Within the last week or so Google updated their Google Alerts service to incorporate it with some of Google's other services. Somewhere in the process of the change they screwed up as over half of my Alerts are missing! The change consists of a slightly altered layout and a difference in how you create a new alert (clicking the "New Alert" button at the bottom, rather than the ready to submit new alert form previously at the top.) A new link at the top for "settings" has been added which takes you to your Google account screen with a list "my services," personal information and some other stuff. None of that was available before. And frankly, none of that does me any good when I'm trying to find my Alerts. I was able to determine a few of my missing alerts and tried to add them back in but was told, " You've already created this Google Alert. Please enter a different search." Comforting. Sort of. So my alerts are there, I just cannot see or edit them. What gives? I added a few new … [Read more...] about Hey Google: What Did You Do With My Alerts?
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Yesterday, something bad happened with the Google Accounts system. It isn't clear exactly what went wrong but tons of people had unexpected sign out issues and then were unable to sign back into Google. In addition, these Google Account issues were to blame for Google Wifi and onHub devices bricking and having to be completely reset.Google posted on several Google Web Search Help threads and Twitter about this. And also posted about the issues on the Google Wifi Help about the Google Wifi device issues. Google said:We've gotten reports about some users being signed out of their accounts unexpectedly. We're investigating, but not to worry: there is no indication that this is connected to any phishing or account security threats. Please try to sign-in again at accounts.google.com and if you cannot remember your password, please use this link (g.co/recover) to recover your password. If you use 2-Step Verification, there may have been a delay in receiving your SMS code. Please try again … [Read more...] about Google Account Bug Breaks Sign Ins, Google Wifi & Other Services
Google’s Search History feature, which was switched on as a default option for many Google searchers in February, has now been renamed Web History to reflect how it has expanded to track what Google users do as they surf the web. It’s a huge move for Google and raises anew privacy issues. Below, a detailed look at how the system works, how to pause or delete logging if you want, the impact on search results and more.This is a big story, and not all parts may be of interest to everyone. If you want to skip ahead, use the links to jump to particular sections: Web History Depends On Google Toolbar Web history is tied to the Google Toolbar. The Google Toolbar — first released back in December 2000 — has long had the ability to track whatever a user views across the web. This only happened if the toolbar’s PageRank meter was enabled. By default, the PageRank meter was NOT switched on. In fact, it’s long been joked that the relatively few people who do … [Read more...] about Google Search History Expands, Becomes Web History
Google conspiracy theories aren’t new. Everyone likes to believe their rankings have tanked thanks to something other than poor-quality content or bad linking practices. In reality, a lot of people are guilty of less-than-great SEO. At the same time, it’s hard to ignore the fact that some businesses, no matter how “white hat” their methods, can never seem to gain traction in the SERPs. If you’re having trouble getting the traffic you want, it might just be conspiracy fact. A Small Business Problem: The Adwords Platform Isn’t Very Friendly One of the first nuggets of marketing advice you’re given, as a small business owner, is to market online using Google Adwords. It’s supposed to be a relatively predictable, and affordable, method for generating new leads. But, that train left the station years ago. Google Adwords is expensive, and it’s mostly where large corporations (or super-savvy and experienced marketers) play around with ad … [Read more...] about Does Google Discriminate Against Some Businesses?
It’s a bad privacy day for Google, with Privacy International first accusing the company of having the worst privacy performance of any internet service company in a study it has just released and then accusing Google of conducting a smear campaign against it. But if you actually read the report, Privacy International itself comes off bad for putting out a haphazard condemnation of Google. Let’s do the smear campaign accusation first. An Open Letter to Google from the group says that Google is talking to journalists and implying that Privacy International favors Microsoft: Two European journalists have independently told us that Google representatives have contacted them with the claim that “Privacy International has a conflict of interest regarding Microsoft”. I presume this was motivated because Microsoft scored an overall better result than Google in the rankings…. According to our sources, your representative or representatives made particular … [Read more...] about Google Bad On Privacy? Maybe It’s Privacy International’s Report That Sucks