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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

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

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