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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

Two Google Voice number, one phone

I have a Google Voice number. My job has a Google voice number. How to get both to forward to my phone, or how to devise an alternative to my current set-up? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Feb 3, 2012 - 9 answers

My needs are not their needs, i'm beginning to see.

Google+, the Android App. Can you associate multiple accounts with it without your OS suddenly thinking you're trying to synch them? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Feb 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Do public status updates work for an engineering team?

Apparently many successful software companies have processes where engineers write daily status updates that are publicly visible. Google has a system called 'Snippets' and Facebook has 'Colbert'. Any insiders want to share their experience with such reporting tools? Does anyone know of any resources that describe the pros and cons, nut and bolts of these processes? [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

What's the deal with syncing contacts between Address Book, iCloud and Gmail???

In short: how do I sync all my contacts between Mac OS X Address Book, iOS, iCloud.com, and Gmail.com? Not as short: In olden days, I used the Address Book app on my Mac to store all my contacts. Everything in there would sync to MobileMe (and by extension, iPhone, iPad and me.com) and Google (for Gmail). After iCloud was released in October, turning on contact syncing between Address Book and iCloud resulted in a message that said if iCloud contact syncing is turned on Google syncing must be turned off. Googling tells me that lots of people are having this problem, but I'm not finding a solution within all the noise. What am I missing? Any settings to change? Any software? Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal on Jan 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Google search result: Can this damage be undone?

I have been very careful not to have my full name or my child's name associated with our address on any searchable documents due to privacy/custody concerns. My full name is now showing up on a document attached to my child's school's website. Please help me figure out how to best fix this. [more inside]
posted by lunaazul on Jan 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Google privacy policy in computer-speak; please help!

Is the new Google privacy policy reasonable or should I take further steps to protect my information? [more inside]
posted by sb3 on Jan 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Get me out of Google's grip! Paid mail/cal alternatives?

Help me switch from Google services (Mail/Cal...) to a paid alternatives. [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Jan 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Google Reader: "You don't have permission to view this feed." Why not?

Google Reader seems to be permanently displaying an error message when I first try to access my feeds. To recap the specifics of my problem, here's what caused it to come up in the first place, and what I've done to try and solve it. 1) Imported all of my feeds from another Reader account. 2) Attempted to access my new Reader account, which always results in the "You don't have permission to view this feed." error message. I can then click on "All Items" and access my feeds, but this extra step is really annoying (it's the internet, don't make me click twice ;). 3) Checked to see if the address is "https" and not "http". Yes, it's "https" 4) Tried deleting all of my feeds, starred items, etc, and then subscribing to a brand new one. The problem remains. Anyone know what might be causing this? Can I just delete this Reader account (w/o deleting my Gmail, GPlus, etc.) and start again? Also, yes, I asked this question on Google's forums months ago and haven't received any useful advice there. Probably because Google doesn't really care about its users. Oh, and this is on all browsers and all different computers.
posted by kaboomer on Jan 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Advertising with Apartments.com CTR discrepancy...scam?

I took out an advertising package with Apartments.com. This is no cheap proposition, at $2,000 for 500,000 impressions. I wasn't expecting much out of this, but was hoping for at least the 0.05% the apartments.com rep claimed was their average, considering that our company is in the moving industry and has some impressive accolades under our belt all mentioned in our ad. 50,000 impressions in and my apartments.com contact claims there've been 18 clicks (0.03% CTR). However I only see 6 originating from apartments.com, 2 of which were just me testing out the ad. [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu on Jan 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me make a fancy-pants map.

Looking for insider tips on how best to go about making this map almost exactly (with different data). [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

In Google, does anyone know why search terms disappear when you click on the "news" and "shopping" link?

In Google, does anyone know why search terms disappear when you click on the "news" and "shopping" link on the grey bar but not "images", "videos" or "maps"? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Jan 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Google Voice 301: Complicated office voice mail transfers

Can I use Google Voice as follows: right now, person calls in to main office number and gets a recording (for X press 1, for Y press 2, for A press 3, and for B press 4) and upon choosing an extension that phone rings and if not answered goes into that extension's VM box. Can I forward this somehow so that each extension rings to a different Voice number? [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters on Jan 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Calling the US from Europe with Google: free for everyone?

