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How to organize contacts systematically?

What is the best way of organizing and managing my thousands of contacts - software, best practices, general ways of thinking about the issue? [more inside]
posted by michaeldunaway on Jun 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Is it possible to turn Google Reader's starred items into bookmarks and vis versa?

Is it possible to turn Google Reader's starred items into Chrome bookmarks and vis-versa?
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Someone is inserting ads into my Firefox Google SERPs

Something is hijacking my Firefox and stealthily inserting ads into my Google SERPs (and god knows what else). How do I figure out where its coming from? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jun 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Google maps API explanation

Can someone explain google maps API to me? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on May 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Using Google Talk Android App through Web Browser on PC

Is there a way to use the Google Talk Android App via a web browser on my PC? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on May 22, 2012 - 3 answers

WHo owns an app?

If I make an app using an app builder like Apple Developer, Buzztouch, Mit App Inventor or Andromo, for example, who owns the app? [more inside]
posted by cda on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

How to scrape the Google cache

Had a plan to scrape a website, but now it's down indefinitely. Google has the site cached, but this makes things kind of complicated. Newbie questions about scraping websites and using the Google cache inside. [more inside]
posted by hot soup on May 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Is my google account hacked?

This morning about 108 gmail inbox messages vanished. I can find them under "all mail" but i don't know they would leave the inbox. Also, someone's been trying to add an event to my google calendar, with no success. are these two things related? is there evidence of a hack? thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Any port in a cell phone storm?

Currently, I have a Virgin Mobile PAYG smartphone. I'd like to get a phone on my family's Sprint plan instead (for the same monthly price as Virgin, I can get unlimited whatever). However, Sprint says they can't port my phone number because Virgin is a reseller of theirs. I've heard that you can port your number to Google Voice for a small fee, and then have Sprint port the number to a Sprint phone, but this advice was found on a forum somewhere and no one backed up the claim that it actually worked. Would it work? Have you done this? I'd really like to keep my phone number, and before I risk losing it, I'd like to know. Thanks.
posted by bluefly on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

How Do I Limit My Google Alert Results to English Only?

How do I eliminate foreign language results in Google Alert results? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

HELP: google contacts seems to be psychotic!

Google contacts seems to be getting increasingly problematic for me. In some contact records, I have over a dozen random email addresses assigned to a contact (that have no relation at all). In others, the contact email is legitimate, but is now named after some individual I have never ever had any form of contact with, apparently through some google+ functionality (I have not signed up for google+). Aside from ditching this increasingly crappy platform, any advice how it make this work? I cant see hand fixing thousands of contacts....
posted by dougiedd on May 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Blogger legacy accounts.

I've had an email from Blogger about legacy accounts and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Apr 27, 2012 - 24 answers

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Google Checkout Catch-22

How can I make changes to a Google Checkout account when the tabs that have all the settings (including Settings) are MIA and Google is telling me they can't help me because they claim my Merchant ID and my account email don't match!? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Apr 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Why can't spreadsheets work like brains?

Former excel magician attempts to use Google spreadsheets, fails. It should be easy to make a function that can tally a monthly total from a column of dates and a column of numbers, right? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Apr 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I change the location setting for Google search?

How do I change the location setting for Google search? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Mar 29, 2012 - 6 answers

40 minutes to better Google-fu

Seeking activities, tutorials or resources designed to impart academically-oriented Google skills. Bonus points: fun? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find a Google Desktop replacement

Please recommend for me a new search tool to replace Google Desktop. Ideally I want something that searches the full text of all files, that covers everything on my hard drive plus Google Docs. I want it to be fast, offer results in context, and have a simple interface that offers 'sort by relevance' and 'sort by date.' I use Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Mar 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Dissertation + Google Books - 120 pages = bad

Somehow, my Ph.D. dissertation ended up on Google Books. Hooray! "Pages 30 to 147 are not shown in this preview." Boo! [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated on Mar 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Verizon Prepaid = A 6 Month Lock on Switching Your Number to a Verizon Contract?

Verizon and Google Voice experts: Which of these plans will be the best way to port my number? What can go wrong with these approaches? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Mar 10, 2012 - 5 answers

What are some ways to drive traffic to my company's Google+ page?

What are the best ways to promote my Google+ Page as a moderate size CPG business? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Mar 9, 2012 - 1 answer

Google's Privacy violating: Now they're getting pretty blatant about it

According to that new Google privacy policy, are they allowed to sell AdSense ads to advertisers based on what they have read in your Gmail? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Will you share your Google Product-fu with me?

I'm working on a demo for a potential software product. The content of the product will be a combination of slides, still images, video, and voice over, delivered via a web site (mobile will follow if the product goes to full production). [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous on Mar 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Note in Reader without a "Note in Reader" button?

Has anyone come up with a good replacement for Google Reader's (now-defunct) "Note in Reader" feature? "Sharing to G+" is NOT THE SAME, and emailing articles is annoying compared to the ease of pressing one tiny little button. [more inside]
posted by ella wren on Mar 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I get the old Google search results back?

So, it would appear that Google have changed their search algorithms. Using search queries that would have previously returned hundreds of results I am getting a handful of results which are mostly irrelevant / gibberish. Any ideas how I can go back to the "old" Google? Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Mar 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Can you help me be 0.03% more efficient?

