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While this is a greate idea execution needs to improve.
I've been visiting a lot of blogs and this blocks embedded youtubes. Don't see anything where it would have been, so don't know that one was there unless the text gives you a hint.
Turns out I have to unblock on many pages, so the value of this add-on is lessened.
Add an option listing some common legit google sites/ sub URLs which users can selectivly reconnect, like embedded youtubes, or automatically make them viewable would be great.
Alternatively, a place holder so you know something is missing, perhaps with a LOAD button.
For now, I'm uninstalling.
ps ditto on the Captcha issue below and Google maps - again a place holder would be good.
pps Firefox 10.0.2 W7/64
Brian, thanks for your advice below, yes I know about the unblock and it worked when I used it, but the issue is that without a place-holder you don't know you need to unblock. Often fancy things on a page don't work, if you are new to a site you don't know that the fancy stuff is there, so you just miss-out. Sorry - don't want to start a blog...
A Google Disconnect icon shows in the location bar when Google resources are blocked. Click the icon to unblock the resources.
Blocks Catchpa on sites that require it to download a file. Unblocking via the Disconnect icon doesn't work and the page needs to be reloaded first. This means it needs to be disabled before visiting such a site. Otherwise it's well worth having.
I haven’t heard of this problem before. Do you mind giving us an example site we can test?
You can leave a URL here or at https://getsatisfaction.com/disconnect or mail one to email@example.com.
Nice - but blocks google maps on some websites (maps blocked on local.ch for example, using FFox 11 on MAC).
edit: see dev. answer (thanks), I have to correct my "but" statement above. more control means ... to control though...:-)
Google Maps sends your browsing activity to Google. See the screenshots and instructions above — you can click the Google Disconnect icon in the location bar to unblock an embedded map and your preference will be remembered the next time you’re on the site.
Comes in handy, thanks for your effort towards protecting privacy.
Great add-on. Don't have any problems with it yet! I really like the concept & what this company is doing for its customers!! Keep up with the hard work guys!
So developer, in effect, what you're saying is that if I already have Adblock running then this plug-in is pointless. There's no use in having it.
Well that's good to know. I'll be sure to tell the others that.
I'm aware this is not a forum, yet one word to clarify criticism a a whole.
@G. Traynor : my little investigation was built around the idea of a positive attitude towards 'Google Disconnect'. I would have appreciated that you not call upon my comments to legitimate your score, which appears hence rather nonconstructive.
I was and am not trying to break 'Google Disconnect' but to participate to its elaboration should it be only by experiencieng it : I have no knowledge of coding.
Generally speaking I am as many others concerned by privacy, and 'Google Disconnect' authors are both skilled and honest, obvious for anyone who seeks further into the background of the 'Disconnect' project in its diversity.
I remain convinced that a positive criticism, that is an honest feedback, will only be an advantage (when not mis-considered by other users) for any project, and 'Disconnect' in particular since I feel committed tightly to the state of mind which is behind it.
As I have posted before, 'Google Disconnect' works perfectly on a new profile. My point after was only to layout a personal experience, which in fact was more a puzzle than an 'investigation'
I am following the advance of 'Google Disconnect' and 'Disconnect' as a whole with greatest interest and no "corner smile".
Thanks for the extension!
This extension is working rather well.
My only issue so far is: if the extension is active googlemaps doesn't work.
Thanks for letting us know! The current add-on (2.4.0) should work with all versions of Google Maps.
Thanks for all the add-ons (both Firefox and Chrome). So far I have not had any issue with them, and they've done the job advertised.
Sorry for posting a bug here but I couldn't find any contact info on your website or here. The idea is excellent but I can't give an decent evaluation because the java error console reports this error constantly and interferes with my work on Wikipedia.
I am using FF 10.0.2 on Win XP SP3. Google Disconnect version 2.2.0. If you need additional info, please let me know and will gladly provide it.
