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Maybe Google isn't so great... (for breakups)

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We all know, I'm a HUGE fan of Google, as I think most of us are. Many of us have even written an "Ode to Google" thread at some point. (I have, Smartmom has, GeekGirl has, MIW has, Jayson Krause has, Somewhere over has) I could go on, but you get my drift Wink
Well... MIW and I have collectively decided that there is one aspect of Google that is not so hot outright horrible. It involves Gmail... Yes I do Heart 99.9% of Gmails features... the ability to stop drunken emails, the ability to hit unsend after a misfired email, even keep me abreast of the weather outside... BUT... they have these things.... That can only be described as links from the hot place downstairs. Ever notice them? They reside on the right hand side of your gmail, I believe their Satan-given name is sidebar links, and I hate them. Recently I hate them with a fiery passion. MIW shares in my hatred, we discussed this at length yesterday, and I felt a thread was in order.
Apparently these things pull key words out of your messages and suggest links for you to visit. Sounds awesome huh? Well not if your messages are you whining to a friend about how depressed you are. Sad Then you get suggestions like this.... "Don't waste your time being sad, go here", "Recently lost a love? Win them back" "Why aren't you happy? Learn how to be"
Ok... you think I'm joking, don't you? Oh no my friends, here is proof...

MIW said it best... they should've just said "Sad? Lonely? Want to die? here's how to do it: shotgunandvodka.com"
I officially hate Gmail... nothing like having a computer remind you that you have a sad pathetic life. Notice there were no links to anti-depressants... Pass the Lexapro. Sigh

*edit: Feel free to post any of your stupid sidebar links in here too, so we can all ridicule the evil of Gmail.

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great...

I think MySpace does that with their ads also. I remember seeing a bunch of "Meet Cute Greek Singles!" ads on my homepage. Thank goodness for Adblock!

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great (for break ups)
setponap wrote:

I think MySpace does that with their ads also. I remember seeing a bunch of "Meet Cute Greek Singles!" ads on my homepage. Thank goodness for Adblock!

Yeah, I block them on myspace, but I have yet to figure out how to block the buggers on Gmail. If anyone knows, I'll Heart you forever.

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great (for break ups)

I checked it out right now to see what was being blocked (ignore my nerdy wallpaper):

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great...

WTF... I'm blocking that. Now adblock also hates me Crying

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great (for break ups)

what the hell is it just us??? i use adblock also and have that blocked! ok so way to not work for the two people who NEEDED it to be working yesterday! stupid non working filters. *kicks gmail and ABP*

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great...

Apparently the world AND the world wide web are against us. Crying
Well... at least we have each other Big Hug
And alcohol Broken Heart

Re: Maybe Google isn't so great...

I also don't see any adds, and ABP confirmed it for me..... Sorry! We love you, at least. Smile

Re: Maybe Google isn't so great...

Facebook does it as well... I think everyone does. *shrug* I never read them. Didn't even notice them of gmail.

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great (for break ups)
James Clerk wrote:

Facebook does it as well.

Again blockable, and just pulls stuff from your profile I assume, not your deep dark thoughts expressed to your BFF via email. *shrugs* maybe it's just me.

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Re: Maybe Google isn't so great (for break ups)

yay i couldn't wait for the thread to be done! it's great! i think my favorite one from yesterday was when i got the "Going through a breakup? Want to win them back? Go here (insert makes you feel like more of a loser link here) and find out how to do it!". I mean, I was already super sad and that nearly drove me over the edge as you got to witness. Laughing.

but like gmail said- You don't have time to waste being miserable! Happier.com is the answer.

and Gmail is officially the Devil.

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