Showing posts from September, 2012

Ghostery and Do Not Track Plus Comparison

Found this terrific article today that was written this August that breaks down the two biggest non-tracking add-ons out there. After reading it, I have decided to go with DNT Plus but that is just my own opinion and we'll see how it goes.

I know that a lot of users this last couple of weeks have been having issues with DNT Plus and Ghostery causing them to lose sight of their navbars on their blogs as well as on other people's blogs and I am sure this is due to the addition by Blogger of the +1 button on the navbar. I am hoping to tweek DNT Plus enough that I can get the navbar to show without having to expose myself to any other tracking issues.

Anyhow, I thought I would share the link to this article here so I could keep track of it and also provide it for other readers that would like to know how these non-tracking add-ons work and which would be best for them from a side by side comparison.

Official Blog*Star/Blogger TC
Testing Blogger

Adsense Troubleshooter URL

Just wanted to mark this one for myself so I could find it later if I needed it.

Official Blog*Star/Blogger TC
Testing Blogger

FAQ: Do I Have To Use Gmail With Blogger? Updated 9/11/12

This is a question that comes up almost everyday on the Blogger Help Forum...or I guess I should say the results of the confusion regarding this question shows up all the time. I can't even count how many times I have had to explain to users that use of Gmail is not a requirement for Blogger or any other Google product (other than Gmail).

Basically, if you are already a Google account holder (on a different email from Gmail), you can use that account with Blogger and not have to bother with Gmail. If you are signing up with Blogger for the first time, it will take you to a Google account creation page and on that page, it will force you to create a Gmail account but you can add your own email address (non-Gmail) to the account as an alternate, and then immediately cancel the Gmail account after you have everything set up the way you want.

I just did this myself for a new blog I created. I was forced to create a Gmail account when clicking on the Blogger invite, and then was able to …

FAQ: Image Information From Picasa

This is a small write up from a TC for Picasa that explains some of the icons we see from Picasa so I can use it for reference.

Case 1: The exclamation mark means the photo has been deleted (404 error). Typical scenario is the user deleting the Blogger album while in Google+ or visiting Picasaweb and decides to save space thinking the Blogger album is duplicate. Here is a sample of what it looks like:

Case2: The circle and bar means you don't have access to view the photo (403 error). This is typically an indication that the visibility setting was changed and thus access to the photo is denied.

Case 3: White box with red x on top means the image is blocked by the browser. This is typically caused by the user doing a right-click to hide a photo and ending up blocking access …