The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.
“The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.
Burce Clay: How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.
Oh, Google, now you’ve really gotten me angry.
I was trying to attach images to an email, and MailPlane borked the attachments. Now Google’s “locked down” my account for “suspicious activity”. For anywhere between one hour to 24 hours! What about an error message instead, huh? This is a royal pain the arse, for a rudimentary error on my software’s part.
Moving to the top of my IT list, “get the hell off Gmail.”
Later: And, of course, their servers are still taking my POP3 emails off my other accounts and erasing them (as I had set on my now unreachable GMail prefs). Which means I have to reconfigure my email at the server.
Even later: What is really, really annoying is that the attachments were simply uploading into a draft - I hadn’t pressed send. Penalized for just *composing* a too-large email.
Moz/Blog: Panda 4.1 - The Devil Is in the Aggregate.
A good read, even if SEO gives you hives.
SERoundtable: Google Says Rich Snippets Generally Not For Your Home Page.
NewsMax: Google Wants to Fly Drones Over New Mexico.
DailyDot: 5 million Gmail passwords leaked to Russian Bitcoin forum.
Good reason to be using two-factor authentication.
DP Review: Pics.io, a browser-based Raw editor built on Google Drive, goes live with public beta.
“Instead of storing your images on its own servers, Pics.io connects to your Google Drive account. Not only does this provide you with an extremely reliable cloud connection, but it also means that you won’t lose your photos if you stop using the Pics.io service, or they ever shut down.”
Hello, Fastmail. Goodbye (soon), Google.
I’ve been using Gmail for email aggregation for quite a while now. In the last year or so, email checking has become so slow and unpredictable, such a barrier to accomplishing timely work, that I’ve invested in new accounts at Fastmail.fm. Simple yet deep feature set, easy interface, larger attachment sizes ... and actually fast.
SERoundtable: Google - Low Quality Guest Blogging Considered Content Spam.
Google as arbiter of ‘good blog posts.’ What’s the world coming to?
CNBC: Has Google lost control of its anti-spam algorithm?
Not the best source. Still, some more interesting info to be gleaned within. Double-check before counting on it. Really horrible modal dialog to begin.
SERoundtable: Google Gives Full HTTPS/SSL Secure Web Sites A Ranking Boost.
Hmmm. I don’t see any huge need here on DM!, do you?
SERoundtable: Google Restores MetaFilter’s Traffic After 20 Months Of Poor Rankings.
Later: Apparently Naked Capitalism is back, too.
Google+: End of the nymwars?
SER: Did Metafilter’s Founder Matt Haughey & Google’s Matt Cutts Talk About Google Ranking Issues?
There is a chart, at the bottom, to show an uptick for MeFi. I’ll note that I have not had any more takedown notices since the last surge.
Funny Gmail outage this morning.
Seemed strangely quiet, my email. I went to the SETTINGS > ACCOUNTS AND IMPORTS page, and found my main email address hadn’t been checked in over an hour and a half. Error? “Network connection can’t be made. Please contact other provider.” Other provider? Automatic mail checks were failing. I hit ‘check mail’ by hand [Occam’s Razor], and it hooked up again. 46 backed up emails.
Just mentioning it, in case anyone else is experiencing a strangely quiet email morning. Check your account settings directly.
PC World: Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with unlimited cloud storage.
“There are no asterisks on the storage. [snip] It’s truly unlimited at Google scale. We don’t want customers to spend time worrying about storage.” Been waiting for this cloud tier to drop; haven’t you all, also? But wait a bit … see if responses dive even further in price.
SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.
We need to rout around Google indexing.
Naked Cap: Google Algorithm Change Whacks Naked Capitalism.
Another Huguenot. Welcome to the club.
SERoundtable: Google Working On Updated Algorithm That Hurt MetaFilter.
inessential: One Year After the RSS Apocalypse.
Using NewsBlur, rather than a local app, I’m actually able to scan more feeds faster than before. So RSS ain’t dead … and losing Google Reader was a pretty good thing for my linkblogging. IMHO.
liblfds.org: Google just lost it.
I suppose because it is top-of-mind, I’m noticing more posts like this. Or are they on the upswing? [Warning for language.]
Dazed: Google brings you the ‘Edit Yourself’ form.
SER: Google’s Panda 4 Update May Have Hurt The Press Release Industry.
“… Panda 4.0 may have hurt press release sites and showed SearchMetrics data for PRWeb, PR Newswire, BusinessWire and PRLog all losing between 60% to 85% of their SEO visibility.” Who on Earth would build a business model that relies upon search engine results anymore?
CNet: Google unveils self-driving car, sans steering wheel.
The future, perhaps. For me to be more fully convinced, I’d like to see a handful of these negotiate roundabouts and 4-way stops with unpredictable bicyclists, pedestrians, texting drivers, drivers who have no idea how to behave at a 4-way, etc. THEN I’ll be on board. For all of us who have played with little model robotic cars, the comedy usually appears when two robotic cars meet each other. Mayhem usually ensues.