Partner Program

Yesterday I have been obsessed with de-cluttering my email accounts and my main GMail account was a tricky one to clean up because it’s the oldest email account I have. The Google Drive bit was easier and the GMail account import was also a breeze in just a few clicks of a mouse but I was in a bit of a quandary with the YouTube account where I still have some videos which still show up under search engine results. It has been a slow crawl, though, as is expected of an account that you simply want to experiment with. But, getting that email from YouTube today about the Changes To The YouTube Partner Program was somehow uplifting for me. Couldn’t help but think the Universe is conspiring with my de-clutter goals.

The email regarding the changes to the YouTube Partner program basically says my YouTube channel did not meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. A huge part of me was relieved because I could delete my channel there anytime. I was, of course, a bit disappointed at my channel’s stats but it wasn’t like I was doing YouTube videos full-time. On the part of the advertisers, I do understand they want the most out of their revenue and I would be supportive of this new change regarding the threshold if I were in an advertiser’s shoes.

I would still download the videos before deleting my YouTube channel for good as I have linked some of those videos on some helpful articles here.

Some may not be welcoming of these new YouTube Partner Program threshold but some may just be relieved. I’d like to think sometime soon a similar YouTube platform would appear as it has always been with technology developments.

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How To Upload Full-Size Videos On Instagram Stories

When you record a full-size video as an Instagram story by holding and pressing on Normal, the video would only record up to 14-15 seconds. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and I would notice even at the maximum of 15 seconds the full-size video would freeze and disappear and I could not add any text or emoji to it.

Sometimes I find it makes sense to record a single longer video using the iPhone’s camera options rather than recording it via Instagram’s Add Story options. However, even if you record a shorter video on the iPhone camera and subsequently add it as an Instagram story, you would find that Instagram story feature does not support full-size videos and you end up with cropped ones instead. (Users with Business accounts on Instagram can upload videos longer than 15 seconds on their Instagram stories.)  Some users are faced with a technical issue when uploading videos as an Instagram story and the solution to a successful video upload largely has to do with compressing the video first. Here is my solution to uploading full-size videos as Instagram stories.

In the following video, I would be splitting a 50-second video into 4 parts so it would still meet the time limit for the IG story. In order to do this, I would need to duplicate a 1 50-second video into three more. I do this by selecting the full-size video and choosing Duplicate.

 

 

 

Now that I have all four videos, the next step would be to go to CropVS to re-orient the video to make it fit for Instagram story sharing. I recommend going to CropVS first rather than trimming the video on iMovie because iMovie automatically crops the video once you trim it and it doesn’t look good. CropVS, on the other hand, has “fit width” and “fit height” options and it results in a full-size video once shared as Instagram story. In the video below, I selected the first 50-second video from Camera Roll and CropVS compresses it. After CropVS compresses the video, all I do is tap on Share and wait for the app to render the video and the full-size reoriented video is instantly saved to my Camera Roll.

 

 

 

Now that I have the full-size reoriented video from CropVS, I would click on Edit and choose iMovie. From there I would trim the video to the first 11-15 seconds.

 

 

 

Having gone through the full-size reorientation in CropVS and trimmed process in iMovie, it’s time to share it on Instagram as a story.

 

 

 

I repeated the process for the other 3 duplicate videos. Here is how it showed up on my Instagram story:

 

 

 

You can actually select CropVS from the Edit part on your Camera Roll. However, I would not suggest doing that because it crops the full-size video to a miniature version. Here’s an example:

 

 

 

I recommend opening the CropVS mobile app first and selecting the video from there.

Video of my mother and my niece is taken by my youngest sister whose voice is also heard on the video.

CropVS has in-app purchases so you may get watermark on your videos if not upgraded. iMovie is a free mobile app pre-installed with your iPhone, of course. Instagram is a free mobile app.

 

Alex Wallet Purchased From Instagram Seller

We all know not only is Instagram a great place for sharing photos but it has also been a burgeoning marketplace mainly because of its straightforward marketing capabilities, rivaling Facebook at that. I have purchased from Instagram resellers for a few years already and with some of the sellers I’ve done repeat purchases. The purchases I made from Instagram sellers were mainly beauty/hair products, smartphone accessories, food products and wallets. It is for the wallet department that I want to raise awareness about so other Instagram users can be made aware.

