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Moz/Blog: Panda 4.1 - The Devil Is in the Aggregate.

A good read, even if SEO gives you hives.

10/07/14 • 10:25 AM • DesignGoogleInternetProgramming • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SERoundtable: Google Says Rich Snippets Generally Not For Your Home Page.

No, review rich snippets should only be used in cases where ‘the main topic of the page needs to be about a specific product or service.’

09/24/14 • 04:36 PM • GoogleInternetProgramming • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NewsMax: Google Wants to Fly Drones Over New Mexico.

Google is planning to begin testing drones in a virtually uninhabited area of New Mexico in pursuit of providing internet connectivity to remote areas or monitoring environmental damage.

09/17/14 • 10:40 AM • GoogleInternetSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DailyDot: 5 million Gmail passwords leaked to Russian Bitcoin forum.

Good reason to be using two-factor authentication.

09/10/14 • 10:43 AM • GoogleSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/22/14 • 11:21 AM • GooglePhotographySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/15/14 • 12:15 PM • GoogleInternetMobilePersonalSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SERoundtable: Google - Low Quality Guest Blogging Considered Content Spam.

Oy vey. No doubt I’m going to be fighting their definition of ‘scraped content’. So, do I drop using article titles and pullquotes?

Google as arbiter of ‘good blog posts.’  What’s the world coming to?

08/14/14 • 11:25 AM • GoogleHuman RightsInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/07/14 • 12:50 PM • GoogleInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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?

08/07/14 • 11:44 AM • GoogleInternetSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SERoundtable: Google Restores MetaFilter’s Traffic After 20 Months Of Poor Rankings.

So I wonder, did other sites also notice a boost in traffic, the ones hit by that update back in November 2012?”  Me? Not so far.

Later: Apparently Naked Capitalism is back, too.

08/04/14 • 10:34 AM • GoogleInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Google+: End of the nymwars?

Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. ”  Background, here.

07/15/14 • 03:54 PM • GoogleHuman RightsSocial MediaSoftware • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

07/08/14 • 10:48 AM • GoogleInternetPersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

07/02/14 • 12:01 PM • GoogleInternetPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

06/25/14 • 02:40 PM • ConsumptionEconomicsGoogleInternetSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.

We need to rout around Google indexing.

06/24/14 • 08:27 AM • GoogleInternetSmall BusinessSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Naked Cap: Google Algorithm Change Whacks Naked Capitalism.

Another Huguenot.  Welcome to the club.

06/22/14 • 10:50 AM • GoogleInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SERoundtable: Google Working On Updated Algorithm That Hurt MetaFilter.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

06/14/14 • 09:34 PM • GoogleInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

05/30/14 • 05:19 PM • GoogleInternetPersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.]

05/30/14 • 04:58 PM • GoogleInternetSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Google brings you the ‘Edit Yourself’ form.

Unfortunately, the EU ruling only applies to European citizens, so Americans and those outside Europe can’t put in a request.

05/30/14 • 08:42 AM • GoogleHuman RightsInternetLawSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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?

05/30/14 • 08:32 AM • GoogleInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

05/29/14 • 11:09 AM • DesignGoogleTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SER: Google Argues Deleting Your Web History Does In Fact Do Something.

Either way, technically, there are likely ways to associate your searches back to you even if you delete them. Like in the AOL example from 2006. But Google does do things to disassociate the queries to your Google account.

05/29/14 • 10:48 AM • GoogleInternetSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

All of a sudden, Gmail’s not blocking certain spam emails.

I suppose it has worked so well for so long, it’s just an abject shock to see a couple of spams in my inbox every morning.

05/29/14 • 09:42 AM • GoogleInternetSecurity • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SER: Google - Panda 4.0 Is A New Architecture Brings Softer Side.

We’ve heard it before. Proof is in the takedown emails, as far as I’m concerned.

05/26/14 • 04:02 PM • GoogleInternet • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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