Some of the biggest news sites in the world disappeared yesterday when Facebook took over the internet with a redirection bug. Visitors to sites such as The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, the Gawker network, NBC News and News.com.au were immediately transferred to a Facebook error page upon loading their intended site. It was fixed quickly, and Facebook provided this statement: ‘For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging in with Facebook from third party sites to Facebook.com. The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual.’
This is the second part of a series of articles related to Firefox, bookmarks, synchronisation and the cloud. The first part can be found here.
Do you want to know how to synchronize your Firefox places? Firefox Places, this is the annotations, bookmarks, favorite icons, input history, keywords, and browsing history (a record of visited pages). Have you ever thought about synching them to any cloud-based storage service, such as Dropbox, Ubuntu One, or your own servers? To directly get to the recipe, scroll down to “Solution…”.
Google Instant is a radical change and will definitely modify the way we do online business and how people use search engines to get their content. Google usually makes several minor algorithm changes on weekly and sometimes daily basis, but this time the change was really dramatic.
Why do users need Google Instant?
This improvement was the next logical step after Google Suggest, the auto-completion feature on the search input field. Their explanation was that they needed to increase the speed of searching. The suggested results are probably cached, so it is easier for Google to provide search results for cached terms than the non-cached searches. From the monetary perspective, the new way to display the results will directly drive Google’s revenue. With the addition of Google Instant, the person searching is definitely exposed to many more sponsored listings than they were before, which is likely to give an uptick in ad click-through rate for the sponsored ads. Additionally, Google will need less publishers to serve ads since the ads will be served from the own ad stock; this could end up killing thousands of blogs.