By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions

Mutant favicons in Google Chrome

I realize I’ll need the world’s smallest violin to drum up any sympathy for this one, but tonight I am irritated at the rogue favicons that have cropped up in Google Chrome.

As you can see, AT&T favicons have taken over my bookmarks for Google Calendar and Media Nation log-on, thanks to my hanging out at Barnes & Noble. Then, today, when I used WiFi on a commuter train, the favicon for that service ate the brain of my Google Calendar bookmark.

Anyone know how to change them back?


Discover more from Media Nation

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

Previous

Juan Williams and political correctness

Next

Paul Steven Miller, a civil-rights pioneer

9 Comments

  1. Ron Newman

    I wonder if it would help if you explicitly try loading http://whatever.site.url/favicon.ico into your browser, for each such site?

  2. Ron Newman

    No, just the host name followed by /favicon.ico, like this:

    http://www.google.com/favicon.ico

    If you get the ‘wrong’ one, force-reload it.

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Ron: That does give me the favicon, but what am I supposed to do with it? I don’t seem to be able to drag and drop it in order to replace mutant favicons.

  3. Ron Newman

    I was hoping that just loading it that way would cause your browser to cache it properly for later display in the toolbar. Doesn’t work? (If not, I unfortunately don’t have another suggestion.)

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Ron: Not only does it not work, but the problem is restricted to very specific subsites. Going to Google isn’t going to help, because I don’t have a problem with Google — I have a problem with Google Reader and Google Calendar. Weird.

  4. Ron Newman

    Google Calendar has this in its HTML:

    <link rel=”SHORTCUT ICON” href=”//calendar.google.com/googlecalendar/images/favicon_v2010.ico”>

    so you may want to try going to http://calendar.google.com/googlecalendar/images/favicon_v2010.ico explicitly and see if the problem still exists after you do that.

    Similarly, Google Reader uses http://www.google.com/reader/ui/favicon.ico

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Ron: That didn’t work, but I tried something else — deleted the bookmarks and then did it again. Worked for two of the three, anyway. Thanks.

  5. You are heard with a BIG violin over here… I hadn’t realized that this issue may be only Chrome related (what I use exclusively).

    What is really bothering me, is that a rogue icon has kidnapped one of my sites (www.mancoslibrary.org)!! I noticed within the last couple of weeks, that the little Wi-Fi logo has been appearing next to our site name in the top tab – in the address bar, there is no favicon at all!

    I’ve been messing with this for a while today before I found your post. (ie, uploading a completely new favicon – SEVERAL times.)

    Safari is the only browser that is showing our logo! Grrrr…

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén