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How do I sign myself out of Google (not Gmail) on other computers?

For nearly a year, I've been plagued by my Google searches periodically defaulting to the Swedish Google page (and all of my Google activity turning into Swedish language). I have clicked on "sign out of all other web sessions" in gmail lots and lots of times. I have recently worked out that this happens because I signed into Google on my girlfriend's mother's account last summer. How can I make this stop without involving my girlfriend's mother? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Apr 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Suspended Google account - need to reinstate

My new google account was suspended. I believe they think I'm a spammer. But I am working for a small non-profit. Our email contact list is legitimate. My initial request for account reinstatement was denied. Need help getting reinstated. Details below: [more inside]
posted by valannc on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

How can I boost my portfolio ranking on Google?

I currently pay for a Cargo membership, but my ranking is really terrible even though I have a steady stream of visitors according to Google Analytics. Do I have to switch over to something custom like Wordpress (or any other service), or can I boost my ranking with some low-cost tricks?
posted by omar.a on Apr 3, 2015 - 3 answers

I Want To Build My Own Google

What I'd like to do is crawl a list of 5000 to maybe 10,000 max URLs on a weekly basis, searching for a couple of specific terms. I don't see a way to set that up with Google Custom Search. I have access to server space and am comfortable enough with PHP or Python to configure a dB and script if needed. There are countless options out there. Anybody have specific experience to point me in the right direction?
posted by COD on Apr 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Your calendar event has been rescheduled to the exact same time. (Not)

I use Google Calendar. My colleague uses Outlook. Whenever he re-schedules a calendar event, I just get an email with the old event time. Help?! [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Mar 25, 2015 - 1 answer

What is the difference between Ebscohost, Archive.org, Google...etc?

What is the difference between EBSCOhost, Archive.org, Google, WorldCat...etc? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Feb 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me archive email from a GMail account on an ongoing basis

I'd like to export past and future emails received by a pair of GMail accounts to my own local disk, or some other (non-Google) archiving solution. I'd like to do this automatically and regularly, with minimal intervention, without adding these accounts to my primary mail client. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Feb 19, 2015 - 7 answers

How to turn off Google Photos

I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Next Steps on Google Analytics?

I've linked Google Analytics to my business site and have had the tracking code pasted into my pages. I am not sure how to proceed to the next step. How would I go about seeing the data from the site? It is a wordpress site
posted by goalyeehah on Feb 10, 2015 - 4 answers

How to assess ability to look things up for yourself in an interview

What question can I ask undergrad research assistant candidates to see whether they are good at looking things up on their own? [more inside]
posted by cogitron on Feb 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Google Sheets/excel question

So I am trying to do a simple equation in the googlesheets/excel and it is not working. any ideas why? So this is what I am trying to find =11/9752, but using the cells rather than typing in the numbers. I want to make this a rate, so x100,000. I keep getting an errror. Thanks! so cell A1 IS "11" and cell A2 is "9752" it should be=a1/a2*100000 but I get an error
posted by cheetahchick on Feb 5, 2015 - 10 answers

Scantron Is Not An Option

Is there a way to create a Google Forms quiz which will grade itself and email or text me the results? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 29, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I see GA flow data through a specific page?

Is there a way to see Google Analytics Visitor or User flow data into a specific page? I can only seem to find ways to change the entry page or segment by country, etc. [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jan 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Googlesharing is dead. Long live...the alternative?

The Firefox addon Googlesharing is now completely dead. It's not compatible with current and later versions of Firefox at all, even when hacking it to make the version numbers compatible. Firefox has a different method of proxying, or something. What's a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jan 5, 2015 - 0 answers

Gmail-like interface on my own domain, without using their servers?

I would like to use the gmail interface for my own domain. Is this possible without relying on google servers, which are blocked in China? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 29, 2014 - 8 answers

How does Google Books decide which books are open access?

