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Monday, December 12, 2011

How to Publish to Google Currents

STEP 1:
Go to www.google.com/producer/home

Don't use Apple Safari.

Google Currents producer requires Chrome.

STEP 2:
Agree to the PUBLISHER CURRENTS AGREEMENT

Google Currents producer agreement
Image: Google Currents PUBLISHER CURRENTS AGREEMENT page

Read the PUBLISHER CURRENTS AGREEMENT here:
https://www.google.com/producer/tos

Item 4 seems to be the most important point and seems reasonable:
4. Brand Features. Publisher grants to Google a limited, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use its trademarks, trade names, designs and logos ("Brand Features"), in accordance with Publisher's usage guidelines, if and as provided by Publisher, solely for use in connection with the Authorized Content, in the Currents Service and presentations, marketing materials, customer lists, financial reports and Web site listings of customers related to the Currents Service. All uses of Publisher's Brand Features, and all goodwill associated therewith, shall inure solely to the benefit of Publisher. Subject to the express license granted herein, right, title and interest in and to Publisher's Brand Features are and shall remain with Publisher.
ENTER:

NAME
CONTACT EMAIL
TITLE
ORGANIZATION

CLICK to AGREE to terms and conditions

CLICK CONTINUE

STEP 3:
Google Currents producer: Create a New Edition

Create a New Edition

Give your edition a name
Add an RSS feed
Enter your YouTube channel name

Click CREATE

Next your content is gathered and some articles are added.

Click DONE.

Google Currents producer: Basic Setup Complete
Image: Google Currents Basic Setup Complete

Here's what my blog will look like in Google Currents

Google Currents producer: Steve Garfield Blog


Here's what my YouTube channel will look like in Google Currents

Google Currents producer: Steve Garfield YouTube

There are more things to configure and test before going live with my Steve Garfield Google Currents Channel.

This producer app is very powerful. It brings mobile app creation tools, which used to required experienced programmers, to everyone. Everyone who's interested in putting a little time into it.

I'm going to have fun customizing my channel and making it live. Stay tuned.

Update:

There's a lot to customize including content. and look and feel. In Edition Settings it might be a good idea to add an Edition Icon, otherwise you'll have a blank icon.

To make your content visible to everyone, click DISTRIBUTE.

Google Currents producer: Distribute

1. Test
Test: Android and iPhone and iPad testing
Test: Verify Content Ownership

2. Distribute
Distribute to Google Currents

Update:

After updating with an Edition Icon, this is what Steve Garfield Edition Icon looks like on an iPad in the Google Currents Library screen:

Google Currents

Update:

Steve Garfield
Official Google Currents Stream for Steve Garfield for mobile, iPhone, iPad and Android.

Source: http://goo.gl/mag/eHWu7

3 comments:

  1. This is a terrific, straightforward explanation of how to use Google Currents. But the sign up process is problematic: when I enter my name and feed ,or just my name, I get the error message below with my name, Any ideas? Thanks...
    Warning
    Sorry, but that didn't save. Please try again
    Request ID: 4B47A8FD2A498.AE088E4.717A
    Message ID: b5nvp4
    What does this mean and how can I fix it?
    Thank you.

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  2. If you publish a small Current you don't show up in Google's directory, so we created a separate directory for small publishers to promote their Currents/Editions - check out www.currentsdirectory.com

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  3. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I did this for a friends wedding party and it worked jolly good. It lasts the whole evening

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