Sometime in April this year I made a purchase of the popular Alex wallet. It supposedly holds more cards than the regular wallet I had. I had seen the Alex wallet before from Instagram sellers I have followed and after a year it was still being advertised. Determined to purchase the Alex wallet at the time, I painstakingly looked through my backup OneDrive gallery to look for the screenshot I took of a few Philippine resellers who were advertising it. Browsing through hashtags for Alex wallet PH was easier though because the results gave me the updated resellers.

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Transaction was swift and soon I received the Alex wallet I purchased at PhP400. However, I did not even use it for more than a month when I opened the portions with zippers and found that from the inside the thin brown cloth lining it had been torn.

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I finally decided to purchase the card wallet at Daiso Japan two days ago and it holds the same number of cards as the Alex wallet one. For PhP88 it does seem to hold the promise of being more reliable than the Alex wallet which I purchased for almost 4x its price.

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How To Send Uncropped Images Via Instagram Direct Message

When I first started sending out group direct messages to my friends on Instagram, I didn’t mind that the images sent via direct messages are partially cut off. That is, until I started to send more images or photos with text on them and the obsessive-compulsive personality in me inwardly protested. I found a workaround for it and it does solve the partially cut off dilemma in most images.

 

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Right within the DM feature when you select a photo, an arrow up button sends the photo. From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 

 

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From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 
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Instead of uploading the image directly within the DM platform, an alternative would be to go to the photo feed or the home menu of Instagram and click on the Plus button which serves the same function of uploading photos. 
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After clicking on upload photo, this is what you would then see on the screen. On the left side is the adjust image button. Just click on it to retain the original size of the photo. 
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After clicking Next, you’ll see Filter options
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Don’t forget to click on Direct. 
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Compare the uploaded photos. 

 

Download Photo Albums vs FB Album Downloader & MyAlbum for Facebook

I’ve been testing two Android mobile apps since yesterday – one is the FB Album Downloader and the other is called MyAlbum for Facebook. What I was basically aiming at is to be able to completely download ALL photos of a particular album in my old Facebook account to my Android smartphone. FB Album Downloader and MyAlbum for Facebook showed up in the top search results so I was inclined to trust one or the other could do the job.

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I learned those 4 star ratings do sway a lot of users. I became disappointed with FB Album Downloader when it would only transfer 99 photos out of the 184 from the album I selected. MyAlbum for Facebook, on the other hand, had more positive reviews which didn’t sound relatable to me, at least during the first attempt. I only saw 60 transferred photos even after the download confirmation. My phone has a 32G external memory so I wonder what’s the excuse.

In all fairness to FB Album Downloader, the program performed well with Facebook album download containing less than 50 pictures. It brought me back to 2008 when Facebook users could only upload a maximum of 60 photos and you would eventually end up with a string of albums in a Roman Numeral progression. In 2009 this upload restriction was lifted, which explains why I had 184 photos in an old Facebook photo album.

Neither app worked so I took to the web and discovered a Facebook page called Download Photo Albums. There’s a desktop application to be installed and after which you will be prompted to log in to your Facebook account. I honestly would have preferred if the zip download was cloud-based but that didn’t matter anymore because the download and installation was a breeze. Way cooler was the fact that it downloaded all my 36 Facebook albums in less than 5 minutes. All I had to do then was connect my phone to my laptop and copy and paste the photo album in the Photos folder of my phone’s external memory.

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PhotoLoader For Facebook

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I use PhotoLoader for Facebook when I need to upload batches of pictures right from the iPhone or iPad. If you have segregated some photos into an album on the Photos, PhotoLoader makes it very convenient to upload the whole album to your Facebook account. No need to upload snapshots one by one – PhotoLoader for Facebook will then start the seamless upload with a few clicks.

Steps in Using PhotoLoader for Facebook:

1. Log in to your Facebook account within PhotoLoader. It will automatically load all the albums which are already in your Facebook account.

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2. Tap Upload on the lower bar. From the Upload window, there’s an Organize button. Tapping on Organize will bring up two upload options: Add individual Photos or Add a Photo Album.

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3. For this tutorial I will pick Add individual Photos. I selected 3 photos of my niece wearing a blonde wig.

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4. Click on Upload. You have the options to upload them in order or randomly.

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5. If you don’t have the preferred album set up previously on Facebook, you can create a new album within the app itself by clicking on New.

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6. Enter Photo Album information. Tap on Upload and your upload begins. You will be notified after all pictures have been successfully uploaded.