Pinterest is buggered I have complete strangers in my Pinterest feed. Pinterest claims that this can happen if I am a member of a joint board, because these are people followed by the board. So tonight, I removed myself from all such boards. Hasn’t changed a thing. They are also not people followed by friends and colleagues whom I have invited to join my boards. (Incidentally, this is not the ﬁrst time this has happened to me on Pinterest, and it only seems to plague my personal account, not the Lucire one we have at work.)
Pinterest is hopeless Not only did I ﬁnd hundreds of accounts on Pinterest that I never followed among my “following”, and discovered that the website unilaterally turned my email notiﬁcations back on without my permission, it is unable to ﬁnd Wellington on its map. Glad I never signed up to Foursquare, which apparently drives the mapping technology, if it’s this useless.
Just another typical website like Google or Facebook overriding people’s privacy settings at will.
Pearson is saying that if it is discovered Lawson has indeed been using recreational and Class B drugs, then not only will Saatchi have been justiﬁed in physically assaulting her—but any public recriminations he might face for doing so are unfair and unjust because he was simply trying to “save her from herself” …
But secondly (and most importantly) is that even if Lawson turns out to be a drug ﬁend of epic proportions, it doesn’t have any bearing on her right to be protected from violence and assault.
Lawson could have a drug lab set up in her basement and half of London’s Charlie supply stored in baking tins with built in straws throughout her kitchen—it is still not okay for Charles Saatchi to assault her.
Google continues to publish libel Remember how we were blacklisted by Google earlier this year? Google falsely claims that you can get off their blacklists in six or seven hours. It took six to seven days for us, despite fixing all our systems within hours of being hacked. Here’s a site, bjskoskerbaskets.com, which Google has blacklisted for nearly eight months, despite, by its own admission, being clean.
Messaging Blogger again today If you visit Blogger, it says I have no blogs, which is correct. I deleted all of them in 2009. However, if you visit Google Dashboard, it claims I have one. This is not a miscount: when I approached Google about this a few years ago, it admitted it held on to data of a blog. The staff member then told me the name of the blog, which was one I had no connection with whatsoever. The situation remains in the air.
It took Google seven days to stop blacklisting our sites, when it claimed it would take several hours. It took Google six months to restore a friend’s blog, when it claimed it would take two days. Google tracked your advertising preferences even if you opted out, and it got away with this deception for several years till I exposed it to the NAI. It took Google four years to remove my Adsense details after I cancelled my account there. This is nudging ﬁve years now. I wonder if it will be resolved this decade.
The settings that cannot be changed on Google Plus
Unless I don’t know how to use Google, which is unlikely since I have been web surfing for longer than most people, here are the Google Plus proﬁle settings you cannot change. Even if you press ‘Save’, you can come back, and Google will put things back to where it wanted things to be. So if you don’t want Google broadcasting information about you, don’t give it to them.
The tagline is public, but at least Google admits you can’t change it. So leave it blank if you don’t want the public to have one.
The following are always set to public. I have left all of them blank because regardless of what settings I use, I go back to that page, and Google has changed them back to its own default:
Links (other profiles, contributor to, links)
These are set to different things:
Looking for—set to ‘Extended circles’
Contact information (home and work)—set to ‘Your circles’
If it’s all the same to you, I’d rather be on Facebook. At least they don’t pretend to be all nice and warm fuzzies.
Typical Say you have Google Plus (unwillingly). It has a ﬁeld marked ‘Public’. You want to keep this private, so you select ‘Only You’, then you click ‘Save’. What does this do? Absolutely nothing. Google will keep certain privacy settings public. It’s the same for most of the proﬁle categories in Google Plus. Unless there’s some sort of trick that you do to make sure Google respects your privacy (I know that’s highly unlikely, mind).
YouTube spam Never mind if you have turned off all your emails in YouTube. Google will still spam you, because there’s another window that’s hidden. Why Google doesn’t include this on the page with all the other email notiﬁcations is beyond me. It begs the question: how many other hidden windows are on YouTube? Wait for the next spam and ﬁnd out.
Google will always use you in marketing: you have no say Very dutifully, the moment Google Plus announced its shared endorsement settings, I turned mine off. There was no way that I would permit Google Plus to use me for its marketing. What you have no say over: Google Plus using you for its marketing. OK, so it’s not a search result, but it’s still dodgy behaviour since I had never given Google permission to use my name in connection with spamming my friends.
And, really, Google? Are you sure you want to do this? I’m about as positive toward you as Mel Gibson is toward promoting a synagogue.