|Herbert Sellner invented the Tilt-A-Whirl, What has Google Done For Us Lately
||[Mar. 30th, 2007|10:04 am]
I admit that I have been assimilated by Google. My home page is my Google Personalized Home Page. I do my cd reviews in Google Docs. I use Google Maps all the time.|
But, I've noticed some problems with Google Personalized Home Page.
First, when you refreshed your page, half of the feeds came up with blank titles. That was a few weeks ago. Not a huge deal, except for someone who uses the page the way I do. Namely, I look at the headlines for the feed, and then click on the title to go to the page, rather than click on individual headlines.
In other words, I use the headlines as a preview, but generally go right to the page to read it.
Well they fixed the problem with blank feed titles, but now they've done something just as annoying: About half the time, when you click on the feed title, it doesn't load the page for that feed. It just jiggles the Firefox scroll bar. Sometimes if I refresh the page, clicking on the titles works again.
To make matters worse, there's nowhere to report this as a bug, that I've been able to find -- with Google search, naturally. There is a FAQ about the home page, but no indication of where to report problems about the Personalized HomePage infrastructure.
Which brings up a problem with the whole way these Web 2.0 thingers work -- pretty much any time you go to one of these pages, you get whatever code the server is serving up, so there's no concept of 'releases' -- using the thing means adjusting to one slipstreamed change after another.
There are of course a billion other reasons people don't trust Google, but I can't be arsed to give a shit about privacy, mail retention, etc. I am so basically boring and law-abiding that I can't imagine anyone using my web presence against me. I'm a lot more worried about all the stupid things I said in 1987 on Usenet that are still lurking in the Wayback Machine.