I would like a thing (greasemonkey script, add-on, bookmarklet, etc) which will let me easily add events to my Google calendar from within Firefox. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Feb 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Google, you creep show

Gmail just asked me if I wanted to import all my mail from another email account of mine. How can I figure out if I've ever told Gmail I own this account? Or is this just google being creepy as hell again? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Feb 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Don't Be Evil, but do be annoying

Where did Google's advanced search feature disappear to this time, and why do they keep moving it around? Is there any way I can edit my settings so that it's always in a nice visible place? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

How to recover from Picasa hostile takeover

If I could punch myself, I would. Clicked too fast and our beautifully organized Windows Live Photo Gallery has been emptied into Picasa. DO NOT WANT!!! Is there a site out there that will walk me through zeroing out and disabling Picasa and getting my old setup restored? [more inside]
posted by clever sheep on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

The Big Green: Data Mining Noise or Risk?

What effect do my Ask MetaFilter searches on behalf of others have on data miners' sense of who I am? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Why is my full name still attached to a Blogger post when all obvious traces of my name have been deleted?

My last name got attached to a blog post. I asked my friend to delete it. She did, but the blog post still shows up in Google with my full name attached. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Feb 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I get multiple domains for my website?

A Few Questions About Registering Multiple Domains. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Feb 24, 2012 - 7 answers

An iPad feed reader that doesn't require Google Reader to use

Please recommend me a well-designed iPad feed reader that doesn't require Google Reader to use. [more inside]
posted by Georgina on Feb 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Delete my Google's Search History?

What are the benefits of Google's Search History? As I understand it, Google is changing it's privacy policy so that my personal search history (which was previously kept separate), will now be tied to my Google profile for other Google products (Google+, Gmail, Google Voice, etc.). In other words - my search history will now be associated with my actual name and personal phone number. So - I'm thinking about removing my search history, but I don't know what I'd be giving up. According to Google - it uses my history to "personalize" my search results. But - does this really make a difference? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Feb 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Keeping my browsing habits secure

I have a handful of questions about Google, VPNs and privacy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Markdown, Google Code and notices

How would I create a "note", "tip" or "caution" notice box (rough examples) with the syntax provided by Markdown and Google Code? Is there a trick to make this possible?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 16, 2012 - 8 answers

The Perils of Googling

Should I be concerned about the PeekYou results for our daughter's preschool teacher? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 - 51 answers

Options to replace Google Documents

Options to replace Google Documents? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Feb 14, 2012 - 9 answers

No more Google Instant please

Aggggh!!!! Goggle Instant has come back with a vengeance. Please help me turn it off. Nothing I try seems to work. I have cleared the cache, all cookies, flash cookies and it still ignores my search preferences and it is affecting me on multiple computers. Ten results makes me feel like I am back on dial-up. [more inside]
posted by caddis on Feb 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Google, DeleteTMFA!

How can I make sure that Google deletes my phone number? [more inside]
posted by lioness on Feb 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Death to the &^$%# Spam Links on IF!

Is there a way to keep repeat link spammers from a free and open art community project without requiring membership/passwords or the like? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Feb 10, 2012 - 5 answers

How to find human support at Google, for a blog issue?

How to speak to a human being at Google, to resolve an issue with a Blogspot blog? I really do need a person & not a public forum; paid support would be fine.
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Google's motto, "Don't provide actual links"

Google's new links are timing out on me. I block cookies from Google as as part of my feeble attempt to maintain some internet privacy and, just today, the links on Google's search results are timing out. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Feb 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Why does hitting 'enter' when searching redirect my browser?

Weird re-direct issue when searching Google... [more inside]
posted by Fidel Cashflow on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Is it creepy to Google people? [non-dating-filter]

Do you think it's creepy when you find out someone has Googled you? Semi-related to previous questions about Googling dates, but my date isn't the Googler. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 - 46 answers

When uploading my files to the cloud, are they automatically encrypted before they leave my computer?

When uploading my files to major cloud services (Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Docs and Google Picasaweb), are they automatically encrypted before they leave my computer? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Feb 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Is this Google tracking?

Once in a while, when trying to load a page, I can see that my browser (Chrome) is telling me that its accessing csi.gstatic.com. What is this? Searching for this seems to imply its Google-related but I couldn't find a clear explanation for this.
posted by vacapinta on Feb 5, 2012 - 4 answers

application/json

Firefox popup "Application/JSON from Google.com" [more inside]
posted by KRS on Feb 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Persistent 403 errors on a Wordpress site running Thesis theme

Google's bots are returning 403 errors on all my pages on a Wordpress-based site running the Thesis theme. I'm out of troubleshooting ideas. Halp? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Feb 4, 2012 - 17 answers

My Google skills have failed me.

I recall reading an auto-biographical story a few years ago about a guy in California who was arrested after being accused of beating his girlfriend. He wrote about how he always made sure to use his credit card and to look into surveillance cameras to establish his whereabouts if he were falsely accused in the future. If I recall, the police investigator also went out on a limb to help the guy when the girlfriend's story didn't really check out. Anybody recall this story? If I remember it correctly, he somehow cleared his name in a civil proceeding. I'd like to figure out how he forced the issue to clear his name.
posted by ajr on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

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