Days-Old Error In Google Search Causes Gmail User To Get Thousands Of Emails

google-oops-mistake-featured Earlier this week, we reported a glitch in Google Search, where clicking on a link after a search for Gmail listed someone's email address, complete in a window ready to send them email. With today's Gmail outage, that error -- never fixed -- has resulted in at least one person getting thousands of unwanted emails. You can still see the error now. Search for "gmail" in Google: Under the main listing, you'll see an "Email" link -- what's called a "sitelink" that's designed to help people navigate to specific places within a web site. The problem is, that link doesn't point to a pag [...]


Searching For Gmail In Google Links You To Compose A Message To A Google Apps User

gmail-search-featured If you search for [gmail] in Google and if you click on the sitelink that reads "Google mail" -- Google may push you to a page that composes an email to a Google Apps user. Here is the search result you may see when you search for [gmail]: Clicking on that sitelink below the main listing may take you to the compose window to email a specific Google Apps user. This will only happen if (1) you see the sitelink and (2) you are logged into a Google Account. Otherwise, if you don't have a Google Account, you will need to create one to send this user an email. Why is some strange [...]


Google Adds “Now” Content, Features To iOS Maps Apps

Google maps icon larger In October, Google started adding Google Now style cards to its PC Maps. Now, Google is adding some of those same features to its iOS Maps apps. If you update Google Maps for iOS and sign in, you can now see flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations from Gmail in Maps -- and then search or get directions. Here's a PC Maps screenshot from Google for its October update: I don't have a good screenshot for the new content in mobile given that I have no upcoming reservations. But below is a set of screens from my iPhone that illustrates the "Nowification" of Google Maps. Google is doi [...]


Google’s April Fools’ Day 2013 Joke-A-Thon: YouTube Shutdown, Google Nose & More

google-jokes-funny-april-fools-featured April Fool's Day is pretty much like a national ... err, international holiday for everyone that works for Google. It seems that nobody else on the Web takes the tradition of pranks and jokes as seriously as Google does -- just see our coverage from the last few April Fool's Days for proof: Google's Gags Go Worldwide For April Fool's Day 2012 It's Over: Google Has Already Won April Fools Day 2011 Google Books, Google Maps Get 3D View – But Only For April Fool's Day April Fools' Day 2009: Google CADIE & More From Search Industry It may still be March 31st for me, and maybe [...]


Microsoft Says Goodbye To “Scroogled” Ad Campaign

Scroogled petition Microsoft's "Scroogled" ad campaign, which attacked Google over paid inclusion in shopping and Gmail over privacy, is coming to an end. KQED reports that Microsoft will stop TV, newspaper and social media ads promoting the Scroogled message: "That part is about finished," Stefan Weitz, Microsoft senior director of online services, said on Thursday. Microsoft launched the Scroogled campaign last November to attack Google's all-paid-inclusion shopping search results. Our stories below cover more about this: Bing Attacks Google Shopping With “Scroogled” Campaign, Forgets It’s Guilt [...]


Google Expands Gmail In Search Results With My Orders, My Events & My Reservations

google-g-logo-2012 In August, Google introduced a field test that brings Gmail content in your search results. So if you searched for [my flights] and you had a flight confirmation email in your Gmail account, Google would show you upcoming flights. This is still an opt in field test available to a limited number of US users but Google has announced they have expanded it to cover searches for purchases/orders, event registrations, and hotel reservations. Google said, "you can now search for [my purchases] to see a list of recent online purchases from select merchants and track the packages to see if they [...]


Google Widens Gmail Search Field Trial, Includes Google Drive In Search Results

google-g-logo Here's another small step in Google's effort to centralize your Google search activity: The company is expanding a field trial to include Google Drive documents in search results. At the same time, the existing trial that includes Gmail information in search results is being expanded to work not only from Google.com, but also within Gmail itself. Users who opt-in to the trial will be shown a prompt from Gmail and/or Google Drive in the right column of Google's search results, as shown in this Google screenshot: For privacy reasons, the actual results don't show by default; the use [...]


Up Close: Gmail In Google Search Results Field Trial

Gmail Logo Google released a "field trial" today allowing people who enroll to do Google searches and get information from their Gmail messages mixed in with their web results. Don't worry. Only those enrolled see their own messages this way. Below, a look at how it works. If accepted into the program, after you do a search, you'll find matching messages appearing along the right-side of your screen: In the example above, I searched for the name of Barry Schwartz, the news editor here at Search Engine Land. As he's contacted me through Gmail, one of his messages gets highlighted. Notice, however [...]


New: Gmail Results Embedded In Google Search Results

gmail-small-google Google announced in this morning's Google Search Breakfast that it is integrating Gmail emails directly into Google search results. This means you can search Google and find emails from your Gmail (not Google Apps) account directly in the search results. The Gmail results show on the top right section, collapsed neatly and ordered by relevance of your query. Google will also show relevant contacts and upcoming flights found in your email based on your search query. This is currently an experiment, which you can sign up over here. It is available for the first one million who sign up. [...]


Google’s Gags Go Worldwide For April Fool’s Day 2012

google-racing It was right about this time last year when we gave Google the winner's trophy for a series of gags that put all others to shame. We could do the same again right now, because Google has tried to top itself with another round of April Fool's Day jokes that pretty well span the globe of Google's international properties. Below is a recap of Google's (and a few others) pranks, and we'll do our best to update this as the day goes along. Google Racing: Self-Driving Cars Hit NASCAR The main joke at the moment is Google's "announcement" of a partnership with NASCAR called Google Racing, which b [...]


