Archive for May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

How Google’s New “Right To Be Forgotten” Form Works

Danny Sullivan:

The form allows an individual or someone representing an individual to put in a request. The form requires submission of a photo ID of the individual the request is for.


The form then allows people to list one or more URLs they want removed, and they have to provide an explanation about why they want them dropped. In particular, you have to explain why each URL is “irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate,” wording that goes back to the original court ruling about why material can be removed.


Google itself tells Search Engine Land that removals won’t pull a URL out of Google worldwide. Instead, if a removal is approved, the URL will be dropped for searches on the associated name from all the EU-specific versions of Google that the company maintains.


Google tells us that will show disclosure when URLs are removed under the new Right To Be Forgotten method in a manner similar to above. In other words, while the URL itself is forgotten, the fact that Google was made to forget it will be remembered.

Update (2014-06-05): Brian S. Hall:

To make sense of the right-to-be-forgotten issue—including how it potentially impacts Web users—here’s a look at some questions you may have about the European court’s decision.

Update (2014-11-02): Caitlin Dewey:

But because Lazic lives in Europe, where in May the European Union ruled that individuals have a “right to be forgotten” online, he decided to take the griping one step further: On Oct. 30, he sent The Washington Post a request to remove a 2010 review by Post classical music critic Anne Midgette that – he claims — has marred the first page of his Google results for years.

It’s the first request The Post has received under the E.U. ruling. It’s also a truly fascinating, troubling demonstration of how the ruling could work.

Vesper Syncing Interface Design

Dave Wiskus on Vesper 2.0 (App Store):

There’s an argument to be made for making the user enter their password twice, but I don’t buy it. Notes live on the device as well as on the service, so logging out (or not being able to log in) doesn’t carry the penalty of obscuring user data. If you mistyped your password and don’t feel like resetting it when you go to sign in with a second device, you can create a new account with a different email address and lose nothing. Resetting is tied to your email address, so it’s always there as an option.

See also Brent Simmons’ Vesper Sync Diary for the coding side.

Editorial 1.1

Ole Zorn on the new version of Editorial (App Store):

Editorial 1.1 will go live in just a few hours, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been working on this for over nine months, and in a lot of ways, it feels more like a 2.0, or at least 1.5. There’s a new look for iOS 7, an iPhone version, tons of refinements everywhere, and several major new features for building even more powerful workflows.

This post is a rundown of the most important additions; I won’’t mention every single bugfix here; if you want all the details, head over to the release notes.

I haven’t paid much attention to Editorial because until now it has been iPad-only. I’ve just started giving it a try on my iPhone and am blown away by how good it is. So far, at least, I expect that it will become my iPhone text editor of choice. It seems to have all of the features on my list except for full control over colors (just themes), and no special features for rearranging lines or accessing previous file versions on Dropbox. More importantly, it feels very fast and responsive, it has the best multi-file search and in-file searches I’ve seen, and it has a nifty TaskPaper mode.

The one hitch so far is that it only loads one level of files from Dropbox at a time, so a folder isn’t searchable until you’ve viewed its contents in the app. With WriteUp, once I set the desired Dropbox folder, I could immediately search the entire hierarchy. However, the developer assures me that, after you manually view a folder, Editorial will keep syncing it automatically—so I should be good from now on. The reason for this confusing but pragmatic design is that people might want to access files from select subfolders in a large Dropbox folder, without syncing the whole thing.

Typography in 8 Bits: System Fonts

Damien Guard:

My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8×8 pixel mono-spaced fonts on low-resolution displays.

It’s quite easy to find bitmap copies of these fonts and also scalable traced TTF versions but there’s very little discussion about the fonts themselves. Let’s remedy that by firing up some emulators and investigating the glyphs.

Ad Experiments: Platform Targeting

John Knox:

Keeping the other parameters the same, I set the underperforming ad (the one with a photo of an iPad) to only target iPads. Even one day into the experiment, it seemed like Manton was correct. The CTR for the iPad photo jumped up nicely.