Medium/Haughey: On the Future of MetaFilter.
Well, I don’t feel so alone. Doesn’t make me particularly happy. The question is how to move forward as a solo act. Matt’s got a staff and revenue to handle changes. I don’t.
I’m sort of in this kind of headspace at the moment.
I’ll wait and see if Google has a response for Matt before making any decisions. I would hope MeFi is a high profile enough site to deserve such a response.
I have to warn you all — too many takedown requests, I’ll have to pull my beloved weblog offline and request delisting. I have to earn a living, and I can’t do that by spending my time pulling links out of my archives. And my archives are huge - near 100,000 links within. So far the requests have been manageable, if not timed particularly well (“I need this done IMMEDIATELY”). I will give you all fair warning if this untoward eventuality comes to pass.
Death by algorithm as this weblog’s epitaph has absolutely no dignity. It’d be a pretty crummy way to go, after all these years.
More link withdrawal requests today.
Google has truly lost their minds. Is there anyone at Google I can slap upside the head? It does seem that my most cryptic links (echoing a service or product name exactly) are being singled out. In other words, if I made a clever title and pointed to ‘Product X’, and linked only the text of ‘Product X’, Google is interpreting that as somehow trying to game the system for the product maker, as if I’m some sort of black hat site. This is deeply insulting. And this is way, way too much power for one single company to wield. They’re making us do all the hard work for their algorithm-du-jour’s convenience.
Perhaps my next iteration really should be an archive-less creation.
Related: My previous post on the subject.
Dazed: Now you can legally edit your online history.
Not really, not yet. “Right now, the decision needs the consent of the 28 EU governments before it can become law. Google, Facebook and other internet companies have campaigned against the law, concerned not only about the invasion of internet freedom, but also the costs incurred by dealing with relentless requests for the removal of information.”
SER: Google’s Matt Cutts Says Over Time, Google May Rely On Links Less For Rankings.
Hmmm. I have to say, ‘author expert ranking’ concerns me. Those who rate high, don’t necessarily know what the hell they’re talking about. The means of measurement should be clear and open to scrutiny. More on ranking and potential impact.
SER: Black Hat Documents How He Went From Rags To Riches & Back To Rags.
Blogs are spam, according to Google?
I just received a second request in as many days asking for me to remove a post! It seems my linking to sites is occasionally being interpreted as spam or link-building by the latest update to Google’s algorithms.
My own Webmaster Tools account says I’m clear of any security or spam issues. I don’t get it.
All I have to say is, if you want to kill weblogging this is a way to do it. Many more of these requests, I’ll have to take my whole site offline and go do something else. I do ride herd on something like 100,000 individual link-posts. How many people are going to complain? Near fifteen years of posting, to be removed at an algorithm’s whim?
Maybe there’s a lesson in that. I hear Ivan Venko in Iron Man II …
Later: This was the tool used, and apparently I appear as a ‘spam backlink’. If anyone has further insight, that would prevent this from happening, I’d appreciate a tipoff.
Related: Another set of removals were requested May 15. Overjoyed. NOT.
SER: Google Says Google+ Ain’t Going Anywhere.
Of note. You’ll have to dig a little. A lot of bluster, on both sides. As with most such events, wait and see.
Official Gmail Blog: HTTPS-only and 99.978% availability
“Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers - no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.”
9to5Google: Google plans to kill Google Voice in coming months.
NewsBlurBlog: Google Reader announced its shutdown exactly a year ago.
NewsBlur is my replacement of choice. I do better with the NB web interface than I did with Google Reader parsed by apps.
Official Google Blog: Save more with Google Drive.
“We’ve lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it.” Wow. I’ll have to reassess my online storage/backup needs.
Mashable: You’re Not Crazy - Google Search Results Look a Little Different.
Google indexing the site.
Google’s decided to love my archives again. They’re currently indexing me extensively, and the site’s a bit slow in response. Give it another hour or two … a lot of links here (80,000?).
Kikolani: 50+ Filters to Keep Your Gmail Inbox Squeaky Clean.
Might be handy. I use Unroll.me, though it’s begun to miss things lately, so I may manually insert a couple of these.
Mashable: Gmail Bug Caused Some Users to Delete the Wrong Emails.
If you’re not running the Gmail apps on iOS, you might not see this warning. Check your spam and trash folders BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH to be sure nothing got misfiled.
Later: I found two pieces of important mail that were mysteriously switched to my Trash folder. One was in reference to a domain renewal; I always double check my domains at the end of each month, so this would not have been an issue for me. It does point up how an innocuous misfiling could really hurt you.
Gmail/Google seems to be down/intermittent.
Just sayin’. Not responsive from here.
CNet: Chase the Stig around ‘Top Gear’ Google Street View track.
Man, and some people thought ‘Myst’ was boring. *Snore.*
Giz: A Map of Each State’s Deepest Desires, According to Google.
See NM. How amazingly true!
Ars Technica: Google to buy Nest for $3.2 billion.
Later: Thinking further about Google’s recent purchases. Robots, now proximity-sensing thermostats. AI burglary, then? [Joking …] No, wait. Drones. They need drones. That’d be the trifecta.
Klinger.io: Don’t drown in email! How to use Gmail more efficiently.
Hey, cool. I gotta try this. How it displays on mobile … mystery.
Harrumph. I open the site, click “At the office”, and the third thing on the cards is, “Save those cat videos to watch later.” [gong sound] Sorry. Wasting my time.
CNet: New Gmail image server proxies raise security risks.
Official Gmail Blog: Images Now Showing.
vowe dot net: Outlook.com can now import all your Gmail data.
Nice to have the option. Outlook.com is easier to use when moving clients to cloud services. Gmail’s labels remain a difficult concept for many.
CR4: Unknown Object In Desert.
“While exploring with the Google Earth satellite I came upon this object that appears to be some kind of aircraft. The object looks fake, but fake what? The area is a mile or two south of Interstate 40 (I-40) and a couple miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.” Obvious what it is, but the comment thread is entertaining.