Google News Spotlight Now Spotlights Your Friends & Stories They +1

googlenews-plusone The Google News Blog announced that the Spotlight section on Google News may contain stories that your Google + friends and Gmail contacts have +1'ed. If you are logged in while using Google News and your friends or contacts have used the Google +1 button to like the stories in your Spotlight section, that information will show up in the Spotlight section near the article. It will even let you click on the name of your friend/contact to see their social profile on Google. Google said: Starting today, the Spotlight section will sometimes include articles that your Gmail contacts and peop [...]


Feel Secure Using Gmail Or Other Cloud Services? Read This.

Google, Microsoft and scores of other companies are pushing us all into the "cloud"—where all of our information is stored online and is instantly accessible from any internet-connected device. This instant, universal access is a phenomenal benefit for most people. And since many of these cloud-based services are "free" (in the sense that they are subsidized by advertising) and are reliable and mostly maintenance-free (automatic software upgrades) virtually all of us are inexorably living more of our online lives in the cloud. This also means we're increasingly trusting the companies tha [...]


Chinese Warn Google May Get Punished For Making Country Look Bad

google-china-logo China is being very defensive. Google's recent exposure of more attempted Gmail hacking, targeting US government officials and Chinese human-rights activists, has made the Chinese government embarrassed and angry. Suspected state-sponsored Gmail hacking is what initially caused Google to discontinue cooperating with China's internet censorship policies. Chinese: Google Is a "Political Tool" Last week's hacking incident  and Google's statements that indirectly point to the government as the source have the Chinese seeing red, so to speak. Claiming that China is being unfairly maligned, th [...]


Twitter Adds Ability To See Other’s Timeline & Gmail Adds People Widget

Did you ever wonder what your favorite SEO's Twitter timeline looked like? Well, if you did, you can now peak in on someone else's timeline. For example, check out what Danny's timeline looks like by going over here. As you can see, Twitter added the ability to see what the 1,801 people on Twitter that Danny follows are "tweeting right now." Not only that, Twitter added a neat "Shuffle" feature to randomly jump to other Twitter user's timelines by clicking on the top right shuffle icon on that page: Meanwhile, Google announced the people widget for Gmail yesterday. That featu [...]


Google Aims To Boost Gmail Relevance With “Priority Inbox” For Ads

The signals used for Gmail's priority inbox will soon be employed to tailor advertising in the app to more match users' interests. The company says it will also be testing offers and coupons from local businesses in Gmail. The system will use Gmail user's habits -- whether they read messages quickly or mark them as unimportant, for example -- to determine whether the topics covered by the emails are of interest. For example, if a user opens every message related to cast-iron cookware, but sends to spam or deletes everything that references gardening supplies, they'll soon see more ads about [...]


Google Talk Guru Brings Search To Instant Messaging

Google Talk Guru is a new experiment that tries to turn the instant messaging interface into a search engine of sorts. It was just added to Google Labs today, and is very much a lab-level project. There are a very limited number of search commands that currently work in Google Talk Guru. As you can see from the screenshot above, searches for international times aren't supported (#1 and #2 above), but weather search (#3) and even a simple web search (#4) are. The web search is kinda like the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on Google.com -- it returns only the first result for your search quer [...]


Chinese Hacking Google Again To Stop “Jasmine Revolution”

As popular unrest has spread throughout the Middle East and led to the overthrow or ouster of governments in Tunisia, Egypt and potentially elsewhere (stay tuned), pro-democracy activists in China have also called for protests and a "Jasmine Revolution," which is a reference to the Tunisian revolt. Ever vigilant against democratic reforms, the Chinese government has more successfully cracked down on the popular expression of discontent than the regimes of the Middle East. For example the word "jasmine" has reportedly been blocked by Chinese authorities on social networking sites. Now Goo [...]


Google Testing Display Ads In Gmail

Google appears to be testing display ads in Gmail. I discovered the following image ad in my own Gmail account this morning, and Google has since confirmed a test. Image ads have made their way into paid search on Google.com and various other properties on Google. But this was really jarring for me to encounter. It's the only such ad I saw (next to an email from a clothing retailer in my inbox) after purposely looking for others. I'm sure it's a test to see how users react and what the response rates are. Gmail is formally a part of the "Google Display Network": Your text, image, ri [...]


Google Wins US Govt Contract For Cloud-Based Email, Apps

The US General Services Administration announced that it was moving to Google Apps and The Cloud for email, etc. It becomes the first federal agency to do so. The GSA said it will save more than $15 million over five years. The contract is worth just under $7 million and being implemented by Google partner Unisys Corp. The government said the following in its press release about the rationale: The contract provides for an easily accessible suite of services, including e-mail and collaboration tools, to facilitate a more mobile work force.  While agencies have moved sub-entities’ e-mai [...]


Gmail Priority Inbox: The Un-Spam Filter

Google this evening has launched what it calls "priority inbox" for Gmail. It uses a variety of algorithmic and machine learning techniques to automatically capture and organize "important" emails and de-emphasize other email. It's like a spam filter in reverse: Gmail's servers look at several types of information to identify the email that's important to you, including who you email and chat with most, how often you email with these people, and which keywords appear frequently in the emails you read. If Priority Inbox makes a mistake, you can use the buttons to correctly mark a convers [...]


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