Skip to comments.Has FR been Pigeon Holed by Google Chrome?
Posted on 12/26/2013 2:05:09 PM PST by PeteePie
I came into work today and fired up Google Chrome, like on any other day. My Google home page usually displays the eight most frequently visited websites in icon/link form. The icon and link for Free Republic has always occupied the number one or two spot, depending on my frequency of visits. But today Chrome looked different. It wasn't just the new seasonal header image but that some of my frequently visited icon images have been replaced by some infrequently visited icon/links. I clicked on 'Do Not Show on This Page' option for these newbies and it replaced them with other less frequently visited sites until it ran out of replacements and left me with a blank icon with no link. WTH? It never offered FR as a replacement icon despite the fact that I click on it half a dozen times every day at least.
Note; ignore the source url, if I used google's url, I would be forced to excerpt, which doesn't make sense in this case.
My guess is that it just ignores all of your favorites and the links you are seeing are “promotional”, targeted advertising links.
I understand Google mail is doing the same thing, uses your e-mail to find you targeted ads.
It's familiar, I know it, and it can't be any more nor less prone to problems than any/all the rest (imo)
When I open a new Chrome tab, FR always shows up in top left corner of the 8 sites featured. Just checked and it was still there.
More likely someone paid ‘em a bunch of money to move their icons up.
It might have to do with a cache having been cleared and a history will have to be built up again.
Why are you wasting your time with (cough) Government (couth) Google?
“Chrome sends details about its users to Google through both optional and non-optional user tracking mechanisms.”
Load up Ghostery (a pop up blocker and malicious site blocker). You can get is from Google’s play store through chrome. Google doesn’t care about FR, sounds like you got “targeted advertising” and most likely from some site you visited over the holidays. I noticed a few sites I frequent for purchases had considerably more links on their sites that were trying to harvest info from me and some trying to augment my browsers behavior. (note: I have no affiliation with ghostery).
And then there is google’s analytic, which FR itself uses.
There are other websites?
Google software, all of it, is nothing but a phishing expedition. That’s why they can offer their products “free”.
I don’t use g(.)(.)gle anything - not their search engine, not their browser, not their android tablets or phones. Every keystroke you make is radioed back to the mothership.
Apple and Micro$oft are not much better, except they charge you for the privilege of allowing them to spy on you.
“I understand Google mail is doing the same thing, uses your e-mail to find you targeted ads.”
NSS! Before the big Eastern storm, I emailed a friend in NJ, that he might want to get a generator. He emailed back about ten minutes late. There was a sidebar ad in his email to me,,,, for a home generator. I hate Google!
And Free Republic runs this Russian app/daemon suite (v1.2.4) as its webserver:
For all of its warts, at least the previously-used Apache is based in the good old USA.
Void the warranty and put Ubuntu on it... Google it, it’s been done and it works well. Thumb you nose at the mind control types...
That's probably my least favorite of the numerous Linux distributions. Canonical pushes a multicultural agenda, lauding their diversity and a commie global worldview.
Even though there are leftists on the Fedora team, at least it's American (North Carolina).
It’s still number one on my Chrome, but I don’t use Chrome exclusively.
FreeRepublic still shows up on my most-visited list in Chrome. Don’t know enough about it to offer a suggestion, though.
I tried using Chrome but it sucked. Google being a liberal pisshole has made their lousy software even worse. I dumped it. IE 11 on Win 7 is doing just fine.
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