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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

An Open Letter to Google.

Dear Google,

I've noticed that many of the pictures on my blog have been replaced with this image.
Me no likey
Well, this just won't work. I installed this great widget to attract people with my fabulous posts and eye catching thumbnails. This exclamation mark is really cramping my style, and making me want to click away. How will it make others want to stay longer? Oh, Google. I'm sure you can help me, though.

Of course, I had no idea why this was happening, so I did the only thing I could do. I went straight to you...

You're so awesome that all I had to do was ask, "Why are my pictures missing from my blog?", and ya know what? You told me. Amazing.

Hmmmm....It looks like you told a lot of other people too. My search for answers has left me with only one.
I'm not getting my pictures back.
Say what?!

This can't be true. I mean, you're Google. You can do anything.

Your discussion boards told me it's my fault I didn't know you have control of everything on the Internet, and when I deleted my pictures from Google+, I should have known that you would take them away from my blog too. Well, sure. I'm paraphrasing, but that was pretty much the sum of it. In addition to being expected to know this tidbit, apparently I should also know that you will never put my photos back on my blog.

Today's task of making my blog more fabulous has actually only brought it to my attention that is is less than fabulous with lots of ugly picture has-beens. Hmmm...

So then I got really mad at you and tweeted that hated you. Yeah. I did. SO not cool. I know. 

But then? I got scared. Aside from being out of character and unprofessional of me. I was really second guessing my decision to tweet bash you. I got all worried you might take me out. I mean, I'm just some lowly mom who writes on Blogger. But, doesn't that pretty much mean you own me? So perhaps tweeting that I hate you wasn't the best move. SO? I deleted my tweet like a coward with no shame. I told myself all was well. I mean, how much damage could a tweet have done with it's 3 seconds on the timeline?

But, I couldn't get this image out of my mind. I was all Holy S, Google is going to go all Sandra Bullock on me like in that movie The Net.

This poor girl was so screwed. 

Or what about poor Will Smith in that movie Enemy of the State?

They really messed this boy up!

Can you do stuff like this, Google? Can you take people out?
I bet you can.

And you know what? That kind of power is awesome!

You have the power to take over the web. I mean look at you. You're on fire! Picnik, Google+, Picasa, and Blogger. You've proclaimed that you are the King of the Internet by announcing you won't share anymore. Google Friend Connect isn't for the masses, I know. I know. I get it.

But someone wise once told me, "With great power comes great responsibility."
Ok, so it was Peter Parker's uncle. So what.
You're missing the point.

How will you handle your power, Google? And in exchange, your responsibility?

Perhaps you could start with putting my pictures back on my blog?

God Bless,


A few helpful articles in regards to this issue:
Google plus, Picasa and Blogger Missing Photos by Blogger Sentral
Missing Photos on Blogger Blogs and Google+ by The Flirty Blog

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At February 21, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Blogger jen@ living a full life said...

OMG! I hadn't hear anything about this, how terrible! What's there deal anyway? I'm going to check all my pictures, you have me worried now. Sorry for your troubles :(

At February 21, 2012 at 8:59 PM , OpenID embracingthespectrum said...

awww...too bad! :(

At February 21, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Blogger The Flirty Girl said...

As sad as I am for you that you lost your pictures, and really, I feel sick to my stomach with sadness for you and every other person this happened to, I have to say the silver lining for me is that I've now discovered your blog because of this post. I love your writing style! I actually felt guilty laughing so much reading about your missing pictures tragedy but here's the thing, you are such a great writer I don't even think you need pictures!

I realize that's a small consolation and I'm not missing the point of how awful this ordeal has been for you but I am adding you to my rss reader so I hope that makes you feel just a tiny bit better about this blogtastrophe :(

At February 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Julie said...

ugh I hate all these darn changes and stuff the internet is pulling!

At February 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM , Blogger MiMi said...

This happened to me last summer! I spent months manually replacing all of my pictures. MONTHS.

At February 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM , Blogger HiLLjO said...

OH NOES! I'm so sorry SITStah! I don't know what I would do!

I would have definitely asked google like you did. How dare they gather us under their feel good umbrella... only to take it away. Beware their new Privacy Policy, too. They're becoming what they hated by doing something they said they'd never do: Cross-referencing your personal info.
I hope you can recover your blog somehow!

At February 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Katie said...

I agree with the flirty girl... you are such a great writer and the way you wrote this was so funny! Thank you for the laugh and I'm so sorry for your frustration!

At February 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM , Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

google scares me with the way they're taking over the world...
and forcing everyone to use google + the way they want us to

At February 22, 2012 at 11:04 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

I freaking hate google. There - I said it out loud. They are trying to take over the world.

So - go look at my pictures really quick before they all disapear.

xo girl.

At February 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Katie said...

This is terrible! I can't believe they can't get the pictures back, they are google! They are supposed to be able to do anything!

I really hope this posts gets their attention and they do something to fix it!

At February 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM , Blogger Boobies said...

Yep...I'm a victim as well!


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