Many apparently out-of-copyright books on Google Books are open access. Others return limited sections in response to search queries. Yet others are completely inaccessible. Why?
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Resolving a Google AdWords Billing Error

Short story: We're up-to-date on our AdWords payments, but due to a glitch in their system, they still show us to be in arrears. We haven't been able to reach anyone who's able to ... fix ... the glitch. [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Dec 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Help my mom get her Gmail back

My mother's Google account was recently broken into by phishers. They changed her password and phone number. In her attempts to recover her account, she made several major mistakes early on and it now seems like she may not be able to recover the account via the tools provided by Google. All of her financial information is in this account, and she's going a little nuts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

My Google Calendar is Not My Own

I posted about getting misdirected GMail. It's gotten worse. Now my Google calendar is chockful of someone else's life. [more inside]
posted by tizzie on Dec 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Help needed with Google docs

I LOVE google drive, and google docs. However, I have a pdf file that I want to convert to a word/google doc, and I want to write inside of it. It would be great if I could save teh image to teh background to write on top of it, but I can not figure it out. Any ideas? thanks! I included the link below. link
posted by cheetahchick on Nov 23, 2014 - 3 answers

How to turn gmail security features off?

I live internationally, mostly in China. My IP adress changes on an hourly basis. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Nov 18, 2014 - 4 answers

How did I skip across the entire US in an hour?

I rarely check Google Location but it's always fascinating when I do. I just did a bit of travelling around Florida and am perplexed by the readings. Suddenly I appear to leap from the Florida Keys to California and back again in the space of a couple of hours. Obviously I didn't do this. My phone wasn't on the whole time - it died around when I got 'back' to the Everglades. I've put up a screengrab of this time-bending excursion - any insights as to how this happened are most welcome.
posted by srednivashtar on Nov 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That (Google Maps Edition)

Can I search for two separate stores (or whatever) on (New) Google Maps to find not only which location of each is closest to me, but also where the two stores are closest to each other? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Nov 15, 2014 - 1 answer

Everyday it's a-gettin' closer...

There's a short list of tasks that I need to do every single day, and some that I only need to do on weekdays, or only on Tuesdays, etc. How do I manage this given some constraints? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Nov 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Will hyphens impact SEO if I bridge two words together as one?

So it looks like hyphens in domain names do mean lower positing in Google’s SERP but does this mean the same for keywords? For example, my site contains the word 'multi media' but I would like to change that to 'multimedia' on every occurance. Is this ok? Will it impact my SEO?
posted by bostonhill on Nov 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Stop reminding me!

My Google Calendar somehow defaulted to 'add reminder 10 minutes before' for entering events at some point a while ago that I did not notice. Lately, ALL THE EVENTS have been popping up reminders, and exploding my phone (and desktop). Is there a way to globally remove all the reminders everywhere on my calendar? I would love to avoid manually checking every event/appointment to reset it.
posted by Dashy on Nov 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Traffic Information and my Calendar

Trying to find a good way to automate an alert letting me know I need to leave for work to arrive on time (based on curent traffic conditions) and Google Now is failing me. [more inside]
posted by szg8 on Oct 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Google Maps android app doesn't know my exact position

I have no problems with Google Maps as a navigation aid. It always finds my exact location and turn by turn directions works perfect. But when I first start the app (so I'm in map mode, not navigation mode), I get a large pale blue circle around my location. [more inside]
posted by ga4ry on Sep 28, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I segregate my Google Play Books for different family members?

My kids have just started buying books from Google Play. All of our books are in one big library. How do I go about organising them so that we each only see our own books? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Android Widget that displays Google Spreadsheet data?

Is there an Android Widget that will allow me to display a subset of data from Google Spreadsheets? I keep track of my budget in a spreadsheet, and I would like to display the balances in a quick way on my phone without actually having to open the Google Sheets application. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I "walk through" a route in Google Street View?

Am I using Google Street View wrong? I have two destinations in Google Maps and the resulting route was calculated. What I would like to do is "walk through" the path in the full screen street view. Is this possible? Because it's not working the way I would expect and ironically my Google-Fu is not really helping me. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a web app to help me with my Google Merchant account.

Google's AdWords and Merchant Center dashboards are basically unusable for my purposes. Are there any web apps that I can use to give me added functionality? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Sep 19, 2014 - 0 answers

Our server and Google Analytics really disagree on stats.

Our Google Analytics numbers are hugely inflated but we don't know why. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Sep 11, 2014 - 9 answers

More storage for some free Google Apps users only?

We use the free Google Apps at our non-profit for about 5 heavy users who have hit storage limits, 30 light and another 30+ who need to access our Google Drive and other domain-limited sites. Previously we switched heavy users to a new account with access to the previous account, plus forwards as a work-around. Google's helpdesk says upgrade only as we're non-US. Does anyone have a better solution? We use Google spreadsheets and several marketplace apps, and otherwise are super-happy with Google but $4000/annually is a big upgrade bill!
posted by viggorlijah on Sep 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Publish many Google Spreadsheets at once?