Error: [Exception... "Component returned failure code: 0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE) [nsIURI.host]" nsresult: "0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE)" location: "JS frame :: jar:file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Imre/Application%20Data/Mozilla/Firefox/Profilesfirstname.lastname@example.org!/components/policy.js :: <TOP_LEVEL> :: line 148" data: no]
Source File: jar:file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/User/Application%20Data/Mozilla/Firefox/Profilesemail@example.com!/components/policy.js
Thanks to your report, we fixed this bug in the latest version of Google Disconnect (2.3.0).
It’d be awesome if you could verify our changes suppressed the error messages you were seeing and update this review with the results.
Great! Thank you! Does, what it says!
Great Add-on! Easy to use and it does it's task well. At the right end of the URL bar the disconnect icon shows a line through a G if a google script has been blocked and you can select the icon to allow google to see you on that page. You can add particular sites to a white list feature if you always want google to see you on that page.
This is the first time I have bothered to rate an add-on, so I think that says a lot. I gave a 4 out of 5 because I would prefer to see an image from Disconnect where a blocked YouTube video now leaves a blank space. Instead of utilizing the icon in the URL box ideally I would like to see a Disconnect icon or image appear where a YouTube video would have appeared instead of the blank space. I don't know if this is possible but I think it would be a quicker and more intuitive way to give google permission to see me on a page, particularly if I allowed a friend that is not familiar with Disconnect to surf on my computer.
Loved the facebook disconnect so I installed the Google version too. Im not a technical person, just an average internet user but both extensions seemed to work well.
Thanks for the feedback.
This add-on blocking videos on websites
blocks even if they are not videos from google/youtube
I’d guess the videos you’re talking about pass user data to Google Analytics before they stream, so they must be blocked by default.
Do you have a specific URL we can check, though? I just see YouTube videos on that site. You can submit a URL here or at http://getsatisfaction.com/disconnect or you can send one to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It works the way it should, but it makes creating new documents in Google Docs impossible - it only opens up a new tab "about:blank" instead of the new document. I plan to re-enable the addon after this has been fixed. Maybe have an option for selectively blocking tracking? That would help with the Youtube middle-click problem mentioned in another comment (Though I don't find it too inconvenient to hit F6 then enter to start the navigation) Other than that, I have had no real issues.
Edit (Rating changed from 3 to 5 stars):
Yep, this was fixed indeed. Thank you!
(Well, I’m not positive the previous version [1.1.0] was broken, but …) I verified creating works in Google Docs with the current version of the add-on (2.2.0). This version also lets you unblock and whitelist, as you suggest (see the instructions in the description).
We’d love if you re-enabled and updated your review or wrote a new one to tell us what you think.
This add-on blocks embedded youtube videos in third-party sites. Is this intended behavior?
We just added the ability to unblock on pages and whitelist sites (in version 2.2.0). Check out the instructions in the description.
(We still block YouTube videos on third-party sites by default because they leak your browsing activity to Google.)
Please try the new version of the add-on and leave us more feedback here!
Good idea, but this interfered with my habit of opening a second Gmail tab by middle-wheel-clicking on something in Gmail's list of labels (e.g., open "Sent Mail" in a new tab while keeping "Inbox" in the current tab). The additional tab appeared but stayed blank.
As soon as I disabled Google Disconnect, my habitual process worked fine again, immediately.
So sorry, but that makes the add-on 100% unusable for me.
I’m 99 percent sure, out of the box, the newly released version of this add-on (2.2.0) won’t interfere with your Gmail workflow (but I don’t have a wheely mouse to confirm with).
If not, though, we added a whitelist. You can permanently unblock Google on any site by clicking the Google Disconnect icon in the location bar and selecting the “Unblock …” option.
We’d really appreciate if you tried the add-on again and updated your review or wrote a new one to let us know about the Gmail compatibility. The new version rocks — you have my money-back guarantee.