More being evil Here’s why Google and Google Play are bad. I went on today, and it attempted to download—without my permission—two dozen apps. From the above screen, I have only downloaded an Android viewer and App Master Uninstall. Thank goodness my software prevented their download, but, sadly, Google now believes I have 39 apps, and there is no way to delete them from my record.
Google’s remaining anomaly on my account Working my way down the list: privacy breaches in Adsense, remedied after a few years; bug in Analytics, remedied after three years. And now that Rick Klau intervened and sorted out the privacy glitch on my long-dead Blogger account after another three-and-a-half years (note: Rick did it in a day. The other idiots at Google dicked me around for three-and-a-half years), there remains one anomaly on my Google Dashboard.
Apparently I have three contacts. Except that none of them are mine. (They are inaccessible, incidentally, so I have no clue who they are. World’s best brand, huh?)
Pinterest loves spammers These are four of the strangers who I do not follow, who appear on my Pinterest feed. (And they have nothing to do with joint boards, as Pinterest falsely claims, since I have left all of mine, nor were they related pins, which was Pinterest’s other excuse.) Gee, I wonder if they are spammers. Which begs the question: why is Pinterest in league with spammers?
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.
Mystery liking Second time this has happened since I joined Facebook six years ago: I become a fan of a page I have never heard of or liked.
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.