Is there a way to tell Google Drive to use the "publish to the web" option--but not for a single spreadsheet, but rather for an entire folder full of 450 spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Sep 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Can I make phone calls from my android phone using a google voice app?

I used to use talkatone to make calls from any android device for free, through google voice. Google voice shut down support for that through talkatone back in may 2014. Now I found a similar App but it makes you watch advertisements to get tokens to make "free" calls. Does anyone know an app that actually works, for free, on android? Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow on Sep 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Font substitution, Google web fonts edition

I'm looking for the closest approximation to Franklin Gothic Book in Google Docs. I'm not a typographer and the choice is rather overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Aug 29, 2014 - 4 answers

How do you guys keep a diary with timestamps automated?

So here's the thing. I like to write down my thoughts. But I also like knowing when it was written down with appropriate date and time. But the way I currently do it takes too much time. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Aug 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Mac/Google Calendar continues to list EDT/EST months after moving

I have a Google Calendar synced with my Mac (Yosemite) where I had a full year's events added while living in Toronto. I moved 3 months ago to the West Coast and changed all settings to Pacific Time, but when I check on the individual upcoming events from this calendar, I find either the event itself is off by 3 hours (urgh) or the TZ itself is still listed as Eastern (less problematic, but annoying). [more inside]
posted by northtwilight on Aug 15, 2014 - 3 answers

gmail tabbed inbox on ios or os x apps?

Are there any iOS apps or desktop Mac OS apps that play nice with gmail's tabbed inbox? I realize some do priority inbox, but that's not what I want. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What is wrong with my Google Play books account?

Suddenly Play Books only works on computers that are not mine. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Learn me SEO

I am taking on a new role which will require me to be conversant in SEO. Our SEO product manager likes to obfuscate things so no one can pin him down. It is my job to pin him down and call bullshit. I have no idea what schema.org is or what this canonical stuff is all about. Can anyone recommend a great book / site where I can get up to speed on all things SEO? I don't have a lot of time to spend so brevity is key.
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 31, 2014 - 11 answers

I don't want that notification Google

Google desktop notifications keeps telling me when there is a significant change in the value of JC Penney stock. I don't care about the company. I don't own any of the stock. I don't care about the stock price. I don't want these notifications. There seems to be no way to tell Google I'm not interested in this. Am I just missing a setting flag somewhere?
posted by willnot on Jul 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Why did Google stop working?

Suddenly, following a link to http://www.google.com or entering www.google.com brings up a page designated as https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl. This does not bring up the search page under Chrome at all, and it's hit and miss under Firefox. I rechecked my self-created home page, where the link usually used resides, and it clearly has http: and not https: Could this be my ISP interfering with the direction of the URL? It's one of the larger ones.
posted by yclipse on Jul 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Well I'll go, I'll go - Pushin' in the pin

Super Basic Google Maps Question: I'd like to create a map using google maps, add pins of about 20 locations, and save and share the map. I know this must be possible, but I'm just missing it somehow. How do I create multiple pins on one map? How do I save and share the maps? Thanks!
posted by seesom on Jul 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Searching Gmail for Flights

Hey guys. So I'm trying to determine how far I've flown over the past five years; I'd like to search my Gmail account for every flight confirmation, but the results are terrible--it seems like the search is bringing up all kinds of unrelated emails. Does anyone know of a better way to do this? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Jul 11, 2014 - 10 answers

See, Matt Cutts? Metafilter is trying to help you

What is a reputable SEO firm/consultant in the United States or Canada that's current with the uselessness of 'traditional' SEO for small sites and educates/trains small business owners who have misconceptions about ranking in Google? It needs to be an actual person, not a guide/website, because the person who will receive this referral works that way.
posted by michaelh on Jul 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Right to be forgotten.

Does there exist anywhere an automated Chrome plugin to subvert the EU "right to be forgotten" law? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Google: slow for everyone, or just me?

I've experienced extreme slowness with Google products, especially Gmail, for the past few weeks. This is true on several difference computers, tablets, etc., on several different internet connections and networks, using various browsers, apps, etc. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jun 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Old(ish) and established, or hot new startup?

I'm in a good position; I'm being pursued by two big tech companies for a public policy/government relations/privacy role, at a regional (ie multi-country) manager level. One is an established giant, the other is a hot, extremely well-funded and rapidly expanding startup. But which to choose? Hope me, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

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