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Work around G+ “403. That’s an error.” errors

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/07/08

I’m not yet sure what the exact cause is, but at irregular intervals when clicking on Google Plus links, they show as “403. That’s an error.”.

They appear both when I have multiple WAN connections or a single WAN connection, which leads me to suspect that G+ doesn’t cope well when

  • you have a lot (dozens) of Google related pages open (Drive, Mail, Search, Documents, etc) as Google Plus is embedded in each of them
  • you rapidly browse through your G+ backlog (the G+ counter is > 50 since you follow a lot of people/communities and you quickly do catch-up on them)

In a future post, I will explain how I created the workaround, but here it is:

Work around G+ “403. That’s an error.” errors

Basically it translates links

The latter was the original link I clicked in the first place. The former what G+ comes up with.

After a while, G+ comes back to its senses and allows the latter links again, so the page allows you to parse the former then put them in a list like this:

One decoded URL per list-item.

One decoded URL per list-item.

–jeroen _ _ _ _

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