Foursquare is Down – It’s an Epidemic

It all began when Twitter started showing the whale 50% of the time I’d hit their site, then Facebook goes down for several hours. Now Foursquare says they’re “upgrading our servers”. Good thing I have a life outside the web… somewhere around here… now where did I put that?

Foursquare Goes Down... err I mean they're upgrading servers...

My recommendation on what to do now that Foursquare is down – try Gowalla or even Google’s check-in app, SCVNGR – that way you check-in addicts can still tell the uncaring world where you are, AND as an added bonus you’ll probably end up enjoying these apps a billion times more than Foursquare. (In my opinion Foursquare is popular because Foursquare is popular – not because they’re the best check-in app)

Fix the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.”

If you’ve gotten this error since Google Instant launched:

“We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.”

…you’re not alone. It seems, (thanks to Google Instant Search) that the increased searches per user per minute trigger a red flag in Google’s Automated Requests department.

Screenshot of Google Automated Request

The problem is, the Google Automated Requests (GAR) team and the Google Instant team work on opposite sides of the building and are on rival softball teams in the company’s intra-google softball league. Ok I made that last part up, but it definitely seems like there was some lack of communication going on at Goog headquarters – but just because it seems to be Google’s fault doesn’t mean it is (this time). Evidenced by the fact that Instant Search as a whole is working for most users.

So who’s fault is it? The answer is found in the following question… (mischievous laugh)

How do I fix whatever glitch or bug or setting is triggering the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests” ?

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Matt Cutts Says Search Is Only Slow Because of You

I was catching up on some reading, including Matt Cutts’ blog, and found something he wrote that made me laugh.

Google typically returns search results in milliseconds, but it takes several seconds for you to type a query. In other words, the limiting factor on a typical search is you. :-)

I think my favorite part was the apologetic smiley face at the end. Wow.

Way to point the finger Matt. Don’t worry I’m not offended. It is funny, though, that advances in search technology have brought us farther than users can even appreciate. Are we (meaning the web and technology – obviously not people) going too fast? Isn’t it sometimes beneficial to take a second to think about your search as you type it in? Or maybe just to breath in between keystrokes, haha. I’m starting to really like Bing’s slogan – “What has search overload done to us?”

Instant Search is Too Instant for Humans