Thursday, June 19, 2014

Google+ Apocalypse: How to dream lo-tech again

The unthinkable happened today. I was annoyed that Google+ uploads all the photos I post so I deleted 98% of the albums, only to find out that they're the very same ones that store my blogger photos.  Most of the uploaded photos are now permanently deleted. Perhaps it was a major cognitive lapse on my part or a dogged refusal to accept how Google+ networks all of my online stuff without a care. 

Numbed by all these, I need to figure out how to put Humpty Dumpty together again. Creative ideas are welcome, Typosphere.




Update: Many thanks for the supportive comments, guys. One good thing- I was using Photobucket for my pre-Google+ posts so the earlier ones are intact. And believe it or not, re-construction has begun. My immediate goal is to restore the Olivetti posts. I guess some things never change. (:

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  1. I feel your pain, Ton. That's exactly what happened to Modernidad y Obsolescencia a few months back. And it was a blow from which I haven't fully recovered yet, because, so far, the only way I've found to fix the entries is to edit them one at a time and re-upload the photos.

    The big problem here is that Blogspot uses static pointers to the photos you include in your pictures; that means that in the HTML code of every entry there's a IMG REF line that links to every photo. When you delete the album that contains the photos, that pointer is broken. And even if you create a new album and upload all the pictures from a backup, the pointer would probably still not work.

    ... unless... come to think of it, this might actually work: look for the HTML code of any of your entries to see what's the name of the album / directory your entries point to, and then create directly in Picasa a new album with the same name as the old one. Then, in theory, you could upload the pictures to that album and, assuming all the filenames are the same, in theory that would reactivate the pointers. It's a long shot, but it might actually work.

    Now, if this does not know, all what's left is to take a very, very, VERY deep breath and edit the entries one at a time, reuploading the pictures again.

    Hope this helps somehow.

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  2. Another thought: if you create the new photo album from the same account as the one linked to Google+, the new albums will be automatically shared in G+. The only way to prevent this from happening is either going back from G+ to a blogger profile (which means cancelling all the G+ features) or creating a new account in Google, which in turns gives you a new account at Picasa. Then you can create the folders there, and link to them from the blog entries.

    Either way, there's some serious work involved.

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    1. Thanks for all the info, Miguel, so kind of you.

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  3. OUCH!!!! That is as bad as a drive failure. Sorry to hear of your troubles. I think Miguel covered things quite good. I upload only to my blog although I do have an account from my blog linked to Google+ I seldom use it. I thought about linking to photos on Photobucket, Flickr, or Opera like I do on my ham radio blog.

    I will miss your photos, but your posts are still here.

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  4. ugh! so sorry man. I wish I had an answer other than you know, Wordpress. Once your blog becomes an extensive photo/article book covering a few years of your creativity, it's not really safe to rely on a third-party service to store the only copy anymore. There's really no way to Undo gallery deletes in G+?

    I don't suppose you did that "blog to PDF" thing that was all the rage in the Typosphere a year or two back?

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  5. Ah dude. I hate that feeling, when the inperminancy if that's the word of the internet comes and bites you square on the butt. I really hope you can get them back somehow

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  6. That's a loss to us all. I feel for you. I don't suppose the wayback machine would have any of them?

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  7. Good to see yoru photos have reappeared.

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  8. That sounds like a serious undertaking. On a selfish note, I hope you get the photos up bc I enjoy them eso when I just go through old posts when I cant sleep... like right now

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    1. I know! But I'll do it a bit at a time, I'm up for the challenge.

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  9. I'm so sorry you're having to rebuild. Several months ago, I noticed that some of my old posts had images missing, but I could never figure out why or see any pattern, so I'm having to make repairs to posts as I happen upon problems. I have over 1400 posts, and I haven't had the inclination so far to check them one-by-one.

    I admire your willingness to accept such a challenge and hope everything is restored soon.

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  10. That's why I don't like third parties. They either steal your stuff or network it everywhere you don't want to. If you're going to rebuild anyway, I agree with Ted on this one: Wordpress.

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  11. Good grief! That's a major issue for a blog that's full of typecasts! I once had a similiar problem, I accidentally deleted an entire blog of mine. In a rash act, I registered a new blog at the same .blogspot domain - if I didn't do this, I believe Google might have been able to restore my blog, at least that's what some manuals indicate.
    Have you tried contacting Google with your problem and asking them if they have a backup? Good luck!

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    1. Unfortunately, I chose "delete permanently," I read somewhere that they can't restore those. But I will not back down on this challenge. I see it as piecing together a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. (:

      So far, I've restored about 70 of the most important posts in two days. Not bad, eh?!

      Enjoy your summer, Florian!

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    2. Excellent work! restore! restore! :D

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  12. Doh! Take it as a learning opportunity but there's really little consolation to be had from that I suppose. My view on all things Google is "in for a penny, in for a pound". I'm not sure if that translates to Chicagoan but it is a bit like lying down with dogs and getting up with fleas. Sorry, the metaphors get worse. Courage good fellow!

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  13. Oh, for those interested in migrating from Blogger to a self-hosted Wordpress (under your complete control with all images hosted by you within Wordpress), here's a couple tutorials:
    http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress-without-losing-google-rankings/
    http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-import-external-images-in-wordpress/

    it's a step-by-step process that allows you to move all your content (including remotely-hosted images) to your self-hosted WP installation, and redirect all of your existing links, blogroll feeds and traffic to the new site.

    I hope your content is restored soon, and if you contemplate moving to WP after you've restored everything, I'd be happy to help a fellow Typospherian with the task. (:

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  14. another one:
    http://www.labnol.org/internet/switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress/9707/

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    1. Hey, thanks for this, Ted! I think I'll be sticking with Blogger since I've already established three years of meaningful connections here.

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