If I use Google Voice from Europe to call someone in the US, does the other person get charged for a long-distance call? Or does the number appear as a US number?
posted by Busoni on Jan 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Migrating from Google to Apple

My wife and I are trying to move away from the Googleverse, and could use some help with a few things. [more inside]
posted by Hey, Zeus! on Jan 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I get Google Currents on iPad 2 to update automatically when asleep?

My iPad 2 usually is usually asleep with its Smart Cover closed. Recently, after leaving it asleep for several days, I took it somewhere without network access and used Google Currents, but found all the articles were several days old. I have Settings > Sync > Update set to Automatic, but apparently that doesn't help if I don't have the device on (or maybe if I don't run Currents). Is there a way to get it to wake up every day and update Google Currents without me having to do it manually? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

I DID NOT PUT IN THAT BREAK TAG. PLEASE TO MAKE IT STOP.

Wordpress is adding a secret break tag to my Google Button code, and it's driving me batty. No one on the Google forums helped with FIXING the problem, and the one suggestion I got on Facebook from a friend was bupkis. I turn to the hive mind so that I can fix this stupid problem. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jan 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Who's NeXT?

X is to Apple in 2012 as Apple was to Microsoft in 2000. Y is to Google in 2012 as Google was to Yahoo in 2000. Solve for X and Y.
posted by unSane on Jan 14, 2012 - 14 answers

YANA(First Amendment Corporation)L

SOPA/Corporate Advocacy Queation: Reddit is voluntarily going to go offline for half of a day to protest SOPA. Following this, there have been calls for Google, Facebook and other opponents of the proposed law to do the same. Would it be legal for these companies to do this? [more inside]
posted by graphnerd on Jan 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there a way to get Twitter search results back into Google search results?

Is there a way to get Twitter search results back into Google search results? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jan 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Is there any way of rolling back to an old version of a Chrome extenstion? (Tweetdeck)

I used to love the old version of Tweetdeck for Chrome but really really don't get on with the new, updated, "better" version. Is there any way of still using the old version?
posted by Mr Ed on Jan 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Dammit I don't want to change my name

I have a unique name that, when my first and middle names are transposed, becomes a more common name that is now the moniker of a rather unattractive porn star. How do I fix Google results that turn my unique name into this porn-yielding other version? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Dec 20, 2011 - 28 answers

How to upload contacts to an Android phone?

How can I copy my phone book from my old Blackberry to my new Galaxy Nexus without uploading the data to Google, Facebook, or any other service? I have a Mac and a USB cable; this ought to be possible, right? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Dec 17, 2011 - 14 answers

I suck at searching for things

I broke my favorite sunglasses, and I am completely stumped in my attempts to search the internet for them. [more inside]
posted by popechunk on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Can I de-google without too much pain?

I'm thinking about de-google-fying my internet life. Has anyone else done this? Can anyone give me some resources for alternatives, particularly to gmail, which have the same ease of use as their google-equivalent? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Dec 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Reference management for web-based collaboration

What reference management options exist for Google Docs? Failing that, what other web-based collaboration tools offer reference management, either built-in or by extension via plug-in?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email?

Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email? I use gmail (via google apps) for my small company's email. While it is generally good, the inability to permanently block a sender (e.g. businesses who won't remove me from their spam list) is frustrating, especially when the senders keep appearing in the daily quarantine report. Could this be solved by using Thunderbird as an IMAP client (and “whitelisting” the senders in Postini so they don't appear in the quarantine report)? Is there an easier or more elegant solution? TIA.
posted by quidividi on Nov 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Google results aren't recorded inSafari history.

Is there a way to fix this infuriating Apple Safari/Google glitch? Perhaps someone who knows Javascript and/or Safari extensions could help me. [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

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